The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Monday, September 08, 2008
Digging Their Own Graves
And by all means, keep digging.
Sarah Palin was in the national spotlight for all of three days before once-legitimate newspapers started running with demented Internet rumors that she’d faked her pregnancy. Why would she now assume they’re acting in good faith? The only people who are screaming to see her interviewed are the ones who are desperate for ammunition to use against her. Why give it to them just yet? “The people have a right to know!” Yes, the people have a right to know things that are true.
The press lost the right to use that argument when they ran with all these crazy slurs like it was the day before the election. She smiled at America and said, “Hi, how ya doin’?,” and these irresponsible maniacs returned the greeting by trying to stab her in the heart. And now that they’ve missed, they’re trying to guilt her into buying them lunch.
The effrontery is mindboggling. Palin’s under no obligation to help these vultures sell ads. Her convention speech was watched by more people than Obama’s (and on fewer networks), she’s getting amazing poll numbers, and she hasn’t needed to submit to interrogation by a hostile press to do it. Just the opposite: For all her obvious charms, she wouldn’t be nearly as popular as she is right now if not for this blatant, backfiring smear campaign. The more our “advocates” in the media try to make her the bad guy for refusing to set foot in their kangaroo court until she’s good and ready, the more deeply they will be despised.
These reporters can complain all they want, but they have nobody to blame but themselves. There’s already a list as long as your arm of unfounded accusations (and true, but irrelevant, factoids) that the orchestrators of this blatant smear campaign have thrown at her, and the news is doing its level best to thoroughly investigate each and every one. If they dug into Obama’s connections to black separatists and domestic terrorists and other hope-and-change advocates as thoroughly as they’re digging into Palin’s PTA records and pizza delivery receipts, we might have a whole different election. But that would only happen in some sort of mirror universe where Obama had joined a different party. They’ve come up empty again and again, but they still can’t stop. The more they realize that this woman actually might be as squeaky-clean as advertised, the harder they try to find something. Anything. And the dumber they look, the angrier and sloppier they get. Every “Gotcha!” becomes a “D’oh!” Keep stepping on those rakes, guys.