When I read Pamela’s comment to my post on Rush Limbaugh & the Conservative Pantheon, I laughed a rich full-bodied laugh.Â As the Emanuel/Carville plan to demonize the outspoken radio talker has backfired,Â Democrats are now going after the Alaska Governor:
Multiple Democratic strategists say the party plans to increasingly elevate Palin in the same manner it has employed Rush for weeks, using her high-visibility, her social conservatism, and memories of her harsh attacks on Obama during the campaign to tar the GOP as partisan, obstructionist, and backward-looking.
What is it about these guys, always needing someone to demonize?Â Jim Hoft quips that it’s “a bit odd that they are attacking Sarah Palin now since the election ended months ago.”
And they accuse our side of divisive politics!
Now that Democrats are in power, this could backfire on them, reminding voters that Obama’s campaign (and recent) rhetoric notwithstanding, his party still engages in the old Washington politics of blame and attack:
A Pew Research poll conducted last fall found that 41 percent of independents said that they thought the press had been too tough on the governor. Now that President Obama’s approval numbers are slipping, especially among independents, that key group could perceive the Democrat’s attacks on Palin the same way they saw the media attacks. If they think the Democrats are unfairly dissing Palin, there’s just no win there for the Dems.
But, the real question that remains is what does it say about today’s current crop of Democrats that they feel they must demonize the opposition to get their message across.Â Maybe it’s their form of distraction.Â They want people to focus on Republicans’ flaws so as to prevent people from seeing their “message” for what it really is.
Whenever you hear someone talk about mean-spirited Republicans, remind them that Democrats–and their allies in the media–are always looking to vilify their partisan rivals.
And wonder as well about their need to be mean.