Sen. Obama does not get it: He’s hauling out the women (including Clinton) to counter Palin. He doesn’t get the fact that Palin’s gender is secondary or even tertiary to why she has the GOP energized out of its collective mind. It’s what she IS, and what she DOES and what she BELIEVES and what she SAYS, and how she doesn’t just talk it, she WALKS it.
Hiding behind 1000 women standing before you and saying you’re great (while ripping Palin apart) cannot counterbalance that. It will preach to the choir, and the media will sing along, but that’s all. The Dems really are working off of an outdated template. They do not, in the least, understand modern conservative women.
Refusing to engage Palin, except through these women, which seems to be the plan is a bit cowardly, don’t you think? It suggests that even if he’s not afraid of Palin, per se, he is afraid of her femininity. Because there is nothing more powerful than a smart, beautiful woman who knows precisely who she is, nothing is more powerful than authentic femininity.
He shouldn’t be afraid. His wife is also beautiful and intelligent. Maybe it’s the other part, the fully-embraced warrior-goddess that she lacks; so she is safe.
GOP strategist Kevin Madden has it exactly right: “They’re like a lion tiptoeing around a turtle — they don’t know what to do with it.”
Yes. They do not know what to do with the authentic femininity of Gov. Palin. But if Obama is going to hide behind women, then the analogy is not quite right. Then SHE is the lion, and he is the turtle, ducking for cover.
Obama is making a tactical error.
Bill Clinton would never make this mistake. He and Gov. Palin would be able to go at each other freely, because they would both completely understand each other. Clinton would know Palin was an alpha-female grizzly, and he’d tease her. She’d know he was a bad boy willing to be endure a few scars and swipes for the fun of engagement.
Also, just a thought…if you want to be CIC, you can’t hide behind a bunch of girls. We hate it when Al Qaeda does that.
Funniest line in that piece, btw: “Obama also suggested that he’d be relying on the same press that has obsessively examined his life to pick apart Palin’s.” You mean the press that won’t ask him about Tony Rezko or Bill Ayers? I’m sure he will rely on the press, though. And they’ll work like crazy for him, as they did for John Kerry.
Meanwhile, Todd Palin seems unafraid: “If I’d had a crystal ball a few years ago, I might have asked a few more questions when Sarah decided to join the PTA. It wouldn’t have mattered, though; when my wife starts talking about reform, corruption and making government work for the people, it’s just best to get out of the way.” Video here
Appealingly authentic. Refreshing, even.
Ed Morrissey wonders about the fear factor too.
UPDATE: Read Shrinkwrapped’s thoughts on why our politicans are becoming so quickly iconic, rather than human.
Allahpundit: But I thought last week the Dems were decrying identity politics?