Palin: The American Awakening [dri]

When John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, my first reaction was one of ambivalence. I was pleased that he had chosen her because I felt that a woman on the ticket might discomfit Obama’s central attack on old, white, male leaders. I was dismayed in that McCain had apparently decided on style over substance. Her qualifications seemed to have been who she was rather than what she was. A perky, young female designed to counter Obama’s corner on the young, non traditional candidate market.

After watching Sarah Palin and carefully listening to her, I must say that I am genuinely impressed with her in both what she has said and how she has said it. During a recent CNBC interview on energy policy, she showed a keen grasp of the complex energy problems that face our nation and possessed detailed, well informed plans to solve them.

She does not advocate a feel good, pie in the sky solution involving the prevention of new oil drilling initiatives and the embrace of distant, yet to be proven advancements in green energy technology. No, Governor Palin unabashedly advocates aggressively accessing the trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and the billions of barrels of oil available beneath our nation today. She views Senator Obama’s energy plan as naïve and likely to solve nothing except placating Liberal special interests.

But still, even with her firm grasp of the issues and her ability to advocate or challenge positions on her feet, Ms. Palin possesses an additional quality, a certain unapologetic American charisma. She is truly proud to be an American and her Alaskan lifestyle underscores her embrace of those qualities which once pulsed through the veins of all Americans. The harsh Alaskan environment has instilled in her the necessity to become self reliant, to be confident to face all challenges, and to posses the skills to regularly overcome those challenges.

Maybe this is why Palin has suddenly resonated with the American people. She exudes a sense of what America used to be and what it can return to: confident, proud, able, and firmly unapologetic. Yes compared to perfection, America may be lacking but compared to every other country on Earth, America’s benevolence has no equal. Our bad acts have been no worse than those of every other country but our positive acts have saved the lives of 100’s of millions of people through out the world.

Palin seems to stir this sense of American exceptionalism that for too long has been squelched by the radical Liberal agenda. We have been constantly told by educators, by the media, by politicians that we are a bad country in need of much deserved rebuke. Palin on the other hand casts such dispersions aside and stirs feelings deep inside all of us that we Americans should be proud and confident. We have the unparalleled ability to solve any challenge placed before us. Palin has awaked this long slumbering American spirit.


Posted by: xgenghisx at 09:44 PM



Comments

1 If I had to pick one word to describe Gov Palin it is poise.

She carries herself with confidence, projects her voice in a commanding yet compassionate tone, and is genuinely congenial.

Remind you of anyone?

Yes, him.

Posted by: Bart at September 01, 2008 09:49 PM (eGRG+)

2 I figured she had something good going on (I mean beyond the physically obvious) when Larry Kudlow picked her as the best of the bunch, after interviewing all the McCain Veep possibilities. He was judging her purely on her knowledge of business and the economy. So, she even has Mitt beat on that score. Kudlow ain't stupid; and if he judges her the best in his own area of expertise -- well that's something, isn't it?

Posted by: notropis at September 01, 2008 09:50 PM (BpQoO)

3 Dems will finally learn the meaning of blowback if they keep this up.

Posted by: Ben at September 01, 2008 09:51 PM (GGeqy)

4 Oh and sorry, I haven't thought of a gay ass handle yet!

Posted by: Ben at September 01, 2008 09:52 PM (GGeqy)

5 Yes, Bart, him.

We've mourned long enough. Thanks, Sarah, for the awakening.

On to Victory. On to exceptionalism.

Posted by: Editor at September 01, 2008 09:55 PM (p4YSL)

6 I would agree but I would also say careful there, you're getting a little excitable.

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 09:56 PM (7rbe9)

7 I'm at work behind websense. Is there a YouTube up there?

Posted by: Jones at September 01, 2008 09:57 PM (KOkrW)

8 You nailed it.

Posted by: w3bgrrl at September 01, 2008 09:58 PM (++F+m)

9 "I'm at work behind websense. Is there a YouTube up there?"

Yup

Posted by: dri at September 01, 2008 09:59 PM (p8VUa)

10 I still like Laura Ingraham's description of her as a frontier woman. She comes across as an ordinary woman who has done extraordinary things. In my opinion that will resonate in unexpected places.

Posted by: Reiver at September 01, 2008 09:59 PM (s7h/P)

11 Palin has, and I don't mean this disparagingly, what the Romans called "virtus"--literally, "manly excellence." She amplifies McCain's own projection of virtus and sagacity and neutralizes the problem of his questionable commitment to Reagan-style "movement" conservatism. She has more executive experience than either Obama or Biden, both of whom, when compared to McCain and Palin, come across as effete (pseudo)intellectuals who will never resonate with flyover America. Next to her McCain seems like less of a cranky old codger and more like a wise and beneficent grandfather.

She is self-made and independent--the apotheosis of feminism, and she still manages to be truly feminine (no pants suits for this MILF!).

The selection of Sarah Palin is a smashing tactical blow, and strategically brilliant. That rumbling you hear in the distance is the sound of an electoral avalanche; the moist wet sound you hear is the Kos Kids and Obamabots soiling their knickers.

Posted by: Milesdei at September 01, 2008 09:59 PM (ezaF2)

12 What's the instrumental with the video?

Beautiful.

Posted by: LiveFreeOrDie at September 01, 2008 10:00 PM (Oiq3a)

13 Palin is the one we have been waiting for.

A lady Teddy Roosevelt.

* My handle can be interpreted as gay or straight. Your choice.


Posted by: Well Hung Chad at September 01, 2008 10:01 PM (RssAk)

14
You just said what I wanted to say but could not find the right words. Forget this
experience crap, forget the sewer-diving against her daughter or anyone else in her family --
none of that is going to damage Palin. Not in the slightest. It won't change a single
nutroot's mind from their already well-established hatred of all things middle-America but
Palin will bring new votes to the GOP in November.

