Yes, I have friends who are Democrats, and, no, I don’t recommend they get into a good 12-step program. Here’s a note I received from one Monday afternoon:Notes from a Democratic Friend
I have been biting my tongue about Palin and what I see as the greatest “sin” in this election, which is the arrogance on the part of Democrats and the mainstream media. I feel the need to briefly vent to someone who may agree with at least some of my view.
You probably get a sense from my politics that I would have a very hard time voting for her, so it isn’t about that. It simply takes me back to my experience at the1988 conventions. I don’t think she is Dan Quayle, nor do I think this is John McCain repeating that history because he failed to learn from it. I do think the Democrats and the media are the ones who are repeating history, belittling someone who is new to them, and essentially mocking someone for having been a stranger to “Meet the Press.” And I think, partly as a result, they will lose. No one likes to vote for arrogance.
My experience from ‘88: I was in New Orleans, where the media was portraying Bush as a sure loser. A friend with a national weekly magazine had been assigned to interview potential VP picks…and he had lamented that he drew the short straw. While his colleagues interviewed real choices, he got stuck having lunch with Dan Quayle and his wife. My friend, an experienced journalist, was so sure Quayle was a joke that he didn’t even take notes of the interview. He was panicked when the choice was announced and he was stuck scrambling in order to write a profile.
That week, I stood on the Superdome floor talking to Henry Hyde, and I asked him, “How are you going to win this?” He was a very smart man, and he said simply, “Repetition is the soul of eloquence.” He proceeded to say that they were going to repeat the message from the convention about Dukakis so often that everyone would know it and believe it by Election Day. He meant it, and he was right. But back in the press rooms, people were still laughing about Quayle, literally. And the pundits I knew best, some good ones, insisted Bush could not win (just as four years later they insisted he could not lose). While the Republicans repeated their message, Democrats wasted their time calling Quayle an idiot. Just as now they do that kind of thing with Palin.
The lesson for me: it is good to be mocked by, and not taken seriously by, Democrats. Democrats rarely win when they expect to. And they sure don’t when they think they just deserve to.
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