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Buzz
11-18-2009, 06:53 PM
I thought it was pretty interesting, and wondered what kind of reaction it would generate in a place as conservative as RTF POTUS.

The link is: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/11/18/805704/-Dont-Get-Palins-Appeal-Try-a-Little-Harder


Don't Get Palin's Appeal? Try a Little Harder
by Jeffrey Feldman [Subscribe]


Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 01:58:27 PM CST

Each time I read a diary or a comment that wonders out loud how someone as "stupid" as Sarah Palin could be appealing to anyone, I shake my head in disbelief.

In 2004, this website was clogged up with comments and diaries about another politician most people believed to be "too stupid," to succeed. "How can anyone be a supporter of someone so stupid? Someone who sounds so dumb and has done so many stupid things?"

Then, after that "stupid" guy was re-elected, the Democratic Party went into an identity crisis tail spin.

Have we forgotten all this? Apparently we have.

Still don't get Sarah Palin's appeal? Try a little harder and you will.

Jeffrey Feldman's diary :: ::

"Elites"

Most people who like Sarah Palin have a very strong and well-developed story in their heads about "elites" ruining their lives.

These people see the country as being run by powerful, wealthy, Liberals who maintain their power by giving away opportunity and resources for free to lazy people, poor people and foreigners. According to the story in their heads, these people are "hard working" and "normal," but they have not found success or happiness because the rewards they deserve have been given to someone else.

When these people with this story in their heads hear Sarah Palin they react positively.

When they hear Sarah Palin stumble on her words, botch a policy statement, or otherwise sound unprepared, they do not hear "stupid," they hear "normal."

When they hear Sarah Palin complain about being trashed by the elite liberal media, they do not hear complaining, they hear their own story of being defrauded of their success by powerful people.

These people see Sarah as the kind of person they want to be--a person who is just normal and trying to succeed. And the more Palin gets attacked, the more they feel she understands them and speaks for them.

"Stupid"

Most of the people who flock to Sarah Palin view outward signs of education or intelligence from politicians as weapons used to victimize and defraud them. They do not respect or admire well-spoken Senators, Governors or Presidents--they resent them.

These kinds of people do not follow, understand, nor are they interested in the kind of complexity or subtlety required to discuss policy issues, either domestic or foreign--but not because they do not care about policy. The issue is simply that these kinds of Americans view well-spoken people as manipulators, tricksters, hucksters. When they hear an intelligent elected official, they feel angry, not assured--they feel judged, not informed.

Sarah Palin makes them feel the opposite. When she speaks, she makes them feel included, welcome, accepted.

By speaking as an uneducated policy outsider, Sarah Palin reassures these people that speaking with authority on issues is just a gimmick. What matters--what's really important--is that our leaders do not act like they know more or are better than us.

"Common Sense"

When Sarah Palin says that she believes in "common sense" policy, her supporters hear someone saying that she would do things for the country the way they do things for their family.

"Common sense" to these people is code for "like I do it." What they hear is someone who is against the overly complicated, overly intellectualized ways that Liberal elites force on them. To these people, the reason elected leaders sound complicated when they talk is not to explain complex issues, but to hide the truth.

What is the truth powerful elites are trying to hide that Sarah Palin reveals? The truth is that powerful elites are against them--normal people who work hard--and they are for lazy people, poor people, and foreigners. When Palin talks "common sense," she is saying that she is form the normal people--the people who see themselves as victimized by elites.

Influence

Now, this exact formula was used successfully by George W. Bush to win a governorship and two presidential elections. Sarah Palin has used it, so far, to turn a VP spot on one of the worst GOP Presidential tickets of all time into an A-List political celebrity status.

Whether or not Palin is able to use this formula to win another elections is doubtful, but she can use it to become influential.

While Palin's controversial status makes it very difficult for her to build the coalitions she would need to win an election, she can use her status and her ability to communicate effectively to people in order to endorse or anoint less controversial candidates.

And that is why we cannot afford to waste any more time forgetting what we learned from almost two decades of George W. Bush style communications and electioneering.

If you are one of the people obsessing over how "stupid" Sarah Palin is and how "dumb" her supporters are, then take a step back and force yourself to remember the lessons of 2000 and 2004.

Remember,in particular, that there is a large swath of the American public who sees themselves as victims of the very kind of force you embody when you attack Sarah Palin for lacking intelligence. And those people have money to spend and votes to give.

Sarah Palin probably won't win another election, but we cannot let her lull us into amnesia and forget the kind of political success a person with her attributes and skill set can achieve.

JDogger
11-18-2009, 09:46 PM
Good post Buzz, Will fall on deaf ears mostly, but good post regards, JD

You'll get replies tomorrow for sure, when the right "at work" log back on, on the boss's dime, and attempt to repudiate your statements.

JD

Pals
11-18-2009, 10:00 PM
You know what JD your comment about logging on at work takes away from Buzz's post. You just like pissing people off and then screeching about how we all are incapable of listening to your point of view.

