Palin Attacks Have Damaged Dems, but It's Not Over

And Obama can't make the media look dumb on this one, or it'll get really bad
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 1:08 PM CDT
"You must aim your fire at the top of the ticket, John McCain, and not at this beautiful girl, Sarah Palin, about whom you can do nothing," Noonan wars Obama. "You can never kill her now. Forget it."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The only way to contain the new power that is Sarah Palin (the power conferred by Democratic attacks) is to start ignoring her and return to the basics, Peggy Noonan advises in the Wall Street Journal. To overcome the "catastrophe" of the last two weeks, Barack Obama needs to focus on giving electrifying speeches, on the actual issues, with Joe Biden alongside.

“Right now only Mrs. Palin can hurt Mrs. Palin. Messrs. Obama and Biden can't do it and shouldn't try,” Noonan writes. So far, the Democrats have wounded only themselves: "The snobbery of it, the meanness of it, reminded the entire country, for the first time in a decade, what it is they don't like about the left." Still, writes Noonan, the Republicans tend to make their biggest mistakes when they think they're on top, so there’s time to turn things around with 50 days to go and 80% of Americans thinking we're on the wrong track.