I've mentioned earlier the notion that we don't have a news media, we have a narrative-reinforcement media, and once the narrative is set, it is very hard to alter. The fish-mailing, table-stabbing stories about Rahm Emanuel could easily have been used to paint Rahm as a raving maniac; instead, the dominant theme in countless profiles of Emanuel was that while he was foul-mouthed and gruff, his hard-nosed aggressiveness made him just the kind of tough ally a president needs.Other links via Geraghty: Michelle Malkin (plus these), Moe Lane and Neo-Neocon.
It's been remarked in the Corner, among other places, that every prominent Republican is [classified] as either dumb or evil. Dumb: George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford (or at least bumbling). Evil: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Newt Gingrich. (I suppose there's a third, "old fossil," which was applied to Bob Dole and John McCain.) The phenomenon is most often seen in the monologues of Leno and Letterman and the imitations on Saturday Night Live.
Sarah Palin, as we all know, must be stupid in the eyes of the media. She has five kids and a strange accent. And once a public official labeled "dumb" says something, it must be dumb. If she says gravity pulls objects towards the earth, the lazy who are convinced they are clever will claim she denies the existence of human flight.
As Newsbusters noted, "Conservative filmmaker John Zieglerhas previously demonstrated that some voters mistakenly believe that Palin actually said the words from the Saturday Night Live skit, as shown by his interviews with some Obama voters last year."
So when Palin says to a crowd, "Don't party like it's 1773 yet," of course she must have meant 1776 and is such a phenomenally gaffe-prone dunce that she botched a date almost every grade-schooler knows.
Cuffy Meigs spotlights it, and basically the entire right half of the blogosphere had a good laugh at the expense of the left half, which failed to grasp that Palin was referring to the year of the Boston Tea Party.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jim Geraghty in today's Morning Jolt: