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Steyn: Hostess with the Moosest
The Corner ^ | 8-30-08 | Mark Steyn

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.  


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Hiatus Interruptus: Mark makes a brief return from exile to weigh in on the Palin pick. All hail the Mighty Steyn!
1 posted on 08/30/2008 5:38:54 AM PDT by cgk
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; knews_hound; All
PING!
2 posted on 08/30/2008 5:42:14 AM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk

Mark is a real gem.


3 posted on 08/30/2008 5:42:27 AM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: cgk

Great article.


4 posted on 08/30/2008 5:42:52 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: cgk

Oh, hardihar. Mark Steyn is the greatest.


5 posted on 08/30/2008 5:43:13 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: cgk

Note to Mort Kondracke: Here’s some required reading for ya :)


6 posted on 08/30/2008 5:43:16 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: All; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
And... for a bit of reading fun... here are the reactions of HillaryDieHards to the Palin pick:

They're Chatting up a Storm in Hillaryland   [Jonah Goldberg]

Here.

7 posted on 08/30/2008 5:43:59 AM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk
Cheese, Moose, Palin.

Just D*mn. Outdone again.

Cheers!

8 posted on 08/30/2008 5:45:45 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: cgk
(to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth.

Preach it, brother!

9 posted on 08/30/2008 5:46:20 AM PDT by don-o (Avoid the rush. Donate to FR today.)
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To: P-Marlowe; Gamecock; MeekOneGOP

Excellent analysis by Steyn of the Palin Pick.


10 posted on 08/30/2008 5:46:43 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: cgk

OUTSTANDING!


11 posted on 08/30/2008 5:49:01 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: cgk

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.


12 posted on 08/30/2008 5:50:44 AM PDT by tips up
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To: cgk
All hail the Mighty Steyn!

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.

13 posted on 08/30/2008 5:52:11 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson (For events that occurred in 1938, real time is 1938, not 2008.)
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To: cgk
So glad Steyn’s back! Great article!
14 posted on 08/30/2008 5:53:18 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Fudd Fan; HonestConservative; NormsRevenge; glock rocks; tubebender; SouthTexas; ...

ping


15 posted on 08/30/2008 5:53:42 AM PDT by don-o (Avoid the rush. Donate to FR today.)
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To: mewzilla
" Note to Mort Kondracke: Here’s some required reading for ya :)"


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.

16 posted on 08/30/2008 5:54:02 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: cgk
Obama......looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.

That's going to leave a mark.....

I might add Biden fits right in there in the self-absorbed category

17 posted on 08/30/2008 5:54:15 AM PDT by Popman (McCain as POTUS is odious, Obama as POTUS is unthinkable.)
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To: cgk; Bender2
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.

Great line.

18 posted on 08/30/2008 5:54:37 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper (Let's Roll!!)
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To: don-o

I believe it was Marion Barry who uttered those immortal words about Jesse. Of course in Barry-speak, the last word comes out “mouf.”


19 posted on 08/30/2008 5:58:01 AM PDT by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: cgk
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.

Almost peed in my pajamas!

20 posted on 08/30/2008 6:01:48 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Upon reading this early this morning, I sent Steyn this email:
One more point:

The pointy-heads argue that Palin undermines McCain's "inexperienced" charge against Obama.

But isn't it likely McCain had gotten all he could out of that charge? Like generals fighting the last war, the pundits assume that was going to be McCain's campaign theme throughout the fall.

It appears to me McCain is pivoting and will now go after Obama's "change" message. You want change? Look at what Palin has achieved in her (short) time in office! Add her record to McCain's history of shaking up Washington and you get a real potential for "change".

I think McCain is preparing for the next phase of the campaign: who will really take on the entrenched bureaucracies and corrupt practices in Washington? Again, the pundits simply presume Obama owns the change message....another mistake.

