Posted by: Puma1 | August 29, 2008

Obama Camp Reacts to Palin — McCain’s Brilliant Risk — by Trashing Small Towns, Ferraro

And if at first you don’t succeed
Then dust yourself off and try again
You can dust it off and try again, try again

~ as performed by Aaliyah


Who was it that said those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them? Well, count the Obama camp in the latter category.

Last night on the occasion of Obama becoming the first black Presidential nominee from a major party , the McCain campaign released an ad putting politics on hold and congratulating Obama on the history of the moment:

This morning, in a another leap forward that all Americans should relish, John McCain made Alaska Governor Sarah Palin only the second female to be part of a Presidential ticket by tapping her for Vice-President nearly eighty-eight years to the day after women gained the right to vote. The first was Democrat and staunch Hillary backer Geraldine Ferraro, who was famously smeared as a racist by the Obama campaign earlier this year for daring to suggest that Obama was benefitting in the Democratic primaries for being black.

Given that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s amazing, ground-breaking, but ultimately unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination generated unprecedented interest this year and earned her the respect of millions of men and women nationwide — even some who formerly disliked her — Palin’s nomination is a validation of the importance of Hillary’s efforts and confirms the saliency of her constituency. It is also a vindication of sorts for Rodham Democrats – many of whom were left wondering after Hillary’s very effective performance at the Democratic National Convention why the Obama campaign didn’t even consider her for the veep slot.

Instead of putting politics aside for a moment, recognizing the impact women have had on this election cycle, and welcoming Palin into the race, the Obama camp has responded with a strange series of attacks sure to re-alienate Rodham Dems and enrage many women still smarting over the misogyny stared down by Hillary and saying NO DEAL to the Democratic nominee.

The Obama campaign’s first reaction to Palin:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

One has to wonder who in the Obama campaign thought this statement was anything but dumb. It is bizarre and amateurish that the Obama campaign would react by diminishing this woman’s accomplishments while at the same time scoffing at her small town roots. The Obama camp has already been accused by Hillary supporters of fanning the flames of media sexism. Obama got in trouble earlier this year for smearing small town Americans as bitter, gun-and-God clinging buffoons.

Using Palin’s small-town roots against her will not work. It will only remind voters of Obama’s own preening urban elitism.

Neither does it do Obama any good to demean Palin by ignoring her gubernatorial experience. It merely reinforces the point that she has executive experience – successful executive experience I might add – while Obama who like Palin was recently in state politics has accomplished nothing in the few years he’s been in the Senate. McCain wasted no time reminding observers of this:

“It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.”

In other words, if Palin is too inexperienced to be Vice-President, how in the world is Obama experienced enough to be at the top of a national ticket?

But the amazing arrogance of the Obama camp was just taking off.

Next, South Carolina status quo sleazeball Jim Clyburn – who earlier this year ended years of friendship with the Clintons by allowing the Obama campaign to portray them as racists during the primary in his home state – seized the occasion of Palin’s elevation into the pantheon of American women not to draw fair contrasts with her on the issues, but rather to launch a gross and unwarranted attack on a Democratic and feminist icon: Gerladine Ferraro.

“I do believe that McCain has to do something to reshuffle the cards, shake up the establishment, do something unexpected and Governor Palin has all the kinds of things that McCain might see as a way to shake things up,” Clyburn told a South Carolina radio station.

Clyburn later continued, “Now Mondale tried to shake things up by going with Geraldine Ferraro. She proved to be a disaster as a running mate. And as a campaigner, she was absolutely awful.”

I cannot imagine what would posses Jim Clyburn, in a week in which the Democrats managed to achieve something that at least looked and smelled like unity, to go after in such a graceless way a woman who laid the groundwork for what Sen.  Clinton and now Gov. Palin are trying to accomplish and as such is a hero to the voters his candidate is still trying to soothe.

I can only assume that Clyburn, who was unable to hide his racism in South Carolina earlier this year, has decided to stop hiding his sexism as well. Excuse me Mr. Clyburn, but without Ferarro there would be no Hillary and no Palin. I’d hardly term that kind of legacy a “disaster,” and I’m sure most Americans and American women would agree.

