22 October 2008

Mr. Smooth Goes to Washington

I know a group of well-educated, generally likable, middle-aged women who are voting for Obama based on his 'smooth-appeal.' These are women I care about, so I won't mention any names, but suffice it to say that I've known them all of my life, know what their voting records are like, and have heard their opinions over the course of many elections. Twenty or thirty years ago these women leaned to the middle of American political thinking, but upon reaching middle age, all of them dumped their husbands, discovered their inner liberals, and took a hard turn to the left. The funny thing is, they can never articulate why (they took the turn that is, not why they divorced). One of them, having been an ardent supporter of Oliver North just a few years previously, told me that she had always really been a radical. When I asked her when she discovered that, she told me she didn't know. When I asked her why, she said 'because it feels right.' OK, then. So, this country is about to elect a man about whom we know nothing, who feels justified in covering up anything, who won't answer questions, who suppresses dissent, and whose policies are a joke, 'because it just feels right.' Dennis Byrne's excellent article (click the title link to see the entire article on RCP), sums up the political thinking of these ladies. He makes them feel good. Heck, he probably makes them feel just a little in love. There have been times when one of them says things that make me think they look on him as a sex object. I don't want to go there, it'll give me nightmares, but this really seems to be the sum total of their decision-making. When I press the subject, I often hear a defense that sounds like, 'Obama cares more for the poor and middle-class, and the Republicans just want to help the wealthy.' If I ask for data to back that up, they'll say 'everyone knows this.' Like Mr. Byrne, I'm not sure if there's any argument that can overcome willful ignorance, but I think we have to at least try to counter Mr. Smooth.


  1. It's fairly hopeless, you know. I am avoiding my other blogs (all except Bride of Rove) and boards because - as soon as McCain picked Palin, friends who were for McCain jumped ship and swam over to Obama. It was the most astounding display of sexism by women I've known for years ever. And you can't say anything to them ... they are denying it to themselves.

  2. It might be hopeless for some, but on the other hand, conservatives who were leary of McCain became more interested once Palin was on board. But, sexism or no, we need to fight for every vote, work and donate for the campaign, and do all we can to elect McCain and deny Obama the Whitehouse. It does not good for us to give up the fight, and hide with our liquor and guns (appealing though that might be). I encourage you to keep in the fight.

  3. Wow, fatigue has set in and my grammar has suffered. I meant to say: It does us no good to give up the fight, ...


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