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Victor Davis Hanson: President Palinís First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obamaís record
NRO ^ | May 15, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 05/15/2009 5:37:50 AM PDT by Tolik

EDITOR'S NOTE: In these messianic times we have slouched into an acceptance of presidential worship, and we need to be reminded from time to time that the media’s Obama standard is really no standard at all. The following is a sequel to the recent “Bush Did It.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first 100 days of the Palin presidency, according to a consensus of media commentators, have proven a near disaster. Perhaps it was Palin’s scant two years’ experience in a major government position that has eroded her gravitas, or maybe it was her flirty reliance on looks and informal chit-chat. In any case, the press has had a field day, and it is hard to see how President Palin can ever recover from the Quayle/potatoe syndrome. Here is a roundup of this week’s pundit mockery.

LET THEM EAT MOOSE
“Ted Stevens may have gotten off,” wrote Bob Herbert in the New York Times, “but he taught our Sarah something first — like using $100-a-pound beef for her state dinners. And what’s this $50 mil for her inauguration gala? Since when do you fly in your favorite pizza-maker from across the country on our dime? Or send the presidential 747 for a spin over the Big Apple for a third-of-a-million-dollar joyride? Does Palin think she’s still in Alaska and has to have everything flown in from the South 48 by jumbo jet?”

WASILLA CHIC
Also in the Times, Gail Collins weighed in on the already-tired yokelism of the new commander in chief. “What we’re getting is Wasilla chic. That’s what we’re getting. She arrives in the Oval Office, and first thing sends back Blair’s gift of the Churchill bust as if it’s a once-worn Penney’s outfit. Then she gives the Brits some unwatchable DVDs as a booby prize — as if she idled the old Yukon and ran into Target’s sale aisle. Did Sarah send Bristol into Wal-Mart back in Anchorage for that ‘engraved’ iPod for the queen? And what’s this don’t-bow-to-the-queen stuff, but curtsy for a Saudi sheik? Maybe that explains why she brags to Stephanopoulos about her ‘Muslim faith.’ So far, the best things going for her are Todd’s biceps.”

IT'S THE MATH, STUPID!
“Well,” lectured Paul Krugman, again in the Times, “we were worried that they didn’t teach math at Idaho U., and now we know for sure they don’t. Is it $1.6 trillion, $1.7 trillion, or $2 trillion in red ink this year? Are we supposed to be impressed that she offers ‘fiscal sobriety’ by cutting 0.003 percent of the budget? She gives out money to those who don’t pay taxes and calls it a tax cut. And now Queen Sarah tells us that in four years she’ll ‘halve’ the deficit, as if she hasn’t borrowed another $5 trillion in the meantime. Does she think we’re morons? How many ‘Drill, baby, drill!’ oil wells can she tap into up there in Alaska to pay for the extra $11 trillion in debt she’s saddling us with?”

WORSE THAN 'NUCULAR'
ABC’s Katie Couric summed up the general disappointment with the president’s communication skills. “I tried to warn the American people in that interview a few years back what they would get if they voted for her. Let’s face it: She’s a walking embarrassment. I mean just count ’em up: The mayor of Wasilla thinks Austrians speak some lingo called ‘Austrian.’ Then she tries her hand at Spanish and comes up with some concoction, ‘Cinco de Cuatro.’ Next thing she’ll walk into the window of the Oval Office and expect it to open — oops, she’s already done that. No wonder that when her Teleprompter stalls, she shuts her mouth until it catches up. I’m surprised she managed to get sworn in. And did she think that tasteless ‘Special Olympics’ slur was funny? Or making fun of octogenarian Nancy Reagan’s séances? No wonder Wanda Sykes feels at home.”

ANCHORAGE STYLE
A “dragon lady in heels” is what President Palin is, according to the NYT’s Frank Rich. “Don’t fall for this pageant nice-girl stuff. Our former beauty queen is a ward hack. Look at her nominations. Can’t Palin find anyone who has paid his taxes — or do they simply ignore that stuff in no-tax Alaska? Does ‘No more lobbyists’ mean ‘More lobbyists than ever’? Her chief performance overseer doesn’t perform too well herself — and, like Daschle, Geithner, and the rest, skips out on her taxes. When Palin brags about fiscal sobriety, it really means record deficits. In Sarahland, not wanting to take over banks and car companies translates into, ‘She already has.’ Highest ethical standards equates to ‘There are none.’ Calling herself the VA president means she’s just told vets to use their own health insurance.”

