Thursday, September 04, 2008
All I can say is: I want to have her next child. She was that good.
Despite the fact that someone else wrote all or part of the speech, this woman owned it from start to finish. Her lines were delivered with the forcefulness, at times, the gracefulness, at others, the comedic wink, the grimace, the pointed finger, the eye contact - yes, eye contact - with the 37 million people in the TV viewing audience who were watching her with rapt attention, the powerful self-assurance of a woman who is comfortable with herself and with the task before her. This woman has made herself, with this one speech, the future of her party - hands down - and perhaps the future of this nation as well.
There was no soaring rhetoric; that's not the role of a vice presidential candidate. There was simply the hockey mom - "a pit bull with lipstick" - one whose son is soon to go off to war, whose sister just recently opened a service station, whose husband works an oil rig, and whose youngest son has very special needs. She is one of us. And she's proud of it.
Her delivery reminded me of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A much younger Maggie Thatcher, of course. I think it was the confidence she exudes. Or her mannerisms and tone that predicate her having faced tough fights in the past, with the men she went up against all underestimating her. And she whooped 'em all. Bad.
I heard it said of her today by some adoring fan that she is - now - the Killa from Wasilla. She sure killed 'em last night, in more ways than one.
Here's to Sarah Palin - the future of the Republican Party.
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Update August 4, 5:12 am: I'm in good company. Dick Morris came away thinking of Margaret Thatcher as well.
He makes a good point too about Obama's need to win over the soccer mom vote, a task requiring Hillary's help. The same Hillary he treated so roughly during his veep search.
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Update August 4, 5:23 am: Toby Harnden of the London Telegraph sees the Margaret Thatcher comparison as well.
Palin Not Well Vetted
Amid questions raised over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s level of experience and new personal and familial revelations trickling out every day, it has become clear that Palin was not vetted properly.
In fact, a McCain team didn’t even arrive in Alaska to investigate Palin’s background until Thursday, the day she accepted the running mate offer and a day before she was introduced to the nation and world as McCain’s VP selection.
The New York Times also reports that McCain’s campaign is sending operatives back to Alaska to further vet the governor. It’s a little late for that.
Palin is under investigation by the Alaska legislature over allegations she abused her power and fired the state’s public safety commissioner because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law. On Monday, Palin announced that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant. Word also got out that Palin’s husband has a DUI charge, although it’s 22 years old.
These revelations singularly are not career-enders, nor should they be. They say nothing about Palin’s fitness to be one heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States. But they say a lot about McCain’s judgment in picking a running mate without a thorough background check. (McCain claims he knew about the teenage daughter’s pregnancy, but it’s not clear how or when he became known of it.) (link)
One: These people at the Herald Courier could stand to do some vetting of their own. Sarah Palin didn't fire the state’s public safety commissioner. She removed him from that position and offered him a different one - that of executive director of the Alcohol Beverage and Control Board within her administration - one which he turned down.
It would serve the kids at the Herald Courier mightily to pick up a paper occasionally as well. Might save them some of the embarrassment.
Three: "On Monday, Palin announced that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant. Word also got out that Palin’s husband has a DUI charge, although it’s 22 years old.
"These revelations singularly are not career-enders, nor should they be. They say nothing about Palin’s fitness to be one heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States."
Then what's the problem? If they say nothing about Palin's fitness - in fact they say nothing about Palin at all - why suggest that there's something amiss with either issue?
Four: "But they say a lot about McCain’s judgment in picking a running mate without a thorough background check." Do they?
It is unclear - except to these tea leaf readers at the Bristol Herald Courier - whether McCain had information in advance about either circumstance, but if he didn't, so what? If he knew a year in advance, what would be the difference? Would McCain have then passed on the Palin nomination? Why? After all, they "say nothing about Palin’s fitness to be one heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States," as these geniuses themselves declare.
You guys talk in circles. And you make no sense. And you've upset my morning Wheaties. Do us all a favor and find a different line of work.
I've written before - and I'm not alone in expressing this opinion - that we have won the War on Terror when the millions of Muslims around the planet begin seeing the futility and destructiveness of Islamism and start renouncing the the fanaticism that fuels the movement. This may be a harbinger of things to come:
Walking Away From IslamThe fact that this character decided to become a Christian is of no importance to me. What interests me is the fact - is it a fact? - that he became disillusioned with radical Islam.
September 2, 2008: Hamas has an image problem, and it's getting worse. It's gotten so bad that the 30 year old son (Mosab Yousef) of one of the Hamas founders (Hassan Yousef) has not only renounced Hamas, but has become a Christian. Mosab is fed up with the terrorism/"destroy Israel" approach the Arab world has embraced over the last sixty years. Mosad notes, as have many other Arabs, that this has not worked. (link)
The beginning of the end for Osama and his band of murderers? Let's hope.
'Mrs. Sanders, please.'
'Mrs. Sanders, this is Doctor Jones at Saint Agnes Laboratory. When your husband's doctor sent his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are now uncertain which one belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not
'What do you mean?' Mrs. Sanders asks nervously.
'Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other one tested positive for HIV. We can't tell which is which.'
'That's dreadful! Can you do the test again?' questioned Mrs. Sanders.
'Normally we can, but ObamaCare will only pay for these expensive tests one time.'
'Well, what am I supposed to do now?'
'The folks at ObamaCare recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep with him.'
“Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”Great stuff.
* Note: Since when does 10:30 at night qualify as "prime time"?
Anyway, here's what I've picked up this morning, from Michael Crowley at The New Republic, :
Focus Group: Palin Was (Alarmingly) Strong
Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing--few if any would ever vote for McCain--but all agree that Palin was very strong. The more liberal among them are a little panicked.
Sounds like she's still confounding the Democrats. And the media.
You go, girl.