With Palin’s folksy “There-you-go-again-Joe-looking-backward” line, McCain/Palin handlers launched their pitch to disengage the campaign from the Bush years. Don’t look back to the domestic and international wreckage Bush leaves. Don’t seek future solutions for the problems of financial collapse and global warming by examining how they occurred in the past and who is accountable. Ignore the past …and Bush. Just clean house, cut taxes, drill baby drill, and seek the city on the hill. Above all, forget the logic of cause and effect and the relationship between problem and solution.
This pitch is insulting to American voters including Joe Six-Pack. It is especially insulting to the intelligence of women. In an election year in which a woman, Hillary Clinton, was finally recognized for her equivalent or greater governing expertise, Palin’s debate presentation was a demeaning portrait.
A pitch that requires voters to dismiss intelligence, rationality, and above all, information and knowledge, is a disgrace. In these critical times we need leaders who are our best and our brightest.