…. So let’s smear someone else. The Democrats have “moved on” from trying to use Rush Limbaugh as a handy-dandy attack target. Now they are gunning for Sarah Palin.
Multiple Democratic strategists say the party plans to increasingly elevate Palin in the same manner it has employed Rush for weeks, using her high-visibility, her social conservatism, and memories of her harsh attacks on Obama during the campaign to tar the GOP as partisan, obstructionist, and backward-looking.
James Carville, a key architect of the Limbaugh strategy, says Dems will be seeking to elevate Palin more and more, because she’s “an identifiable person who has a hook,” unlike GOP leaders like Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell.
“Her name conjures up all kinds of reactions in people’s minds,” Carville told me, adding that her association with the campaign will be used to portray the GOP as hidebound and to alienate moderates. “She’s an uncomfortable figure for a lot of Republicans,” Carville says. “They want to move beyond her. We like her.”
It sounds – more than a little – like they are getting desperate. The Democrats need something – anything to divert attention from their failures. So much so that they are going after private citizens (Limbaugh) and now a politician that lost to their “mighty” juggernaut. She already lost, kicking her when she is down does not make Democrats look strong.
This does not sound like the strategy of a party that is confident. This sounds like the strategy of a party that needs to divert public opinion as rapidly as possible. The Limbaugh gambit actually increased his audience. This one may well backfire and make Palin more popular.
Gee, and I was wondering why Sarah Palin was suddenly surfacing in news reports again.
The press is quite willing to carry water for their masters.