Skip to comments.Bill Kristol: Let Palin Be Palin - Why the left is scared to death of McCain's running mate.
Posted on 08/30/2008 1:34:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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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.
Nah, it’s my fault... an attempt at a clever bit of humor gone bad! Oh well, back to the drawing board...
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!
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’?
Why the ‘sigh’? We appear to be in close agreement.
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.
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:
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.
>> 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?
Gov Palin knows how to deal with the mentally challenged and little children - she'll take it easy on Joe.
Keep the day job (esp if it has pension rights attached...)
Well HAwk, she might do.
I kinda visualized Biden's blood pressure going up so high that he pops his hair plugs on camera.
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).
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.
“Im 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
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.
“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.
I thought he already was an a-hole.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
...and, if she had to, field dress him with a pocket knife.
They'll be bled out soon...and deservedly so.
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"...
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.
A good summing-up by Kristol.
You are so right. Palin will be packin and Biden is going to take his knife into a gun fight.
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.
“When Howdy Doody shows up to the knife fight”
Showing up to a knife fight is A-OK when you bring an AR-15.
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.
Missing from this great photo, a son from each family on active duty protecting our country and our families.
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Let Palin Be Palin
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Posted on 08/30/2008 8:18:10 PM PDT by Westlander