I was over at Hot Air reading Allahpundit’s recitation (No offense, AP. I still love your writing.) on why he’s still pessimistic about a McCain/Palin win. He’s concerned about Mickey Kaus’ piece at Slate in which Kaus declares with certitude how the media and the left can defeat McCain for Obama. Yes, Kaus really is rallying the MSM troops on behalf of the Obama camp, telling them that all is not lost. So, let’s take a look at Mickey’s Kaus’ brilliant idea:
May I suggest to my fellow conspirators that we move directly on to Plan 3: Forget Palin. Stop writing about her. If we make the election about Palin, we will lose. She’ll probably win her debate and will almost certainly handle the interviews well enough (to the satisfaction of the voters, at least, if not the experts). The election’s not about Palin. It’s about McCain. We can beat McCain.
He just doesn’t get it.
Sarah Palin isn’t as popular as she is because the media is talking about her. The media has gone out of its way to trash and destroy the woman, for Pete’s sake. She’s as popular as she is because of who she is, because of her amazing story. She’s an inspiration. Here’s a woman who is the vice presidential nominee for the Republican party and she began at the freaking PTA! The American people are not going to stop clamoring to see her, to hear here, to get close to her just because the media stops writing about her!
Arrogance, thy name is the American media.
Besides, the media types are not going to stop writing about her any time soon, anyway. Just a few minutes ago on Special Report with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson said journalists are begging – begging! – their editors to assign them to her, when the VP nominee detail is the one journalists work over time to avoid.
Sarah Palin is a politician the likes of which we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. She has the ability to transcend the media and take her message directly to the American public. With Sarah Palin in town, the media will end up being nothing but background noise.
Update: I compared Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan in her ability to go over the heads of the media and speak directly to the American people. Well, I’m not the only one who thinks this. Another person sees the same characteristic in her: Michael Reagan.