Monday, March 29


Who knows what will happen in 2012... Mitt Romney... Jindal...McCain...Palin... Huckabee... Take a look at these quotes from Politico.

"Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan."
Sarah Palin is not stupid. She's street. And there is no place for a smart, non-deferential woman from the street in elite White political culture. Black culture is more familiar with the man or woman from the street who is street smart and able to articulate the concerns of the masses.

The distance between the elite and the street has always been shorter in the Black experience. And since the Watts riot of 1965, no less than the Great Migration from the South to the North during World War I, the Black middle class has known that the street can rise up and fundamentally change the political calculus of everyday life for the Black elite, in an instant or a decade.

But in White power circles, a street person is usually seen as a threat, something usually called "Black Power" or, in this case, "Right Wing Populism." What's interesting about Norman Podhoretz's commentary about conservative disdain for Sarah Palin is that it unintentionally shows what everyone else knows--that Washington based political conservatives and liberals belong to the same class.

And they share the same class attitude towards her--or anyone-- who enters the mainstream without having gone through the vetting of its establishment. This is particularly true for Sarah Palin because she is a woman. Think about it: when John McCain selected her as his running mate, in his Hail Mary Pass move to save his failing presidential bid, he passed over legions of Republican women who had patiently paid their dues to a national--and male--political establishment that demanded of them a deference it did not extract from men. The anger over her selection in that crowd of women, which included the likes of Peggy Noonan, was palpable. This is perhaps one of the reasons that in some polls, Sarah Palin gets better approval numbers from men than women. Of course, Sarah Palin brings something else from the street that attracts men--she is sexy. But sexiness from a woman in politics is often viewed as dangerous.

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