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Why Palin is the Most Attractive Candidate
Pajamas Media ^ | November 4, 2008 | Michael Ledeen

Posted on 11/04/2008 12:00:03 PM PST by AJKauf

There's one thing that has my dander flying: the snooty treatment of Palin. It’s as if that old New Yorker cover–the one that shows Manhattan occupying most of the map of the United States, then the Mississippi River and fly-over country in a small strip, then San Francisco and Los Angeles in a larger area–has now become the template for all proper thinkers. I’m sure lots of folks in fly-over country are enraged by this, but many others want to have a seat at the table, want to join the celebrities, want to be thought of as serious thinkers. And so they join the swarm.

American exceptionalism rests upon independent thinking, pride in community and heritage, and disdain for ivory tower intellectuals combined with admiration for self-help and achievement. My greatest fear is that these values are going to be trashed over and over again the next few years, and we will have to fight it very fiercely.

The Ledeen family is now a military family. All three of our children are engaged in the war which to my way of thinking is the single greatest issue for America, but which has virtually vanished from our national debate. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at pajamasmedia.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 2008endorsements; ledeen; mccain; palin

1 posted on 11/04/2008 12:00:05 PM PST by AJKauf
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To: AJKauf
Why she's loved, and why she's hated.
2 posted on 11/04/2008 12:01:07 PM PST by MrB (0bama supporters: What's the attraction? The Marxism or the Infanticide?)
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To: AJKauf

For a truly great tribute to Sarah, go to getliberty.org. It is really touching.


3 posted on 11/04/2008 12:04:59 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: AJKauf

If Obie steals the election, he will have his hands full. The RATS know that his ideas are wrong. However, his base will be screaming to get out of Iraq. His base will want their tax refund (welfare checks.) His base will be clamoring to shut down Gitmo, disable FISA, stop drilling, etc. All those promises he has made to the base will be biting him in the ass.

An Obama presidency might be the best thing... as so eloquently stated here:

http://www.andreatantaros.com/


4 posted on 11/04/2008 12:20:39 PM PST by UglyinLA
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To: AJKauf

An omen! Today I got my first Alaska quarter in my change!


5 posted on 11/04/2008 12:22:19 PM PST by Genoa
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To: AJKauf

Why is she the most attractive candidate?

She is not a U.S. Senator, but the most popular Governor in the U.S.A.. Enough said.


6 posted on 11/04/2008 12:26:22 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: AJKauf

A: Because she looks a lot better in 3” heels than Obama, Biden, or John McCain?


7 posted on 11/04/2008 12:26:41 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: AJKauf

A: Because she looks a lot better in 3” heels than Obama, Biden, or John McCain? (And I’m pretty sure Joe and Barack have both spent some time in 3” heels at some point...)


8 posted on 11/04/2008 12:27:19 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: AJKauf

I disagree fundamentally. I don’t know when it was that conservatives started thinking that having a higher education was somehow a negative thing. This concept that we have “disdain for ivory tower intellectuals” is antithetical to the brilliance of our founding fathers – the first intellectuals in our country. This is a nation based on brilliance, in a plethora of areas and we need the best and the brightest at the top if we are going to maintain our edge over China and India.

Too many conservatives like Palin because she is “just like us” and “she’s plain spoken”. That sort of thinking sends chills up my spine; I don’t want our President and VP to be like me – I want them to be much smarter. Which is why the concept of her being the leading nominee in 4 years means 4 more years of democratic rule. The “plain spoken” hockey mom with the limited IQ doesn’t make it in the 21st century…we need a candidate with the intellectual brilliance of Jefferson and the moral center of Lincoln. Aren’t we ENTITLED to greatness at the top?


9 posted on 11/04/2008 12:50:32 PM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: AJKauf

She is most attractive to the hetero males and the dikes. Barry wins with the lavenders and the real women. It is a toss up between John and Joe with the geriatric crowd.


10 posted on 11/04/2008 12:57:27 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Dr. Luv

We don’t disdain higher education. We just like people who have common sense, some kind of strong moral ethic, and good life experience too (military service, business owner, etc.).


11 posted on 11/04/2008 12:58:17 PM PST by Cecily
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To: Dr. Luv
Aren’t we ENTITLED to greatness at the top?

Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them.

Jefferson was a slave owner.

12 posted on 11/04/2008 1:11:15 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Genoa
Today I got my first Alaska quarter in my change!

I must have gotten one at some point in the last couple of weeks, too, because I found one yesterday in my change!

Good omen, indeed!

13 posted on 11/04/2008 1:31:53 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Dr. Luv
The “plain spoken” hockey mom with the limited IQ doesn’t make it in the 21st century

And just how do you know WHAT her IQ happens to be?

I don't disdain folks with a higher education. I'm a college graduate, and my hubby has a PhD in Statistics; not too shabby. However, we don't automatically treat people who DON'T have degrees from college as though we're BETTER, or any smarter than they are. They'd have to PROVE their stupidity to merit that treatment.

