Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A few notes on the Chris Matthews video

A few truths are self-evident:

1. Sarah Palin is receiving critical to hostile media attention, from SNL to Katie Couric to Chris Mathews.

2. Because of an obvious lack of knowledge and preparedness, combined with an arrogance and a snarkiness, Sarah Palin deserves the press coverage she is receiving. She cannot expect anything differently, given the campaign she has run.

3. The future of Sarah Palin will tell us a lot about the future of the Republican Party, American politics, and American society. This might sound overly dramatic, but I don't think it is. Supporters of Sarah Palin seem to say that the only thing that matters in an executive officer is whether the person is willing to disrespect the national media and make hateful speech about Democrats. If the GOP is unable to get away with this kind of campaign, the Party will have to change. If the GOP changes, American politics will change. And if American politics moves in directions that make the GOP have to find a new playbook and develop new ideas, American society -- which has been dominated by the Republican Party for about 40 years -- will change and become something very different than it is now.

All this change and all this unprecedentedness is why I love to follow politics. It keeps me on my toes, to say the least.

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