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Posted on 08/30/2008 5:38:54 AM PDT by cgk
The hostess with the moosest Mark Steyn
Over in the Frumistan province of the NR caliphate, our pal David is not happy about the Palin pick. I am - for several reasons.
First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, "all-American", but hyper-American. What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I'm not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities. And for the gun-totin' Miss Wasilla then to go on to become Governor while having five kids makes it an even more uniquely American story. Next to her resume, a guy who's done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of "community organizer" and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.
Second, it can't be in Senator Obama's interest for the punditocracy to spends its time arguing about whether the Republicans' vice-presidential pick is "even more" inexperienced than the Democrats' presidential one.
Third, real people don't define "experience" as appearing on unwatched Sunday-morning talk shows every week for 35 years and having been around long enough to have got both the War on Terror and the Cold War wrong. (On the first point, at the Gun Owners of New Hampshire dinner in the 2000 campaign, I remember Orrin Hatch telling me sadly that he was stunned to discover how few Granite State voters knew who he was.) Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth. She's done the stuff he's merely a poseur about. Post-partisan? She took on her own party's corrupt political culture directly while Obama was sucking up to Wright and Ayers and being just another get-along Chicago machine pol (see his campaign's thuggish attempt to throttle Stanley Kurtz and Milt Rosenberg on WGN the other night).
Fourth, Governor Palin has what the British Labour Party politician Denis Healy likes to call a "hinterland" - a life beyond politics. Whenever Senator Obama attempts anything non-political (such as bowling), he comes over like a visiting dignitary to a foreign country getting shanghaied into some impenetrable local folk ritual. Sarah Palin isn't just on the right side of the issues intellectually. She won't need the usual stage-managed "hunting" trip to reassure gun owners: she's lived the Second Amendment all her life. Likewise, on abortion, we're often told it's easy to be against it in principle but what if you were a woman facing a difficult birth or a handicapped child? Been there, done that.
Fifth, she complicates all the laziest Democrat pieties. Energy? Unlike Biden and Obama, she's been to ANWR and, like most Alaskans, supports drilling there.
Sixth (see Kathleen's link to Craig Ferguson), I kinda like the whole naughty librarian vibe.
Mark is a real gem.
Oh, hardihar. Mark Steyn is the greatest.
Note to Mort Kondracke: Here’s some required reading for ya :)
They're Chatting up a Storm in Hillaryland [Jonah Goldberg]
Just D*mn. Outdone again.
Preach it, brother!
Excellent analysis by Steyn of the Palin Pick.
Where has Steyn been? I haven’t seen his columns in a while.
He makes great points though.
We have more “real experience” on the bottom of our ticket than the Dims have on the top of their ticket.
Mark's OK with the pick. On with the campaign!
I wouldn't get carried away with the naughty librarian bit - Mr. Palin looks like a nice guy, but one that can take care of business.
I know your heart is in the right place, but Mort is a lost cause.
Besides, if he should read it, it wouldn't penetrate.
These leftists are way too deep in denial.
That's going to leave a mark.....
I might add Biden fits right in there in the self-absorbed category
I believe it was Marion Barry who uttered those immortal words about Jesse. Of course in Barry-speak, the last word comes out “mouf.”
Almost peed in my pajamas!