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Let Palin Be Palin (Why the left is scared to death...)
Weekly Standard ^ | 09/08/2008 | William Kristol

Posted on 08/31/2008 11:23:54 PM PDT by SolidWood

A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington--the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) of the Bush administration and the recent Republican Congress, able to invigorate a McCain administration and to govern beyond it.

That spectre has a name--Sarah Palin, the 44-year-old governor of Alaska chosen by John McCain on Friday to be his running mate. There she is: a working woman who's a proud wife and mother; a traditionalist in important matters who's broken through all kinds of barriers; a reformer who's a Republican; a challenger of a corrupt good-old-boy establishment who's a conservative; a successful woman whose life is unapologetically grounded in religious belief; a lady who's a leader.

So what we will see in the next days and weeks--what we have already seen in the hours after her nomination--is an effort by all the powers of the old liberalism, both in the Democratic party and the mainstream media, to exorcise this spectre. They will ridicule her and patronize her. They will distort her words and caricature her biography. They will appeal, sometimes explicitly, to anti-small town and anti-religious prejudice. All of this will be in the cause of trying to prevent the American people from arriving at their own judgment of Sarah Palin.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kristol; mccain; palin; sarahpalin; veep
A spectre is haunting the liberal elites

Gotta love Kristol taking the line from Marx and turning it on the liberals...

1 posted on 08/31/2008 11:23:55 PM PDT by SolidWood
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To: SolidWood

We should be careful of a “Princess Di” effect developing where the charismatic junior partner completely overshadows the senior partner.


2 posted on 08/31/2008 11:28:54 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: SolidWood

I’m pretty excited to see her speech and how she does in the debate. She is going to surprise people.


3 posted on 08/31/2008 11:28:59 PM PDT by goodolemr
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To: SolidWood
" unapologetic conservatism"

This is the key. She will have answers to any question.

Can she be as candid as Reagan?

yitbos

4 posted on 08/31/2008 11:29:32 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." - Ayn Rand)
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To: SolidWood

Depending what happens in the years ahead, Sarah Palin might be a Republican presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton has considered it her birthright to be the first woman president. Maybe Sarah Palin is destined to break that glass ceiling instead. It’s possible in 2016 that Sarah Palin could be running against Hillary in the general election.

You figure that most women, or men for that matter, aren’t the hard core liberal/radical types. Many people will be inspired and admire Sarah. The same people who just couldn’t identify with Hillary Clinton, or want to see her as the first woman president, might just want to see someone like Sarah Palin become America’s first woman president someday.


5 posted on 08/31/2008 11:30:23 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SolidWood

The last thing the father of lies wants in government is a Christian who walks the walk. He has minions, but they can’t do any more than God lets them. And they’ll answer for every idle word...


6 posted on 08/31/2008 11:31:26 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: SolidWood
KGO in SF is livid. They feel that she will win the race.

The only clear thought they aver had.

7 posted on 08/31/2008 11:33:25 PM PDT by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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To: Domangart

Really? Which hosts?


8 posted on 08/31/2008 11:34:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SolidWood

Bookmark


9 posted on 08/31/2008 11:37:09 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush. Pray for our troops. Pray for congress, Pray for our nation.)
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To: Wil H

Re: “Princess Di”, I believe McCain is contented enough with who he is that this will not be a problem. In a way, I have to believe that he will see himself as her mentor and will be happy for her successes - they make him look better. At least I’d like to think so.


10 posted on 08/31/2008 11:37:27 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: SolidWood

It’s been lovely, sheer panic.


11 posted on 08/31/2008 11:39:40 PM PDT by dighton
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To: goodolemr

I certainly hope you’re right, because there’ll only be ONE veep debate. I pray she knocks the arrogant Biden out of the court.


12 posted on 08/31/2008 11:41:28 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: 185JHP

WHOA, that’s deep....


