Rod Dreher has been saying it thoughtfully and better than I can - while he still cannot bring himself to support mccain/PALIN, he knows for certain that he is disturbed mightily by her unkind reception by the mainstream media and many of Obama's surrogates in the "blogosphere."
I'm pretty much in the same boat - I don't think I can pull the lever for someone who seems too eager sometimes to start another war, but I absolutely despise the condescension of the coverage of Sarah. I am certain I am not alone, and it will be the height of irony if the Democrats lose an election that they should run away with if they STILL can't overcome their kneejerk elitism and not-so-subtle derision of the ordinary Americans they claim to want to help.
To wit: I was just watching CNN, which ran a piece on Palin's religion, showing a clip of her prayer in which she hopes that our leaders are doing God's will in prosecuting the war in Iraq.
Notice that she does not exclaim, "Let us defeat the infidel in accord with God's Will!!!" Rather, she humbly prays in the hopes that our leaders are correctly discerning the will of God in sending our young men and women in harm's way.
The reporter concluded the report NOT by pointing out this fact, but by making sure we know that "many people are concerned that a Vice-President Palin will bring religion into her political decisionmaking."
I wonder what reporters in 1862 made of this crazy statement:
The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party -- and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true -- that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.
Yea, that was one kook, that Abraham Lincoln. Trying to discern God's will, and humbly acknowledging his uncertainty. Just like that wacko Sarah Palin, praying that our leaders have striven to understand the will of God. Better that we simply assert human will as we wish...