As the evidence piles higher and higher that Sen. John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Presidential running mate was a rash decision made in a panic - after the Obama Nomination Acceptance speech, without being vetted by the McCain camp, and without an FBI background check - a narrative is beginning to form which may have been the McCain strategy all along.
Play the "Sarah Palin is the Victim of the Biased Liberal Media" Card:
Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) top campaign strategist, yesterday accused the media of being "on a mission to destroy" Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) by displaying "a level of viciousness and scurrilousness" in pursuing questions about her personal life. Schmidt said the McCain campaign feels "under siege" by news inquiries on Palin.
Don't you know America loves a good (and pretty) victim?
Arguing that the media queries are being fueled by "every rumor and smear" posted on left-wing Web sites, Schmidt said mainstream journalists are giving "closer scrutiny" to McCain's little-known running mate than to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Closer scrutiny than Barack Hussein Obama? After months of Reverend Wrong? After all this blather about Rezco and Flag-pins and William Ayers and Pride-gate? Is he kidding?
The McCain camp has been unusually aggressive in pushing back against the media, and it seems to hope to persuade journalists to back off in their scrutiny of Palin. Obama campaign officials have complained to news organizations that their man has been subjected to considerably more investigative reporting than McCain has, but they have done so in more low-key fashion.
By contrast, Schmidt spoke on the record in denouncing as "an absolute work of fiction" a New York Times account of the process by which the McCain campaign vetted Palin. He also charged that Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman was predicting that the governor might have to step down as McCain's vice presidential choice.
So it doesn't matter what Sarah Barracuda has or hasn't done in her relatively short political career, how she has repeatedly abused her power, thrown elbows for her own gain or participated in cronyism and political vindictiveness - the narrative that you can expect Republicans to bitterly cling to is the idea that the media is just being MEAN TO A GIRL.
I mean, It's already become too many questions to count. It's like a snowstorm of scandals and it's only been a week - so naturally the Repubs are most likely to say and do what comes naturally in this situation, right?
- "Why can't they just Leave Govenor Palin ALONE, already?"
From the start you could see the circling of the wagon's with the issue of Palin's opposition to comprehensive sex education, contraception and funding cuts for teen mothers in the midst of her own 17 year-old-daughter pregnancy. We're supposed to not bash the daughter because she's family and a minor - which I think is a good idea - but why not bash the mother whose own policies clearly helped contribute to this situation, not just for her own daughter but tens of thousands of young women (and potential fathers) throughout the state and nation?
Do we question her support of policies that have so utterly failed? No, we leave it alone because it's a "family matter". Pathetic.
We've had the allegations of her abuse of power regarding the firing of Alaska's Top Cop in retaliation for his refusal to carry out her personal vendetta against a state trooper who had allegedly been involved in domestic abuse of her sister. (Although many us might agree that this guy shouldn't be in a position of power, it has to be noted that there are PROPER CHANNELS for addressing these concerns - y'know that thing called the American COURT SYSTEM, hello Restraining Order Much? - which many people who don't have a sibling in the Governor's mansion tend to use on a daily basis)
Palin was directly involved in what appears to have been a scheme to use the dissolution of a state-run diary operation into a cash-cow for farmers in the Wasilla area ultimately leading to tax-payers footing the bill for have milk dumped in the streets.
She has ties to a Secessionist Group, a car wash business she co-owned was shutdown by the state for failing to abide by state fees and regulations while she was Governor, she was flagged by McCain's own Earmark alert system as an pork-barrel hound while Mayor of Wasilla, she's just one step shy of a rabid Book Burner and a borderline anti-Semite.
Democrats are expecting all these scandals and allegations to eventually blow up in Palin and McCain's face like a cherry bomb, but I think we're going to have a longer wait that one might logically expect because that's just not how these guys react to scandals.
No, not even.
They have become the masters of Disaster Politics.
Make a horrific political and/or personal decision lately? No prob, just blame the Media and the Far Left-Wing Blogs for making an Issue out of it.
- It's not my fault, those damn hateful bloggers are just Out TA GET ME!. I'm innocent I tell ya, honest and truly I am... really.
I think we all know that tossing Palin under the bus is not how most Republicans, being so steeped in their own ongoing victimhood (for being rich, white, not white but wishing they weren't, not rich but wishing they were, straight, gay hating, gay - but still in the closet and still gay hating, god fearing, Christian - but not that squishy Mormony kind of Christian, Jewish - but still in the closet... and generally afraid of everyone while being really loud about pretending not to be - "Fuck it, We're gonna DO IT LIVE!") are going to react. They're going to rally 'roud ole Pistol Packin' Palin the more she get criticized.
The more the media howls and hounds her, the more the Wingnuts will cheer.
All she has to do is almost accidentally shoot a friend of hers in the face and she'll have proven she has what it takes to be the Veep to the Republican base.
Just consider the fact that Larry ("Wide Stance") Craig is still in the Senate. So is David ("Red Hot Prostitutes") Vitter and Gov Palin's bestest buddy Ted ("Series of Tubes","Bridge to Nowhere") Stevens even while he's under criminal indictment!
Contrary to McCain whom the evangelical wing still doesn't entirely trust, Palin is like a Godsend to them. She's strongly anti-abortion, pro-gun, pro-business, anti-global warming, anti-science, and "a Maverick (aka Wild Crazy Horse)" like McCain not to mention the head of the Great Alaska National Guard.
Clearly all these scurrilous and unfounded attacks on her character, judgment, competency, experience, integrity and qualifications are simply the mainstream media trying to sabotage the history making candidacy of the first (Republican) woman to run for vice president.
I mean, isn't it obvious that the "Old boys Club" is simply out to get her?
Poor Palin. Pity she that dares to dream of finally gaining access to the Truly Executive wash room.
Mark my words. Palin will be right there with McCain 'til the bitter and clingy end.