13 posted on 08/31/2008 11:44:49 PM PDT by Mtner77
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To: Mtner77

Thanks


14 posted on 08/31/2008 11:47:56 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: SolidWood

“All of this will be in the cause of trying to prevent the American people from arriving at their own judgment of Sarah Palin.” (from the original posting)

What I worry about is that, as usual, the “American people” will not arrive at their own judgment of her based on learning and knowledge, but just however the left’s ads and MSM portray her.

Really hope I’m wrong, because I believe she’s remarkable.


15 posted on 08/31/2008 11:47:58 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Wil H
Well, that's something that Obami won't have to worry about with Biden.

I've seen a couple of recent videos of Biden and Obami. In the two I saw, Biden made some stupid remarks and Obami had a look n his face that made you wonder if he knew he made a big mistake picking Plugs as VP.

I for one cannot wait for Biden to debate Palin. Biden will come off boorish and petty. It's his nature.

16 posted on 08/31/2008 11:52:01 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (OMG, I lost my tag line.)
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To: SolidWood

Is it too much to make the analogy of Hillarys disaffected throngs and how we felt disaffected on the right as we believed McCain was going with a proabort. Sit it out or feel tepid at best. Not energized. The Hillary disaffected seem ready to bolt after being dissed. They seem to want to show Mr.Obama that the dems will not disregard them with impunity. I say welcome them back home to America and meet Mrs.Palin.


17 posted on 08/31/2008 11:52:06 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: SolidWood

for later


18 posted on 08/31/2008 11:53:39 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: SolidWood

RINOs beware. You’re not as popular as you think you are.


19 posted on 08/31/2008 11:58:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Hillary will be almost 70 in 2016. Hillary is done. She might have a shot in 2012, but I doubt she could even get the nomination.


20 posted on 09/01/2008 12:04:42 AM PDT by WildcatClan (The world is full of fatheads; so I invented Diet Shampoo)
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To: llandres
There’ll only be ONE veep debate. I pray Sarah knocks the arrogant Biden out of the court.

Assuming the lib-media debate handlers allow her to do so, and don't just lob softballs at Joe.
21 posted on 09/01/2008 12:06:25 AM PDT by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: 185JHP

Not a problem.... Glad to help....


22 posted on 09/01/2008 12:15:45 AM PDT by Mtner77
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Sarah may not know it yet. But the Republican party is now her party. and it will be for the next 4 to 16 years. She is setting off a “JFK” kind of excitement. Something that Hillary could not do. Something that Obama can only do in his dreams.

Like JFK and Reagan, she has that glow to her.


23 posted on 09/01/2008 12:23:54 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (S)
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To: Wil H
We should be careful of a “Princess Di” effect developing where the charismatic junior partner completely overshadows the senior partner.

All I've seen so far is a young and beautiful Princess Palin saying "Help us Obi-John - you're our only Hope!"

And she even married Han Solo!

24 posted on 09/01/2008 12:36:22 AM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

yes she is the next reagan


25 posted on 09/01/2008 12:39:09 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Biden, it's Sarahcuda, not Sarahcutie. Dork!)
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To: higgmeister

Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?
26 posted on 09/01/2008 12:41:47 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Biden, it's Sarahcuda, not Sarahcutie. Dork!)
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To: ari-freedom

Kind of makes our Smokey Mountain black bears look like Toto. Her dad brought that down, but the Giant King Crab on the coffee table is her’s.


27 posted on 09/01/2008 12:50:19 AM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: higgmeister

Her Dad shot that 3 years ago. She kids her Mom she put it there so it can protect her. But her Mom says she knows better; Sarah doesn’t need any protection!


28 posted on 09/01/2008 1:06:09 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Yep, I have been praying for a Reagan, and it's beginning to look like two of them have been raised up...Palin and Jindal. I had started to despair that I would never again in my lifetime be excited about a republican candidate for president.


29 posted on 09/01/2008 1:16:56 AM PDT by Bobalu (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Like JFK and Reagan, she has that glow to her

As they say here in the South... " She's got that thang"

It's that indefinable quality which jumps out at you and says, "this person is the real deal".. and she is.

