10.9.08

THE SMART PEOPLE'S PARTY? First up, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party first asserting Palin primary qualification is she hasn't had an abortion, and later apologizing. If memory serves, your party was the majority in the Cradle of Secession. Next up, a columnist from territories that were not liberated in 1812, with this and other observations. (Our domestic Establishment elites have to live in the same country. Expats and commentators from other countries are not subject to that constraint.)
Palin has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favoured by this decade's woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression. Bristol has what is known in Britain as the look of the teen mum, the "pramface." Husband Todd looks like a roughneck; Track, heading off to Iraq, appears terrified. They claim to be family obsessed while being studiously terrible at parenting. What normal father would want Levi "I'm a f***in' redneck" Johnson prodding his daughter?
James Lileks deconstructed it.
Rural people generally don’t like cities. That’s why they’re rural. As opposed to certain urbanites, who love the rural, as long it’s all there and interesting with faded painted signs and lovely small towns with farms and antique shops in case they want to go for a drive and get some apples or a lamp or something.
He's also nailed the mind-set of critics of globalization who mourn the loss of age-old customs, and I'm not referring to Prussian parades in Chile. Indigenous nose-flute bands and La Belle Province how charming, come and see the peasants starving is what I have in mind.

University Diaries, who has been doing a lot of writing about what she calls the Age of Palin, does describe the Eastern Liberal Establishment as an "influential and alienating class." Commenters note, correctly, that the polity is more complicated than the caricatures.

Finally for today's roundup, Reason's Radley Balko likes the (unintended) nod to the libertarian vote in the McCain-Palin ticket.
But of all the aspiring politicians McCain could have boosted into the national spotlight of a presidential campaign, he could have done a lot worse than Palin. If she manages to hold on to her more individualist, limited-government instincts, she'd be a welcome force in a party that has generally abandoned its "leave-us-alone" constituency—thanks in no small part to the man at the top of the ticket.
"Generally abandoned," indeed.

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