In this election there have been a spate of conservatives who have endorsed Obama, including Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, founder of National Review. Most of these Obamacons have chastised Senator McCain for choosing Governor Palin as his running mate. I have been struck by how much of the Palin hatred is simple class snobbery.
“Look at that vulgar woman: She shops at thrift stores. She went to no name colleges. Can you imagine, she competed in a beauty contest as a young woman! She kills animals! Her husband is some sort of blue collar type. Look at all those kids she has!” Iowahawk lampoons this prejudice perfectly here.
Sarah Palin is a woman who carved a political career for herself by sheer ability. Unlike most of our politicians she had no wealth, no prestigious education, no powerful friends, no spouse in politics, nothing. She has made her way on raw talent and pure determination and grit. In America it is merit that counts, and not the ephemera raised against her by many of her adversaries. That her critics fail to recognize this speaks volumes about them and nothing about her. Win or lose on Tuesday, Sarah Palin and her voters are going to be a force to be reckoned with, not only in the Republican party, but also on the national scene for many years to come.