Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Caricatures and Stereotypes

You can believe that the majority of those people in Delaware who voted against Christine O'Donnell have far more in common with her than with her silver-spoon multimillionaire opponent Chris Coons. O'Donnell lost because the elite media, whose members themselves come mainly from privilege and hold an aristocratic view of the world, were ruthless in caricaturing her. Their greatest fear isn't Republicans who talk and look like them, but authentic populists like O'Donnell or Sarah Palin who show up their own stances as phony.

If Sarah Palin is to have a chance in  two years, she'll have to break the caricature the media has created about her. This means reaching out to those independents, union workers, African-Americans,, who are more like her than they know. Otherwise the good-cop bad-cop game the establishments of both parties play will remain in control.