If you are expecting that a Pink Wardrobe Malfunction or other such public calamity will obliterate any future political chances for Sarah Palin (and yes, I am talking to you, who has hopes she will do poorly during the debate), leave all your hopes. Now!
If all the negative attention the poor choice for VP has not impacted negatively the campaign, it is difficult anything will hurt it later.
The reason is pathetic in its simplicity. It is based on two fallacies. The first one, is a broad generalization saying that about 5% of the Christians are “The Christians”, with that simple trick they created the “Cultural Wars”.
There is no cultural war, most people don’t care about abortion and definitively don’t think that abortion should be forbidden. Most people go about their religious beliefs quietly and intimately. However, when presented with the false dichotomy of “Christian beliefs against Ungodly beliefs” they can be swayed, and that’s understandable.
The other issue at which the Republican propaganda apparatus has been successful at is characterizing any criticizing media outlet as “liberal media”. That’s an old rhetoric trick called “poisoning the well”. Of course, every argument that uses a “poisoned well” is a fallacious argument: by definition can not be true, even if it is consistent (or sound logical).
The more the press uncovers about Palin, the strongest the “true followers” will feel about their beliefs. The true followers, for that matter, amount to 5% of the eligible voters (maybe less).
Am I suggesting a hands off approach? Am I saying the press should stop researching a candidate to the Vice Presidency? Not at all. I just doubt that more information is going to provide any way to convince the fanatics and it may even move people on the fences towards the fanatical Christian field in support of a fellow Christian.
What I think at this point is that the focus should be on policy and issues. In other words, let’s focus on the plot of the drama and not on the characters. If we fail, we may have to relive the past four years.
Franklin @ September 8, 2008