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Posted on 02/13/2010 7:56:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Since Sarah Palin won't rule out running for the presidency in 2012, her performance recently at the Tea Party convention in Nashville deserves more scrutiny. Voters may have to soon evaluate her as a future leader of our nation and defender of the free world. Which makes her strikingly vapid answers to the softball questions thrown her way all the more frightening.
When Palin barnstormed the country as Sen. John McCain's running mate, she had a glaring lack of comprehension of national issues. But then, she had a lot to learn in a short time.
By now she should be prepared, particularly since she quit her day job. But she's not. While her written remarks at the Tea Party were intelligible, her performance during the question period demonstrated that Palin has no command of issues and has little to offer beyond platitudinous and confused rhetoric.
Sitting in a comfy armchair, she answered questions put to her by the adoring Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.
Palin was asked: "We hear about the Obama plan. What's the Palin plan?" Her answer on her national defense plan -- the entirety of it -- was this: "And when it comes to national security, as I ratchet down the message on national security, it's easy to just kind of sum it up by repeating Ronald Reagan when he talked about the Cold War. And we can apply this now to our war on terrorism, you know. Bottom line, we win, they lose. We do all that we can to win."
Compare that bit of nearly indecipherable triumphalism with the answer President Barack Obama gave at a news conference Tuesday when asked about Iran's decision to further enrich uranium -- which is too long to reprint verbatim.
First he spoke about efforts to negotiate with Iran and the country's rejection of the offer to convert "low-enriched uranium" into the "isotopes that they need" for medical research and hospitals. Then Obama said bluntly, "That indicates to us that, despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for civilian use, that they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization."
He went on to discuss the "regime of sanctions" being developed to isolate Iran, and the role China and Russia might play.
Whether you agree with Obama's approach or not, it was an articulate briefing that gave context to, and specific action for, a vexing national-security issue.
Back to Palin, who was asked at the Tea Party for her three top things to get done if conservatives win majorities in Congress.
It was here that Palin peeked at her hand for some palm-prompter help, meaning she was probably given advance notice of the question. Even so, her answer was a garble of attack-Obama talking points and pandering to the Christian right.
Palin: "We've got to rein in spending, obviously, and not raise it extremely high budgets and then say, OK, we are going to freeze a couple programs here. That doesn't do us any good really. We've got to start reining in the spending."
Palin's excruciating syntax aside, she's a jejune thinker. Without notes, she could barely conjure the words to cryptically criticize Obama's budget.
Her second priority, she said, is domestic drilling and mining for fossil fuels -- "oil and gas and our coal." She offered a fuller energy policy in her prepared remarks, but extemporaneously, the equivalent of "drill, baby, drill" was all she could muster.
Palin's last must-do for Congress is to allow "America's spirit to rise again." To do this, she said, we should seek "some divine intervention again in this country so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again. To have people involved in government who aren't afraid to go that route."
Gee, is there really a dearth of religious politicians? I can't seem to find any who aren't. But I don't doubt some miracle for our nation would be needed, desperately, if Palin-like conservatives took Congress.
During the Q&A, Palin called on people to run for office who have no elective office experience and don't have "some kind of fat elite resume in their back pocket." I guess that is one way to make herself sound cogent by comparison -- dissuade candidates with training, education and knowledge.
All I can say is in 2012, I "hopey" we don't "changey" to this embarrassing woman.
So we know the words she heard were registered in her brain whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.
She may very well wake up at 3:00 in the morning one day and say, "Oh, my gosh! She's right."
But, then again, she is more likely to die a lonely, pathetic, wrinkled-up death soaked in her own urine without ever knowing just how stupid she really was.
We win, they lose. That’s real hard to understand? Not clear? I guess not to people who don’t think there’s any difference or that it doesn’t matter.
The media will not decide for us this time. We will decide.
The Babe Factor is something Sarah has had to deal with since she was a teenager. Worse than that to a nonbabe, she has strong convictions about right and wrong. “Won’t go to Harlem in ermine and pearls. won’t dish the dirt with the rest of the girls - that’s why Sarah is a ...”
They said that about Chris Chistie too. He demured. Now he’s the star Gov of NJ.
No,no further details needed at this point.
not like that
Did he or didn’t he?
I don’t know but I wouldn’t like it if he did. But Ryan is someone who can handle himself in a debate and more conservatives need to be able to do that.
One thing is for sure .. She will Never have a gig on FOX.
(And it ‘ain’t’ because of writing style)
The Marxist/liberal/socialist (take your pick) media is hopeless. They’re going to savage Palin and attempt to destroy her candidacy if she runs. Period.
On a related topic, I was listening tonight to the weekend news round-up on CBS radio, and the reporter was breathlessly describing how Obama has been “reaching out” to Republicans for “many months now” in an attempt to pass health care legislation, and they have slammed the door in his face, or some such words. Just one lie after another!
Blumner is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU School of Law. After working as a labor lawyer in New York, she became executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In 1989, she took over the directorship of the ACLU of Florida, where she worked until joining the staff of the Times.
"Robyn Blumner is a civil liberties and labor law expert who writes about individual freedom, trade, globalization and workers' rights...."
A president can’t just follow a checklist. A president has to be able to make her case to the American people and congress. Bush wasn’t able to make the case for social security reform and the war in iraq and we lost big time.
And what a hick Sarah is.
Ooooooh, that wascawwy woman. How DARE she sit in a comfy chair when so many people are starving and dying in the streets of Haiti and Chicago?
Very revealing, isn’t it?
Makes perfect sense that Blumner would fall for Obama’s resume’ on its face. No need for her to look inside the tightly wrapped package to see the Marxist inside. She’s a fellow traveler.