I’m liveblogging the RNC convention and the Giuliani/Palin speeches here
Regarding Gov. Sarah Palin, the press and the Angry Left remind me of those beetles in the film The Mummy – the pass over something in a swarm and it is destroyed and stripped bare…we must be reaching the climax of Palinsanity, or will do so tonight, because I don’t see how this intense, unhinged hate can go much further. But haters always manage to surprise me…There is so much out there that this is going to be a day-long post…pretend that I am Instapundit, culling interesting stories (though I could never do it as brilliantly as Glenn) specifically about Palin, Obama, McCain, the Convention and the Angry Left Press – that’s pretty much what we should be calling them now, right? The Angry Left Press? Anyway, scroll down, then read your way back up, so that the latest stuff is on top!
9:17: Ann Althouse and Melissa Clouthier will be live-blogging. I will be be trying to as well. Right now, I’m so torn though…Diane Von Furstenberg is on Project Runway! I know…you’re disappointed in me.
But you can get ready by reading these excerpts from Palin’s speech, which are flying all over the internet. I don’t actually approve of that. I think a speech should not be criticized before it’s even given!
9:15 PM Well, the US magazine ultra-aimed at women hit piece is backfiring. I don’t think they actually know women at all.
6:45 PM Okay – will be back later to liveblog the convention if I can get the computer working over there. Pajamas Media will be streaming from 7 PM, but my ‘puter is too slow to both stream and write.
6:31 PM: I thank God that my sins are not as the sins of this Republican.’. I wish I’d written that.
5:48 PM “I AM Sarah Palin; Her Story is My Story”! Well, I’m not, and her story is not my story, but I do “get” the sentiment. What I’ve been getting in my email today is a lot of women saying, essentially, “Back off Bitches”, and I think they want the tee shirt. Honestly, them’s some angry babes and I would not get in their way! Maybe Sarah Palin <em really is Keyser Söze, hiding among all these women!
4:56 PM Taking a break.
4:56 PM From First Things:
I will vote, enthusiastically, for Sarah Palin as vice president this November. Even if the media pressure forces her from the ticket, I will vote against the Democratic party—partly because I respect John McCain and believe him to be the better candidate, but equally because I’m tired of the intransigence and condescension of the Democratic leadership on the abortion issue.
I will vote for Sarah Palin because I don’t need the Democratic platform’s belated affirmation of motherhood. Thanks, but I already know that motherhood is good, several times over.
I will vote for Sarah Palin because she has guts. We’ve never met, but I suspect I know something about her life, and so do a great many other women. I know what it means to have a son with Down syndrome. I know what it means to talk a good line about religious faith and then be asked to prove it.
Read it all: Everything depends on Palin. If she makes a great speech tonight, all bets are off and the Dems and the Press have disastrously overplayed their hand. If she falls apart, all bets are off too, but differently, in either case, the Dems and the Press will be remembered for helping to destroy a fundamentally decent woman, because she had the wrong letter after her name. I’m just saying.
4:49 PM Deacon Greg: Writes that “since you’ve gone all political (for now)” he’s got the spiritual stuff covered. Ah.
4:44 Fun thing to consider: Palin is the same youthful age as Obama and she HAS NOT written two biographies. What’s up with that? Couldn’t she manage a book? A book is a good thing; TWO books make you more qualified to be president than almost anyone! Of course, one could argue that Gov. Palin had no time to write about her life because she was out LIVING it, and actually changing things, rather than just writing about it. Not that there is anything wrong with writing! Living a life, though…living an AUTHENTIC life? It takes both audacity and hope. And I think Sen. Obama knows that, too.
4:39 PM: A pal writes that Palin’s resume is thin for a veep, as thin as Quayle’s. Yes. But against Obama’s exceedingly thin resume running for the TOP of a ticket, it must be at least as “acceptable” as his is. If he is qualified to be president on the basis of community activism, time in state legislature and a 140 days in the senate, then I think her her 8 years as mayor (it’s executive) and 2 years as governor (again, executive) and her records put them on pretty equal footing, don’t you?
4:15 PM Aw, this is nice: a picture of fornicators, adulterers, hypocrites and baby-neglecting, possibly incestuous wimmen-oppressin’ neanderthal, moose-hating, over-populating war-mongers and beauty queens welcoming another into the fold. Family matters. Glenn notes: McCain does not seem to be running away from this. Yes. The press and dems have overplayed their hand. Again.
4:12 PM The Other Side of Change; Obama and Saul Alinksy
4:10 PM Dishonest, tacky and not really journalism. Is this sort of advocacy smearing what they teach at prestigious j-schools today? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guardians? I guess, the bloggers. Or some. Other bloggers seem to distract and feed the guardians.
4:03 Neo – so infuriated she is calling for the Vestal Virgins
3:50 PM: What is it with Democrats and Imaginary Sniper Fire?. They “joked” about it with Bush, even before he was president. Hillary imagined it all around her. I suspect it’s because they came up in the 60’s and snipers have come to symbolize something great and terrible to them. Also, because they are relentless drama queens. And Biden is one of the biggest! And no, I’m not calling him “gay.” You don’t have to be gay to be a drama queen.
