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Bill Kristol: Let Palin Be Palin - Why the left is scared to death of McCain's running mate.
The Weekly Standard ^ | The September 8th, 2008 Issue | William Kristol

Posted on 08/30/2008 1:34:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Yeah, the MEDIA's spin on McCain's pick so far has been to dismiss Palin simply as a ploy to get disillusioned female Hillary supporters' votes.

But they are choosing not to to cover the fact that many, many conservatives are fired up by this choice.

I'm one of them.

51 posted on 08/30/2008 2:39:16 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir"-Gen.Sherman)
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To: Nervous Tick
Doh...

Sorry.

52 posted on 08/30/2008 2:40:40 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir"-Gen.Sherman)
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To: LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot

>> Sorry.

Nah, it’s my fault... an attempt at a clever bit of humor gone bad! Oh well, back to the drawing board...


53 posted on 08/30/2008 2:44:46 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Our government was meant to be a citizen's government, not a professional politician's government as it has become. Sarah is about the closest this federal government has come to having a citizen serve in over a century. It's about time.

I think she will do fine.

On another note, my son and his girl friend went to the Dayton event. He's independent; from talking to her, I would suspect she is a democrat. She wanted to vote for a women - that meant Hilliary.

Walking out of the Wright State arena my son said he was stunned and knew he was going to vote Republican; and then he heard his girl friend say “I'm going to vote for her”; that made him realized the significance of what had just happened!

54 posted on 08/30/2008 2:44:54 PM PDT by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: BelegStrongbow
“...only Juan Williams is tolerable. And he is beginning to lean right.”

Funny you say that, I was thinking that same thing the other night as I watched him on (I think? don't remember) O’Reilly. I've always liked him because, even though I disagree generally with his opinions, he expresses himself intelligently, is very well-spoken and presents a logical, well-thought out opinion. He does seem to be moving to the right...

Was it Churchill that said: ‘If you are not liberal when you are young, you have no heart. If you are not conservative when you are old, you have no brain’?

55 posted on 08/30/2008 2:46:12 PM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I am not concerned with the debate at all. She seems able to make precise clear points, while Biden will most likely run out time for his answers.
I was worried the pick was going to be the same old boring choice. I awoke and watched her speak and I was impressed, energized, and most of all it gave me motivation. I know others on the conservative front were impressed the money they pulled in after is proof of that.
I don't know much about her but from what I researched on her these last two days I like, I like a whole hell of a lot. The dems are scared all the comments from that side have been the most shameful grasping for some sort of slander that will stick. I don't think it will work this was a women in a field of men far removed from the mainland of the US who has had a lot worse said about her while she was throwing the riff raff out of the corrupt government up there. THIS choice shows someone who really wants to change the spending, corruption, and lack of ability in Washington to get things done. McCain just proved he is not like George Bush. Quiver in your boots Obama because when the shock of Palin settles your going to have a hard time explaining how you really are trying to change..well....anything.
56 posted on 08/30/2008 2:46:55 PM PDT by jennguhl (Let's stop letting the minority dictate the majority.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Why the ‘sigh’? We appear to be in close agreement.


57 posted on 08/30/2008 2:52:21 PM PDT by SAJ (If Hanna gets into GOM, this is gonna get UG-LY...)
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To: Nervous Tick
Beautifully done.
58 posted on 08/30/2008 2:54:18 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Senator Goldwater
“She hit it out of the park.”

Yes, she did. I am very fortunate to be able to work out of my house, so I was able to watch the entire thing live. After she was done, my wife said, “I don't think she used notes or a teleprompter”. I had noticed that and was very impressed with her poise, intelligence and presentation.

She's a winner. I know the VP doesn't have much clout, nor is this election one of VP’s. I was very lukewarm on McCain (the old hold-the-nose-why-you-vote) as I am conservative - now I am downright, absolutely on the McCain/Palin bandwagon. He could not have done better.

59 posted on 08/30/2008 2:55:15 PM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Nervous Tick; 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s a thread with a link to the Alaskan primary debate. Granted, Biden may be more difficult to debate than these two primary opponents, but I think Sarah did very well. She’s intelligent, sincere, civil, yet forceful and persistent:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2071159/posts

The Democrats will regret painting her as a lightweight and lowering expectations if she even manages to hold her own against Biden. I think she will surprise everyone and mop the floor with Joe.


60 posted on 08/30/2008 2:56:43 PM PDT by chickpundit (Drill or get off the hill!)
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To: SAJ

>> Why the ‘sigh’? We appear to be in close agreement.

We are. I’m sighing at my “clever joke” that practically no one got! Guess I should keep my day job, eh?


61 posted on 08/30/2008 2:57:14 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: Nervous Tick
*** I’m concerned about the VP debate. ****

Don't be.

Gov Palin knows how to deal with the mentally challenged and little children - she'll take it easy on Joe.

62 posted on 08/30/2008 2:58:17 PM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: Nervous Tick
Oops. Sorry, guess I must be thick.