30 posted on 09/01/2008 1:17:08 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: SolidWood
A spectre is haunting the liberal elites

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31 posted on 09/01/2008 2:18:11 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Wil H

I actually think that is part of McCain’s strategy for the present. She’s not only overshadowing McCain, but Biden, Obama, and everything else...she’s taken over the news cycle and will continue to do so for awhile until the Dems realize they can’t drive her from the race (she actually hasn’t taken over it...the news is the one doing the hyping be it positive or negative.) If polls go up because of her they’ll back off a bit, realizing they’re actually aiding her and McCain. Figure that before this, McCain to Obama coverage on MSM was 1/10. Not now, and any coverage, negative or positive is better than no attention, because negative attention energizes the base.


32 posted on 09/01/2008 3:18:10 AM PDT by Dawn531
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To: Texas Songwriter
The Hillary disaffected seem ready to bolt after being dissed.

I read some of the Hillary forums last night. Many want McCain/Palin to win so that Hillary will get her chance in '12. They figure if they vote for Obama, Hill won't get a chance again until '16, when she'll be viewed as too old.

33 posted on 09/01/2008 4:40:22 AM PDT by nicolezmomma
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To: SolidWood
...a lady who's a leader today, and regularly since 1982, when as point guard led her BBall team to a State Championship.
34 posted on 09/01/2008 4:49:44 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: llandres

What you say may come to pass in the ‘big city’, but ‘small town USA’ sees right thru the demonization programs of the left and MSM.


35 posted on 09/01/2008 4:52:42 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Sarah may not know it yet. But the Republican party is now her party.

Very astute observation! I absolutely agree.

36 posted on 09/01/2008 4:52:54 AM PDT by tcostell (MOLON LABE - http://freenj.blogspot.com - RadioFree NJ)
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To: Category Four

Yes...the MSM will try to blind side her, won’t they! Uhh, oh wait, she’s a graduate in journalism. Wonder if she’s heard about their tricks somewhere...in a ‘been there, done that, got the T-shirt’ kinda way?


37 posted on 09/01/2008 4:56:41 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: TigersEye

where in Gov. Palin’s past have you spotted a RINO? She’s there to take the RINO outta McCain!


38 posted on 09/01/2008 4:58:05 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: Dawn531

Remember...she’s the first journalist to reach this lofty elevation of the species! There’re gonna be lotsa Freudian slips to help her. And a Secret Ballot guarantees the ability of some journalists to ‘make the right choice’ at the polls as well!


39 posted on 09/01/2008 5:01:49 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: 185JHP

Amen and Hallelujah - thanks for posting.


40 posted on 09/01/2008 5:06:26 AM PDT by GracieRose (God's truth goes marching on, no matter what liberals say)
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To: SolidWood

Palin is more than a pretty face. She comes across as sincere in her conservative beliefs, is articulate and very intelligent. Above all she is not a Washington insider and resonates well with average Americans.


41 posted on 09/01/2008 5:54:09 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: SolidWood

Very energizing. Conservatism is alive again.


42 posted on 09/01/2008 6:13:47 AM PDT by BooksForTheRight.com (Fight liberal lies with knowledge. Read conservative books and articles.)
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To: nickcarraway
John Rothman for one. He is in high drama all the time.
43 posted on 09/01/2008 9:43:52 AM PDT by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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To: CRBDeuce
I was referring to the same person's Bill Kristol was in his opening words.

A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington-...

I'm sorry if staying in context confused you. ;^)

44 posted on 09/01/2008 10:14:23 AM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: SolidWood

I guess Bill Kristol reads FreeRepublic...I posted this as the intro to the Hannity Thread Friday:

Note to John McCain: Cut the populist drivel. Let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin. She’ll bring you money, volunteers and votes.
1 posted on 08/29/2008 11:38:57 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle


45 posted on 09/01/2008 11:55:23 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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