Originally Posted by groverat
The simple fact of it is that our news media is obsessed with sex and scandal. Sarah Palin is a sex symbol. Her daughter had taboo sexual relations. We, as Americans, love that.
Thank goodness no one has described Obama as attractive or sexy.
Michelle we are told is quite the woman to look at as well.
Blogging didn't exist in 1993.
If you want to argue that making fun of Chelsea's looks wasn't very common that's fine. You would be dead wrong, but since we had no real Internet at that time it's going to be impossible to dispute the dishonest argument.
You are so cute. I'll let your dishonest argument be easily disproven since I already found the sources for the claims and noted the number of instances.
And even if we limit it to two instances, there is no comparison when it comes to the reach and power of those two attackers (John McCain and Rush Limbaugh). You're quoting dime-a-dozen bloggers and I'm quoting men who have been known across the nation for decades, one of whom almost became president of the United States.
Yes I can see your point given how the internet has concentrated power into the hands of the few and made reaching large numbers of people impossible, oh wait....
Duh, what a hilarious argument that would be to make since now any blogger can reach more people than a senator or even most talk radio hosts. You call them dime a dozen, but the reality is that entire websites and financial empires are being built around these bloggers. HuffPo, Talking Points Memo, DailyKos, just a few of those BLOGGERS who now have tremendous reach.
And this has been provided.
It has not been provided. It has been rationalized away.
Political children are not always considered "off limits" - example Chelsea Clinton & Bush twins.
Not always = become adults away from home and sometimes do embarassing things that get reported on or even not embarrassing things that are newsworthy in a celebrity fashion (who they are dating, wearing, etc.)
All the examples you mention are kids who are adults and have moved away from home. They are engaged in their adult lives.
Politicians who sound like country rubes are not considered "off limits" - example George W Bush & Jimmy Carter.
I've never said she should be off-limits. Strawman. I said there is a difference between satire and misogyny.
Politicians incapable of taking a punch are definitely not considered "off limits" - example Richard Nixon.
Strawman. Enjoy knocking it down because no one has brought it up.
Sarah Palin:American Political Power :: puppies:chocolate
The spotlight is powerful and intense for those seeking national political office. Sarah Palin is incapable of leaving an insult (whether real or perceived) unanswered. That might be admirable in someone who doesn't overreact, but she does. She threatens irrational lawsuits and drums up phantom conspiracies where none exist. That is death to national power seekers; as chocolate to puppies.
Actually most analysis of this has dealt more with being unable to get anything done while having to pay for her own defense as governor when anyone can make charges for anything. As I said from the first reply, I'd shrug in a similar circumstance as well. If the job doesn't allow success, don't take it or be willing to leave it. In this instance she felt the people trying to get to her were gumming up the ability to get an agenda done. She can let the Liet. Gov get that agenda done and let the misogynists go berserk finding new targets to hunt down.
If anything I'd call this a classic two front war which no one wins. The two fronts are the media and the Democrats. You remove yourself from public life and if the media want to attack now, they aren't justified. Instead they will be shown for the hateful partisans they happen to be. Palin quit before when she felt the factors associated with the job made it untenable. If you cannot reform from within, go outside. Who knows she might just be done, or done until her kids are grown. You never know. Let that unemployment rate hit 12% or so and anyone who is an incumbent might be in for an uphill slog and everyone who isn't might be given a free pass. You never know.
I'm sure back in 2004 people thought Obama might have been committing political suicide to be antiwar, a few years later, the Democratic hawks were taking knocks. Life is funny that way.