- 'Pappy' O'Daniel
Just another political comment today, and that in pencil. This was written to someone I know online, and, well, there it is. We are now a week away...gonna be a long week.
Word is that the extreme Right, the Evangelical portion, anyway, is behind Palin for 2012. They see her as their last hope to get back into power. Which is interesting, as they are already conceding the election, and that Palin is anyone's "last hope" is just fabulous.
Attacking Muslims is a Republican trick, and a good one. Use a label in a demeaning, negative way long enough and viola!, people have a negative opinion and not even know why. They call that "Rovian" but it's an old strategy. It requires a total lack of self-respect and/or scruples to implement, however.
And Republicans' say "Liberal" like "child molester." It has served them well in the past, even Democrats backed off using the term for years, but seem to be relatively comfortable with it again. But the Socialist stuff is just silly. Just take my word, those of you who disagree. I'm a two time "Socialist Scholar" at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Socialist Scholars' Conference in New York City. My Socialist Party activity has meant living in the margins, politically, since age 17. I'm happy to pay that price, and in return I just happen to know what I'm talking about when it comes to social democracy, Democratic Socialism, Anarcho-Socialism, the whole nut. Nobody in this presidential campaign who has more than 20,000 votes in the entire country is a "Socialist."And 20,000 is being kind.
Obama just isn't a Socialist. An annoying and damaging detail for McCain/Palin.
Republicans think that terrorist and red-baiting and "usage redefinition" of words is a debate of the issues. That's why they're losing in Virginia and Colorado by double digits, states that haven't gone Dem since 1964.
I'm not cocky, though. Hell, I'm gong to vote several times just to make sure my vote is counted. You have to do that these days, you know. As Daley said, "Vote early and often." I think it was Mayor Daley of Chicago. If not, I'll wear a funny hat and sit in the corner.