Because Palin is articulate substance and she is from what-once-was. She doesn't
have to talk about it, she's lived it. It's in her blood and people sense it in how
she talks and how she carries herself. You can see the sudden excitement in the
demoralized conservatives and the millions of dollars that rushed into McCain HQ
in the three days.

Look at her record in Alaska -- she didn't care who it was, she stood up to it and by doing
that, by being fearless even against the fossilized GOP leadership, she ousted longtime political figures from their jobs and brought about real, effective change. How more
effective can you get?

People connect with Palin at a level they cannot with McCain. They know her because she represents something that once lived in them, and lived in their fellow Americans, and she is raising the hope in them that something can be done about the situation, that the status quo can be fought without having to dismantle everything that made this country great.
She is Reagan -- only better, newer, fresher.

So now you know why the nutroots are losing their bowels over Palin. In a few days,
as the polls show hope slipping away, they will get even nastier because they know what she represents to their cherished dream and The One.

Posted by: prairiemain at September 01, 2008 10:01 PM (uDqa7)

15 Little-known fact about Sarah Palin, #326: When Sarah walks into the room, Dick Cheney stands up.

Posted by: Uh, Clem at September 01, 2008 10:01 PM (CNAh+)

16 The excitement politically is a first for me. I was a democrat, because I didn't know any better, in college during the Reagan years. Slowly I realized they were wrong economically, then their reaction to 9/11 pushed me away for good. But as a politician, I really feel like she actually can get things done, she's got the stuff.
Plus she's smokin' hot and obama is a marxist douchebag.

Posted by: Ben at September 01, 2008 10:02 PM (GGeqy)

17 From what I've heard from her so far...me likey.

Posted by: JavaJoe at September 01, 2008 10:06 PM (Am6n/)

18 Let's not forget a major reason that we like her: half the population would love to hang out with Jeff Smoker and Gov. Sarah Palin.

Any dude in the DC area is going to know exactly what that means.

Posted by: Masturbatin' Pete at September 01, 2008 10:07 PM (qPHMe)

19
I still like Laura Ingraham's description of her as a frontier woman.

Yep, I've been calling her Dr.Sarah, Medicine Woman.

Remind you of anyone?Yes, him.

The combo of that video with that comment made tears well up Bart. I think I finally understand what Obama's black supporters must be feeling.

As much as I despise identity politics, it's been very inspiring to see this lady on the national stage representing so much of what I believe politically.

God bless you John McCain for being such a maverick.

Posted by: nightwitch at September 01, 2008 10:08 PM (dfTf5)

20

Energy policy?

Who cares, there's a 17 year old girl's life to completely ruin.

Priorities.

Posted by: Senator Rev. Dr. E Buzz Miller at September 01, 2008 10:10 PM (vFeQi)

21 You put this very well. I've also had mixed feelings because it would have been nice to have someone with a longer experience in the governor's mansion, and Tim Pawlenty really impressed me. However, Sarah Palin is undeniably charismatic, dynamic,and her energy positions fit with one of the most pressing problems we currently face. Sen. Obama undoubtedly means well, but his left-wing thinking is worrisome, and the thought of himunleashed with a filibuster-proof Democratic Congress isoutright scary. There are a few issues that I really disagree withSen. McCain on, but he's got guts and conviction. I hope he rolled the dice on a good bet here and that they both knock it out of the park in St. Paul.

Posted by: Jill at September 01, 2008 10:11 PM (Ou0Fy)

22 What's the instrumental with the video?

It's from the soundtrack of the movie "Rudy". Americans love an underdog.

Posted by: Mort Kondracke at September 01, 2008 10:11 PM (ubHgw)

23 Very well said, OB.

Posted by: joe at September 01, 2008 10:11 PM (TOly9)

24 Oops, that last "Mort Kondracke" was me.

Also, the McCain campaign played that music during the Palin announcement in Dayton.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 10:13 PM (ubHgw)

25 She is the first political person I have seen that makes me want to vote for a ticket than against some ticket.She and McCain do that by being willing through word and deed to fight corruption even at great personal cost.
Even if she and McCain lose, that alone is worth a lot to me.
She will never hear my voice of course, but if she could I would say 'thank you.'
And heck, even thank McCain for not folding up like he is supposed to for Obama.
(and now back to my bitter clingy life)

Posted by: this&That at September 01, 2008 10:16 PM (2PwTK)

26 Remind you of anyone?

That's exactly what I've been struggling with since her speech in Dayton. It took me a while to remember this feeling. I guess because I was only 9 in 1986 when he first caught my ear after the Challenger blew up. But it's the same feeling. And I likey.

Posted by: runninrebel at September 01, 2008 10:17 PM (qAMnO)

27 I totally agree, and love the pick. The CNBC interview was awesome, the best I've heard from any candidate on the energy issue.

I am getting a little worried about the public roll out though. I mean, where the hell is she? The void time is allowing the lib media with the help of the cretins on the left to define her before she gets a chance.

Posted by: JBJB at September 01, 2008 10:18 PM (HbIGp)

28 The media whores are doing their best to make a scandal out of the daughter.

Posted by: Wilhelm Klink at September 01, 2008 10:21 PM (GGhvX)

29 Andrew Jackson reborn....

Posted by: unseen at September 01, 2008 10:22 PM (aVGmX)

30 About time, Ace. Welcome to the club!

Posted by: drjohn at September 01, 2008 10:26 PM (ToVRf)

31 Little-known fact about Sarah Palin #475:

Sarah Palin hunts Kodiak bears.

With a chainsaw.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 10:28 PM (ubHgw)

32 "Andrew Jackson reborn...."

