There was alledgedly a study of some kind on orangutan behavior and how primates pass on information. I don’t know if the story is true, but it sure sounds like some ships I served on. Or some of the Democratic blogs.
The set-up goes like this: a dozen orangutans are put in an enclosure. At the top of some steps hangs a net full of irresistable orangutan treats. The problem is, when an orangutan goes up the steps, the top step triggers a sprinkler system and everybody gets wet (which they hate). After a few tries, the other orangutans tackle and drag down anyone who goes up the steps. Half of the orangutans are removed and replaced with new orangutans, who can see the treats, but don’t know about the sprinkler. One of the new orangutans heads up to get a treat and is viciously tackled. It doesn’t take long for the second group of orangutans to learn that going up the steps means you get tackled. The rest of the original group of orangutans is removed and replaced with new orangutans. This third group can, again, see the treats, but knows nothing about the sprinklers. One of the new orangutans heads up the steps and is viciously tackled by orangutans from the second group… who don’t really know why they’re doing it; they’ve never seen the sprinklers activated. They’re just pulling down anyone who goes after the prize because they were taught to do it.
I was reminded of this story while watching coverage of the first day of the much-scaled-down Republican National Convention. The stories focused on the news of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol’s pregnancy, the rumors that had been spread by left-wing bloggers that Trig was actually Bristol’s son not her baby brother, and the hurricane. Nothing to actually do with politics, in short. Understandably so in the case of the hurricane, at least. Some bloggers have been much worse.
The featured blog on WordPress today is by an Alaskan who apparently was in the 10% of Alaskans who never liked Palin, and he’s a *little* bitter about it. Yeah, I could find more than a few shots of my home town of 9,000 in Wisconsin that would make it look like a pathetic hole; on the whole, however, it’s a very nice town, so I’m not impressed by the blogger’s shot of the bar in Wasilla, meant to demean Palin’s experience as inconsequential. He then went on to complain that Palin was too conservative and from the middle of Alaska’s “Bible belt.” Conservative? What a surprise! Um, that’s why she’s on the Republican ticket, not the Democratic one; and we’re ok with the hunting and the church-going parts. We’re still “clinging” to our “guns and religion”, remember?
Feeling that maybe that wouldn’t convince people that Palin is bad, he also titled a post to insinuate that McCain is really just looking to replace his wife with a new one, or at least a new mistress.
(A cheap shot/reference, I assume, to McCain’s admitted affairs during the disintegration of his first marriage in the late 70’s, while he was stationed in Florida without his family in command of an aviation squadron. McCain claims full responsibility for the divorce and has been married to his second wife, Cindy, for 28 years.)
And, of course, the Alaskan blogger insisted that if Palin had really won the position on the basis of her own grit, determination, and success, then that would’ve been ok. Like if Hillary had been nominated; that would’ve been historic. But Palin doesn’t count, because she was just picked by a man to win women’s votes (and she’s conservative, which *obviously* marks you as a slave to men and deluded, so none of her previous accomplishments count, either).
Like Hillary? Who had never been elected to anything before the New York Senate seat a few years ago. Who spent what should’ve been her best years hiding in her husband’s shadow, as the wife of the Arkansas governor, as the wife of the president… who wouldn’t even have been a Senator if it wasn’t for the fact that she is Mrs. Clinton. Who put up with decades of humiliating and repeated philandering from Bill on the hope that it would buy her some political power of her own later. Yeah, that’s a great feminist example, right there.
This wasn’t the first blog I’d seen that insinuated (or outright stated) that McCain only nominated Palin in order to get her in bed. (No, I’m not linking to it; it’s pretty useless.) How petty. How stupid. Any credibility the Alaskan blogger may have had just evaporated (and he had one or two legitimate points about Palin’s shortcomings). Yeah, I’m one of those “stupid Republican bloggers” who thinks being governor trumps being a Senator, no matter what the size or population of the state, and, no, I do not believe in hurling sexual innuendo and accusations just because I don’t like someone’s politics.
This is beginning to look like the orangutans, a reflexive, unthinking instinct to pull down anyone who reaches for the prize. I’m not sure they even know why; there isn’t much discussion of the issues, just the reflexive hurling of accusations because they can’t believe a woman would be a conservative and actually mean it. “How dare she! She’s supposed to be obedient to the Democratic Party and NOW!”
Please, all you crazy Democratic bloggers, keep up the crap. It’s making your stupidity show.
Please, all you saner Democratic bloggers, how about showing up in the crazy’s comments calling for some real discussion and less sexual mudslinging?