Why are they desperate?

Speaking of libertarians and Sarah Palin, I can think of no fiercer libertarian pundit than Vin Suprynowicz. (He's long been one of my favorites.) I have to say, it came as a surprise to me to see that he's endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket. Not that he considers McCain a libertarian. But then, McCain is not claiming to be a libertarian. Bob Barr is, however, and Suprynowicz just isn't buying:

...This year, [] the Libertarian Party has nominated Fearless Drug Warrior Bob Barr, a man who has opposed medical marijuana initiatives, opposed needle exchanges, a man who zealously locked up for years those seeking to peacefully medicate themselves or help others to do so, shoving them into small cages where they're subject to anal rape by guys named "Bubba."

It's tempting to stay home on Nov. 4....

Like me, Suprynowicz harbors no delusions that McCain is a closeted libertarian trapped in a centrist Republican's body. Still, he recognizes that the man has integrity and character:
Wishing won't make John McCain a small-government libertarian. But think back to how the defeatist fellow-travelers in the media ridiculed him when he said The Surge could defeat al-Qaida in Iraq.

Think back to when the genius political analysts told you McCain's campaign was dead, that this guy was so clueless he had no remaining plan but to spend the entire autumn in New Hampshire, hanging out and gabbing with the locals at Dunkin' Donuts.

And then last week my former senator, John McCain, threw the entire race into a maelstrom, confounding all expectations and common wisdom by choosing Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.

If Democrats believed what they say -- that Gov. Palin is such a poor choice that John McCain might as well fold his tent and go home -- they should be condescendingly patting the little lady on the head right now, saying, "Oh, how cute."

So how are we to explain the way the Democratic Party is now going after Sarah Palin and her perfectly lovely pregnant daughter, for all the world like the frenzied final holdouts on some Japanese-occupied Pacific atoll, shrieking "Banzai!" as they level their bayonets and charge the machine guns in their loincloths?

I've already lost count of the ways the ululating harridans have attacked this anti-corruption reformer....

There's something about the frantic attacks coupled with transparent "helpful advice" to McCain that he avoid "another Eagleton" that evinces pure desperation. Suprynowicz looks closely at this, and offers a disturbing explanation.
Why the desperation?

Because Vice President Sarah Palin would mean Americans could actually end up electing a woman president without tapping a manipulative, soulless, stay-married-just-to-stay-in-power socialist.

How dare the Republicans threaten to do that? Only the "progressive" party is supposed to be allowed to put the first articulate woman in line for the White House! Why, it's just like when the Republicans dared to put a conservative black man on the Supreme Court. It's so wrong!

Sarah Palin is a gun owner and Westerner who seems to still understand the core American notions of Freedom and the Frontier, a woman who vetoed a half billion dollars in proposed state spending and "put the government of our state back on the side of the people."

Yes, it bothers me that she might outlaw other women's abortion choices if she could. But she can't.

What these screeching attacks on Sarah Palin are really all about is not a pregnant daughter or a 20-year-old DUI. And the "no foreign policy experience" red herring would have barred Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as Barack Obama.

What this is really all about is that she is the first everyday American in a generation, the first person who is not an Ivy League attorney, not a career Washington insider, not vetted by the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA and Ellen Goodman, a person who works her husband's fishing boat and drives her own car to work and buys her own groceries, to be given a shot at leading this nation.

And that appears to have a certain element of the political power structure terrified.

Why do you suppose that is?

Gov. Sarah Palin can't save America all by herself. That's the underlying absurdity of this near-religious frenzy to pick a new Guy On A White Horse every eight years.

But an America that could elect Sarah Palin might still save itself.

Save itself from whom?

Why, from them, of course!

(Readers know who they are, so I don't want to repeat myself. But I've written a number of posts trying to define them.)

The only thing I'd add is that I have long believed that what "they" most fear is an alliance between libertarians and social conservatives. I'm not saying this will necessarily happen, but if it ever did, the fallout would be very bad.

Why, such a thing might even jeopardize the very future of socialism!

posted by Eric on 09.08.08 at 10:43 AM


We must get the intelligentsia off the backs of the people.

Let them go.

Brett   ·  September 8, 2008 11:19 AM

I think he is wise not to expect too much from Palin, even if she becomes president. The entrenched beauracracy will wear her down, and she will accept compromises that will be odious. She may also turn out to have some major failings in who she chooses and how she plays her hand. All presidents have major failings.

BUT! She will actually get some things accomplished that no one else would dare do, in terms of cutting government back. That's worth a lot.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  September 8, 2008 12:28 PM

McCain & Palin will accomplish nothing. You think the smears against her are bad now? Wait until she's in office. Every one of these smug creeps will slander her unrelentingly. The massive Fed bureaucracy will pour sand in the gears. M & P's instructions will be ignored, their policies fought tooth & nail, their reforms mired in the courts for years.

The permanent civil service runs this country. They've run it for a century now. Think about it: when you actually have to deal with the government, whom do you contact? The President? The Governor? No. You call a faceless bureaucrat, make an appointment, stand in line for an hour or six, fill out eight pages of forms, then start all over when the f.b. points out you put a 7 instead of an 8 on line G17-166b. The bureaucrats have been entrenched since before McCain was born. They'll still be there long after Palin is dead.

I think the key marker for elite status is a degree from a "name" university, coupled with the belief that only experts can & should formulate policy.

molyuk   ·  September 14, 2008 11:09 PM

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