[Update: just go read Zuzu]
First, it is ridiculous to see the former progressive blogosphere all up in arms over the fact that McCain chose a social conservative Republican as his running mate. Who the hell did they think he was going to pick? Russ Feingold??
The real problem is this, as best explained by Anglachel (as always):
"The real elephant (ahem) in the middle of the room is the unacknowledged fact that the DNC and their selected candidate abused the intelligence and trust of the party base and subjected the base’s preferred candidate to outrageous abuse month after month in the primaries. The blogosphere’s hysterical overreaction to the Palin selection reveals the fear that their hate-filled, explicitly misogynist tactics will backfire on them and that a significant enough percentage of this disaffected base will do more than sit out the election in November, but will actively cast a protest vote.
Clinton Democrats know exactly how revolting the Republican ticket is. That’s why we voted for Hillary. That’s why we rejected the Obama message of bipartisanship and content-free hopey-changey. Obamacans were the ones happy to play patty-cake with these bastards and throw our economic and legal concerns into the toilet. Hillary is still out there fighting for UHC, btw, while Obama’s good buddy John Kerry declares that a Democratic Congress isn’t even going to try to get it in front of a Democratic president."
And lest we forget, Obama was bringing up the "message of bipartisanship and content-free hopey-changey" at his Convention speech.
The DNC, Obamacans and the nominee have painted themselves in a corner. That’s what the problem is. Clinton Democrats and women are not going to vote for Palin. But if MSNBC, the fever swamp over at Daily Kos and elsewhere in the so-called blogosphere and the DNC go all misogynyst assholes as they have done in the primary, it might depress women’s turnout for Obama enough to make a difference.
And while they’re at it, the ageist stuff is also a great idea, because we know seniors don’t vote in large numbers… oh wait… are these people willfully stupid?