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: Andrew Jackson's Hair AKA John Bolton's Mustache at September 01, 2008 10:29 PM (qsGH+)

33 Ladies and gentlemen. I give you the successor to Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Aaron at September 01, 2008 10:30 PM (2S1LU)

34 Stop the awkening - they've dug up dirt on the Baby's Daddy

State troopers popped Johnston last year for snagging some King salmon
out of season in Moose Lake, records from Alaska wildlife enforcement
show. He had to pay $370 bail.

It's over. Our dream is over.

Posted by: Editor at September 01, 2008 10:30 PM (p4YSL)

35 Wow! Obama was just on AC 360 and Cooper asked him about what he thought of the Repubs when they say Palin has more executive experience as a mayor and governor.
His defense? The governor of Alaska has a staff of 50. His CAMPAIGN has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions. He is actually using his campaign for President as his claim to executive experience! By that logic we should all be voting for the LaRouche or Nader.
Also he is very pleased that so many of his ideas about emergency response after Katrina have been put into place. WTF!?!?!?!
What ideas?

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 10:32 PM (7rbe9)

36 "She is Reagan -- only better, newer, fresher."

Absolutely, which is why she isn't The Gipper. She's Saracuda.



"I am getting a little worried about the public roll out though. I
mean, where the hell is she? The void time is allowing the lib media
with the help of the cretins on the left to define her before she gets
a chance."


Yeah, the events over the past two days, though, have me believing that Johnnymac's militarily precise campaign is doing what it's doing for a reason (and it seems to be executing brilliantly).

Now we need some amazing speeches.


The other thing is that she totally defies the meme that the MSM have created of everything "republican", so I wouldn't be surprised if they want to stay away from flashing her on TV until they've figured out a way, however pathetic, to cut her down.

Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 10:33 PM (F+J2I)

37 Bart,

If I had to pick one word to describe Gov Palin it is fertile..

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at September 01, 2008 10:33 PM (qcmxH)

38 Stop the awkening - they've dug up dirt on the Baby's DaddyState troopers popped Johnston last year for snagging some King salmon out of season in Moose Lake, records from Alaska wildlife enforcement show. He had to pay $370 bail.It's over. Our dream is over.
Out of seasonfishing?!?? Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck! And we were so close to getting some momentum going too. Maybe President Obama will help liberalize some of the fishing regulations.

Posted by: Maetenloch at September 01, 2008 10:33 PM (Ab2VX)

39 Little-known fact about Sarah Palin #475:

Sarah Palin's son joined the Army because he wanted to be around people less tough than his mother.

Posted by: Aaron at September 01, 2008 10:34 PM (2S1LU)

40 Stop the awkening - they've dug up dirt on the Baby's Daddy

My first reaction was WTF? Is there no depth they won't stoop to? (Rhetorical question, I know.) Where was this investigational furor over real scandals?

Then I thought - keep it up, keep it up. There are a lot of urine-stained paints underneath news anchor desks right now. They are feeling TEH FEAR and doing everything they can to keep us barbarians from the gate.

They don't understand that they are awakening a sleeping giant.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 10:34 PM (ubHgw)

41 Before, they were excited about her, with the Down syndrome baby," conservative, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said. "But now with this, they are over the moon. It reinforces the fact that this family lives its pro-life values."
I guess just maybe Obama won't do so good with Evangelicals after all.

Posted by: Neo at September 01, 2008 10:36 PM (Yozw9)

42 "His defense? The governor of Alaska has a staff of 50. His CAMPAIGN
has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions. He is
actually using his campaign for President as his claim to executive
experience"


Humm, at least by the time Johnnymac gets done with him, The One will be able to get 2500 votes.

But, they've been trying to push this idea since friday. campaigning = experience. stupid, it's not even about "experience." This is a meritocracy.




Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 10:37 PM (F+J2I)

43 I just saw that sherlock posted this video this morning.

Posted by: dri at September 01, 2008 10:37 PM (p8VUa)

44 State troopers popped Johnston last year for snagging some King salmon out of season in Moose Lake, records from Alaska wildlife enforcement show. He had to pay $370 bail.

And I thought his problem was poaching tuna.

Posted by: Masturbatin' Pete at September 01, 2008 10:38 PM (qPHMe)

45 "I guess just maybe Obama won't do so good with Evangelicals after all."


Whatchusayin, willis?...they did all of those unity interfaith prayer mambojambo convention bullshit things for NOTHING?!?


Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 10:39 PM (F+J2I)

46 Rocks --

I saw that Anderson Cooper spot too. Wow, indeed! What a frigging great McCain campaign commercial this is going to be. Obama claiming his executive experience consists of running his own goddamn campaign for President? How stupid is this guy?

Posted by: Z as in Jersey at September 01, 2008 10:39 PM (pUADR)

47 Well, we all know that Dick Cheney opens sessions of the Senate by throwing the gavel at Barbara Boxer and yelling "Listen up, motherfuckers!"

How will Sarah-cuda open sessions of the Senate? Especially with both Obama and Joe Biden sitting below her throne?

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 10:40 PM (ubHgw)

48 How tough is Sarah Palin?
Unlike Johnny Carson she doesn't step out of the shower to take a piss.

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 10:42 PM (7rbe9)

49 Also, that picture of Sarah on the bearskinned couch may be THE BEST image ever captured....Next to the viking one.

Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 10:43 PM (F+J2I)

50
If I had to pick one word to describe Gov Palin it is fertile..

swish -- nothin but net!

Posted by: Bart at September 01, 2008 10:44 PM (eGRG+)

51 Democrats view the USA as a power in decline -- we shot our wad in the 20th century and need to become just another dirtbag UN country.. People like Palin see the 21st century as the real "American Century", with the 20th as the warmup.

I subscribe to the latter view because I'm working on a small part of that future and it WILL be stunning and very transformational. Curiously, so do the Chinese. They see America as a technological giant that will be feeding them stuff to build for the world over the next century.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 01, 2008 10:45 PM (6L459)

52 How will Sarah-cuda open sessions of the Senate? Especially with both Obama and Joe Biden sitting below her throne?

By introducing the newest addition to her stuffed animal collection... with a smile

Posted by: Editor at September 01, 2008 10:48 PM (p4YSL)

53
Great post.

| She exudes a sense of what America used to be and what it can return to:
| confident, proud, able, and firmly unapologetic.

IMHO, what is most distinctive about Sarah is not that she is a woman, but she is a middle-class Alaskan. Spend a little time up there and it dawns on you that you are living on the edge, in an extreme environment where people, first and foremost need to rely on one another.

There is also a live and let-live attitude where people come from all walks of life. Few just happen to be there, most have explicitly decided to live a hard existence, and each has their own quirky story to tell.


Posted by: Mr. Peobody at September 01, 2008 10:50 PM (MiPTi)

54 His defense? The governor of Alaska has a staff of 50. His CAMPAIGN has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions. He is actually using his campaign for President as his claim to executive experience"


hmmm correct me if I'm wrong but the yearly budget of Alsaka is in the billions is it not. It also controls 20% of our energy resources does it not and is the first line of defense agains the Russian Bear.

Posted by: unseen at September 01, 2008 10:53 PM (aVGmX)

55 Little-known fact about Sarah Palin, #765: When Dick Cheney learned of McCain's choice, he was reported to have whistled softly, shook his head and said, "Wow. Somebody better tell Nancy and Harry...looks like no more Mr. Nice Guy."

Posted by: Uh, Clem at September 01, 2008 10:53 PM (CNAh+)

56 His CAMPAIGN
has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions. He is
actually using his campaign for President as his claim to executive
experience

So if Obama loses, then we can pretty much say he was a lousy executive and didn't deserve the job?

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 01, 2008 10:56 PM (6L459)

57 Also, that picture of Sarah on the bearskinned couch may be THE BEST image ever captured....
Just wait until you see the Obama-skin rug she'll have in her office this time next year.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 10:58 PM (ubHgw)

58 "His CAMPAIGN has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions."

It's five times larger than any previous campaign staff. Which MIGHT just have something to do with why all that money he raises gets burned through even faster than they can raise it. "I've created massive useless bureaucracy full of bullshit non-jobs" is definitely a kind of experience that some people like, but thankfully not most people.

Posted by: Andrew Jackson's Hair AKA John Bolton's Mustache at September 01, 2008 10:59 PM (qsGH+)

59 Very well put. You put into words what I've been feeling the past few days,but hadn't really verbalized. Actually, I've had this great sense of feeling, 'well, she's doing something great with her life, maybe there's a chance for the rest of us. And she doessuch great things without appearing to break stride.
I'm so very proud of her and for her; I feel like a big sister. I also feel protective of her, and I can see an election where Dems lose big if they continue with their despicable hatred.
Another thing I've noticed is that I'm really happy about this ticket, and I'm not fazed by the incredible nastiness of liberal commenters. Up till now, I've been planning to voteAGAINST Obama/Biden, but now I'mjoyfully supporting McCain/Palin. It just feels so good to have someone strong, honest, open, real, and successful on our side. I think she'll clean Biden's clock in a head-to-head debate. Funny thing I've noticed though, is that all the comparisons are between her and Barry; that puts a twist on the contest that wasn't there before. Biden becomes invisible, and McCain looks like the wise mentor/warrior.
I was hoping for Palin but thought it was out of the question. I have new respect for McCain. He's more of a Zen/Jedhi strategist than I thought. I'm looking forward to this contest now withdelicious anticipation.
Thanks for the great analysis.

Posted by: jcat at September 01, 2008 11:00 PM (3fSJE)

60 So if Obama loses, then we can pretty much say he was a lousy executive and didn't deserve the job?

How about his near loss to Hilary after building a commanding lead? Was he in command of the campaign staff back then, or was that shit David Axelrod's fault. Time to throw another one under the bus, eh, Barry?

Posted by: Z as in Jersey at September 01, 2008 11:00 PM (pUADR)

61 You morons have nailed it: the nutroots hate Palin because, even as a sexy attractive smart successful woman, she STILL has more balls than any of them can ever hope to.

Posted by: Jones at September 01, 2008 11:03 PM (KOkrW)

62 Candidates don't control their campaign staffs, their campaign staffs control them.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 01, 2008 11:03 PM (6L459)

63 I'd say that's a fair conclusion PA. Honestly, he said it with a straight face but not a lot of enthusiasm. I think it was definitely a campaign supplied talking point and not a good one. He caved on Foreign Experience by picking Biden and now Palin makes him look like a joke domestically. Obama is the least qualified of the 4 people on the national tickets.

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 11:04 PM (7rbe9)

64 Make that foreign policy.

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 11:04 PM (7rbe9)

65 Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

She's become a cliche over the years, but I read a bio of her last year, and she is my heroine. Honestly, read a bio of her, or watch the excellent show PBS did on her last year.

She came from no-wheresville, innovated in her profession, wowed the entire world, and was always a lady. She and her husband were great role models for any kid, male or female.

Posted by: stace at September 01, 2008 11:07 PM (JO0c/)

66 #58... What you have seen is a microcosm of what Obastard will do with the federal government if he wins. Good call.

Posted by: George Orwell at September 01, 2008 11:07 PM (AZGON)

67 "State troopers popped Johnston last year for snagging some King salmon out of season in Moose Lake, records from Alaska wildlife enforcement show. He had to pay $370 bail."

Whew! You had me worried for a moment. As long as no one finds out about his tearing the tag off his Posturepedic or the dead hobos used for kindling, then everything will be fine. Definitely ixnay on the oboshay indlingkay.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at September 01, 2008 11:07 PM (sI5Ho)

68 "Little-known fact about Sarah Palin, #765: When Dick Cheney learned of McCain's choice, he was reported to have whistled softly, shook his head and said, "Wow. Somebody better tell Nancy and Harry...looks like no more Mr. Nice Guy."

