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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why do they hate Sarah Palin? They do so out of fear.

Sorry about all the Sarah Palin coverage here but we cover the political and current events of the day, and the media can't seem to shut up about her. The problem is they're lashing out in such a reckless manner that their talking points aren't resonating with voters. It's reverberating int he fever swamp only as the nutters on the Left continue to throw out the same slanderous lines the media has now for six days. Today, the Wall Street Journal explains why the media is acting the way it is:

Even as the Obama camp ponders how best to handle John McCain's veep pick of Sarah Palin, the high priests and priestesses of the media have marked her as an apostate. The Beltway class is in full-throated rebellion against a nondomesticated conservative who might pose a threat to their coronation of Barack Obama and the return of Camelot-on-the-Potomac. ...

This is the same media whose chant for weeks -- no, months -- has been "let McCain be McCain." If we know anything about John McCain, it is that he is by instinct a reformer, sometimes to a fault. Yet when he acts like McCain and picks a maverick reformer in his own mold, his former media cheering squad turns on him for not conforming to Beltway mores and picking someone they've all met 10 times in the CNN green room.

They want a VP to be a kind of parliamentary choice, someone they have already vetted, someone who's made them laugh with insider jokes at the Gridiron dinner. The Beltway class whines constantly about how it wants fresh voices in politics, but we guess this means a first-term Democratic Senator rather than a first-term Republican Governor from some godforsaken U.S. state few of them have ever been to.

We are instructed that Mrs. Palin isn't qualified, because she lacks Washington experience. But until recently that was said to be a virtue in Mr. Obama, who is at the top of his ticket. Meanwhile, there's hardly a peep of media notice that the Obama campaign is preposterously trying to remake Joe Biden into a poor scrapper from Scranton when he's been in the Senate for 36 years. They all know Joe. But when Mr. McCain picks an authentic middle-class mother who is also a Governor, we are told she's not up to the job.

The spin du jour is that her choice reflects poorly on Candidate McCain because she wasn't properly vetted. Yet this seems to be false. Campaign vetter A.B. Culvahouse, White House counsel under Ronald Reagan, says Mrs. Palin told the campaign about her pregnant daughter and her husband's DUI at the age of 22. On Monday, Time magazine's Nathan Thornburgh wrote from Wasilla, Alaska, that Bristol Palin's pregnancy had been known by virtually everyone there, with little made of it. But what do these private family matters have to do with Mrs. Palin's credentials to be Vice President in any case?

The press in 2000 ignored marijuana use by Al Gore's son, as it should have. But now we are told a teenage pregnancy is going to raise second thoughts among evangelicals and "family values voters" about Mrs. Palin's ability to be both a mother and a public official. This is also false.

Leaving aside the embarrassing reality that the Beltway press corps barely knows any evangelicals, religious leaders this week greeted the pregnancy news with support for the Palins. Offering support for unwed pregnant women and their families is a primary activity of these churches from one end of America to the other. That might even make a good story for someone this weekend.

What's really going on here is that the Beltway class can see how popular the Palin pick is with Republicans outside Washington, and especially with middle-class conservatives. As Richard Land, a leader with the Southern Baptist Convention, said Monday, John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin closed the "enthusiasm gap" between the two parties.

There is nothing more dangerous to entrenched Washington power than a populist conservative who looks unlikely to buy into Washington's creature comforts. Take a close look at Governor Palin's record on ethics and energy in Alaska, and it becomes clear what this Beltway outburst is actually about. The irony is that while Senator Obama is running on change, his acceptance speech made explicit that he's promising only more power and money for Washington. Sarah Palin's history of taking on the career politicians of a corrupt Alaskan GOP machine -- her own party -- shows that she's the more authentic change agent.

The Journal editors are completely correct. She is an outsider who doesn't take to the regular DC machine ethos. She's not afraid to shake up the status quo, as her record in Alaska shows. The "Beltway Boys" (the title of the piece, not a reference to Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke on FOX News) are scared of her because they don't know what to make of her. She doesn't follow the typical path that most politicians follow. To top it off, under the scathing attacks we have seen since her nomination, she doesn't seem to be phased by it. She may have never had to deal with this sort of press scrutiny before, but she works it like she's a pro. There will be no crying from her because there is no crying in politics.

Make no mistake, folks. The media is doing what it can to tear her down. The Beltway elites will try to smash her. But in the end it's not going to work. She doesn't play politics the way the DC elite does. She's not going to back down. That should be more than evident given her record of taking on the corrupt, good-ol'-boys network in Alaska.

Don't believe us? Fine, take it from James Lucier at the American Spectator:

Palin came into the governor's office and found a mess on her desk. The oil deal struck by defeated Republican governor Frank Murkowski wasn't working. Through creative accounting by big oil and ambiguous reporting standards, the Murkowski plan just wasn't giving the State of Alaska the pay-off that was expected. So the former mayor of Wasilla (population 9,000, as the MSM always points out) demanded that the agreement be renegotiated and the terms be nailed down. They laughed when she sat down to negotiate, but in the end she had a new deal that delivered 50 percent of the oil revenues to the Alaska Permanent Fund, and enabled Palin to send a check for $1,200 to every qualified Alaskan citizen.

Are the Beltway types scared? You bet they are. The McCain/Palin ticket is one based on reform; based on shaking things up. They want Obama and Biden because they want to maintain the status quo. Bringing Sarah Palin into DC is a direct threat to them. they know that if she's there, and is backed up by a President McCain, their days of wine and roses -- tea and crumpets with the chattering, do-nothing class -- will be numbered.

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