Thursday, September 04, 2008

Union Man

As already discussed in the comments in the last post, Nick's latest "doesn't really make any sense". Nick: "[W]e might have become a saner country where people didn’t imagine they could make their fortune in property speculation." Why oh why does Nick Cohen hate America?

Oh yes, America.

They ['Well-heeled Democrats' presumably, but working out who Nick means by 'they' these days is largely guesswork] come from a political class where sex is safe and lives orderly. Most Americans don’t, and Palin’s family troubles will seem normal to many voters.

This link may not work, being a Google cache of a National Enquirer story which may have been taken down: Palin War: Teen Prego Crisis.

Palin’s ongoing war with her ex brother-in-law Mike Wooten, a state trooper, has caused multiple sources to come forward with shocking allegations about the governor.

Details of those allegations, the family feud, and Palin’s attempt to cover up her teen daughter’s pregnancy are in the new issue of The ENQUIRER.

The Enquirer has always been known for covering 'normal' stories. The Torygraph:

But the Enquirer was recently vindicated after its long-running pursuit of John Edwards, a former Democratic presidential candidate, ended with him admitting he had conducted an extra-marital affair with a filmmaker he had met in a bar in New York and later employed on his campaign.
The Enquirer responded: “The National Enquirer's coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin's extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor's daughter revealed her pregnancy.
“Following our John Edwards exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign's vetting process. Despite the McCain camp's attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum."

Nick, back in July, "I've written many times about how England’s libel laws are the last resort of the scoundrel." Good job that the friend of free speech John McCain isn't trying to censor reporters isn't it?

“Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt, quoted in the Telegraph.

The best line from Nick was this one: "A working-class woman, with one unmarried child pregnant, another child , a third fighting in Iraq and a husband who is a union man, is a preposterous figure to them." Sounds like a refried version of New Palin details may help, not hurt to me.

"Authenticity is the most important characteristic for someone seeking public office," said Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association. "Any news that comes out about her is not going to hurt her because it reinforces the point that she is authentically one of us."

Didn't our Nick write something about what he called Europe's cult of the authentic which is "not rational but visceral"? Besides, if being authentically working/middle class matters so much why did the Republicans choose the son and grandson of Admirals who married a millionairess (after his first wife was injured in a car crash) as their Presidential candidate? And why is the current President the son of a patrician former President?

Video of a Democrat running down unions, single parents, etc:

Via John Cole, yet again.

Update 10 pm. The above video doesn't mention single mothers as I recall, but one of Obama's ads in July did. And how could I forget (because I've been trying? that seems to work) Chrisopher "The Dupe" Hitchens' attack on "the time ... when every politician in the country tries to act as if he or she went barefoot to school. Thank heaven that this year neither of the nominees comes from a small town..." Oops; who counted Wasilla's population as 7,025? [Answer: Wasilla.] Palin's son Track is going to Iraq later this month. Senator Biden's son Beau, currently Delaware's Attorney General is being deployed there in October. (If single parent families and serving in the military are preposterous to liberals, why aren't they rejecting the Obama-Biden ticket?) So he's a lawyer. Lawyers are part of the American way; knock lawyers and you knock America. Get out of that one, Nick.

Alternate ending for alternate ending fans. Iraq is one of the most beleaguered countries on earth. And we're sending lawyers. What is this? State-sponsored sadism?

Update Friday 10pm. Experience, etc.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Nick actually going to come out in support of Palin and McCain? Everything he's writing looks that way. Or maybe as with Boris he will spend the run-up to the election mouthing off against Obama and anyone who dares to think he'll be better than the GOP, and then at the end come up with a completely implausible way for both of them to lose...

9/04/2008 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.

I thought it was a US paper.

9/04/2008 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown ... wasted so much money in the good years he left next to nothing in reserve for when hard times came.

Anyone else playing Tory Blogosphere Talking Point Bingo?

9/04/2008 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

EJH - ho ho ho.

OC - Harry's Place (Gene anyway) seems to prefer Obama now; Oliver Kamm regards Palin's creationism as deal-breakingly non-serious. Kamm and Daniel Finkelstein seem to be among the sniggering liberals. There's quite a split among the Decents here.

9/04/2008 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

Phil, Nick brings new lows to the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) degree. He doesn't seem to understand any of those, especially economics. I think all his assertions are wrong. I omitted mentioning his take on Brown's economic record for reasons of space.

9/04/2008 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall an HP post from after the 2004 election wherein 'Harry' wrote that, although he wanted Kerry to win, it didn't really matter very much and the only reason the British left were so anguished was that they wanted the US electorate to vindicate their stance on the Iraq war.

Ah, here it is.

9/04/2008 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

part of what makes the palin pick such a fascinating gamble is that the republican electorate is a complex class coalition (even the much-vaunted base isn't class or culture-monolithic): it includes plenty of elitist pointyheads, who are (on the face of it) startled and discomfited by this pick -- perfectly serene when the yokels (as they see them) are voting for some old-school gop prettyface; actively rattled when they're voting for one of their own (peggy noonan caught on open mike yesterday flatly at odds with the op-ed she'd just penned -- in public she says this is an awesome gamechanging opportunity; in private she was caught saying it was a disaster)

so no surprises it also winkles into divisions among the decents; some of whom are much more at ease at with burchilloid class-outflanker games than others

the upper echelons of the right hold ppl like palin in unparalleled scorn, of course -- they just know not to show this when they can help it

some of palin's long-term career energy (if she gets the correct momentum) will come from running against this elite scorn within her own party, tho it will be projected (for now) onto the dems

9/04/2008 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Nick in the late 1990s/early 2000s was harping on about the government borrowing more money to spend more money, e.g. in 1999 "Alternatively, the Government could borrow at the low rates of interest available to states which are judged by the markets to be the securest of risks. But the strategy would necessitate public spending, a laughably archaic practice."

He seems to have changed his mind in late 2003 (after some presumably large govenment spending project that went horribly wrong...but I can only remember the Iraq war from that time period) but in his fond farewell to Blair 'I was wrong' (or something like that) he remained positive about public spending.

I couldn't help but note this Standard column's economics aren't a million miles away from this [].

9/04/2008 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

That HP post by Harry is beautiful. He manages to claim that Kerry supporters amongst liberals don't care about his domestic policies, in a piece in which he makes no effort to even pretend he is concerned about what 4 more years of GWB will mean domestically.

9/04/2008 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick is editing his own wikipedia entry! Under the name 'ncohen2'!

Look at what he's adding... hilarious.

9/07/2008 02:10:00 PM  

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