2008 The Love Affair Is Over, Right?
posted by September 4 at 12:11 PMon
No more donuts with sprinkles, right?
One of the things that the press loved about John McCain was that—unlike the ravers and paranoids that compromise the Republican base—McCain seemed to like reporters, he respected them, the role they play in our democracy, he let them ride on his bus (!), and McCain didn’t engage in a lot of biased-librul-media rhetoric. It was exciting, no doubt, for the media elite to contemplate a presidential race that included a GOP nominee who wouldn’t indulge in a lot of gratuitous media bashing. (Just, you know, the usual gay bashing.)
But now that he’s the nominee, McCain is adopting all sorts of new positions—on drilling, on the environment, on taxes, on abortion—to appease the haters that are the GOP base. (Be careful there, old man, or you’re going to injure yourself with those contortions.) And, after last night’s Palin speech, we can add knee-jerk media bashing to the list….
“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment,” Ms. Palin said in her remarks, which took aim at the news media as the crowd began lustily booing the press. “And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion; I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
So… Sarah Palin is going to Washington to serve the people of this country and not, you know, reporters and commentators. They’re not the people of this country. They’re… well, what exactly are they? (Maybe they’re dangerous secessionists who hate America?) Perhaps a reporter or a commentator could ask Sarah Palin what exactly they are if and when the GOP’s VP nominee gets around to holding a press conference.
Bring proof of citizenship, media elite.