September 10, 2008

SWIMMING IN SARACUDA INFESTED WATERS:

Palin Panic (Howard Kurtz, 9/10/08, Washington Post)

It is a measure of how Palin has taken over this campaign that the latest satirical image of her online, courtesy of Salon.com, is that of a dominatrix, complete with riding crop and (for a touch of humor) a moose. Photoshopped pix floating around the Net also show her posing in a bikini, toting an assault rifle.

She has certainly mounted an assault on the narrative of this election, dumbfounding all the pundits who said McCain's pick was "desperate" (VandeHei and Harris, Politico, Aug. 30). Now it's the media who are scrambling to explain how Hurricane Sarah has transformed the political landscape.

Want proof? The Project for Excellence in Journalism says that 60 percent of last week's stories were about her: "Palin enjoyed more coverage as a VP candidate during the GOP convention than Obama did a week earlier when he became the first person of color to accept the nomination for president of a major party."

Now to the panic part. With a new WP poll showing a 20-point swing among white women toward McCain-Palin, worried Democrats seem not to know what to do. An NBC/WSJ poll has Obama up 47-46: "McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate appears to have not only attracted female voters, but boosted McCain's association with changing the country's direction, and energized members of the Republican Party." A CBS poll: "Gov. Sarah Palin has been well received: 52 percent have a favorable feeling towards her, while just 18 percent view her unfavorably. Obama running mate Sen. Joe Biden is less well known: 54 percent say they don't know enough about him to have an opinion."

The Obama campaign has already made an ad against Palin, but what presidential candidate runs against a number two?


A badly led one?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2008 9:29 AM
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