Riverdaughter asked us to all to come up with a single word to describe why we are voting the way we are on Tuesday. That’s really a tough assignment because there are lots of words to choose from. I considered “principles,” “honesty,” “integrity,” “ethics,” “experience” and “shame” because those are all things Barack Obama lacks.
I thought about using “liar,” “fake,” “phony,” or “unscrupulous” because those are all things that Obama is. I was going to use “hubris” because that is Obama’s favorite sin, but then I saw this and realized that my word had to be “derangement.”
Obama’s strategy in the primary campaign against Hillary was to take advantage of and fan the flames of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. Unhinged misogyny was the major component of CDS, but it went beyond that into other areas as well. From the obsession with Hillary’s voice, ankles and cleavage to her alleged tears (or lack thereof) the media and Obama supporters became the He Man Woman Haters Club.
But they also bought into and pimped every noxious rumor and allegation that came along. Racism, Tuzla, kneecapping and RFK were only the more prominent fables being spread by Obamanation. They also recycled old right-wing memes from the nineties. Even worse, they launched unhinged attacks on Hillary’s supporters too.
But the derangement didn’t end with Hillary’s candidacy, it metastisized and mutated into Palin Derangement Syndrome. While there are reasons to oppose Sarah Palin, the attacks on her have been truly bizarre. Sadly, many of these attacks have come from alleged feminists.
Now some people might say that it is unfair to blame Obama for what his supporters say and do. I disagree. First of all, Obama has never done more than tepidly denounce the attacks on Hillary and Sarah. Secondly, while publically pretending to oppose or be unaware of the attacks, the Obama campaign has pushed them in the media and through the blogosphere. Lastly, even if Obama were wholly innocent his supporters scare the bejeezus out of me.
It’s not enough to say I cannot support Obama, I believe he must be defeated. I cannot in good faith advocate the defeat of Obama and then expect someone else to do the dirty work. Voting for a third-party or NOT (nothing on top) voting would be a cop-out. When I was young and dumb and full of shit I voted for Ronald Reagan, but for over two decades I have been a yellow-dog Democrat. I thought I would never vote for a Republican again.
This year I will just say no to derangement and cast my vote for McCain/Palin.