Friday, September 12, 2008

Palin Derangement Syndrome Explained

So why is it that the lefty bloggers and the MSM are tripping over each other to see who can print the most hideous tripe about Sarah Palin? Or as Mark Steyn points out satirically,
If you were really savvy, you'd "manipulate" the media into a stampede of lurid drivel deriding her as a Stepford wife and a dominatrix, comparing her to Islamic fundamentalists, Pontius Pilate and porn stars, and dismissing her as a dysfunctional brood mare who can't possibly be the biological mother of the kid she was too dumb to abort. Who knows? It's a long shot, but if you could pull it off, a really cunning media manipulator might succeed in manipulating Howie's buddies into spending the month after Labor Day outbidding each other in some insane Who Wants To Be An Effete Condescending Media Snob? death-match. You'd not only make the press look like bozos, but that in turn might tarnish just a little the fellow these geniuses have chosen to anoint.
How did it get to this point? Two factors lead you inescapably to where we are today.

1. The MSM and the lefty bloggers are playing to each other. The New York Times and MSNBC have dropped all pretense of fairness and are simply running Obama campaign ads 24/7. So is Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post and CNN.

2. Modern liberalism is nihilistic. There are no objective standards of behavior, no fixed rules of personal conduct. Any attempt to suggest such things is seen as the ultimate in repression. When Barack Obama said that determining when life began was above his pay grade he meant it. They cannot even suggest that slaughtering children who have survived abortions is wrong. Where does nihilism lead?
The caustic strength of nihilism is absolute, Nietzsche argues, and under its withering scrutiny "the highest values devalue themselves. The aim is lacking, and 'Why' finds no answer" (Will to Power). Inevitably, nihilism will expose all cherished beliefs and sacrosanct truths as symptoms of a defective Western mythos. This collapse of meaning, relevance, and purpose will be the most destructive force in history, constituting a total assault on reality and nothing less than the greatest crisis of humanity...
The press and the lefty bloggers are going off the deep end because they reward each other for it and because no one can tell them, "No. You must stop."

If you've got a better explanation, I'd like to hear it.


Rose said...

neoneocon on the McCain/computer/Obama ad
Another goof from the well-managed Obama campaign: never mind links to
Instapundit who reminds us that calling McCain a Luddite shows more deficient opposition research by the Obama campaign. Reader Sandeep Dath sends this Forbes article from 2000:

This Internet-driven decentralization meant that the McCain campaign could organize down to a virtually block-by-block level for little cost. It allowed a thin organization to compete against the heavily financed and well-organized Bush machine, and it gave McCain campaign dollars an estimated 4-to-1 advantage over Bush greenbacks.

McCain himself was convinced early on that the Internet had to play a critical role in the campaign. Time and again it allowed him to leverage his money and his organization. "In the Virginia primary," McCain told me, "we needed a lot of petitions signed to get on the ballot. We had the form available to download off the Internet and got 17,000 signatures with very little trouble."

Ultimately, McCain realized he couldn't go the distance, but the message was clear to any political organization with hopes for the future. His Web team had played the Internet like a Stradivari. . . .

In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate's savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. "She's a whiz on the keyboard, and I'm so laborious," McCain admits.

Yes, McCain's 2000 campaign was famous at the time for its pioneering use of the Internet. Really, whatever Obama's paying his people, it's too much . . . .

Rose said...

If the media runs with Obama's version... it could get interesting.