The week after: Issues autopsy, goodbye to hope, and Camille Paglia on Sarah Palin

Earlier this week a article titled “Voters distrust ‘diluted’ GOP” included this:

“A conservative non-profit organization has completed a study that shows the liberal tsunami on Election Day 2008 was not because the country wanted to move radically to the left, but because voters wanted to punish Republicans for abandoning conservative principles.

The American Issues Project (AIP) has released its report known as ‘Issue Autopsy ’08,’ which came from a survey of swing-state voters in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. AIP president Ed Martinsays the survey indicates that despite the disastrous showing by the GOP, the country is not really that liberal. He says the ‘shellacking’ delivered to the Republican Party last week reveals the party is ‘diluted’ to the point where the American people do not really know what the GOP stands for anymore.”

As has been noted many times in post election analysis, it’s hard to say the country has moved left when voters saw Barack Obama as the tax cutter and voted for him for that very reason. AIP’s Ed Martin said that “in this campaign, voters came to distrust the Republican brand enough that they were able to be persuaded by the other party.”

The other Hitchens brother

Many Americans know who writer and commentator Christopher Hitchens is (click here for the Wikipedia entry), but a lot fewer know his brother Peter Hitchens, who writes for the Daily Mail in London. Peter recently penned a column titled, “The night we waved goodbye to America… our last best hope on Earth.”

If you’re guessing he’s not another pro-Obama journalist you may be right. Here are his first three paragraphs:

“Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernize Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilization. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.”

It gets better. Click here to read the rest.

Camille likes Sarah

Camille Paglia is a liberal author and commentator who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. But Paglia likes Sarah Palin – a lot – and she has been vocal about it. Her recent column has been getting quite a bit of attention this week.

Palin, she writes, “has been subjected to an atrocious and at times delusional level of defamation merely because she has the temerity to hold pro-life views.”

“How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don’t know their asses from their elbows.”

Paglia attributes the reaction to Palin by liberal Democrats to “provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.”

“I like Sarah Palin, and I’ve heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is — and quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma.”

Click here to read Paglia’s entire column.

©2008 John F. Biver