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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!
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
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:
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/
I love this. I’m passing it around. Gorgeous is as gorgeous does!
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!
Quote of the year!
"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"
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.
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”!
Time for a tagline change...
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.
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.”
This ticket says 2 things:
1. Energy Independence (or closer), and
2. Earmarks must die
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.
(OK, so this is Photoshop, but so what!)
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.
The images of her with the AR-15 appear to be a training simulator, not an actual firearm.
And.... he “ain’t” bad either!
That is the best line of the month. The first paragraph pretty much sums up my thoughts.
Mark, come back! We miss you so much.
"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
The Bible admonishes us not to cast pearls before swine. That applies here.
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!
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...