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Salon Sleaze: Palin the Dominatrix (Update)

John on September 8, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I’ve argued that Palin’s looks would inevitably lead to some unhinged commentary. Here it is:

Never mind that McCain’s speech at the convention was pathetically empty, little more than a display of his torture scars and a bombastic promise to “fight” the very practices he has happily supported as a loyal GOP foot soldier. No, none of that matters. Because Palin’s a woman, and even more, a babe…

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The GOP is working the id and the gonads. Let the Democrats appeal to reason — the Grand Old Party is casting its lot with drives located deeper within America’s collective reptilian brain.

Right now, Palin has Democrats quaking in their boots — and with good reason. But all hope isn’t lost. For even if this election turns out to be a referendum on the national libido, Palin may scare off more voters than she attracts.

Because to anyone who isn’t a true believer, Palin comes across not as a fantasy pinup, but as a dominatrix. And the S/M demographic isn’t going to put the Republicans over the top in the swing states.

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McCain’s Palin Pinup Ploy was a masterstroke — no pun intended. But in the end, I suspect most Americans will be driven by their pocketbooks, not their pocket rockets.

Told you so. And now that this has gotten respectful treatment by a relatively reputable media outlet (Salon) we’ll see a lot more of it. The flood gates have been opened. Or is it the sewers…

Bonus Salon Smear! – In this one, Palin is part of the American Taliban. Juan Cole relies on at least two Palin smears debunked by Factcheck earlier today. Nice job, Juan.

Update: Ed at Hot Air has another one:

Palin was not a sure choice, not even for the stolidly Republican ladies branch of Citizens for a Tackier America. No, she isn’t even female really. She’s a type, and she comes in male form too.

Palin has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favoured by this decade’s woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression. Bristol has what is known in Britain as the look of the teen mum, the “pramface.”

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