Thursday, September 04, 2008
Sarah Palin formally introduced herself to the American people last night as a pitbull with lipstick. While it's generally unseemly to take shots at a woman whose 19-year-old son is off to Iraq next week and whose youngest son has Down's Syndrome, Sarah Palin has entered the political fray with fists flying, for which she can expect Team Obama to return the favor. Watch your kids, Sarah.
Palin reiterated the Republicans' message that Obama is not ready to lead and that his superstar status on the campaign trail does not a President make. Listening to Palin, who was preceded by Rudy Giuliani, it's hard to imagine what the Dems' comeback can be to the arguments mounted against Obama: that he's inexperienced, that he's all words, that he's not taking the war on terror seriously, that he's a flip-flopper. You know, the things Hillary used to say during the primaries.
But beneath the logical points made by the Republicans last night (true, true and true that Obama has never lead a state, an army, a business), all Republican rhetoric is laced with an undercurrent of malice, xenophobia and isolationism that I just can't agree with. This is a party that would like nothing more than to see this country inhabited by Sarah Palins and nothing but; this is a party who sees every other country as an enemy and who thinks America's greatness is a birthright.
And it's on that last point that the real GOP and Democrat divide lies. Whereas the Republicans think greatness will come from looking inward, by focusing on "moral" issues and taking an adversarial stance with the world, the Democrats are at least open to the idea of dialogue and of engaging in a new international community that promotes American values. Well, for now they are...let's see what happens over the next few weeks.