Monday, August 20, 2012
Beyond Bizarre;Susan Estrich "Blame Palin If Ryan Drags Romney Down"
I have to file this under "Palin 2016" as it is otherwise so bizarre and frankly just plain nuts that I can't honestly see it fitting in the current presidential campaign.
Susan Estrich has penned a very odd column "Mitt Romney Steps Into Vice-Presidential Trap Set By Sarah Palin
AT THIS LINK which includes,not once but twice, this statement "So blame Palin if Ryan ends up dragging Mitt Romney down-as I think he will."
Estrich gets history wrong right from the start by advising that "conventional wisdom" advised that vice-presidential candidates don't end up (until Palin!) mattering very much by November.
This ignores, either through ignorance or by deliberate omission, the vital role that Lyndon Johnson played in JFK's narrow victory by holding the South for Kennedy. Arguably Lieberman's selection might have put Gore within a few hundred votes in Florida and there are other examples from history where the VP selection was highly significant, if not the crucial factor.
She (a political science professor!) also asks (and they call Palin "dumb" even a high school student could name James K. Polk) "Can you name the last member of the House elected president? I can’t."
What I can gather from her column is that she believes that VP candidates don't matter, or didn't until Palin
and Palin, in Estrich's view as I read it, caused McCain to lose. Thus stretching the "logic" as taut as it can go because Palin made VP candidates matter then the perceived faults of Ryan, as she seems them, will, because he matters when he wouldn't have if Palin had not been chosen, will cause Romney to lose!
Well, we are used to Palin being the whipping girl for all sorts of leftists fantasies and Machiavellian attacks, but putting the blame on Palin for Ryan causing Romney to lose is a new one and takes the Palin Derangement Syndrome (which mostly comes from females I note sadly) to giddy new heights.
Lets say that Estrich has not lost her marbles (although as the designer of the bizarre vote and then caucus 2008
Texas Democratic Party primary, which even she admitted was odd, which caused Hillary Clinton to win one and lose the other one has to consider that with caution) and consider why Estrich would attack Palin in this weird way.
I honestly can't figure it out, beyond the marbles scenario. Possible reasons are that Estrich and the rest of the Dem's count this election as over, as President Obama said to Putin some time ago, and are looking at Palin as a possible candidate in 2016. Why else would they continue to attack someone the consider "irrelevant"?
It may be that,if that is the correct guess, Estrich is trying to make up for her guilt in helping to rob Clinton of the 2008 nomination through her ridiculous Texas primary set-up. Thus by attacking Palin she is assisting Clinton if she runs against Palin?
Make no mistake, the 2016 election is under way already. Palin has visited Iowa's top money man, Jeb Bush, Rick perry and Chris Christie have all said they would consider running and the Bush forces have been attacking Palin for some time. It might well be that Estrich is also looking to 2016, or is in a strange place.
This might be part of the reason why Estrich is so anti-Palin
Apart from advising that Estrich managed arguably the worst election campaign, apart from McGovern's, in US presidential history, that of Michael Dukakis, Wikipedia advises:
Estrich was very outspoken during the 2008 presidential race, particularly on the subject of women in politics in light of the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Estrich supported Clinton in the Democratic primaries, but was strongly critical of Palin.
Posted by M. Joseph Sheppard at 1:37 AM