Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Palin Derangement Syndrome: Obama's Worst Enemy?

My latest SFGate column examines the growing phenomenon of PDS:

There's a new affliction sweeping the nation, and it's known as Palin Derangement Syndrome. The phenomenon is similar to Bush Derangement Syndrome, a term coined by political columnist Charles Krauthammer to describe the personal animosity and irrational hatred directed at President Bush by his leftist opponents. But this time, Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, is the object of wrath.

The feeding frenzy began with the news of Palin's selection, but it was her electrifying speech at the Republic National Convention last month that really set it off. In one fell swoop, Palin managed to energize the Republican base, breathe life into the McCain campaign, launch some very effective jabs at Barack Obama, and quite possibly, attract the support of the 18 million Hillary Clinton voters.

The attacks on Palin have ranged from patronizing to vicious to fantastical. She has been caricatured as an inexperienced rube, a baby-making automaton, an uneducated underachiever, a bad mother, trailer-park trash, a rightwing religious fanatic, a sexual fantasy, and of course, a fascist. No subject has been deemed taboo in the effort to take Palin down.

What her detractors don't seem to realize is that in the process of insulting Palin, they are insulting the majority of the country. If being a self-made success story, a working mother, a church-going member of a small-town community, and a believer in moderate to conservative political viewpoints disqualifies Palin, what does that say about mainstream America? The inherent condescension at the heart of the anti-Palin campaign is coming across loud and clear and it may actually be boosting her popularity.
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Update: Since writing the above, the hacking of Sarah Palin's personal e-mail address has come to light. Michelle Malkin reports here and here.

Update II: In a similar vein, Democratic strategist Paul Begala called Carla Fiorina, John McCain's economic advisor, an "idiot" yesterday on "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Keep it up, guys...

Update III: It looks like the person who hacked Palin's personal e-mail address was none other than David Kernell, son of Tennesse Democratic Rep. Mike Kernell. Gateway Pundit has the details here and there's more from Michelle Malkin here.

Update IV: Meanwhile, Palin has been disinvited from the upcoming rally to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (and his quest for nuclear weapons) when he speaks at the UN next week. This after Hillary Clinton (to her shame) pulled out of the rally after Palin's involvement was announced. Solomonia has the latest.

Update V: The official investigation into David Kernell, son of Tennesse Democratic Rep. Mike Kernell, as the potential Palin hacker is underway. His father, of course, claims to know nothing. The relative silence of the MSM on his involvement speaks volumes. If it were a Republican, one can only imagine the uproar.

Meanwhile, The Jawa Report has an explosive report on the smear campaign against Palin that, "While not conclusive...suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign."