I received phone calls and emails this week from like-minded souls wondering “what on Earth are we going to do about this Palin woman?”
My answer, from now on, is this: Nothing. Shes either had her 15 minutes, or she is going to be our next Vice-President. For the type of game the GOP has to play to win, she was a brilliant pick. Note, please, Palin was a strategic pick, not for her views on the issues, or her record as Mayor or Governor, and certainly not for her intelligence, but because she is a woman, and a Christian. Any criticism of her can be easily spun into an attack on God and Motherhood. This is what our opponents do, and quite well. So stop playing their game.
Lets look at the map of the electoral college, shall we? Lets start with those states “in the bag.” Out west, its Calif, Oregon, and Washington. The Southwest? New Mexico. There are toss-up states out there that I’m not counting on to win: Colorado and Nevada. If we get either one, McCain loses.
Supposedly, these are the “toss up” states: Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virgina, North Carolina, and Indiana. (Indiana?!! Really?) Of those, we take Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and either N.C. or Virginia, we win. Even if we lose Florida and Ohio.
We will not win this thing focusing on Palin. There is no Lakoffian counter punch to throw, so why engage? Personally, I think she self-destructs unless they manage to keep her away from the press until November.
We turn-out, we win. Hopefully, we are lawyered-up in the key precincts, just in case, but if we don’t set records for turnout, we don’t deserve to win. Everything else is bullshit.
Sean Braisted summed it up nicely, and is the Quote of the Day:
Seriously, if shit like this gets traction, we will prove that the concept of democracy is a failure, and we might as well all learn Mandarin.