In an unguarded moment among hard-Left elites in San Francisco, Barack Obama himself dismissed middle America as people bitterly clinging to their guns and their God only because they hadn’t yet learned to love Big Government. The crowd laughed at this sneering comment, and now the entire Democratic Party appears to have joined in the laughter over a Governor who grew up in just that kind of community.
That was a defining moment for Barack Obama; this is a defining moment for the entire party and the media. They claim to represent and/or champion blue-collar America, and yet the moment someone outside the elite enters the highest levels of political contest, what do they do? They sneer at her humble beginnings, they sneer at her community, and they sneer at her values — all of which embody the middle-America, suburban identity. And not only does she come from that heart of middle America, she has been tremendously popular among her fellow Alaskans, meaning that the sneering jibes hit at all of middle America, too.
It might work, at least for a short period of time. Ridicule can be a powerful weapon — but only when one believes they are in on the joke, and not the butt of it. Once people understand that Democrats and the media are laughing not at Sarah Palin herself but the entire idea of Sarah Palin, then Democrats may find that they’re the only ones laughing.
2008 is the year that scales fall off people’s eyes.
(Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once…)
Put another way, 2008 appears to be the year of pulling back the curtain to reveal the truth about the great and mighty Oz…