Wednesday, October 8, 2008

On Code Words

Kathleen Parker has a piece on Sarah Palin the attack pit bull in the WaPo today.

It's called code, and Republicans are fluent.

I always get nervous when somebody says code words because what they are arguing is that the words the candidates are saying do not mean what they mean, which opens up everything to crazy interpretation. Most of Parker's points though are not precisely code words.

"Because here you voted for the war and now you oppose the war." Did anybody hear flip-flop?

I wouldn't argue that is a code word for flip-flop, but an accusation of flip-floping without the brevity.

Neither McCain nor Palin would dare mention Obama's middle name, Hussein, but they can play up Obama's past associations and let others connect the dots. Terrorist. Muslim. Dangerous. Other.

And I completely disagree with this one. Ayers is a domestic terrorist, and happens to be a white guy. Anybody who knows anything about him, even to the point of a half-remembered photograph of the man is not going to think MUSLIM.

Parker's logic requires the assumption that the American people are stupid. Maybe they are and link William Ayers to Muslim terrorists. Nevertheless, code word arguments are dangerous.


Anonymous said...

If you should have some free time, visit the archives of The Corner. On August 29th, the day McCain tapped Palin you will see Kathleen Parker's very first comment about Palin spoke about the Down Syndrome son and Palin requiring 'a makeover'. Then travel up that day's log to see Parker say perhaps a makeover isn't necessary because Cornerites like the "hot librarian" look. Then for kicks just peruse all the women at The Corner's comments....

Women are more ruthless than men. The trouble for women is that they are also more obvious than men. Kathleen Parker wears Chanel. She cannot stand how stupid Americans (epsecially men) are for liking a woman that talks with such an awful and unrefined accent and is so stupid herself.

So now we will watch Kathleen become the "celebrated Kathleen Parker" for her anti-Palin stance. Soon she and Christopher Buckley shall be the toast of the Conservative world as far as the MSM goes. Maybe, even maybe Kathleen will earn a slot on a Sunday show.

Oh, and maybe it's important to point out that Kathleen Parker does not identify as an 'conservative'. She 'rejects' labels for herself. But as you can see by her column today she has no qualms about hanging her own about Sarah Palin around Palin's neck like a millstone.


FLG said...

Don't censor the cuss words here on my account.

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