That's my favorite, so far....

Posted by: notropis at September 01, 2008 11:08 PM (BpQoO)

69 You know, I am sitting here amazed by my own reaction to Sarah Palin. Ever since I heard she would be McCain's running mate, I have been glued to the tv and the internet. There is something about her, her story, and her family that has drawn me in. I feel very connected to her and them and even more protective of them all. It's shocking to me, because as a 36 year-old woman, I have always looked askance at politicians, viewing them with cynicism and feeling completely separate from them.

But this is different. She represents all the best of what it means to be an American and a woman and I am insanely proud that she is running. And I can't believe that I am alone in this. Look at the frenzy on this site and others. She has touched something in many people. Perhaps she has spoken to our better natures--reflecting our values of decency and honesty and hard work and family.

I watched a bit of the cable news tonight (after not watching any since the last election) and could not believe the depths of depravity that the democrats are sinking to in order to attempt to smear this woman and her family.

My anger at their tactics is palpable. I will make my first political donation to the McCain campaign. And I will volunteer my time as well. (Another first.) I will do what I can to ensure that this woman is elected to the Office of the Vice President of the United States.


Posted by: freemo at September 01, 2008 11:11 PM (IIfdW)

70 Z, that gets me to thinking about something Eisenhower said about Nixon: "it's amazing to see someone get so far without any friends." Obama's situation's very different, but like Nixon, he doesn't have any friends. He has a huge cult of fanatical FOLLOWERS, but that's different: he doesn't have anyone who can pull him aside and tell to him to his face, for his own: "Dude, what you're doing is fucking stupid." And as far as I can tell, he's NEVER had anyone like that, which is completely abnormal compared to most people.

When he loses, which thankfully I'm more and more optimistic he will, more than being angry I think he'll be genuinely perplexed: he won't "get it," won't understand how it could ever be physically possible for him to not just naturally float above the rest of us lesser beings to his inevitable coronation.

Posted by: Dave J at September 01, 2008 11:13 PM (qsGH+)

71 They showed Obama saying it again. He says the governor's office has a budget of 12 million a year and his campaign spends 3 times that a month.
She's governor you idiot, she's in charge of the whole damn state, not just her office.
Seriously between this garbage and that fact his staff is hugely bloated and expensive this is a McCain ad waiting to happen.

Posted by: Rocks at September 01, 2008 11:15 PM (7rbe9)

72 I have new respect for McCain. He's more of a Zen/Jedhi strategist than I thought.

John McCain = Obi-wan
Sarah Palin = Luke Skywalker

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 01, 2008 11:24 PM (ubHgw)

73 The DemocRats are so terrified of Sarah, they're pissing their pants right now.

America isn't going to like their vile attacks. They'll back-fire.

Posted by: thebronze at September 01, 2008 11:24 PM (YlH3h)

74 I said it at Hot Air already.

Palin is the anti-Obama. She is everything that he claims to be, and more.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we've wasted many thousands trying to convince these idiots that Obama is an empty-suit. Palin made the case just by showing up.

And the more Obama flaps his gums to credit himself, the clearer the picture becomes.

It's about the Authenticity, stupid.

Posted by: Rebecca at September 01, 2008 11:24 PM (NL+2l)

75 Holy crap. Does Obastard really think that saying he spends more on his campaign than Palin spends out of taxpayers' money in Alaska that this somehow makes him more "executive" than Palin?

Bring it on.

Posted by: George Orwell at September 01, 2008 11:27 PM (AZGON)

76 "I can spend three times more money in a month than Sarah Palin can in a year. I'm Barrack Obama and I think this shows my executive experience. I am a complete and utter idiot and I say whatever David Axelrod tells me to say. If he doesn't tell me what to say, I am completely lost."

Hey, David, now cut that out! Put something good up on the teleprompter.

David? David?

Posted by: Z as in Jersey at September 01, 2008 11:29 PM (pUADR)

77 "It's five times larger than any previous campaign staff. Which MIGHT
just have something to do with why all that money he raises gets burned
through even faster than they can raise it. "I've created massive
useless bureaucracy full of bullshit non-jobs" is definitely a kind of
experience that some people like, but thankfully not most people."


Wouldn't it be HILARIOUS if Obama bin Biden goes bankrupt?

Wishful thinking, I know, but we can all have dreams....

Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 11:29 PM (F+J2I)

78 Barry Soetoro says that Governor Palin only has to manage "a budget of $12 million a year, and that his campaign spends 3 times that a month." Fair enough. I truly hope that Barry Co. collect and spend enormous amounts of cash.The sooner that a fool and George Soros' money areparted, the better for all the cottage industries that cater to them.
In the meantime, Governor Palinhasmanaged to giveeach Alaskan resident ayearly check (infour figures) for the oil revenues garnered in her state.Soros' 'constituents' should be so lucky

Posted by: Uh, Clem at September 01, 2008 11:30 PM (CNAh+)

79 "Soros' 'constituents' should be so lucky"

Soros's constituents are kept the way farmers raise mushrooms: in the dark and covered in shit.


Posted by: kal at September 01, 2008 11:36 PM (F+J2I)

80 Obama was comparing his campaign experience to Palin's experience as mayor of Wasilla, not her experience as governor of AK. He seemed to forget about that. He also forgot that she just negotiated a $20 billion natural gas deal. I don't think he ever did that in the south side of Chicago

Posted by: Master of None at September 01, 2008 11:37 PM (Ba1o+)

81 #78... The best part is that Soros has no constituents. Georgie Boy won't be writing checks to the people who support his machine... Only to politicos who buy him ads. Soros to supporters---You are pwned!

Posted by: George Orwell at September 01, 2008 11:37 PM (AZGON)

82 "His defense? The governor of Alaska has a staff of 50. His CAMPAIGN
has a staff of 2500 and a monthly budget in the millions.

