Cheap shots against Palin
SLevinson at law.utexas.edu
Fri Nov 7 10:11:43 PST 2008
For what it is worth, which may be nothing, I put McCain's enthusiasm for Sarah Palin in the context of his otherwise inexiplicable embrace of Joe the Plumber (who was neither named Joe nor a licensed plumber, but that's another thing entirely): The editor of the Weekly Standard, on a radio interview yesterday, described the current Republican Party as "white, rural, religious, and anti-credintials." As a description of the McCain campaign, this seems altogether correct. The animosity against Palin is a function not only of her lack of certain relevant knowledge (which might make the references to Joe Biden's errors fair game), but also of her almost Jeffersonian animosity to the majority of Americans who live in cities. And J the P, of course, was a parody of know-nothingism. Does anyone recall a prior campaign where a candidate (especially a Republican) so incorporated a yahoo like J the P into his campaign. There have long since been evocations of "silent majorities" and the like, but I don't recall Richard Nixon actually wanting to demonstrate that he was pals with someone like J the P.
I readily agree that this comment has nothing directly to do with analysis of the Constitution, so I will place any further remarks on a blog and not here.
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