The Palin Effect: Barack Obama Dispatches Female Surrogates And The Dems Are Now In Trouble

Just about a month ago, the libs were smugly saying to one another, “It must be tough to be a Republican these days what with Barack Obama rising up.” Well, those same libs have learned a hard lesson of life: the higher you go up, the further you have to fall. In the space of less than a week, after John McCain sprang a trap that I am certain he planned a long time ago, that fall is upon them.

And it is not just in the politcal arena. The leftist media has seen its numerous vicious attacks against Sarah Palin and her family backfire and blow-up in their faces. One of the most profound examples is how tens of thousands of subscribers have cancelled their subscriptions to Us magazine after they ran a scandalously misleading cover about Gov. Palin (and the magazine’s owner got exposed and raked over the coals on FoxNews), as compared to the very favorable cover they ran for Barack Obama.

The American people are seeing it now. They are seeing the sexist hypocrisy of the left. They are seeing the sexist hypocrisy of the Democrat Party. They are seeing the sexist hypocrisy of Old Media. And it all spells bad news for Obama.

Thus, Barack Obama is now being forced to do something in response. He is sending out female surrogates to hawk for him. From the New York Times via MSNBC:

Senator Barack Obama will increasingly lean on prominent Democratic women to undercut Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain , dispatching Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Florida on Monday and creating a rapid-response team to deploy female surrogates to battleground states, Obama advisers said on Thursday.

I wonder how Senator Clinton likes being referred to as a “female surrogate.”


With the McCain-Palin team courting undecided female voters, including some who backed Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Obama aides say they are counting on not only Mrs. Clinton but also Democratic female governors to criticize their Alaskan counterpart, Ms. Palin — and, by extension, Mr. McCain — including Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.

But this may all come at a price. I don’t believe for a minute that Hillary Clinton will be rooting for Barack Obama since it is most definitely to her personal advantage if Obama loses in November. Check out this little tidbit:

Advisers to Mrs. Clinton, who has been on vacation this week, said that she stands ready to help the Obama-Biden ticket, but they urged not to overestimate the effect she could have, noting that she had other commitments this fall, like campaigning and raising money for Senate candidates.

And several Hillary supporters are not happy about her being relegated to such a subservient supporting role.

Looks like party unity just got thrown under the bus.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Obama To Dispatch Female Surrogates
Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny
The New York Times via MSNBC
September 5, 2008

And what does this mean overall? Plenty according to former Clinton White House Advisor Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. In their latest column from TownHall, they show that the trials of the Democrats are just beginning, and so far, they have been failing them.

The turning point was the designation of Palin and the personal attacks on her. By stirring up a storm, Democrats assured that Palin would speak to 37 million Americans – just a million fewer than watched Obama’s acceptance speech.

Anecdotal evidence already suggests that women may have a gut reaction to the establishment’s sexist assault on a woman candidate – and flock to McCain. They’ve seen him stake everything on this one big move of turning toward a woman – in direct contrast to Obama’s deliberate decision not to name a woman.

They’ve seen the media and Democrats gang up on her and do their worst. And they’ve seen Palin stand up and stuff the challenge right back down the establishment’s throat. All this may have created an entirely new dynamic in the race.

Yes, a dynamic that Barack Obama and the liberal left was completely unprepared for and won’t be able to effectively respond to for the next two months.

I’m not saying that this election is a done deal. No, not by a long shot. But given the events of the past week, it must be difficult being a liberal Democrat these days what with the McCain/Palin ticket rising up.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Democrats In Trouble
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
September 5, 2008


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