3:50 PM Meanwhile, at another part of the ranch: things in Iraq continue to look positive
3:47 PM Just noticed several donation notifications from the Amazon Honor and Paypal buttons. Thank you; it is very much appreciated. A few have no names, I don’t know how to thank you personally, but please accept my humble thanks.
Another Shana button, picking up from here
2:55 PM Cobb says Gov. Palin handling a 10 Billion dollar budget ain’t beanbag.
In an extraordinary and emotional interview, Steve Schmidt said his campaign feels “under siege” by wave after wave of news inquiries that have questioned whether Palin is really the mother of a 4-month-old baby, whether her amniotic fluid had been tested and whether she would submit to a DNA test to establish the child’s parentage.
The press is taking its editorial orders from the farthest extreme of the sociopath left, and those lunatics STILL want to try to run with the “Bristol is Trig’s real mother” insanity. Can you believe it? Can you hear the Witch of the West sending forth the flying monkeys? McCain blasts the media
2:30 PM Peggy Noonan: Of course they must destroy Palin; It’s a fantastic piece – read it all, and then remind yourself of what yer Anchoress always says: “Hate consumes the hater”…and “the left always, always overplays its hand.” The right sometimes does, as well. But the left…always. They’re counting on reactions from their stereotypes of Evangelicals. But they neither know nor understand Evangelicals. Which is, as I said here, perhaps why they fear Palin so much.2:22 PM What does Joe Biden’s daughter’s arrest say about his parenting, his judgment, his abilities to be a vice president? Ugh. I feel dirty just playing that game ironically.
2:02: I’m listening to Ann Compton on ABC radio. She sounds like she is talking between closed teeth. “Sar-ah Pa-lin…con-ser-va-tism…” she sounds really unhappy.
2:00 Why Authenticity Matters: Dick Meyer – in his book Why We Hate Us discusses how incredibly rare authenticity is in America, particularly in politics. Kristol shares an email with Gingrich on The Power of Authenticity:
The power of Palin is that she is so out of the establishment, and so out of the talking-heads, inside-the –Beltway-elite mindset, that the 80 per cent of Americans who believe we are on the wrong track suddenly can identify with someone who isn’t part of what got us on that track.
Palin will make mistakes. The news media and the Obama researchers will find things to attack. But if she stays relaxed and continues to be authentically who she has been for 44 years, the country is going to love her, and they are very rapidly going to get disgusted with the cynical negative nastiness of politics as usual.
I don’t think the press can see that, yet. Btw, Dick Meyer is interviewed by Siggy, Shrinkwrapped and Dr. Sanity here, and discusses Why We Hate Us.
1:57 PM Maxed Out Mama: Pound too low/Oil too high. Sounds like a Marvin Gaye song!
1:53 PM The New Republic: The Case Against the Case Against Palin:
What the Republicans missed about Sarah Palin then–and what the Democrats seem poised to miss now–is that she is a true political savant; a candidate with a knack for identifying the key gripes of the populace and packaging herself as the solution. That keen political nose has enabled her to routinely outperform her resume. Nearly two years into her administration, she still racks up approval ratings of 80 per cent or better.
Sarah Palin is a living reminder that the ultimate source of political power in this country is not the Kennedy School or the Davos Summit or an Ariana Huffington salon; even now, power emanates from the electorate itself. More precisely, power in 2008 emanates from the working class electorates of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Sooner or later, the Obama camp will realize that the beauty pageant queen is an enormously talented populist in a year that is ripe for populism. For their own sake, it had better be sooner.
I’m starting to think that the elitists simply won’t permit themselves to go there.
11:48 PM Speaking of Althouse: She’s pretty much wall-to-wall Palin, like me. Go over and keep scrolling!
From the Great Althouse: Yes, the “f-word” is there. Deal. Watch this every time it all “gets to be too much.” I know it’s meant to denigrate McCain/Palin, but I rather liked it. Might backfire a little on the very excellent satirists who are undoubtedly clever.
1:23 PM Message to Mark S; Does this woman really seem incompetent to you? And NO, she does not want creationism taught in school It’s another lie; she said it should not be in the curriculum, but a student should be able to bring it up for open discussion. You can look it up, instead of just repeating what you hear. But I notice the big “don’t be evil” search engine seems to be shuffling; things are harder to find today than they were yesterday. In my searches, I DID see the Kos instructions on “how liberals should talk about Sarah Palin and Creationism” so I see you were under instruction.
12:59 PM Brief Announcement: Please don’t expect me to engage in debate with you in the comments section just now. That’s something I do when I have time and inclination, it is not an obligation. My archives are extensive and complete, and I write all day long; I’m sure if you really need to see what I think about pretty much anything, you can find it. And yes, there is a whole category on Sarah Palin. I’m all for debate, and discussion. I’m all for scrutiny, and for criticism where it is warrented. But let’s try to make the not-difficult distinction between “scrutiny” and “character assassination.” For heaven’s sake, Sarah Palin has been running a whole state – one that looks at Russia and borders Canada and involves our energy policy – for two years, and before that she ran a town for 8 years. Let’s talk about how well or badly she did that, can we? Rather than indulging in fake moralizing about how “women can’t do” what Palin clearly does?
