I am astounded at the media frenzy attacking the Vice-Presidential candidate, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, but not for the reason that most people are. Most conservatives seem to be thinking that this is an unprecedented attack on the privacy of a candidate’s life. That’s not why I am surprised. I am surprised at the media’s idiocy. Normally, they are much more image-savvy than this, and much more politically calculating.
Here is a candidate that has the potential (and is certainly off to a good start) to fire up the conservative base of the Republican Party, and who has already upstaged Barack Obama in a major way. And she’s a woman. A conservative woman. The announcement of her as a running mate for McCain could not have come at a better time for the GOP. As many have already noted, Republicans have only wanted to prevent Obama from winning. Now many are excited that McCain could win. It came immediately after the DNC, insuring that the news from that convention would be old news just a day afterwards. Any kick that Obama might have gotten in the polls would be completely eliminated because of this impeccable timing. And now, McCain has the RNC to give him a kick.
The liberal media knows that they have to do something to win back the momentum, or at least slow McCain down, so they attack her. This is political suicide, if you ask me. It will not help the Democrats for Barack Obama and Joe Biden to distance themselves passively from such attacks. While that is laudable, it seems evident to me that a two-step is going on here. If Obama wants to convince the people that he is not in favor of attacking Sarah Palin, then he needs to attack the media attack. He needs to denounce the two-faced hypocritical media assassination attempt.
If the DNC wanted to eliminate the influence that Sarah Palin could have on this election (which I predict will be by far the most influence a VP candidate has EVER exercised on an election), they should have simply ignored her. There is a lot of time between now and November. Sarah Palin would eventually become old news. But what the media has done wil backfire in an enormous way. This, combined with Obama’s foot-in-mouth statements of late practically guarantee that this race is McCain’s to lose.