Yes and her staff of 50 is concerned with the issues of Alaska and its people while Barak's 2500 are all about Barak. Furthermore, most of those 2500 people manage you, not the other way around.

Posted by: lemmiwinks at September 01, 2008 11:37 PM (Qv6BF)

83 The name sound like "McCain" but the candidate sure looks Obama.

Posted by: Z as in Jersey at September 01, 2008 11:38 PM (pUADR)

84 The only thing I disagree with in this thread is that Obama's campaign is encouraging these attacks by Dkos, DU, etc.
I believe that noone outside of the fever swamps is that stupid. Surely his advisors know just how bad that crap is going to play ... don't they? Sure, they're isolated enough to believe that the budgetary arguments fly, but personal attacks on her daughter and kids?
I believe that Obama's calls for hands-off on Bristol are honest ... not that they'll work.

Posted by: Hermit Dave at September 01, 2008 11:41 PM (WhFvm)

85 This is pants-shittingly hilarious.

Obama is seriously arguing that running for president qualifies him to run for president. Well, if he's so damn good at blowing through $36,000,000 each month, why did it take him so long to put Hillary away? And why, by some counts, did he get fewer votes than Hillary?

Posted by: Masturbatin' Pete at September 01, 2008 11:43 PM (qPHMe)

86 This "staff of 50" vs. "staff of 2,500" thing is bullshit. If you're going to count the number of folks on payroll that you have authority over, then the Governor has a much larger staff than 2,500. The staff consists of everyone in the executive branch!

Posted by: Masturbatin' Pete at September 01, 2008 11:46 PM (qPHMe)

87 Is Obama telling us that he is going to burn through America's money the same way he has on his campaign? Obama is spending money at unprecedented levels and he can't even pull away from McCain; that is some truly pathetic leadership.

Posted by: lemmiwinks at September 01, 2008 11:48 PM (Qv6BF)

88 Obama's campaign is encouraging these attacks by Dkos, DU, etc.
Of course. Who says that "don't ask, don't tell" can't be applied to progressive politics?

Posted by: Uh, Clem at September 01, 2008 11:52 PM (CNAh+)

89 Browsing the lefty blogs, they seem convinced that Palin was a disaster for the Republicans. And they keep saying it, loudly, over and over again.

Maybe they really think it, but they sure seem hell-bent on proving it. Like they think it's really important to take out Palin.

Well, it's a good chance for Palin to prove she's got it. They called Reagan the teflon president for a reason--the monkey's on the left threw all their poo and then some at Reagan, but they couldn't take him out. Early on, they wanted Reagan out. Sometimes we forget, but there was an all out assault on Reagan from before his governorship of California on until after he died, but they tried to clobber him--he wanted to reinstitute slavery!--before 1980, and then every moment of his presidency was largely non-stop attacks.

Yet, in the end, the effects were minor. If Sarah Palin has a similar teflon coating, she could do well.

Posted by: Kevin S. Willis at September 01, 2008 11:53 PM (NZfvn)

90 Sarah Palin......Authentic

Posted by: Smug at September 01, 2008 11:56 PM (baPuN)

91 Hey Pete, if he can't phrase it as USD 3.6*10E7 per month, why bother? He spent this much, in this period of Republican malaise, and he isn't ahead by ten points at summer's end? I suspect a lot of Depends have been delivered to DNC HQ.

Posted by: George Orwell at September 01, 2008 11:56 PM (AZGON)

92 Hey #35 is there youtoob on that?

Posted by: Jones at September 02, 2008 12:02 AM (KOkrW)

93 Obama shows bad judgment. He spends 36 million per month to be in a dead heat with McCain. According to the libs, you can fix education by throwing more money at it. So shouldn't he be spending(wasting) 100 million per month?

Posted by: lemmiwinks at September 02, 2008 12:02 AM (Qv6BF)

94 OK, bear with me because I'm still grooving on this Star Wars analogy.

McCain is the wise old Obi-wan teaching his skills to the brash young Palin (Luke Skywalker). When it came to the lead-up to the VP announcement, he totally pulled a "these aren't the droids you're looking for" moment by faking out the press with Romney and Pawlenty.

When it comes to the campaign, McCain will be on the quiet attack, faking out stormtroopers and turning off the power to the shield generators, while Palin will be in the fight, breaking people out of detention and swinging on ropes. Yeah, the Garbage Compactor Monster (the Press) might try to drag her down, but she'll get away.

She may even lose a hand along the way fighting above her weight, but she will just slap a prosthetic hand on and then get some coaching from Yoda (Karl Rove). In the end, she will evolve from brash and immature to the dignified badass standing in front of the Emperor (Putin?) refusing to back down.

Meanwhile, Obama comes off as Jar Jar Binks (meesa gotta hope and change!) and Biden as one of the hapless Star Destroyer commanders who gets force-choked when he lets the Rebels escape.

They won't be able to withstand firepower of this magnitude.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 02, 2008 12:05 AM (ubHgw)

95 Here's a couple questions that I wonder is be addressed.

How does the Secret Service feel about the son of a V.P. candidate being sent to a warzone?

I don't care how tough and independent Sarah is, she's going to need a nanny to help take care of Trig. Will the nanny be provided by the Secret Service?

Posted by: Aaron at September 02, 2008 12:05 AM (2S1LU)

96 So shouldn't he be spending(wasting) 100 million per month?

Give him time.

Posted by: toby hussein 928 at September 02, 2008 12:07 AM (evdj2)

97 Will the nanny be provided by the Secret Service?

Everything I know about the Secret Service I learned from Tom Clancy books. Trig will be given a Secret Service nanny who is gorgeous and deadly.

