Sarah Palin eclipsing another Republican governor prior to the second day of the 2008 Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Miami November 13, 2008. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES)
Dick Cavett is playing language cop today and naturally, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has offended his deepest sensibilities. Her grammar troubles him, not her straight talking truth, because of course, the man wouldn’t recognize that if it bit him on the backside. Somehow, it does get to him though, so he strikes out at her, to belittle, to injure, to somehow deny the growing reality that with Gov. Sarah Palin there is a certain date a comin’, say, 2012.
For some unknown reason, in this recent, most protracted, and most foul presidential campaign, Dick Cavett’s fine feathers were not at all ruffled by the Obama campaign of hope and change, a campaign full of cliche-filled, “yes we can” sloganeering, which echoed throughout the country, up every hill and down every dale until it seemed that one could hear the chant in every quiet corner of ones’ own home.
The fad-speak of the Obama campaign became the muzak of the summer, the yes-we-can, employed over and over again at Obama rallies. The frenzy of it all made weak minded people faint; those simple borrowed words of a little train.
The slogan wasn’t even original. One would have thought that Cavett would have at least taken offense at that fact. But liberals are so predictable. Cavett struck out at Palin perhaps because she has emerged from the election more popular than ever.
Who has assaulted our language the most? The One, who used words as a wall in which he could hide his past associations and leftist leanings? The man who told Joe the Plumber he had plans to spread the wealth around. (which said words are now haunting the stock market) Barack Obama, who argueably picked Joe Biden chiefly because Biden’s gaffes are bigger than his own.
Or Sarah Palin, who expressed herself in a unique Alaskan/Minnesotan dialect, not unlike Marge Gunderson, the persevering but always nice Chief of Police in the movie, Fargo. Palin spoke to the regular, everyday Americans, the unpolled ones, the not so political working Americans the McCain advance teams unbelievably, tried to keep away from her on the campaign trail.
They understood her quite well.
I will take Camille Paglia’s intellectual reasoning over Dick Cavett’s mincing of words any day.
Given that Obama had served on a Chicago board with Ayers and approved funding of a leftist educational project sponsored by Ayers, one might think that the unrepentant Ayers-Dohrn couple might be of some interest to the national media. But no, reporters have been too busy playing mini-badminton with every random spitball about Sarah Palin, who has been subjected to an atrocious and at times delusional level of defamation merely because she has the temerity to hold pro-life views.
How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don’t know their asses from their elbows.
Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.
I like Sarah Palin, and I’ve heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is — and quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn’t speak the King’s English — big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns — that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.
As for the Democrats who sneered and howled that Palin was unprepared to be a vice-presidential nominee — what navel-gazing hypocrisy! What protests were raised in the party or mainstream media when John Edwards, with vastly less political experience than Palin, got John Kerry’s nod for veep four years ago? And Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, for whom I lobbied to be Obama’s pick and who was on everyone’s short list for months, has a record indistinguishable from Palin’s. Whatever knowledge deficit Palin has about the federal bureaucracy or international affairs (outside the normal purview of governors) will hopefully be remedied during the next eight years of the Obama presidencies.
The U.S. Senate as a career option? What a claustrophobic, nitpicking comedown for an energetic Alaskan — nothing but droning committees and incestuous back-scratching. No, Sarah Palin should stick to her governorship and just hit the rubber-chicken circuit, as Richard Nixon did in his long haul back from political limbo following his California gubernatorial defeat in 1962. Step by step, the mainstream media will come around, wipe its own mud out of its eyes, and see Palin for the populist phenomenon that she is.
Sarah Palin may have hurt John McCain in one way, but one way only. Many of us would have loved to see Sarah Palin in the three Presidential debates against Obama because she more than held her own against there-you-go-again Joe Biden. After seeing her performance in the campaign we wished Sarah Palin had been our Republican nominee in 2008. She totally eclipsed John McCain in the campaign which is probably what bothered many of his aides.
So, Mr. Dick Cavett, the caveat of this pushback post is to remind you about your own blind eyes. When you refuse to regard all sides of an issue you lack the ability to see the big picture. Although you might find the grammatical errors of Sarah Palin a sign of intellectual weakness others find her real, charming and authentic. (including Camille Paglia) Sarah Palin’s words are not empty, or polled, or planned to evoke a response from a certain segment of people. They are earnest words, and serious and meant to be delivered to all of the American people.
Deal with it.
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