Each week, the Watcher's Council holds a contest for best post. The Council members submit a post they have written and one post by someone outside the Council for consideration. The Watcher tallies the votes and announces the winners each Friday. This from the Watcher on this weeks voting:
Seven years after the horrible events of 9/11 we are in the midst of another Presidential campaign. The 2008 campaign is one steeped in identity politics; a fact that has not been lost on the Watchers Council.
Both of this weeks’ winning entries discuss the various aspects of identity politics comparing the Democratic Party approach of nominating a man as a Presidential candidate largely based on the color of his skin and strong liberal beliefs to the VP choice of the GOP that nominated a woman with executive experience and a foundation in conservative values. The contrasts couldn’t be greater.
The fact that the emphasis on this campaign season largely pits the top Democratic spot to that of the GOP undercard highlights just how much identity politics factors into the strategies of each party seeking the nation’s acceptance. (As a side note, many are wondering if the dems will kick Biden off the ticket to negate the Palin effect that has drawn women and undecideds to the right. This is getting interesting. What a great year for political junkies.)
Please enjoy this weeks winning entries.
And the winners are:
In the Council category, my post Standing At The Crossroads - Identity Politics, Multiculturalism & The Melting Pot, took first place. It is an examination as to why the far left has become completely unhinged in their attacks on Gov. Palin, the canard that the left is the party of civil rights, and just what is at stake in this election.
Coming in second and third places were the two posts I voted for, both excellent essays. Coming in second was was Soccer Dad - An exceptional choice. He is not writing about Palin, but about John McCain and why Soccer Dad thinks him a man of incredible character and a very worthy selection as Republican nominee for President. I think the passage about Mo Udall says it all. Coming in third place was Joshua Pundit's The Game Changer - Duty, Honor, Country. Joshua Pundit writes about how the choice of Sarah Palin changes everything in this race and how she compliments McCain on the ticket.
In the Non-Council category, all winning choices dealt with aspects of the Sarah Palin pick for VP. Beldar Blog's Don’t Confuse Republicans’ thrill over the Palin nomination with the Dems’ worship of Obama: A reply to Paul Mirengoff came in first place. My submission, EU Referendum's The Awkwardness Of Truth came in tied for second with
RCP's The Media’s ‘Due Dilligence’. I would also highly recommend The Anchoress's post, Over Palin; not “hypocrisy,” you never knew us. It deals with the left's misconstruing of the religious right.
You can find the full results of the voting at the Watcher's site.