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September 04, 2008

Palin and Sunny Optimism

Peggy Noonan on America, seen through the eyes of the Obama campaign:

It's the poor child born with two heads and no medical insurance, and they're using him as a bowling ball... you know the terrible things they say. Everybody is sick in their world. I'm sorry... you know, everybody is an unhappy, unwed single mother whose feet are exploding.

Contrast this with what I considered the best line of Mike Huckabee's speech last night:

"I really tire of hearing how the Democrats care about the working guy as if all Republicans grew up with silk stockings and silver spoons. In my little hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the three sacred heroes were Jesus, Elvis and FDR, not necessarily in that order.

My own father held down two jobs, barely affording the little rented house I grew up in. My dad worked hard, lifted heavy things, and got his hands dirty. The only soap we had at my house was Lava.

Heck, I was in college before I found out it wasn't supposed to hurt to take a shower.

I'm not a Republican because I grew up rich, but because I didn't want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me."

What Sarah Palin's nomination says to voters is that the American dream still works.

It says that an ordinary citizen with extraordinary ability, ambition and work ethic can still rise from working class origins to become Vice President of the United States of America. How ironic is it that the party that professes to stand for the little guy against entrenched money and the upper classes is working so hard to scuttle her nomination? No one (least of all me - I've been rather cautious about endorsing her) has said she won't have to prove herself to voters. She will; just as Barack Obama will have to demonstrate that he has something more substantive than talking to the press and being a community organizer on his resume if he hopes to dispel the doubts raised by the indisputable fact that his experience places him in the bottom 6% of presidential candidates chosen in the last 150 years.

That's not a racist observation, nor a partisan one. It's an empirical observation grounded in easily verifiable statistics. The race is on, and the American people will be the judges of the best qualified contenders for the Oval Office.

I have a feeling the prize will go to whoever can best articulate their vision of how they see this country.

I don't think most of us want to see America as a nation of faltering losers who can't take a step without the help of the nanny state, but this may well be the defining difference between the two parties. It's going to be an interesting race.

Posted by Cassandra at September 4, 2008 08:55 AM

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The liberal democrats are rendered powerless and impotent in the face of Palin and what she represents. She is from Alaska which is about as far from entrenced D.C. politics as one can get. She represents the fly-over states that the liberal democrats are so out-of-touch with that they will freely admit, after the fact, that they didn't know a single person who voted for McCain/Palin.

I remember a Highlander episode when the lead character, Duncan McCain, I mean McCloud, was having trouble with the Siren words from his adversary that were going to cause him to lose his powers. The voice of the child gave him the clue: "Don't listen!" That is exactly what Palin did last night to the MSM and Hollywood.

When a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around does it make a noise? You bet. Last night she just cut down the MSM/Hollywood/Liberal tree and we did hear a sound: "TIMBER!"

If she can field dress a moose, she will do the rhetorical equivalent on Joe Biden.


Posted by: vet66 at September 4, 2008 12:03 PM

If she can field dress a moose, she will do the rhetorical equivalent on Joe Biden.

Hear, hear!

I remember when I saw Reagan's speech accepting his nomination. This one was as good. No, it was better! All he had to do was take out the minuscule Jimmah Cahtuh. She popped the helium balloon that is the Obama campaign.

Joe Biden better stick with dark colored pants, because when he pees himself under her withering attack, it won't show like it would in khakis.

Posted by: MathMom at September 4, 2008 01:40 PM

I don't know. Now that they've tied her to a certain UN figure...

Posted by: Grim at September 4, 2008 02:01 PM


I am currently working a Northern Exposure type movie which may be called "Palin Rider" or "Bulldog In The Mist!"

Any other suggestions?

Posted by: vet66 at September 4, 2008 02:14 PM

Palin Rider? You think I can improve on that? :)

Posted by: Grim at September 4, 2008 02:52 PM

I don't think most of us want to see America as a nation of faltering losers who can't take a step without the help of the nanny state

We can’t even make an argument based upon the data without having to pre-maturely defend it by saying it isn’t racist or partisan.

And why is this? Because the Left wants you to rely upon a greater power than what can be produced from your own hands and mind. That greater power happens to be their aristocratic dynasty and social utopia.

Palin Rider?

What's the reference to?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 4, 2008 04:08 PM

Ymarsakar -

Click here.

Posted by: MathMom at September 4, 2008 06:15 PM

It was Clint Eastwood's remake of Shane.

Posted by: Grim at September 4, 2008 06:30 PM

"Due South By Southeast."

Posted by: BillT at September 4, 2008 06:43 PM

Ok, I see.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 5, 2008 01:36 AM


"Mr. Hockey Mom"

A husband needs to learn to take over the household chores as his wife gets a job as mayor, then governor, and finally as VP of the United States.



Posted by: Obloodyhell at September 8, 2008 05:06 PM