In accepting the nod from McCain, Palin showed the kind of class Clyburn and the Obama campaign lacks, reaching across the aisle to acknowledge her female forebears:

“It is fitting that this trust has been given to me eight-eight years – almost to the day – after the women of America first gained the right to vote,” Palin said to a standing ovation. “I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton who showed such determination and grace in her Presidential campaign.”

Going for the jugular and the broken hearts of Hillary voters, Palin went on to say “It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all!”

Palin’s choice – to praise these Democratic pioneers while calling women to arms – was emotional and shrewd. Obama and the race-baiting, women bashing Clyburns around him, having smeared Democratic icons from Ferraro to both Clintons, just got outmaneuvered by a woman who’s been in the race for a few hours.

Palin is no Dan Quayle and McCain is no Bob Dole.

Obama continues to talk about bipartisanship, but it’s McCain who has the record of putting his career on the line to work with Democrats. 

Obama and the Democrats continue to talk talk talk about women, women’s needs, women’s rights, Roe v. Wade, the glass ceiling, and the 18 million cracks in it. But it’s Palin who praises Hillary and Ferarro while Obama supporters continue to insult them and it’s Palin who actually has a chance to break the ceiling this year, courtesy of the GOP, while women in the Democratic Party are being told to shut up and wait.

Palin is a newcomer to national politics. She has more personal and political appeal than political experience, but the enormity of that appeal makes her a brilliant risk. She has managed to make an election that many thought could not possibly get more fascinating a whole lot more exciting.

The general election just started, and it’s McCain and girl power 1, Obama and Clyburn 0.



  1. Obama has lack of substance? I hope you Palin supporters have had time to catch up on Palin’s interviews on the news. She actually had to tell Katie Couric “I’ll get back to you on that” when Couric asked her for any evidence of a specific plan to enforce more government regulation on our economic crisis. And her response to the $700 billion bailout was some of the worst garble ever aired. You need to wake up and smell the White House burning.

  2. Excellent analysis, as always.
    Great to have you back after what seems like a long absence.

  3. You guys really need to get over this. You all look like the biggest bunch of idiots. Badmouthing the Democratic nominee? You’re worse than the Republicans, who I might add, hardly represent the interests that Hillary supported.

    I can tell you that had Hillary won, I would have been behind her 100%

    Time to get a life my friends, especially that angry looking PUMA nut that was on Hardball tonight. She’d rather cut off her nose to spite her face. Sure, go vote for some right wing nut and his creationist, pro-lifer. They’ll give you the America you desire.
    Please continue to upset Hillary voters and further divide the Democratic party by calling them “idiots” and “nuts.” Really, please do. It only helps alienate them more and further undermine Obama. Thank you for your vitriol. Please keep it up!

  4. Don’t forget cultural, racial, and social arsonists as well 🙂

  5. The Demockacrat Party headed by intellectually vacant, morally anchorless, inexperienced and megalomaniac Barack H. Obama — or Barry Soetoro, or Barry Dunham, or whatever his real name is — stopped being for the ordinary American long, long ago.

    It’s just taken this long for the execrable stench to reach everyone’s nostrils.

    And now with racial and social and cultural arsonist BHOBSBD, whose pathological megalomania drives his and his campaign’s execrable remarks about everything, he’s tapped into the hatred for and disdain of America and Americans that the DLLs have harbored so long.

    Maybe Americans will now awaken and admit that the Demockacrats have become full-fledged fascists who are the enemy of the people.

  6. Absolutely, in the words of my mother, a DEVOUT Democratic and very pro-Hillary: “Obama has NO substance.”

    I imagine a significant amount of Hillary-supporters, and undoubtedly Hillary herself, feel the exact same way.

  7. Excellent post!!!!

    McCain made my day today! He proves he is the candidate who will deliver real change. Obama delivers “just words.”

  8. Brilliant insight; I wrote, on my blog, that your party is turning away from working class American, instead representing the radical left: anti-war, environmentalist, abortion crew.

    I think if Hillary was the Democratic presidential candidate, I think she would stomp McCain (I hate to say it, but it’s true). I think Dems starting suffering buyer’s remorse sometime during the primaries, after Obama had all but secured the nomination, he started issuing “verbal gaffe” after gaffe; note that Hillary started winning primaries towards the end.

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