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Camille Paglia Gets It.

Posted by Mike on June 13, 2007

A few days ago I mentioned that George W. Bush will not be on the ballot in 2008. This observation wasn’t exactly rocket science, but hey none of the Democrats running for President have noticed. With neither the lame duck nor anyone from his administration in the Republican top tier, the Democrat candidate is going to have to run a campaign that isn’t based on its base’s favorite punching bag. With Bush’s leadership out of the equation, the campaign’s focus will shift to what the debates are already making clear. On national security issues, Republicans are adults and Democrats are whiny children.

Left-wing columnist (I don’t mean that as an insult in her case) Camille Paglia has noticed this dynamic. Her recent piece on Salon is a pretty interesting read on where the Democrats are heading.

I continue to be alarmed at what I perceive as Republican momentum toward next year’s national election. The confident Republican foregrounding of military and security issues is going to present a very high hurdle to the Democratic nominee. Democrats are already acquiring a dismaying reputation for underestimating the threat of global terrorism.

Paglia largely bases her opinion on her comparison of the two parties’ debate performances. According to her, the male Democrats’ reluctance to criticize She Who Must Not Be Named and the frontrunner’s unappealing image compounds what is already a problem for the Democrats, the party’s reputation for weakness.  It’s pretty clear that the columnist is unimpressed with her party’s field. Not that the other options are any better.

Paglia asserts and I agree that Al Gore won’t help them either.

I dislike the way that Gore’s preachy, apocalyptic fundamentalism has fomented an atmosphere of hysteria around this issue and potentially compromised the long-term credibility of environmentalism. Democrats who long for his return as the anti-Hillary may not realize how Gore has become a risible cartoon character for much of the country at large. Anyone who listens to talk radio has been repeatedly regaled by clips of Gore bizarrely going off the deep end at one speech or another. And Gore, far worse than Hillary, is the Phantom of a Thousand Accents — telegraphing his supercilious condescension to whatever audience he’s trying to manipulate.

The Democrats’ six-year smear campaign against George W. Bush was an unqualified success. Fortunately it appears that they are becoming a victim of that success. Because these smears coupled with the new tone created the perfect political punching bag, the Democrats have zeroed in almost exclusively on their current political foe even though their future opponent has no connection to the unpopular administration. This freedom from Bush on the GOP side will give them the opportunity to better focus their campaign on the Democrats’ Achilles heel: national security issues. It’s already working.

The Democrat debates featured eight candidates (some of whom don’t even believe there is a War on Terror) pre-occupied with a man who isn’t even running. The Republican debates on the other hand featured nine candidates with a serious approach to tackling the War on Terror. The future Republican nominee is already talking about solutions to the war and will continue to do so after being nominated. When the future Democrat is forced to run against someone unconnected to Bush, everything that Democrat said about the lame duck will be for naught, and the gravitas gap will remain.

Some lefties are catching on. Hopefully, their leaders will ignore them and continue chasing a political shadow.

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Spielberg’s Endorsement

Posted by Ryan on June 13, 2007

Let me just go on the record saying how much I despise Hollywood types who think we care what they think, or even worse, those who try to be our moral superiors and tell us what we should think.  Such activism taints the films and roles that they’re in, which is a shame since the figure as an artist is marred by the figure who is politically dumb.  So, when word came that Steven Spielberg was endorsing She Who Must Not Be Named, I rolled my eyes and laughed a bit.  Yet, not just because we care (in the final analysis we really don’t) but because of his statements:

Please note the following has been edited for content as her actual name was used in Spielberg’s statement.

“I’ve taken the time to familiarize myself with the impressive field of Democratic candidates and am convinced that [She Who Must Not Be Named] is the most qualified candidate to lead us from her first day in the White House…. [She Who Must Not Be Named] is a strong leader and is respected the world over. As president, she will bring America back together, rebuild our prestige abroad and ensure our protection here at home.”

I love the line “she will bring America back together.”  Aside from Dubya, she is far and away THE most divisive person in American politics.  I have had dozens of non-politically savvy friends ask me with true concern in their voice, if she might become our next President.  All of those people were women.  I know its just an anecdote, but the question remains, why would America trade in it’s most divisive person for the number two most divisive person in consecutive elections?  And how is she going to bring anyone together?  70% of the time the Libs can’t even logically explain why they hate Bush.  The right has a plethora of real substantive and logical reasons why they loathe SWMNBN.  If anyone’s going to bridge-build, it’s not her.  But the sad point is that Spielberg may actually believe that she can and will proselytize all the way until November 2008.

Pic from Drudge.

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