I have been a registered Democrat since turning 18 in 1971, though over the past 20 years, I have often wondered why. The best answer: every time I consider registering as a Republican, some major Republican (or group thereof) does something so profoundly stupid or appalling that I can’t bring myself to switch parties. My most recent reason has been the gutless, self-serving and self-defeating behavior of Congressional Republicans over the past 4 years.
But I digress. As a Democrat, I have over the past 16 years — since the nomination and election of Bill Clinton in 1992 — watched my own party define its ethical standards and behavior downward, committing virtually every bad act of which they constantly accuse conservatives (it’s called “projection“). I thought I had ceased to be surprised by both the viciousness and the sheer, rank hypocrisy of both Democratic leaders and much of the Left’s rank and file, not to mention their handmaiden, the mainstream media.
But this weekend has surprised even me.
The Democrats like to complain about “the politics of personal destruction”, even as they have mastered it (again, since Bill Clinton’s ascension in 1992). But the absolute frothing rage and vile, hypocritical and/or false attacks that have followed hard upon the announcement of Sarah Palin as the GOP Vice-Presidential candidate have left me appalled beyond words. The Left has shown once again that no one surpasses them at their willingness to utterly trash anyone — especially women and minorities — who defy or threaten them.
Here’s a simple thought experiement: suppose that Sarah Palin were a Democrat and had been chosen by Barack Obama as his VP candidate. Virutally everything that the Left is attacking Sarah Palin on right now would instead be touted as “real-world experience and understanding”, especially her time as mayor of a small town in Alaska. They would fiercly mock any criticism, however mild, of Bristol’s pregnancy; they would tout Sarah’s choice to keep Trig (their Down’s Syndrome child) as showing how much of a ‘big tent’ the Democratic party has; and they would shout to the heavens Palin’s reformist credentials, particularly her fight against corrupt Republicans in Alaskan government.
Sarah Palin’s only real sin is that she’s a Republican. And the sheer virulance of the Left’s reaction to her shows how utterly terrified they are of her. If she really were a poor choice, a desperate choice, a lightweight choice, the Democrats would rub their hands with glee and thank the political gods for such a dumb choice. They would simply let the GOP ticket fail on its own, taking the high road (assuming the Democrats even know any more what the “high road” is). But the vicious, over-the-top, incoherent rage of the incoherent Left shows that Palin is anything but a lightweight, anything but a poor choice. She is, they fear, a second Reagan, one shaped for the 21st Century. Their nightmare is that if McCain/Palin win in November, they may have lost the White House for the next 8 to 16 years.
So they have to destroy her, smear her name, build up a negative image of her and her family in the public’s mind, before anyone gets to know her. And this means passing the stupidest, most vile rumors; being profoundly (and hypocritically) anti-feminist and misogynist in their attacks against her and her family; and generally lowering their political ethics beyond even their usual Stygian depths.
I can no longer bear, in even a ‘DINO’ sort of way, to be associated with the Democratic Party; whatever hopes I had that Barack Obama may actually represent something new are gone, notwithstanding what I thought was an outstanding talk last week. And for all the stupidities of the Republican Party — past, present, and probably future — the selection and nomination of Sarah Palin gives me hope for the future of the GOP.
All this is why I’ve added a new ‘to do’ item to an already busy list for this week. I just downloaded a voter registration/change of information form, filled it out, and printed it; I’ll be mailing it to the Douglas County Clerk & Recorder tomorrow.
And for the first time in my life, after 37 years as a Democrat, I will be a Republican.
[UPDATED 09/04/08 — 0654 MDT]
If you’re wondering, yes, I did mail off the updated voter registration yesterday; I’ll let y’all know when my new Republican voter registration card comes in.
In the meantime, enjoy this People’s Newswire Roundup regarding Sarah Palin. ..bruce w..