The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, for psychological projection above and beyond the call of duty. Sarah Palin, please come claim your award. And readers, please turn off your irony meters as we prepare for takeoff.
I do think that Newt is the one who won the debate, if you will, because Newt came out just like South Carolina’s own Smokin’ Joe Frazier. He came out there swinging, talking about work. Talking about jobs. Talking about work ethic. …
If I were a South Carolinian — and each one of these primaries and caucuses are different, Sean — I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron. Steel sharpens steel. These guys are getting better in their debates. … If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt. And I would want things to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates. Because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago, with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree he should have been.
You know who knows that better than anyone? John McCain, who picked Sarah Palin as his running mate on the spur of the moment with virtually no research. Shortly after she was nominated, we sent a reporter up to Wasila to start looking into Palin’s background. She went to the city archives to start digging through documents from Palin’s tenure as mayor and casually said to the person working there that she must be tired of people coming there to research Palin — and was told that she was the first person who had done so. No one from the McCain campaign even looked at her record as mayor before she was nominated.