Sunday, 12 July 2009

Noonan on Palin's "working-class" creds.

From the WSJ:

... Palin has now stepped down, but she continues to poll high among some members of the Republican base, some of whom have taken to telling themselves Palin myths.

To wit, "I love her because she's so working-class." This is a favorite of some party intellectuals. She is not working class, never was, and even she, avid claimer of advantage that she is, never claimed to be and just lets others say it. Her father was a teacher and school track coach, her mother the school secretary. They were middle-class figures of respect, stability and local status. I think intellectuals call her working-class because they see the makeup, the hair, the heels and the sleds and think they're working class "tropes." ...

What she is, is a seemingly very nice middle-class girl with ambition, appetite and no sense of personal limits. ...

America doesn't need Sarah Palin to prove it was, and is, a nation of unprecedented fluidity. Her rise and seeming fall do nothing to prove or refute this."The elites hate her." The elites made her. It was the elites of the party, the McCain campaign and the conservative media that picked her and pushed her. The base barely knew who she was. It was the elites, from party operatives to public intellectuals, who advanced her and attacked those who said she lacked heft. She is a complete elite confection. She might as well have been a bonbon."She makes the Republican Party look inclusive." She makes the party look stupid, a party of the easily manipulated.


One of the volatile issues for Palin has been whether boundaries have been transgressed by the MSM and internet media in using her family to attack and mock her. It would seem that sport is also gleefully played by rightwing neocons commenting at the Free Republic.


Merci to LuLu at Canadian Cynic, The important thing to remember, darlings ...

2 comments:

The Rational Number said...

I hope Palin does run for the nomination in 2012. She does a lot to differentiate herself and her supporters from the left. Overall, I think the Republicans fought a battle over the 'soft' left voters, and lost to Obama. McCain made too many compromises to attract the left.

In particular I think they're losing core support from long time Republicans. First, stem that loss by moving further away from the extreme left (like the Democrats) and back toward the centre.

Glad I'm typing, I could never say that with a straight face ;-)

deBeauxOs said...

Other than Reclusive Leftist (her followers/Palin admirers seem mostly center-right, from their comments) does Palin have any support from the left?

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