Even Female Conservative Pundits Embrace Palin Bashing
Speaking of the elitist charge, Parker's dumping on Palin isn't her first attempt to keep the roiling masses in place. Back in 2005, she wrote a column dripping with contempt for bloggers:
Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow. Some bloggers do their own reporting, but most rely on mainstream reporters to do the heavy lifting. Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz, and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation's inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive.
Even so, they hold the same megaphone as the adults and enjoy perceived credibility owing to membership in the larger world of blog grown-ups. These effete and often clever baby "bloggies" are rich in time and toys, but bereft of adult supervision. Spoiled and undisciplined, they have grabbed the mike and seized the stage, a privilege granted not by years in the trenches, but by virtue of a three-pronged plug and the miracle of WiFi.
True, the blogosphere is filled with sites that run the gamut from thought-provoking commentary to outright rumor mongering and vile accusation. But Parker, who cut her teeth as a traditional columnist in traditional newsrooms, obviously has difficulty in accepting that we the people are more than capable of separating the wheat from the chaff without an editorial staff to hold our hands.
And if we're looking for contenders for the Most Obsessive-Compulsive award, what about the MSM's obsession with not only tearing Sarah Palin down but anyone else from the rabble who dares to step out of their assigned spot in society? Joe the Plumber's life was turned upside down by media snoops who felt it their duty to embarrass him by publishing details about his life that had nothing to do with Barack Obama's illuminating answer to the question Joe asked. Where is the agonizing about "how to improve its product, police its own members, and better serve its communities," as Parker describes the MSM, in this instance?
It's tempting to suggest that Noonan and Parker are envious of a very attractive and younger newcomer to the political scene. That may play a small part. But I truly think the state-school-educated, moose-hunting, Wal-Mart-shopping, folksy woman from Alaska -- a place to visit while taking a cruise, but live there? -- is an affront to their narrow view of America. Even when she tries to sound like she knows what average people are like, Parker stumbles:
As a self-described spy for Bubba who moves between home in the rural South and inside the Washington Beltway, I get more than an off-the-bus glimpse of the Palin phenomenon. Inside the Beltway, I've often felt like Jane Goodall, summoned from the hinterlands to explain the behaviors of the indigenous peoples.
Here's a hint, Kathleen: describing yourself as Jane Goodall in relation to your southern neighbors' apes isn't exactly the best way to win their approval. But you probably aren't seeking it anyway.
These are the Sneetches with stars, and you and I are among those with "none upon thars." Palin's popularity with the commoners means nothing. She's the one trying to crash their party and they're going to fight tooth and nail to keep her out.
Will Parker, Noonan, and their like-minded conservative cohorts suddenly change position if McCain wins instead of Obama, as is being breathlessly predicted? Maybe yes, maybe no. But either way, they've tipped their hand: supporting a conservative candidate takes a backseat to their own self-interest.
And it has been duly noted.