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When Barack's berserkers lost the plot

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Sep 7, 2008

Incisive article from the UK left The Guardian today Web Link

"My colleagues in the American liberal press had little to fear at the start of the week.
Their charismatic candidate was ahead in virtually every poll.
George W Bush was so unpopular that conservatives were scrambling around for reasons not to invite the Republican President to the Republican convention.
Democrats had only to maintain their composure and the White House would be theirs....But instead of protecting their precious advantage, they succumbed to a spasm of hatred and threw the vase, the crockery, the cutlery and the kitchen sink at an obscure politician from Alaska.
But instead of following a measured strategy, they went berserk.
On the one hand, the media treated her as a sex object.
The New York Times led the way in painting Palin as a glamour-puss in go-go boots you were more likely to find in an Anchorage lap-dancing club than the Alaska governor's office.

On the other, liberal journalists turned her family into an object of sexual disgust: inbred rednecks who had stumbled out of Deliverance

When a hate campaign goes wrong, however, disaster follows.
And everything that could go wrong with the campaign against Palin did."

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Posted by Samuel
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

Excellent analysis and commentary, thanks poster!
Favorite line:

''As it was, her family appeared on stage without a goitre or a club foot between them, and Palin made a fighting speech that appealed over the heads of reporters to the public we claim to represent.''

" is not a politician's enemies who lose elections, but his friends."

"In Britain, the most snobbish attacks on Margaret Thatcher did not come from aristocrats but from the communist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who opined that Thatcherism was the 'anarchism of the lower middle classes' and the liberal Jonathan Miller, who deplored her 'odious suburban gentility"

Sarah Palin is held in high regard as she is compared with Mrs. Thatcher.
Great article. Mr. Cohen gets it.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

Great article.

Roger Simon gets it too:Web Link

In all my years writing movies, going to drama school, etc., I have almost never seen anything so dramatic.
It was the rebirth of Frank Capra for our times - Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington.
This woman is a star and a star of the American kind we have not seen for years.
She really is born live from a Capra movie, from the days Hollywood told stories about the greatness of our country.
I don't agree with her about everything but so what?
I don't agree with anybody about everything except, luckily for me, my wife.
But Sarah Palin is a force of nature. Like a Jimmy Stewart character channeled by Claudette Colbert.

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Posted by Rex Barber
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

Media man is so stupid.
This story is clear on that point. Quote: In an age when politics is choreographed, voters watch out for the moments when the public-relations facade breaks down and venom pours through the cracks.

My message is for them to keep it up. Obama will lose.

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Posted by Elect McCain????
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:20 am

What's a beserker? Is that a new word the republicans have just invented?
Quite the creation of a myth regarding treatment of Palin? I guess since she is a republican, there is no need to look into her past and investigate what she has done and said. Of course, any of that will be considered an "attack/smear" on her. Typical republican revisionist take on this.
Like, though, how one person posts and then posts 4 pro-post reponses using other names.

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Posted by Bike
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I read the Guardian article you linked, found it both very entertaining and informative,those Brit's sure have great sense of irony and satire.
What gives it extra credibility for me is that the Guardian is a staunchly left wing paper.I hope Cohen keeps on the story,refreshing and funny.

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Posted by stephen
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Willie Brown has sobering view in sfgate Web Link

Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee

Willie Brown

Sunday, September 7, 2008
Willie Brown

The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign.


Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense.

Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo.

From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going to have to start explaining their positions.

Whenever you start having to explain things, you're on defense.

We have to get on top of this, David Axelrod did a terrible job on the talk shows this morning via Huffington PostWeb Link

We can do better than this, when do we roll out the big guns like Bill and Hillary?

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Obama's stil ahead in the polls. We're really back to pre-convention levels for both candidates.

But more to the point, I think, is this article:

Web Link

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

"Obama's stil ahead in the polls"


That's not what I hear. At any rate, it is now a fight.

It will come down to taxes and drilling and Iraq victory and personal beliefs (all as shorthand for judgement). McCain and Palin win that one, hands down.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm


It's always been a fight. And to some of us, that was always obvious. I mean from my side of things, it was "a polarizing woman and a black guy"--neither of those were going to be automatic wins for the White House.

But you should read the Web link. (LA Times story). I think for swing voters it's going to come down to the economy.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2008 at 1:37 pm


This Video Could Win a Couple of Swing States

Piper in 2044.

Web Link

As for the women's vote

"When a hate campaign goes wrong, however, disaster follows… when the politically committed go on a berserker you should listen for the sound of their own principles smacking them in the face.

Journalists who believe in women's equality should not spread sexual smears about a candidate, or snigger at her teenage daughter's pregnancy, or declare that a mother with a young family cannot hold down a responsible job for the pragmatic reason that they will look like gross hypocrites if they do."

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Posted by Mike-Crescent Park
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Mike-Crescent Park is a registered user.

Elect McCain???:
I'm sure as a liberal poster on this site you consider yourself an intellectual. But you question (scoff at it actually) the term 'Berserker' and without lifting a finger to check accuse Republicans of creating it.

It is so easy to look things up in the age of the Internet. 'Berserker' is indeed a legitimate term from Nordic warriors who worked themselves into a frenzy before battle. Look here Web Link

Now don't you feel silly?

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 8, 2008 at 8:43 am

svatoid is a registered user.

Mike-Crescent Park: Seems to me that elect McCain asked a straight forward question--no accusation of anything in it?
Why not provide a civil answer, instead of the snide reply you posted.

Looks to me like the "berserkers" are the posters on these threads who will not stand for anyone criticizing Palin.

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Posted by Mike-Crescent park
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 8, 2008 at 9:25 am

Mike-Crescent park is a registered user.

A lot of the time any participation on these posts seems like chewing gum; it uses up some time but to no great value.

If you read Elect's post again, and his others, you will see that my point re his attack is valid. The person who is Elect is content to blame and ridicule Republicans for making up a word and then goes on in this post with partisan talking points about revisionism and the fairness of attacking Palin, when this post is about Obama.

Like chewing gum though, I have no right to expect that the overall participation in any of these political posts will produce anything meaningful as a result.

My belief is that Obama is an empty suit who gives really great speeches. He is a creation of media and the new media, and that his success thus far is due to the place we are as a people in history where reality tv rules, and a few bright minutes on the screen everyday is enough to mask a gross lack of accomplishment and knowledge.

It looks like quite a few others are feeling the same way as I.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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