GUTTER TRASH
“Pretty crude, pretty petty,” Sally Quinn sighed in the Washington Post. “No manners at all. Does our new mom in chief think it’s neat to laugh when her court jester at the correspondents’ dinner calls Michael Moore a traitor and a terrorist — and hopes he dies of kidney failure? Is that funny? Ask those on dialysis. Is that what Alaskan hockey moms do — scream out at every talk-show host who hurts their itty-bitty feelings? Limbaugh, Hannity — who will it will be next? Poor old Jim Cramer?”

NEOCON CON
“She’s a Bush clone,” the Times’s Maureen Dowd chimed in. “Bush is out, Palin is in — but we keep getting renditions, military tribunals, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, Predator drone executions over Pakistan, the same in Iraq, and even more of the same in Afghanistan — all retrofitted with new ‘hope and change’ banalities. I mean, who’s putting Mommy Dearest up to this — Wolfie, Perlie, Cheney?”

TINGLE FOR HUGO?
“There is no foreign policy,” Chris Matthews said on Hardball, his voice dripping with scorn. “She just tours the world and nods, as if her good looks and serial apologies are going to win us a collective tingle abroad. I don’t think Hugo Chávez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad care much that she’s got great legs and a nice wink. How many times can Ms. Vapid say, ‘We’re sorry’ and ‘Hit that old reset button’ and expect thugs to make nice?”

RACE, ALL THE TIME
Eugene Robinson worried in the Washington Post about Palin’s emphasis on race. “Look, she gets 95 percent of the working-class white vote. She promises next month to talk to the ‘Christian world’ from Estonia, of all places. Hello? She goes to the Summit of the Americas and immediately puts race on the table — as if we are supposed to separate those with European heritage from those without. Then she tells al Arabiyya that she hopes to heal the rift with Europe ‘because of my own shared European heritage that seems to resonate in ways I hadn’t imagined throughout the EU.’ I guess we’re learning that those ‘gaffes’ last year on the campaign trail, like her ‘typical black person’ remark and Todd’s ‘I am finally proud of my country again’ nonsense were not gaffes at all.”

WHERE IS THE PRESS?
Howard Kurtz summed up the press cynicism the best in his Washington Post column. “How long does she think she can keep picking on her right-wing plants in the audience for these softball Q-and-A sessions? I mean, there are only so many pukey ‘What has surprised you the most about this office? What has enchanted you the most about serving in this office?’ questions you can lob.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; palin; satire; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 05/15/2009 5:37:51 AM PDT by Tolik
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http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index:
Victor Davis Hanson: Cracks in the Facade. Fissures in the Obama Totem
Once Upon a Time in 2002
Victor Davis Hanson: Why Did Republicans Lose Their Appeal? And how can they get it back?
Americans Want It Both Ways Our Have-It-Both-Ways Generation
What to Do About Pakistan = There are no good answers.
Illegal Immigration Realities
Victor Davis Hanson: Questions from Oceania
Our Jekyll and Hyde President. More radical than Jimmy Carter v smoother centrist than Bill Clinton?
Victor Davis Hanson: Nothing New Under the Sun [Equality of Result, American vs. French, etc]
Damnation of Memory. Persecuting his predecessors, Obama would establish a poisonous precedent
Victor Davis Hanson: Crazy Times — Crazier Times to Follow - when nonsense is passed off as wisdom
Victor Davis Hanson: Confessions of a Contrarian [deconstructing Obama, the Left and more]
Victor Davis Hanson: Obamatopia
Can We Get Beyond Race?
Victor Davis Hanson: Our New Sort of War. It might be the most dangerous of all
Victor Davis Hanson: President of the World ...deeply pessimistic view of what America was and is
The Politics Of Blame
Victor Davis Hanson: The Postnational, Postmodern, Post-everything Presidential Trip
Victor Davis Hanson: President Obama’s First 70 Days. It really does all make sense
Victor Davis Hanson: G-20 Outtakes. Europe Got Obama, Now What? Obama is moving to the left of Europe
Victor Davis Hanson: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly —Part Three of Three [The Good]
Victor Davis Hanson: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly —Part Two of Three [The Ugly]
Victor Davis Hanson: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly —Part One of Three
Victor Davis Hanson: American Mob Rule. We need a Socrates in Washington right now
Victor Davis Hanson: Thoughts About Depressed Americans
Victor Davis Hanson: Bush Did It. What a difference an election makes [Brilliant Parody]
Victor Davis Hanson: Dr. Obama: First, Do No Harm. Let nature do its work
Victor Davis Hanson: Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]

2 posted on 05/15/2009 5:39:00 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; nopardons; ...


