The anatomy of a left wing smear campaign
If there is one thing I learned this election cycle, its that the right doesn't have a monopoly and lies and smear tactics. How does the left do it? Well, they take a person (preferably a female politician) and connect them to some religious fundamentalists or people who have ties to religious fundamentalists. Its especially nice if they are scary religious fundamentalists, "dominionists" even. Next, write pages and pages of about how scary "dominionists" are. Its an extra bonus if you can find quotes by these scary "dominionists" that have them praising said female politician. These people can have two, three or four degrees of separation from the female politician, it doesn't matter. Extra special bonus if you can use scary terms like "cell". If you think I'm talking about Sarah Palin, you're wrong. I'm talking about Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, the [scary religious fundamentalist] Family takes credit for some of [Hillary] Clinton's rightward legislative tendencies, including her support for a law guaranteeing "religious freedom" in the workplace, such as for pharmacists who refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and police officers who refuse to guard abortion clinics.
Of course, its no matter that Hillary and Patty Murray are pretty much the only Congressfolk trying to prevent the Bush Administration from doing some of this stuff.
I bring this up because I had a conversation with friends this week about Palin and many of the easily debunked lies about her. They asked why I was defending her. Its not defending her that I'm interested in, its the BS that needs to stop. BS is BS, even in the service of "good". And if everyone is throwing BS around, the only information we have available is BS and we all lose. Its the same principle as why I don't think the Dems accepting a stolen Obama election is good. Once we allow fundamentally corrupt processes to become party invariant, we are all going to suffer in the long term, probably more so than having to deal with four years of McCain.
If hysteria weren't all the rage these days, the case against McCain/Palin can be made very concisely:
John McCain and Sarah Palin are self described conservatives. Conservativism has failed--miserably!--and is the biggest reason we are in the messes we are in. John McCain and Sarah Palin aren't evil or scary, but a vote for them is a vote for a political philosophy that has proven over and over again to be a failure.
Period. End of story. Instead we get left wing smear campaigns.