A lot of the elites in the media and politics consider 'below' them, those who lack a higher education. Usually those elites happen to be liberal, but we've seen with their treatment of Sarah Palin, that some conservatives and moderates also have that attitude.

14 posted on 11/04/2008 1:39:53 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Dr. Luv

Greatness doesn’t come with intelligence, it comes with wisdom. Which starts with the humility to know ones limitations.

The hubris of modern intellectuals make them all fools.


15 posted on 11/04/2008 1:51:50 PM PST by Truthsearcher
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To: MrB

Hey MrB

I had been thinking of posting the EXACT same passage and for the EXACT same reason!

You betcha. The reaction to our beloved sister Sarah is spiritual first and foremost.

Keep on prayin’ boys and girls. Pneuma hagion.

PFAL or WIGP by any chance?


16 posted on 11/04/2008 2:07:02 PM PST by CharterOakie (Eph 3:20)
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To: Dr. Luv
Maybe it's because people have noticed a certain correlation when looking at modern presidents.

If you're talking about pure intellectual smarts, it's hard to escape the conclusion that the two presidents who would be at the top of that list (Carter and Clinton) made the worst presidents. Conversely, the president who was probably propping up the IQ chart (Reagan) was the best president.

Ergo, intellectual genius is neither necessary nor sufficient to be a great leader.

The POTUS doesn't need to solve for x, nor find the y intercept. You hire guys to do that. What is needed is a clear vision, a set of principles and sound judgment.

17 posted on 11/04/2008 2:20:55 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: Dr. Luv
Aren’t we ENTITLED to greatness at the top?

But how do you measure greatness? How do you recognize wisdom?

Classical scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson recently opined brilliantly (in an article entitled "Palin and Obama—What Really is Wisdom?"):

I have seen no difference in intelligence levels between those who inhabit the world of the physical and those who cultivate the life of the mind. That is, the most brilliant Greek philologists seemed no more impressive in their aptitude than the fellow who could take apart the transmission of an old Italian Oliver tractor, fix it, and put it back together—without a manual. And I knew three or four who could. The inept mechanic seemed no more dull than the showy graduate student who could not distinguish an articular infinitive from an accusative of respect.

...

A Ronald Reagan knew more about human nature, and thus what drives the Soviet Union than did all the Ivy-League Soviet specialists that surrounded Jimmy Carter-much less the Sally Quins and Maureen Dowds of that age. We in America, unlike the Europeans, know this intuitively, grasp that a Harry Truman figured out the Russian communists far better than did the Harvard-educated aristocrat FDR.


18 posted on 11/04/2008 3:21:15 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Dr. Luv
I don’t want our President and VP to be like me – I want them to be much smarter.

Like Joe Biden?

19 posted on 11/04/2008 4:22:17 PM PST by Oztrich Boy ("Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer)
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To: Dr. Luv

Today’s “intellectuals” are anything but.

The most dangerous humans walking the face of the earth are Ivy leaguers with degrees in the soft sciences, I include the Bushes in this assessment.

Ronald Reagan was the last true intellectual to inhabit the White House, a man who spent his time reading and writing, he left a paper trail 10 miles long on the issues, read “Reagan, In his own hand”.

I would take Palin and 535 people out of the phone book from anywhere but an American City any day over the clowns we have now.

I trust Palin to make the proper decisions more than any intellectual. As long as they’re on the right side of the issues, I don’t need an “intellectual”.


20 posted on 11/11/2008 4:12:15 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: word_warrior_bob

“As long as they’re on the right side of the issues, I don’t need an “intellectual”.”

Apparently, you are another idealogue who wants to be out of power for the next 8 years...reminds me of the Marxist candidate who always shows up on my ballot...I laugh at you both...


21 posted on 11/11/2008 4:16:50 PM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: Dr. Luv

Why are you such an arrogant jerk?


22 posted on 11/11/2008 4:19:27 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: word_warrior_bob

What precisely is “arrogant” about speaking the truth?


23 posted on 11/11/2008 6:09:35 PM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: Dr. Luv

You have a stronghold on the “truth”?

I’ve seen your other posts, you insult anyone who disagrees with you, you insulted me without provocation.

Your communication skills leave much to be desired, I want nothing more to do with you.


24 posted on 11/11/2008 6:13:21 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Dr. Luv

Wow, this threads title and not a single pic of Sarah ...


26 posted on 11/12/2008 6:20:13 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Dr. Luv

I know the difference between your and you’re, genius.


27 posted on 11/12/2008 7:53:15 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Dr. Luv
You dont seem to understand that the phrase "ivory tower intellectuals" has very little to do with and is not speaking directly to the IQ of the person(s) being described.
28 posted on 11/12/2008 11:41:13 AM PST by gnarledmaw (Hive-mind liberals have leaders, sovereign conservatives have public servants.)
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To: word_warrior_bob

A spelling flame...good for you bobby...that certainly proves that palin isn’t the shnook that America perceives her to be. No doubt she DOES know that Africa is a continent...snicker...