    Victor Davis Hanson Ping ! 

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                NRO archive: http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson-archive.asp
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3 posted on 05/15/2009 5:39:30 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

What a very useful way of looking at things. Why does Victor Davis Hanson get to be so brilliant? He’s like Mark Steyn without the humor or the nastiness. Hard to say which of them I love best.


4 posted on 05/15/2009 5:47:59 AM PDT by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama! (If you're old enough, you'll understand the reference))
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To: Tolik

Hanson has been a huge supporter of Sarah Palin since before she was selected at McCain’s running mate. He’s a good man to have in her corner, and he shows absolutely no sign of waivering in his support for her.


5 posted on 05/15/2009 5:55:30 AM PDT by euram
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To: Tolik

that was good, I needed something to brighten my day up


6 posted on 05/15/2009 6:07:08 AM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: Tolik

Thanks for posting this. VDH is always good to read, but especially so when the madness from DC threatens my sanity.


7 posted on 05/15/2009 6:09:51 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Tolik
How about a few complaints about Todd Palin wearing tank tops to state dinners just to show off his biceps.

Also we would have a NY Times story comparing the White House garden to Green Acres and the kids playset to an Anchorage playground.

8 posted on 05/15/2009 6:19:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: Tolik

—hilarious—


9 posted on 05/15/2009 6:19:17 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Tolik

The man is a genius. That is spot on perfect!
Thanks for posting, I just emailed it to my “what bias?” relatives.
;o)


10 posted on 05/15/2009 6:43:16 AM PDT by astyanax (Had enough Hope and Change yet?)
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To: mick

ping


11 posted on 05/15/2009 7:05:09 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: Tolik

NBC is still trying to smear Palin via the Jay Leno show. Curic was on as a guest and they played Palin at her worst in the running of the Curic interview. No let up, Palin will be hammered all the way to 2012.


12 posted on 05/15/2009 7:05:32 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (tagline under renovation, will return soon.)
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To: Tolik

Great article!


13 posted on 05/15/2009 7:24:36 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
...No let up, Palin will be hammered all the way to 2012.

How does one take raw iron, some carbon, and turn it into a sword?

I guess between now and 2012, we'll find out if Sarah has the metal.

14 posted on 05/15/2009 8:47:17 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

What a great article.

Any Yahoo Buzzers can buzz it up at:

http://buzz.yahoo.com/article/1:fb4e14ee232e6a6acfda1de4f10a1fe3:c5769d2b8b09061a183503349fedcbc5?usc=1


15 posted on 05/15/2009 8:53:00 AM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin 2012 - Saving America)
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To: Tolik

A brilliant exposition of the Double Standard.


16 posted on 05/15/2009 3:59:11 PM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Tolik

LOL!


17 posted on 05/15/2009 6:14:11 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: brytlea; Diana in Wisconsin; Kakaze; Tammy8; unkus; metmom; Cap Huff; svcw; reaganaut; ...

Ping


18 posted on 05/16/2009 7:15:40 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama....never saw a Bush molehill he couldn't make a mountain out of.......)
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To: Tolik
“Well,” lectured Paul Krugman, again in the Times, “we were worried that they didn’t teach math at Idaho U., and now we know for sure they don’t. Is it $1.6 trillion, $1.7 trillion, or $2 trillion in red ink this year? Are we supposed to be impressed that she offers ‘fiscal sobriety’ by cutting 0.003 percent of the budget? She gives out money to those who don’t pay taxes and calls it a tax cut. And now Queen Sarah tells us that in four years she’ll ‘halve’ the deficit, as if she hasn’t borrowed another $5 trillion in the meantime.

OMG - this is brilliant.

19 posted on 07/13/2009 11:13:23 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: abb; Maelstorm; DieHard the Hunter; driftdiver; utahagen; Wuli; nmh; joey703; moneyrunner

Pinged the wrong one - this is the one!


20 posted on 07/13/2009 11:15:58 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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