Wednesday, 10 September 2008

You can put lipstick on a pig...

... but it's still an anti-abortion, ignorant, nepotist and dishonest pig.

Haha. Seriously, though. I love this new Palin debate. She's an idiot and yet a brilliant idea. Anything said by anyone against her or the right-wing of the Republicans automatically gets lumped in with the rest of the 'left wing conspiracy' that has apparently been dragged out of some dusty wardrobe to be targeted against poor Governor Palin. And Americans will fall for it, as they typically do. Two terms of George Bush speak volumes of how a large section of Americans like tough-talking, somewhat bellicose leaders.

It's a sex debate, it's a race debate, however you like to spin it. And boy do those right-wingers like their spin, as evidenced by the adverts and supposed outrage of today. But the prejudice angle is something of a phoney war, since both candidates don't really push the interests of their demographic groups, per se. It helps, for example, that unlike Hilary Clinton (to a point) Palin stands for policies and ideas traditionally backed by men and patriarchy. That is to say - guns, anti-abortion, pride in the army, against sex education, etc. The fact that white women are apparently flocking to back her and the Republicans is quite pitiful. These are the issues that the Democrats are trying to tackle the Republicans on, and yet the messages are being twisted by the Repubs. They know very well that the comment was about financial policy, and yet use it to their advantage. All's fair in love and war? Unfortunately, this platitude isn't black and white. Whilst the right-wingers use quite open comments to their own advantage, the issues of racism go under the radar, implicit even.

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