Posted by: Jim62sch at September 02, 2008 12:10 AM (ubHgw)

98 How does the Secret Service feel about the son of a V.P. candidate being sent to a warzone?

Not their job.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 02, 2008 12:14 AM (6L459)

99 I wanna hear Sarah's Secret Service callsign.

Posted by: Jones at September 02, 2008 12:15 AM (KOkrW)

100 How does the Secret Service feel about the son of a V.P. candidate being sent to a warzone?
1. He's an adult, he could decline hisSecret Service detail at any time, even if he wasn't already in thearmed forces.
2. The Secret Service generally does notoperate on the basis of feelings.

Posted by: ThomasD at September 02, 2008 12:27 AM (21H5U)

101 Jones,

Here is the video of Obama on AC 360.

It's 7 minutes of Gustav before he gets to the experience stuff.

Posted by: Rocks at September 02, 2008 12:29 AM (7rbe9)

102 Good points.
But Is She Really A Woman?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/09/is_sarah_palin_really_a_woman.html

Posted by: Sen. Joe Biden at September 02, 2008 12:33 AM (u3Lta)

103 stud muffin

Posted by: vinnie at September 02, 2008 12:37 AM (a/cmJ)

104
She's a shark.

Hat tip to Tim Blair.

Even more fun: www.sarahbarracuda.com.

Posted by: Looking Glass at September 02, 2008 12:39 AM (Y8Dr/)

105 I think this sums it up, she's an American and she's proud of it. And when she decided that she wanted things to be different in her community, she went out and changed it. That's deeply appealing.

Posted by: alexthechick at September 02, 2008 12:44 AM (WTz+2)

106 "I still like Laura Ingraham's description of her as a frontier woman."

Yup.

And yeah, her vibe is more TR (young, outdoorsy, first-term governor plucked into the VP spot) than Ronnie.

Posted by: someone at September 02, 2008 12:45 AM (2z2WN)

107 Thanks Dri, andwell put indeed...I reallythink she is, too....

Posted by: davis,br at September 02, 2008 12:48 AM (zewwG)

108 Okay he does use her Wasilla experience to compare. But why is he ignoring her governorship? The point about his campaign's worth is the same though.
It's funny too as he says his campaign "over the last 2 years" to make it sound impressive, but he didn't have much of anything really till fall of last year. Prior to that I doubt he had 50 full time staffers.

Posted by: Rocks at September 02, 2008 12:52 AM (7rbe9)

109


Infidel Tiger at Tim Blair's requests, "Let me be the first to announce myself as a Palin Drone. Let me do your bidding, delightful one."



Palin Drone!

Posted by: Looking Glass at September 02, 2008 01:02 AM (Y8Dr/)

110 Hot Air has a poll up from CBS News. The women polled did not like her much. Men DID, by a lot.

Palin has a lot of things that women don't like: she married "beneath her" and has a husband who is blue collar, ordinary, not important or a movie star or a high-rolling rainmaker.

She shoots guns, hunts and fishes and works with her hands a lot. She takes on big shots and declines planes, limos and other attributes of power.

She's the anti-"Gossip Girl" or "Dirty Sexy Money" or "Desperate Housewives" or "Grey's Anatomy" etc. NOT Glamorous. NOT Rich. Not with a high-powered husband who is famous or rich or powerful or all three. She's not "Carrie" from Sex and the City. She doesn't have cultural and social mavens fawning all over her like the ladies on the View or Oprah.

Most women won't like her, and will vote "glamor" and Obama. But that was going to happen anyway.

No, the attacks on her kids, her pregnancy, her husband won't make women vote for her out of sympathy, they'll provoke the "Mean Girls" response and make them vote for the Obama-Messiah because he's the "glamorous" one and she's the "loser" with middle-lower class values and prestige.

However, the pick is brilliant because as much as women HATE HATE HATE Palin and her kick-ass ways (they'd rather just be pampered princesses ala Michelle Obama) men LOVE LOVE LOVE her kick ass ways.

Because she acts like a man.

Posted by: whiskey at September 02, 2008 01:02 AM (4878o)

111 Hey Pete, if he can't phrase it as USD 3.6*10E7 per month, why bother?

The Messiah should be phrasing it as $11! - 2^22. The exclamation point in there makes it sound more full of hopey changitude.

And did you know that the two closes primes to $36,000,000 are 35,999,993 and 36,000,007?

Posted by: Masturbatin' Pete at September 02, 2008 01:07 AM (qPHMe)

112 Hmmm. I was a begruding McCain voter until this pick. It was brilliant. And, like a previous poster, I made the first campaign contribution in my life to his campaign earlier today. She's an interesting person.

Posted by: bbudd at September 02, 2008 01:34 AM (eREuh)

113 "a budget of $12 million a year, and that his campaign spends 3 times that a month." Fair enough.
Um... hey, Morons. Any of you ever heard of a state being run on $12 mil a year? Me neither. Try $7 billion. I didn't see Obama's statement but this would appear to be another gaping gaff.

Posted by: runninrebel at September 02, 2008 01:55 AM (qAMnO)

114 God bless Gov Palin and her family!!

CAN"T WAIT FOR NOVEMBER!!! YEE HAW!!!

p.s.

I love the comments on this post!! More Palin facts!! WHOOOT!!

Posted by: Whoooot at September 02, 2008 02:40 AM (vt8OU)

115 "No, the attacks on her kids, her pregnancy, her husband won't make
women vote for her out of sympathy, they'll provoke the "Mean Girls"
response and make them vote for the Obama-Messiah because he's the
"glamorous" one and she's the "loser" with middle-lower class values
and prestige.However, the pick is brilliant because as much as
women HATE HATE HATE Palin and her kick-ass ways (they'd rather just be
pampered princesses ala Michelle Obama) men LOVE LOVE LOVE her kick ass
ways.""

I kind of wondered the same thing when I was vetting her. Women are so much more judgmental of other women, and as sexist as it sounds, I think most women (even if they won't admit it readily) would rather see a man in the position.

