Suddenly the Maverick has Democrats nervous
By Chris Ingram
The overwhelming response to my recent column “McCain Gets the Gold” – which focused on the senator’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate – serves as anecdotal evidence that the pick was a good one, and McCain’s prospects for victory in November are better than ever.
How so? Several things, including:
1. The comments I have received from self-identified Republicans (and those I know to be Republicans) have been overwhelmingly supportive of McCain’s selection.
2. The comments I have received from Democrats have been trivial, petty, short-sighted, and immature.
3. The number of blog comments on the posting is five times greater than most postings.
4. The column is the second most-viewed posting since Irreverent View’s launch in April and visitors have spent more time reading that column than any other.
5. My columns usually appear simultaneously on the Huffington Post. However, for whatever reason, “McCain Gets the Gold” has still not been posted by that site – it’s been 3 days. I’m not sure why, but usually they are posted within a few hours of submitting. A pro McCain column may be more than Arianna can bear. It is also worth noting that the HuffingtonPost site is currently littered with numerous ridiculous postings including a banner posting claiming Mrs. Palin will withdraw from the ticket. In your dreams Arianna!
In short, I think Senator McCain has hit a nerve and the Democrats better not blink until November.
So what about those comments? As I mentioned, the comments received from Democrats have included everything from the petty to the ridiculous to the extreme.
One such extreme commenter suggested that Mrs. Palin “has a history of neglecting her family” and would be further neglecting her newborn (you know, the one with Down’s syndrome that she did not abort) because she will be on the campaign trail. The commenter questioned her ability to breast-feed during this time — obviously this posting came from a man. The commenter also suggested the fact that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant is proof Mrs. Palin is a bad mom (they passed no judgment about John Edwards or Jesse Jackson’s illegitimate children or how that behavior should be judged). Give me a break! I guess if you are a liberal Democrat it’s okay to abort fetuses but if you have the child you better keep breast-feeding them until they’re 14 or you’ll be vilified as an unfit parent. And by-God if Bill Clinton somehow gets around your teenage daughter and knocks her up – it will be your fault!
Several Democrats commented on how terrible and exploitative it is that McCain picked a woman. They suggested the selection of Palin was just to attract some of the discontented female Hillary Clinton supporters. They argued Mrs. Palin brings nothing else to the table than her gender. While certainly McCain would like to have the vote of some of those women, he’s more likely looking at appealing to moderate/independent types than died in the wool Democrat crossover’s. McCain also needed Palin because she’s strong with the conservative wing of the G.O.P. — an area where McCain has always been weak.
One thing is certain, John McCain could get all the discontented Hillary Clinton votes in November, but if he doesn’t get the base of his party at plus 90 percent, he won’t be sleeping in the White House anytime soon. Shoring up the base was the first order of business for McCain.
And while yes, McCain picked Palin in part because she is a woman, that is not a reason to damned John McCain as another commenter did. Yes. Okay. You’re right! He picked her in-part because she is a female. But let me tell you something, the fact that Joe Biden is a white guy, has experience, and has gray hair most certainly figured into Barack Obama’s selection of the senator from Delaware. Do you think if there had been a stately, experienced, African American who knows proper use of the King’s English to choose from that Obama would have picked him? Of course not! Why? Because race still matters. In this case, having two black men on the ticket would have been a bad choice because it probably would be more than the country could handle at one time. Twenty years from now, maybe not, but today, yes – it matters. All of these things matter. It’s politics!
So why are Democrats now all of a sudden so insulted by McCain playing politics with politics?
For the first time in years Republicans are enthusiastic and victory is within reach.
Editor’s note: HuffingtonPost finally posted the column in question on Sept. 2, at 7:57 p.m. EST — more than 3.5 days after it was submitted, and 5 hours after this critical column was posted.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.