Put your money on those the Dems attack most fiercely

We conservatives have tended to be “go along to get along” people.  If the media says someone is crazy, we back off, ’cause we don’t want to scare ordinary Americans.  Mark Steyn usefully reminds us that the media isn’t “ordinary Americans” and that media goals are antithetical to conservative success:

The media would like the American Right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that’s the way to go. If you want to win, look at whom the Democrats and their media chums are so frantic to destroy: That’s the better guide to what they’re really worried about.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Jews are also go along to get along people.

    RUles, boundaries, and limitations.

  • kali

    Yes, my progressive friends tell me sincerely how much they admired John McCain. Passionately, even. As far as I can tell, the only thing that kept them from throwing their money and time and vote behind his campaign was that dreadful vice-presidential pick of his. *shudder*

    Because I don’t believe in disillusioning people–they’re so convinced they’re centrists and libertarians and *of course* would be willing to vote for the right Republican–I keep my cynicism to myself.

  • rockdalian

    Rush spoke to this topic on his show today. The lead in was the news that Palin was writing a book and the predictions that she would outsell his books.
    Among other things, Rush said to look at who the Dems and the statist media were trying to destroy to find who they feared the most. Rush said the opposition did not fear Huckabee or Romney. Palin clearly leads the pack as the more fiercely attacked.

  • http://benningswritingpad.blogspot.com/ benning

    As David Kahane puts it: “This is an unlovely party filled with unlovely people, as America’s about to find out once the Obama pixie dust wears off.”

    I recommend this short piece. Kahane ends it: ‘Forget “the personal is political” — that’s what they want you think. It really should be: “the political is personal,” which is why their rage is steeped, as Mark [Steyn] notes, in the crudest and most vicious personal, racial, and sexual slurs. And this is why Sarah continues to enrage them, since she refuses to take them seriously. As Marther Luther famously said, “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture” — and they’re way too far gone for that — “is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”‘

  • Al

    It will be very interesting just how many copies of Palin’s book are sold. And like Rush, I hope it is more than twice his sales count. And an order of magnitude greater than BHO’s

  • expat


    I just checked Amazon, and it’s already #5 in sales. Not bad for a book not out till Nov 17.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I would like to know what portion of those books sold are due to private circulation and how many are sold to institutions, libraries, and other organizations that buy these books in bulk?

  • Gringo

    Y: for a popular selling book like Palin’s , the overwhelming majority will come from sales to the general public. It is possible that in the beginning, institutional sales would predominate, but I doubt it, as there is a lag time between the decision to purchase and the actual purchase when one is dealing with institutions. Businesses like Barnes and Noble or Amazon may make bulk purchases in anticipation of sales, but these are destined for the general public.

    For a technical book, institutional sales will constitute a higher percentage of sales. A university library is much more likely to purchase a book on quantum physics than a member of the general public.