Thursday, October 02, 2008

Palin Wins!

By Capt. Fogg

Style often trumps substance in debates, says MSNBC. It's very true, at least in terms of public opinion. We can see it illustrated in the extreme in the TV coverage of the crowds already forming in St Louis: wildly enthusiastic young women are waving "Palin Wins" signs hours before the event is to begin. To them it's a fait accompli. What actual words, what answers, what debate can change a mind like that?

I would go further and say prejudice trumps everything. Partisanship trumps everything. Reality means nothing. In a world where a truck can have the "soul of a sports car," it's about style.

There is far too much speculation going on about tonight's Punch and Sarah show. Will she make a fool of herself? Will she demonstrate nearly total ignorance of all the things a chief executive is expected to have mastered even to be considered for office? It won't matter. If she breaks down and cries, if she begins to writhe on the floor, spouting glossolalia, and moaning about witches, it won't really matter. We'll be told that Biden was condescending for knowing what the First Amendment says or who the chief justice is, and that will be that. She will have shown attitude and edge and poise or any number of nebulous and irrelevant attributes, and that will be that.

Palin Wins!

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