Keep the day job (esp if it has pension rights attached...)

;^)

63 posted on 08/30/2008 3:04:13 PM PDT by SAJ (If Hanna gets into GOM, this is gonna get UG-LY...)
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To: hawkboy
I don’t feel sorry for Biden at all. I hope she filets him like a salmon.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Well HAwk, she might do.

I kinda visualized Biden's blood pressure going up so high that he pops his hair plugs on camera.

64 posted on 08/30/2008 3:10:40 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (http://www.theobamafile.com/))
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To: ER Doc
At the time, Rove believed Obama would choose Tim Kaine, and argued against him by saying this:

I've said it before, but Rove's judgment won the presidency for George W Bush but lost the congress for the republicans. His grand strategy to eliminate the democrats as a viable party must be viewed as an abject failure as the dems now hold both houses and could conceivably take the presidency too. His opinion is an interesting data point worth considering, but he's long since lost his standing as oracle of the first order (IMHO).

65 posted on 08/30/2008 3:24:24 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: Nervous Tick
I’m concerned about the VP debate.

My concern would be liberal panel members trying to turn the debate into a "name that leader" game. I have no problem with them asking foreign policy questions, but it should not be a setup to make her look bad, question after question. They should ask about all sorts of topics, including areas that are her strengths, such as energy.
66 posted on 08/30/2008 3:26:55 PM PDT by GLDNGUN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I’m concerned about the VP debate.

You should be since they will be there for hours after it ends trying to find all the pieces of Joe Biden after Palin dismembers him with her wit and smile.
67 posted on 08/30/2008 3:32:55 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Jeff Head
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for fixing that headline. At first glance I thought that it was an expose on Obama’s extracurricular activities. “RUTH” would not be correct in that case, he is more likely to be linked with a Larry! Good pictures of his infamous “friends”. I do not see how he will live these associations down.

68 posted on 08/30/2008 3:33:37 PM PDT by BatGuano (We're not playing Tidally Winks here!)
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To: Nervous Tick

“I’m concerned about the VP debate.”

Don’t be. Biden is “a good old boy”. Palin has plenty of experience with good old boys in Alaska.

The political graveyard is littered with them from both parties up there after she went into battle with them.

It could be the best thing in the world for Biden to be bullying, condescending and patronizing toward her in the debates. He’ll look like an arrogant Washington lifer and she’ll clean his clock anyway. LOL


69 posted on 08/30/2008 3:44:30 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was EXTREMELY moved by the sleeping baby being held by one of her daughters behind her. I was choking back the tears.

How this culture can be so anti-child is just so sad.


70 posted on 08/30/2008 3:59:03 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.cotlife2000.com)
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To: bray

“Pray for W/Palin and our Troops”

I think we should all unite and pray very much these next two months, esp during the debates.


71 posted on 08/30/2008 4:00:51 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.cotlife2000.com)
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To: Nervous Tick

I thought he already was an a-hole.


72 posted on 08/30/2008 4:02:30 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Sarah Palin is not capable of sending “the dumbest man in the senate” job hunting to the nearest 7 - 11 she doesn’t deserve to be Vice President. Howdy Doody is Einstein compared to Plugs.


73 posted on 08/30/2008 4:25:44 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland (jackmartins08.com NY 4th Congressional)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Comments?

I was hanging out at the car dealer's (central PA) waiting for some work to be done when this came on (CNN - inoperative remote). I had no idea who Sarah Palin was 'til then. After watching the clips of her introduction and opening remarks I started to feel better about the Republicans' chances.

After a bit the guy who sold us the car came through, watched the screen for a moment, then asked what I thought of Obama's chances now. I replied "He's dead meat." He looked a bit crestfallen and that pretty much ended the political conversation.

I expect Palin will wipe the floor with Biden in a debate.

74 posted on 08/30/2008 4:58:48 PM PDT by pa_dweller (South of the border - a phrase fast losing its meaning)
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To: Iron Munro
Now, in only 24 hours, Sarah Palin has moved him and Jaberin' Joe from smug offense to reactionary defense.

John McCain is in the Catbird seat (at least for the next week or two).

Huh? Have we been watching the same campaign? "The Zero" has been on defense for the last six weeks!! He's been having to play catch up since he got back from Europe, to have the "Celebrity" ad hit him smack in the face, and it shows. Team McCain has been absolutely ruthless, and relentless since then, with one hard-hit after another, with "The Zero" not able to regain any balance.

Look at the total difference between *how* the VP choices were revealed, and never mind the *who*... Team Zero's "revelation", while widely anticipated, and stoked in the media, was an absolute shambles, with the "my supporters will know first text mail" being forced to be sent at 3:30 AM EDT, for crying out loud! And by the time it *was* sent, everyone and their first cousin knew who the pick was beforehand. In contrast, Team McCain floored everybody with his choice, which he kept well-concealed, for maximum effectiveness. Smooth, versus "SLOPPY"!!