I read the post, interesting viewpoint. Your response sucked.

JDogger
11-18-2009, 10:24 PM
You know what JD your comment about logging on at work takes away from Buzz's post. You just like pissing people off and then screeching about how we all are incapable of listening to your point of view.

I read the post, interesting viewpoint. Your response sucked.

Geez, Nancy. Sorry. Don't stop playin'. JD

PS dont hesitate to take advantage of that 'ignore button' now you know. It makes PP the friendly place:rolleyes:we all want...JD

Hew
11-18-2009, 10:37 PM
Exactly. Because it takes so much education, sophistication and nuance to think it's a good idea to drag enemy combatants captured on a foreign battelfield into a criminal court as if they were shoplifters. Only red state rubes and Sarah Palin would think that's a stupid idea.

WaterDogRem
11-18-2009, 10:45 PM
As a person that doesn't believe Sarah is anywhere ready for POTUS (at least not yet if ever)this article is actually pretty "Stupid" trying to compare Sarah to W (Yes, both from the right but with totally different ideas). I expect this from the Left who are very afraid of her, otherwise they would just ignore anything about her and stop putting her in the headlines.

I'm not surprised the left can't understand how so many people like her. The left believe they know what’s best for the American people, even if the American people disagree (see all major issues in politics these days). Sarah is just inline with a lot of people’s beliefs these days and is why she probably has more supporters than most Lefts.

Hope the Left keeps running this kind of negative campaign against her, cuz that worked well for the Republicans in the last election.

Pals
11-18-2009, 10:55 PM
Americans love the underdog. So I hope that elite snobs like Feldman and the left swinging press continue to call her names-especially 'stupid'. That won't play well to the average hard working American woman-regardless of political leanings. Disagree with their policies, platform, etc... but to run around spouting putrid hate and to gun for someone like the mainstream press is with Palin- is just- well its stupid. :)

ducknwork
11-19-2009, 06:46 AM
Interesting points in your article, but overall, I think it is unnecessarily condescending to those who don't hate Palin. But then again, what else should I expect from any left wing chatter regarding her?

Going back to the trailer to get a beer and beat my barefoot pregnant wife regards,

Buzz
11-19-2009, 08:15 AM
Going back to the trailer to get a beer and beat my barefoot pregnant wife regards,


Actually, if you look at the demographics of Palin fans, they are not "trailer trash." I'll see if I can dig those up when I get some time.

I agree that the article was unnecessarily condescending, I think it was written by a liberal for liberals. I think some of the articles I see here written by conservatives for conservatives fall into the same category. At least I would call some of them unnecessarily mean spirited.

road kill
11-19-2009, 08:25 AM
I think the point (though presented in a condescending manner) is that maybe your side is underestimating her & her appeal.

Just like my side underestimated President Obama's appeal.

And just like your side "MIS-underestimated" President Bush's appeal.

Maybe I am "hearing" it wrong, but I did read it out loud!!;-)

dnf777
11-19-2009, 09:02 AM
Interesting points in your article, but overall, I think it is unnecessarily condescending to those who don't hate Palin. But then again, what else should I expect from any left wing chatter regarding her?

Going back to the trailer to get a beer and beat my barefoot pregnant wife regards,

Mental images of "Urban Cowboy" abound! I grew up about 10 minutes from Gilley's and can vouch for it's authenticity. :(

Bob Gutermuth
11-19-2009, 09:58 AM
That POS Kos is about as reliable as Izvestia. You lefites ought to find a more honest source. They are the same ones who said that that Gov Palin's downes syndrome baby was actually her daughters.

duckheads
11-19-2009, 11:08 AM
How can anyone call someone stupid when they voted for Biden? How laughable is that?

ducknwork
11-19-2009, 11:53 AM
Actually, if you look at the demographics of Palin fans, they are not "trailer trash." I'll see if I can dig those up when I get some time.

I agree that the article was unnecessarily condescending, I think it was written by a liberal for liberals. I think some of the articles I see here written by conservatives for conservatives fall into the same category. At least I would call some of them unnecessarily mean spirited.

I wasn't suggesting that Palin fans were trailer trash, just my attempt at some humor (JDog says we're too serious). That is how the article portrayed them, IMO.

My wife is pregnant, though. And she does like to wear flip flops....:confused:

Buzz
11-19-2009, 11:59 AM
That POS Kos is about as reliable as Izvestia. You lefites ought to find a more honest source. They are the same ones who said that that Gov Palin's downes syndrome baby was actually her daughters.

Bob, it's an opinion piece...

subroc
11-19-2009, 05:24 PM
Another left winger purporting to believe they have an understanding of what conservatives think and believe.

They will never understand.

As far as the whole intellectual canard, we can see that President George W. Bush was the more intelligent during the 2004 election. The 2 men’s college transcripts prove it. For some reason, obama, with all his alleged brain power has an inability to speak without a teleprompter. He doesn’t seem all that smart to me.