Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Independent: Palin has floored the left

It is one of the most cherished illusions of the left that conviction politicians of the right are stupid: not just wrong, but actually obtuse. The consequences of such prejudice are obvious: colossal underestimation, leading to blind arrogance, and thus electoral defeat.

Margaret Thatcher – "that stupid woman" – was a great (and grateful) beneficiary of this collective conceit of the British left ; in the United States it was even truer of the career of Ronald Reagan – who also happened to be the most popular American politician of the post-war era.

How, with his simple faith, apparently eternal optimism and starry-eyed reverence for the American flag could Ronald Reagan be anything other than "an amiable dunce"? Only a simple idiot would, as President, dare to denounce the Soviet Union "an evil empire", surely? How could anyone except a man still thinking that he was on a film set possibly say "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall"? Yet when the Berlin Wall was duly dismantled, Reagan's political opponents – who included the entire European social democratic movement – could not bear to contemplate the fact that this ex-Hollywood actor had understood the inherent rottenness of socialist economics far more profoundly than they.

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Lefties, if you want Obama to win you're going to need a little humility, a little less arrogance, and just generally a more constructive narrative for America's future. All this bitching creates sympathy for Palin, beseiged by the biased and snobbish media...

3 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

I don't support Obama. Both the Dems and Republicans offer a third Bush term.

I disagree with you. Obama has only thrown softballs.

marvin said...

You don't support Obama?! Interesting. You think he hasn't been hard enough with the Republican campaign, or you think he's just lacking in real substance or difference from Bush administration?

Tu S.Tin said...

Lefties, if you want Obama to win you're going to need a little , and just generally a more constructive narrative for America's future. All this bitching creates sympathy for Palin


I agree ... and why is that?
why does all the bitching from the left create sympathy for Palin ... but the same approach used from the right has an opposite effect? Just saying obama makes you stupid, and I can't for the life of me understand why? so point the humility, and arrogance finger both ways. I will call the republicans "right" ... but like I asked already ... why does that make anyone not supporting them automatically left?