The pictures say it all. No, not the Tigh/Roslin ’08 pictures (though they do make you wonder). I mean these pictures here.
The believers in the Lightworker (i.e., most MSM types) have all of a sudden morphed into upstanding Republican Puritans of a kind not seen since Ozzie and Harriet ruled the earth. So we get pictures of the Holy Family on the one hand and, on the other, a truly bizarre ritual sacrifice of a 17-year-old girl on the altar of the Party of Compassion. The message is pretty clear about where the MSM is trying to go with Palin: She’s a scary religious trailer-trash nut, a breeder and the mother of breeders who should just stay in her Alaska log cabin, barefoot and pregnant with her swarming brood of future gun nuts and out-of-wedlock grandkids (like mother, like daughter, doncha know). She prays, not to Obama nor to Gaia nor to the all-knowing Quantum Field of Intelligence, but to God through Jesus Christ. She actually thinks that God hears prayers, even for America. She is, in the words of Peggy Noonan, a feminist of the “How do you reload this thang?” variety rather than of the “I was a victim all my life till my consciousness was raised in Women’s Studies at Yale and I learned to be a Professionally Aggrieved Grievance Professional” variety.
The visceral, palpable fear and hatred of her was — mark this — instantaneous and took place before the Left that is desperately trying to trash her and her family actually knew anything about her. It’s a pre-rational thing. Indeed, what drives the search for dirt is the pre-rational decision that she must be destroyed, no matter what the cost.
To his great credit, Obama himself has told his rabid self-appointed neo-Puritan Inquisitors, “My mother had me when she was eighteen.” He’s a smart enough pol to know that ritually sacrificing a girl to him is not right and will not win votes for him. But these latter-day Jephthahs are about as smart as the original Jephthah. In their worship of Obama, they are prepared to offer him human sacrifices that he himself never commanded. (Obama knows the cardinal rule of Democratic politics: that most pro-choice Americans like their ritual sacrifice of children to be kept private, not dragged into the streets where it will frighten the horses.) In their reckless zeal to sacrifice to their god, they show forth the ugliest and most inhuman face of the Left (a face rather like that of Dick Cheney in its willingness, nay, eagerness to “go to the dark side” in order to achieve their goal by whatever means necessary). Consequentialism knows no party boundaries.
I’m tentatively leaning toward “really going to work,” since the MSM, in its visceral hatred of her, is already reaching its sell-by date in its attempt to paint her as the Beast of the Apocalypse. I suspect the gap between what the audience sees with their own two eyes and what the MSM tells them to see will be so stark that the MSM will lose. But, of course, they will have two months to trash her, and people can be worn down by incessant agit-prop. We’ll see.
As far as the “scary religious nut” thing, one of the entertaining stories to watch will be the meme (embodied here in the marvelously insular prejudices of Alan Wolfe) that “conservative Christians are hideous hypocrites because they didn’t gather wood for the auto-da-fé when we pointed out she and her daughter had kids out of wedlock.” Some members of the MSM have already been genuinely (and pleasantly) surprised to find that conservative Christians are not the sexually censorious goons everybody at the office said they were. Such peeks outside the bubble are salutary and can even lead to real conversion, once the unbelieving MSM journo figures out that conservative Christians are remarkably like human beings and that they even believe all that stuff about, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
But, alas, just as often MSM types will simply duck back into the Bubble, look around at the reassuringly cynical faces of their companions, and explain to themselves that Palin and her brood of trailer-trash breeders are “getting a pass” because, well, Evangelicals are mainly white, trailer-trash breeders, and conservative Catholics are mind-numbed robots who like to hum “Every Sperm is Sacred.” In short, an essential clause of the liberal creed is that conservative Christians are, above all, “poor, uneducated and easily led.”
But the heart has reasons Reason knows nothing of. Obama’s worshipers may not be able to help themselves. In their pagan adoration of any god but God, they may not be able to restrain themselves from appalling average people into wondering what they really love — and what they really hate.