Palin Scores Well in Debate; Conservative Elitists React
I didn't see the debate (I haven't watched a presidential or vice-presidential debate since Pres. Reagan's disastrous perfomance against Walter Mondale in the first 1984 debate), so I can't speak to Gov. Palin's performance. But I have been impressed by the clips I've seen on the news. And, since I expect the reaction of the MSM and the left to be typical to what it would be regardless of her performance, I've been mostly paying attention to the reactions of those conservative handwringers who had begun to second-guess the choice of Gov. Palin as Sen. McCain's running mate.
You know, I think I despise conservative elitists even more than I despise the elitists on the left. Mostly because the effete elitists among economic conservatives ought to know better, but they've never gotten over the fact that social conservatives have become the base of the conservative movement in America. They just don't like us flyover-country conservatives very much.
Matthew Archbold offers a case-in-point:
Republican columnist Kathleen Parker infamously called on Palin to step down earlier in the week because of two poor interviews. Tonight, while admitting Palin won, Parker's not being too gracious about it. Here's what she wrote:Yeah, what Matthew said.Well, darnit all, if that dadgum girl (wink, wink) didn't beat the tarnation out of Joe Biden. Maverick Sarah Palin fersure surpassed expectations and said everything under the sun, also. And Biden smiled and smiled. You see, that's the key to it all.Parker is a D.C. person. She doesn't get and obviously doesn't like people who don't speak like her. You see, "dadgum" is supposed to make you laugh because people who aren't from the coasts are to be snickered at, not respected.
This reminds me, once again, that there are two Republican parties. The elites look down on the base. In fact, the base is looked down on by the left and the elite Republicans. I am pro-life. That is reason number one I'm a Republican. Laugh at me all you want. I'm still going to be pro-life.
And dear old Margaret "I'm not at all bitter" Noonan, despite believing that Gov. Palin "killed" with her performance and was "the star" of last night's debate, is quite predictably unenthused with Gov. Palin's populist persona.
And don't even get me started on the disdainful "Whole Foods" elitism of certain whiny, self-absorbed boutique-brand conservatives who can't seem to get past the fact that Gov. Palin's "grating nasal voice" sounds more like people out here in Midwest flyover country (yes, yes, just like Sheriff Marge Gunderson in "Fargo") than it does to the posh lockjawed, clinch-teethed dialect of the eastern elites in D.C. and New York City.
I happen to think Gov. Palin's populism is one of her strongest selling points. And I believe that if conservatives are to be electorally successful in the future, they must come up with a mix that combines social conservatism with economic and governmental "reform" populism. Hopefully, that's where the next generation of Republican leaders - Govs. Palin, Huckabee, and Jindal - will take us.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Let's Get One Thing Straight ...
Hey, Elitists! Y'all Got Y'all's Asses Kicked Tonight! [UPDATED]
Wall Street Journal on Why the Media Bashes Gov. Palin: "The Beltway Boys" [UPDATED]
Reactions to Palin Pick an Eye-Opener