Doesn't mean the identification angle won't work, but keeping her a secret and not in front of cameras, as they're doing right now, is just building up bile.



Posted by: kal at September 02, 2008 02:41 AM (F+J2I)

116 She does not advocate a feel good, pie in the sky solution involving
the prevention of new oil drilling initiatives and the embrace of
distant, yet to be proven advancements in green energy technology. No,
Governor Palin unabashedly advocates aggressively accessing the
trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and the billions of barrels of
oil available beneath our nation today. She views Senator Obama’s
energy plan as naïve and likely to solve nothing except placating
Liberal special interests.

Palin said she was glad that Obama recognized the importance of Alaskan natural gas reserves:

“I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential
Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and
sound jobs, Governor Palin said."

So some lefty bloggers have twisted that into Palin supporting Obama's energy plan. Even Glenn Reynolds ran with it. What turned such a smart guy turn into an Instatard?

Looks like the Palin Effect has the power of several million hydrogen bombs.

Posted by: Tinian at September 02, 2008 04:57 AM (1Mq7K)

117 #12 "What's the instrumental with the video? Beautiful."

It's track #3, 'Waiting', from the score for the movie "Rudy".

Posted by: Chuckg at September 02, 2008 09:57 AM (qTTXN)

118 I want to see a picture of her with a team of Huskies.

Posted by: icr at September 02, 2008 11:08 AM (1tT/D)

119 #94 Posted by: Jim62sch at September 02, 2008 12:05 AM (ubHgw)
The dork is strong in this one.

Posted by: Dark Helmet at September 02, 2008 12:35 PM (7FA9S)

120 Hey Whiskey
110 "Palin has a lot of things that women don't like"..."as much as women HATE HATE HATE Palin and her kick-ass ways"...
WHAT are you talking about? Those nit wits in the poll? Do you think they're representative of all women? I LOVE her, and yes, I'm a woman.
But you'll never catch me voting for Hillary, Nancy or even Geraldine. I vote for character, ethics, strength, intelligence and effectiveness. And Palin seems to have all these qualities.
Women are not a monolithic voting bloc. I think you're going to see a huge swell of independent, intelligent, secure-with-themselves women voting for Palin. Hopefully, she and we will put McCain over the top.
I'm glad to see that you love her too, though.
And

Posted by: jcat at September 02, 2008 05:53 PM (y3W0F)

121 And #72 Jim62sch
"John McCain = Obi-wanSarah Palin = Luke Skywalker"
Excellent. You phrased it perfectly.

Posted by: jcat at September 02, 2008 05:57 PM (y3W0F)

122 In his book "THE AGE OF TURBULENCE" Dr. Alan Greenspan admits his view of politics requires force to implement while trying to work calumny on Ayn Rand's Laissez Faire Politics by calling it Libertarian. Sarah Palin hasn't challenged this orthodoxy because she also bases her tenure in politics on this altruistic notion that tax resistors should be forced to pay. So, the fact of a non-apportioned income tax corporately superimposed over a Constitutional process of apportionment right down to apportioned income tax never reaches mention with Dr. Alan Greenspan or his peers in politics, law and economics. Nor does he, she or they mention the REAL Amish victory over compulsory old age and disability insurance (Social Security) withholdings brought into question by Mr. Valentine Byler's refusal to pay or derive benefit from a compulsory government insurance program which illustrates his and the Amish community's successful resolve and reliance on the providence of Deity in such matters. Sarah Palin is a new face singing old corporate userpment of the Constitution tunes. John McCain is also a constitutional minimiser!

Posted by: Clarence Dember at September 04, 2008 03:55 PM (yZVEx)

123 Any bets on when Hillary begins her "I told you so"2012 re-electioncampaign?
It won't matter much with Palin already in the White House.
That's gotta fry her bigbutt.

Posted by: bocanut at September 06, 2008 12:49 AM (8nB5X)

124 Sarah Palin is a train wreck about to careen of the Alaska slopes and into anonymity. Most women in America, working and stay at home, HATE Palin, except for the die hard republicans, the November numbers will confirm this in ways you won't be able to ignore. Mean Girls only do well in small ponds.

Posted by: AmyLee at September 07, 2008 12:58 PM (4gHqM)

125 At firstI thought this site was a parody... when I realized the insipid write up and the comments expounding what a "great" VP choice she is were "real", I was amazed. The dumbing down of America has truly succeeded.
I'm bookmarking this site to reference when people I need a good laugh at the empty-headed, immature and inane Palin groupies.

Posted by: Zach at September 16, 2008 07:07 AM (5ZMMl)

126 Right on "AmyLee" #125. You nnailed it - plain and simple.

Posted by: Zach at September 16, 2008 07:11 AM (5ZMMl)

127 Amy, you said it best - I was just thinking the same thing, especially this quote:
Palin has a lot of things that women don't like"..."as much as women HATE HATE HATE Palin and her kick-ass ways"...
WHAT are you talking about? Those nit wits in the poll? Do you think they're representative of all women? I LOVE her, and yes, I'm a woman.
But you'll never catch me voting for Hillary, Nancy or even Geraldine. I vote for character, ethics, strength, intelligence and effectiveness. And Palin seems to have all these qualities.
Women are not a monolithic voting bloc. I think you're going to see a huge swell of independent, intelligent, secure-with-themselves women voting for Palin. Hopefully, she and we will put McCain over the top.
I just knew this was Tina Fey posting this, but you know, I think we may have found the voice of the Red States. And what it's saying just ain't very smart.
I guess that's why she appeals to them. They see her as one of their own. See, you don't have to be smart or educated to take the power slot. Just be attractive, avoid the cameras when you're talking, and remember to spout off a few catch-phrases to let everybody know whose side you're on...
Jeeze, for some reason, that old Thomas Jefferson quote just came to mind, something along the lines of, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

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