29 posted on 11/12/2008 7:58:24 PM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: Dr. Luv

It wasn’t YOUR spelling I corrected. YOU’RE lying.

You attacked and insulted me on this thread without provocation, anyone who reads the thread and our exchange can see YOU’RE a horses a$$.


30 posted on 11/12/2008 9:25:07 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: word_warrior_bob
You claimed you wanted “nothing more to do with me” days ago, yet here you are again; a sucker for punishment.

If you continue to believe this small-town, uneducated, geography-challenged bumpkin should be the President of our country, then you must secretly wish for an 8 year reign by Obama

31 posted on 11/13/2008 10:01:18 AM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: Dr. Luv
No doubt she DOES know that Africa is a continent...snicker...

And there you go parroting a claim that is now documented to be a hoax. So who is stupid here?

32 posted on 11/13/2008 10:14:54 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Dr. Luv
I don’t want our President and VP to be like me – I want them to be much smarter.

From your posts, such as parroting anti-Palin hoaxes, I'd say that sentiment doesn't eliminate much of the American electorate.

33 posted on 11/13/2008 10:16:58 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Dr. Luv

Funny, you are still around insulting Palin, a successful governor, yet here you are, behind an anonomous keyboard, still falling for this hoax about her knowledge: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/arts/television/13hoax.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Hate to break it to you, but you may want to be careful about throwing stones about intelligence when even the NYT seems to have a leg up on you. It must be odd being trumped by the paper of Stephen Glass, Jason Blair, and Eitan Gorlin.

But that’s ok, you just keep up your little internet holier than thou crusade. I’m sure your mom will keep running pop-tarts down to you.


34 posted on 11/13/2008 10:20:39 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Dr. Luv
What precisely is “arrogant” about speaking the truth?

It is the part about still proclaiming known hoaxes as a the truth. It means either you are foolish and continue to fall for them, not bright enough to know what the word 'hoax' means, a sucker enough to fall for media manipulation, or arrogant to believe you've tapped into some inter-dimensional portal where hoaxes happen to be true.

You can choose which it is.

35 posted on 11/13/2008 10:27:55 AM PST by mnehring
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To: dirtboy
LOL! Touche!
36 posted on 11/13/2008 10:28:36 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mnehrling
Hoax? Are these hoaxes?

1. "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." --Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008 (Watch video clip)

2. "We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in Greensoboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008

3. "Ohh, good, thank you, yes." --Sarah Palin, after a notorious Canadian prank caller complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler's "Nailin Paylin," Nov. 1, 2008

4. "Well, let's see. There's ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―" --Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

5. "All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

6. "They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Oct. 5, 2008

7. "[T]hey're in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom." --Sarah Palin, getting the vice president's constitutional role wrong after being asked by a third grader what the vice president does, interview with NBC affiliate KUSA in Colorado, Oct. 21, 2008

8. "I told the Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that Bridge to Nowhere." –Sarah Palin, who was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it

9. "If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media." --Sarah Palin, getting First Amendment rights backwards while suggesting that criticism of her is unconstitutional, radio interview with WMAL-AM, Oct. 31, 2008

10. "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't.'" --Sarah Palin, as quoted by former City Council Member Nick Carney, after he raised objections about the $50,000 she spent renovating the mayor's office without approval of the city council

37 posted on 11/14/2008 11:02:49 AM PST by Dr. Luv (The cranky oncologist)
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To: Dr. Luv

If that’s the best you can come up with, Palin is not the dumb one. But we already determined that a while back..


38 posted on 11/14/2008 11:06:36 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehrling
The first line of defense against Russia from the North is The Alaskan National Guard.

CIC Sarah Palin.

I think it's cool that Palin can see Russia from her state.

Katie....Harumph!

:<)

39 posted on 11/14/2008 11:12:14 AM PST by Syncro (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Dr. Luv

What are your specific problems with #2 and #7 — or are you just mindlessly copying & pasting?


40 posted on 11/14/2008 11:14:19 AM PST by Sloth (What's the difference between taxation and armed robbery, aside from who's doing it?)
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To: Syncro

Don’t worry about her. Dr. Luv is kind of a joke around here.. a parody of Palin Madness Syndrome. First she fell for the Martin Eisenstadt hoax, then even after it was revealed to be a hoax, she kept repeating it.. now she digs up this old bogus stuff from DU (misquotes or making mountains out of small misstatements..)

We all just laugh and mock her and see what she pulls out of her a** next...


41 posted on 11/14/2008 11:14:54 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Syncro

oops, that was supposed to be a private reply.. oh well, I guess Dr. Luv will know we all laugh at her behind her back. :->


42 posted on 11/14/2008 11:15:31 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Sloth

With emphases on the ‘mindless’ part in Dr. Luv’s case.


43 posted on 11/14/2008 11:16:12 AM PST by mnehring
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