Thursday, February 11, 2010

Your Liberal Media Elite will save America with its wisdom.

Karen Tumulty, over at Swampland, the Time magazine blog, has put up two post in the last 24 hours about how Michelle Obama and Joe Biden were both "classy" in not criticizing Sarah Palin in interviews with ancient and often confused Larry King on CNN recently.

These two comments which followed the Biden story have a more astute take on why "classy" is smart politics as well given the media's predilection to buy into every right wing meme out there:
       Like Joe, Michelle or Barrack actually have a choice when it comes to criticizing anyone on the right. They have to be extremely careful because the talking heads would accused them of attacking real Americans. Being partisan and petty. However, there is no media uproar when they criticize their own base, the angry left, for wanting promises kept. The talking heads see that as having courage.
      Yep. And it's not just people. The right gets away with trashing large portions of the country, too.

      Massachusetts is practically used as a swear word (even by former governor Romney). NYC is sneered at (when it's not being used for their own ends) and the term "Chicago politics" is thrown around like it's still the heyday of the first Daley. "East Coast" might as well be a synonym for "communist." Palin talked about "real America" like the rest of us were Canadians. And the punditocracy sneered at Obama vacationing in his home state of Hawaii as if it were wildly exotic. (Nothing said, of course, now that the RNC met there.)

      But, oh, God forbid anyone ever say anything about my native South, the part of the country that's so American it secede from the country and went to war with it.
And speaking of "ancient and confused," David Broder, the astonishingly out-of-touch dean of the Washington press corps, writes a mind-boggling love note to Gov. Quitter in today's Washington Post, started with the headline (which, okay, he didn't write but which his column inspired):
Sarah Palin displays her pitch-perfect populism
Let us pause a moment and reflect on that pitchey perfecty thing while pondering how Broder might have reacted had a Democrat of any sort given such a mean, content-less and pandering speech to a small group of true believers...

Okay, stop. That will only make your head hurt.

Here are the opening paragraphs of Broder's column, which flies in the face of reality to a degree that is almost admirable in its cluelessness:
The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.

Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself, even with notes on her palm.

This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me. I gave her high marks for her vice presidential acceptance speech in St. Paul. But then, and always throughout that campaign, she was laboring to do more than establish her own place. She was selling a ticket headed by John McCain against formidable Democratic opposition and burdened by the legacy of the Bush administration.

Blessed with an enthusiastic audience of conservative activists, Palin used the Tea Party gathering and coverage on the cable networks to display the full repertoire she possesses, touching on national security, economics, fiscal and social policy, and every other area where she could draw a contrast with Barack Obama and point up what Republicans see as vulnerabilities in Washington.

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