The Rise Of The Moostapo

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 16:14 EDT
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imageSarah Palin is amassing an army of horny, angry middle aged white people who will bravely shout racist things at black camera people.

Barack Obama, she told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!” This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” The crowd replied with boos.

McCain had said that racially explosive attacks related to Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are off limits. But Palin told New York Times columnist Bill Kristol in an interview published Monday: “I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more.”

Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”

Following her comments from last week, the real worry here is that Palin’s purpose is no longer to defend the fact that she couldn’t put together a coherent sentence on a policy statement if the topic at hand was naming your kids after random things you spot during your daily errands. Mom’s hard pressed to explain you, little future Tostada Fruitista Palin.

Palin’s goal (spurred by the anger of a base forced to accept a candidate they didn’t like and an opponent that’s everything they hate) is to make the hatred and resentment of the Republican Party a mainstream focus of the campaign. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with insane hatred…besides the insanity and the hatred. Everything Palin’s asking people to buy into is bred by the sort of highly gullible and unnecessarily credulous fever of the conspiracy theorist. The Ayers thing requires an in-depth examination of a decade and a half of cursory interactions in Chicago civic life; the Rezko thing involves a rather complex series of things that Obama would have had to know and disregard despite no reasonable way of knowing them. It’s nasty and it’s stupid, but like most forms of hatred that haters unquestioningly seek to project onto the rest of society, it’s a lot of work. It’s a message that won’t catch on because it’s the faith of the die-hards, the people who’ve spent years developing new and special ways to make the enemy into The Enemy – and it’s incredibly difficult to expand your scapegoating without either the readily available touchstones of people in public life feeding the narrative or years of work invested into it.

Palin has neither, but she does have some cute glasses. All hail the Moostapo! And kill the reporters while you’re at it.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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