Further, as for being inexperienced, why the emphasis on the TIME she's been in office. Republicans should counter that it's more about what one has DONE. Make a list of the reforms Palin has accomplished in the last 2 years as governor. Put those beside what Obama and Biden have done since 2006 (hold hearings, run for prez). She comes off pretty well in that comparison. Jeanne


21 posted on 08/30/2008 6:01:57 AM PDT by Timeout (The Brits have their royal family. We have our privileged "public servant" class.)
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To: All
Hyper-American, indeed!

And here's a video showing that NRA Lifetime Member & Commander of the Alaska National Guard Governor Palin knows what the 2nd Amendment is for:

Sarah Palin Firing a Rifle

22 posted on 08/30/2008 6:03:36 AM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Yes, but Obama has been “thinking” about national security issues for four years. And he has national security “exposure.”

I just worry that Palin might say something that demonstrates her lack of experience, like saying that the President should unconditionally meet with leaders of terrorist nations. Because of Obama’s national security “exposure,” he’d never say something like that. /sarcasm off/


23 posted on 08/30/2008 6:05:49 AM PDT by Rumierules
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To: cgk

I love this. I’m passing it around. Gorgeous is as gorgeous does!


24 posted on 08/30/2008 6:14:39 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (A proud, practicing Homo sapiens.)
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To: xzins; Gamecock; MeekOneGOP
This ticket is the first real "Change" ticket to come along in my lifetime. Name one other ticket that had a Governor who sent back Federal Money for a pork barrel project with the functional equivalent of saying "No thanks, we can do without corrupt pork barrel money. Give it back to those you stole it from."?

McCain has been (to his credit) a fighter against government waste, but as a member of the Senate he has been a mere voice crying in the wilderness. We now have two candidates who are willing to buck the system and radically change the way the Government has been working (or not working)

If any ticket represents "CHANGE" it is McCain/Palin. I feel right now that my finanacial contributions to this ticket will be paid back to me tenfold.

I am energized. Palin was the perfect pick!

There truly is "HOPE" for America!

25 posted on 08/30/2008 6:18:22 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: cgk
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.

Quote of the year!

26 posted on 08/30/2008 6:21:01 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: cgk
Money Quote:

"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"

27 posted on 08/30/2008 6:23:22 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (PUMA))
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To: P-Marlowe; Gamecock

See photos at #22. This is a real person. Say what you like, but Obama is a caricature, so is Biden, the Clintons, and the other insiders of Washington.

This is a gun-totin’ frontier woman from Alaska, and I’m willing to fight for this ticket.


28 posted on 08/30/2008 6:25:48 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: xzins
See photos at #22. This is a real person. Say what you like, but Obama is a caricature, so is Biden, the Clintons, and the other insiders of Washington. This is a gun-totin’ frontier woman from Alaska, and I’m willing to fight for this ticket.

As Governor of Alaska, she is the "Commander in Chief" of the troops she is seated with there. That was not a "Photo Op". That was the visit of a Military Commander with the troops under her command.

29 posted on 08/30/2008 6:39:46 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: cgk

Cool! No climb at all on a one second burst—now there’s a lady that knows all about the proper definition of “gun control”!


30 posted on 08/30/2008 6:45:12 AM PDT by L,TOWM (If the GOP is this desperate to lose, who am I to stand in their way?)
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To: L,TOWM

Time for a tagline change...


31 posted on 08/30/2008 6:47:13 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Mcwhathisname/PALIN, '08!!!)
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To: xzins; P-Marlowe

Palin represents the kind of woman that built this great country.

Tough at nails and keeps the home fires burning.

Smith grads will detest her, but fly over country women will go gaga.


32 posted on 08/30/2008 6:49:38 AM PDT by Gamecock (1000!)
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To: cgk

I liked this one on Biden-—

“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.”


33 posted on 08/30/2008 6:54:12 AM PDT by John W
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To: P-Marlowe

This ticket says 2 things:

1. Energy Independence (or closer), and
2. Earmarks must die


34 posted on 08/30/2008 6:54:24 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Gamecock

35 posted on 08/30/2008 6:55:15 AM PDT by 4Liberty (discount window + moral hazard = bank corporate welfare + inflation tax)
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To: Gamecock; P-Marlowe

As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has a long ocean interface with the 200 mile boundary of Russia in the Bering Sea. She and her husband are also part of a commercial fishing business. We have a picture above of Palin raising the antlers of fresh-killed dinner.