Can we finally, even a little, talk about how Obama’s people are getting thuggish in their attempts to NOT talk about his association with Bill Ayers? No?
12:31 Sally Quinn, an expert on all things religious, as evidenced by her insistence that she was correct and respectful when she (non-Catholic) received communion at Tim Russert’s funeral, tells Soledad O’ Brien (paraphrased) “we sophisticated beltway women can have careers and children, but Palin is white trash with FIVE kids (!) and one of them is “severely disabled” (likely she knows no one with Down Syndrome) and her pregnant daughter is ‘also a child'” (direct quote! Wait! Isn’t she ‘a mature woman capable of making her own choices about abortion and sex’? suddenly she’s a 12 year old?) She and Soledad display ignorance and bigotry and they shame themselves as they coze together describing how “how we live does not work for Evangelical women” (of whom they know many, I’m sure) who are – of course – the wrong sorts of women, and really, hardly even women at all! To these elitists, the husband is irrelevant. Family support is irrelevant. Palin must be demonized, even if it demonizes millions of women. I ask it again: Where is that “advocate and champion for women and children”, Hillary Rodham Clinton? Also, Hillary Clinton had “help” raising her ONE child. Why shouldn’t Sarah have some for her “five children…one with special needs and the 17 year old is a child, too” (direct quote again.)
I am appalled, and I have known feminists were phonies since the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill stuff. Now they are destroying their own credibility just to destroy Palin. Well, we all know that hate consumes the hater.
12:26 PM DeLay to Media: Keep it Up
12:15 PM MUST READ: How Sarah Palin Negotiated with BP: This breakdown of what Palin has done in Alaska might be useful “experience” in a veep or president, no? I mean, if you’re thinking and not just hating?
12:11 PM Troopergate PDF: “For the record, no one ever said fire Wooten [Palin brother-in-law]. Not the Governor. Not Todd [Palin’s husband]. Not anyone of the staff …” Hey, don’t confuse the issue with facts!
12:04 PM My Piece from the Wee Small Hours: Where is Hillary in all This and where is the Free Press?
12:10 PM Siggy links to Spengler: How Obama Manged to Lose the Election.
11:59 AM: From a Cynical Alaskan: How Sarah Palin handled corruption
11:56 AM Abstinence Only and Sex Ed: Do either of them work effectively as currently taught? It’s a discussion we really need to have, and Megan MCardle is trying. We need to have it honestly, without the media framing either. You can take a non-scientific, non-representative poll about it here.
11:55 AM Media Mythbusters: Lorie Byrd on Incorrect information still posted at the NY Times and now the morning chat shows are reiterating the debunked nonsense about Palin and the AIP. A liberal blogger manages to do what the NY Times cannot. That’s gracious and cool.
11:51 AM Giuliani with Brokaw: Palin has “considerably more experience” than the top of the Democrat Ticket.
11:49 AM Heh. “Palin’s run a state, Obama’s run a rock concert!”
11:33 AM Coming from Dan Riehl: Has the Obama campaign “gotten to someone” in Alaska? This is pretty interesting. Last week we read: Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who is overseeing the investigation, says that the Palin administration has been cooperating and that subpoenas are unnecessary.. Now: Alaska state senator Hollis French, who is running an investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin, says the McCain campaign is using stall tactics to prevent him from releasing his final report by Oct. 31st. So much for “Change”? You decide.
11:43 AM It occurs to me that when the McCain/Palin camp said there were “no surprises” out there, it was because they thought there was nothing that reasonable people could not agree was smallcakes, like the “trooper firing that rocked America.” They were not counting on the ability and desire of the Angry Liberal Press to turn anything into a “scandal de jour.” And again, I think McCain is on his heel a little, surprised that “his friends” in the press are not only capable of doing this, but gleeful about it. He should have known better. Clinton fired 93 US Attorneys ,a href=”http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009784″>in one fell swoop Bush fired 8. Whose firings were “a scandal”? Well, neither of them, really, but they tried to make Bush’s firings seem like an impeachable defense.
11:41 AM A Fork In the Road to Palin’sTroopergate? AJ Strata thinks so. I’ve learned not to be optimistic where this woman and the press is concerned, and she’s only been on the national stage for 144 hours. How sad is that?
11:36 AM Li’l Bro Thom: “I bet the Palin cover sells more copies. Come to think of it, I do recall reading that these other covers were low-sellers.
11:29 AM Rick Moran writes that smaller bloggers are feeling dissed by the RNC. As a smaller blogger I know the feeling – it’s a Rodney Dangerfield sort of thing.
11:26 AM Obama’s Leadership Skills Once Again Called Into Question: Hey, he told the press and the angry left to leave Palin’s family alone and he said it forcefully, and they patted him on the head, said – “very good, nice soundbite, we’ll praise you” – and then went right on with their swarm. Was also noted here
11:20 AM Wall Street Journal: The Miserable Curs in the press, and all their shifting goalposts and morals. Okay, that’s not the title. But same thing.