Why was Team Zero so sloppy? Because Team Zero never expected to actually have to campaign to win this election, they thought they had it in the bag.

The initial surprise as, that Team McCain gave Oh-Bummer enough rope to hang himself with, and he did so, with that ill-advised, and ill-concieved trip abroad. Since then, Team McCain has been all over "The Zero" like white on rice, capitalizing on any gaffe he makes, and since he's rattled, he makes more than a few...

Many are thinking that this latest move is his initial move, but the dance to destroy the Chicago Punk started weeks ago, and this just the latest in a series of devestating maneuvers, leaving the hapless Marxist bozo gasping like a gaffed carp on a levee...

the infowarrior

75 posted on 08/30/2008 5:35:35 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: IMTOFT

I believe it was. Juan used to be reliably, umm, leftist in the collectivist sense, but I’m seeing him grow. He used to define everything by color, but he has moved beyond that and is now going with MLK and Shelby Steele: the color of our skin doesn’t matter, it is the content of our character. When you look for that, you get the truer measure of any man or woman and that’s what Juan is expressing more and more often as time goes on.

I’m just thrilled, because, as you say, his is a sharp and incisive mind I am very happy to be on my side of an argument.


76 posted on 08/30/2008 5:36:08 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (what part of 'mias gunaikos andra' do Episcopalians not understand?)
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To: Onerom99
Both Biden and Obama have NOT faced serious opposition during the lifespan of their political careers.

Debaters, even the best, are kept sharp by the cleverness of their opponents or they fail. If no or weak opposition they became complaisant

Palin, if as advertised, has been "battle tested" by headbutting with her enemies.(admittedly fellow GOPers)

Obama and Biden are seriously flabby.

77 posted on 08/30/2008 5:40:48 PM PDT by RedMonqey
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To: Jim Noble

...and, if she had to, field dress him with a pocket knife.


78 posted on 08/30/2008 5:48:32 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: infowarrior
The Obama campaign has been hemoraging badly since well before his world tour...in fact since Hillary started handing him his back side in the last primaries.

They'll be bled out soon...and deservedly so.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

79 posted on 08/30/2008 5:52:41 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head
The Obama campaign has been hemoraging badly since well before his world tour...

That's true enough, Jeff, but I get the distinct impression that once they got through the primary process, that Team "Oh-Bummer" thought they could put it on autopilot, and they had it in the bag. Team McCain proved them wrong, so "The Zero" could never get in balance for a real race, and now? There's not much time left to, even if Team McCain gives them the opportunity. Steven Schmidt has beaten David Axelrod, like a cheap set of bongo drums, at every turn, in rapid succession.

Net result? It's Labor Day weekend, and it appears to any relatively objective observer, that "The One" is "The Toast"...

the infowarrior

80 posted on 08/30/2008 6:17:18 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: infowarrior

Even die-hard loons know it’s over.

My brother has been jousting with his click (or is it clique?) of lunatics and two things he’s noticed:

after saddleback, their cocky tone changed...but stil talking smack...

after Palin was chosen they won’t even talk politics with him now...I mean won’t even ENGAGE...and always change the subject now to football or something and understand these were near rabid ObamaNation maniacs.


81 posted on 08/30/2008 6:21:20 PM PDT by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing-----Edmund Burke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A good summing-up by Kristol.


82 posted on 08/30/2008 8:25:03 PM PDT by mtntop3
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To: AZLiberty

You are so right. Palin will be packin and Biden is going to take his knife into a gun fight.


83 posted on 08/30/2008 9:43:23 PM PDT by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: GLDNGUN

Gwen Ifill of PBS is hosting the debate. She gave respectful coverage to Palin last night on Washington Week. She’s not the gotcha type. I think she’ll be as fair a moderator as we can hope for, despite her tears of ecstasy at the coronation of Obama.


84 posted on 08/30/2008 9:45:30 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Nervous Tick

“When Howdy Doody shows up to the knife fight”

Showing up to a knife fight is A-OK when you bring an AR-15.


85 posted on 08/31/2008 3:59:57 AM PDT by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: Nervous Tick

Palin trounching Botox in the debate - and there’s a very good possibility this will happen - will simply seal the election. This is the one election where the VP pick is very important. I think she is going to shine.


86 posted on 08/31/2008 9:55:07 AM PDT by Paul_B
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Missing from this great photo, a son from each family on active duty protecting our country and our families.

87 posted on 08/31/2008 10:33:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Snowbami, the Oreo Bozo, wants special-ed treatment as an untouchable affirmative action candidate)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Kristol: Gingrich on the Power of Authenticity
weeklystandard
Posted on 08/30/2008 7:31:35 PM PDT by flyfree
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2071580/posts

Let Palin Be Palin
weeklystandard | 09/08/2008 | William Kristol
Posted on 08/30/2008 8:18:10 PM PDT by Westlander
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2071607/posts


88 posted on 08/31/2008 11:23:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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