I’ll bet she has personal opinions about fishing operations with many international competitors, to include Putin’s fisheries. And the willingness to take down an elk says that she’s not afraid to shoot to kill.


36 posted on 08/30/2008 7:00:22 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: 4Liberty

(OK, so this is Photoshop, but so what!)

37 posted on 08/30/2008 7:01:23 AM PDT by Gamecock (1000!)
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To: Nipfan

Bump


38 posted on 08/30/2008 7:01:29 AM PDT by Nipfan
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To: cgk; All

And .. as usual .. Steyn weighs in with the substance and the real reasons the liberals won’t like her and will be willing to tell whopper lies to destroy her.

As for the “brother-in-law” she purportedly fired - I say more power to her for sticking up for her sister - and why was it a bad thing to fire a guy who was a wife-beater ..??

I am very pleased with Gov Palin already .. I admire women who are strong enough to do what needs to be done and who are not afraid of what people might say.


39 posted on 08/30/2008 7:02:19 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: cgk

Steyn BUMP!


40 posted on 08/30/2008 7:06:04 AM PDT by Gritty (Palin has run a state, town and a fishing operation. Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth.-Mk Steyn)
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To: cgk

The images of her with the AR-15 appear to be a training simulator, not an actual firearm.


41 posted on 08/30/2008 7:06:36 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Guns don't kill people, criminals and the governments that create them do.)
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To: cgk

42 posted on 08/30/2008 7:07:45 AM PDT by notaliberal (Christ Our Hope!)
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To: cgk
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).

Excellent contrast!

43 posted on 08/30/2008 7:09:02 AM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (What value does Black Liberation Theology hold in a post racial Republic?)
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To: notaliberal

And.... he “ain’t” bad either!


44 posted on 08/30/2008 7:10:31 AM PDT by notaliberal (Christ Our Hope!)
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To: cgk
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.

That is the best line of the month. The first paragraph pretty much sums up my thoughts.

45 posted on 08/30/2008 7:10:32 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: cgk

Mark, come back! We miss you so much.


46 posted on 08/30/2008 7:11:10 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("John McCain has a birthday but he gives US the present.")
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To: cgk
Its good to see him back. Sarah Palin reminds me of the old true and trite adage: "Something beats nothing. Every time." The Democrats are running an empty suit with no real accomplishments. Both halves of the Republican ticket have lived a full life and have people who can vouch for what they've done. We're going to be hearing a lot of that next week. Whereas Obama wasn't in control of his convention, McCain will run his and it will have a unifying, thematic message. If it advances conservatism, the election will be over and the Democrats know it. Denver produced a series of misses and some singles but Minneapolis can be one grand slam after another. The first four nights next week are going to be worth looking ahead to.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

47 posted on 08/30/2008 7:12:04 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mewzilla
Note to Mort Kondracke: Here’s some required reading for ya :)

The Bible admonishes us not to cast pearls before swine. That applies here.

48 posted on 08/30/2008 7:12:58 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: cgk
Two homeruns. John McCain hits it out of the park picking Palin to be his VP and Steyn clears the bases telling us why she is such a great choice.

McCain is one of the reasons I had lost most of my enthusiasm for politics, but he has done much to redeem himself with his first Executive decision. Well done, John!

49 posted on 08/30/2008 7:20:01 AM PDT by GBA
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To: P-Marlowe; xzins

Good point. I would also note that Gov. Palin has a son who will soon be in Iraq; Sen McCain has on there now. With kids on the line, I trust their judgement to make decisons to deploy our troops more than Obama. To be fair, I do believe I read that Sen. Biden has a son in or on his way to Iraq. But given his repeated gaffes, and liberal politics, I’m not a fan...


50 posted on 08/30/2008 7:20:13 AM PDT by RochesterFan
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