McCain/Palin Button & More Obama/McCain/Palin

After reading the griping from the left that Gov. Palin was “too snarky” and “disrespectful” to Obama (who, if he wants to be president will have to get as tough as President Bush in the face of criticism), I asked Shana if she could create a new button, with the words “Audacity & Hope” or “Audacious & Hopeful.” She did a great job!

More Shana Buttons Here

I like the button so much, I’ll keep it at top for the day!

John Wayne, in Lipstick. 7:43 PM

Message to GOP and Conservatives: Don’t get ahead of yourselves. Don’t get too cocky. It’s good advice. We’ve just seen how the Dems and the Angry Left Media have terribly overplayed their hands, and should learn from that.

I’ve gotten a lot of “the election is won” emails today and I keep writing back, “don’t count your chickens, ANYTHING can still happen. Life and events turn on a dime.” And it’s true. Just remember, 4 weeks ago, everything looked very different. Things can look very different a week from now, or 6 weeks from now. Nothing is static, and this election is not “won” by a long shot. In fact, I would say the dynamics are so hot, right now, that the only certainty we have is that NOTHING is unthinkable. 6:00 PM

Gay Patriot’s 4th Blogoversary! 5:46 PM

“The Angry Left”: They seem even angrier today, and they’re acting up in St. Paul. Well, you knew they wanted to re-create ’68 somewhere. Gateway Pundit says the agitators are “very agitated.” Yeah. Palin made them very mad. Tantrum time. Uppity woman.

So, what do the MEN really think?: Maxed Out Mama has a don’t-miss roundup! 5:43 PM

Michael Gerson and Michael Waldman on Palin’s speech:

I watched the speech standing next to some 70-something male delegates from Texas. Their comments started with “She’s good.” Then, “She’s a keeper.” Then, “I hope she is the first woman president.” Near the end, the security guards had started to clap and cheer.

(H/T commenter gsm, who adds: “A local radio show here in St Paul interviewed a reporter who said he was standing near some cameramen and they also started clapping. FWIW”) 5:33 PM

More Chesterton: More Chesterton: I liked this so much that I found these, and here is another fave:

It cannot be too often repeated that all real democracy is an attempt (like that of a jolly hostess) to bring the shy people out…Now people talk of democracy as being coarse and turbulent; it is a self-evident error in mere history. Aristocracy is the thing that is always coarse and turbulent; for it means appealing to the self-confident people. Democracy means appealing to the diffident people. Democracy means getting those people to vote who would never have the cheek to govern; and (according to Christian ethics) the precise people who ought to govern are the people who have not the cheek to do it. — Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

Palin’s speech burned up the ratings, with only 1.1 million less viewers than Obama’s speech. Lorie Byrd wonders what if she’d has comparative coverage? Palin seems to have closed the gap in the polls, too, but that will change, and it’s too early for polls to mean anything, anyway. McCain has a job ahead of him, and it’s a football night, too! 5:14 PM

“Community orgainizer, war hero, whatever”. 5:07 PM

“The GOP has found their Obama” Bob Owens disagrees. I would say more like we’ve found our Margaret Thatcher. In an email, Bookworm says, “Nope. We’ve found our Sarah Palin. She’s sui generis” Spot on. 4:57

Still Nosing About Sarah’s Womb: the formerly women-sympathetic left forgets that birth control doesn’t always work, and it’s none of their business, anyway. 4:14 PM

Toughest Days Still Ahead for Palin:
That would be Rove, who would certainly know something about that. 4:08 PM

The press is hurting itself yet seems unable or adolescently unwilling to change tracks. Suicidal. 4:05 PM

James Pethokoukos at US News: McCain’s speech tonight is “Do or Die 3:23 PM

Shana is the designer of the St. Hubert’s Rosary Bracelets you see advertised on the right sidebar. She is the mother of 8, a homeschooler, and like Gov. Palin, a “small town” lady who has some grit to her. She runs the bracelet business from home to help out. The bracelets, btw, bracelets are comfortable and tough – I’ve been wearing one for over a year and it’s still in great shape.

I have great advertisers. The Mystic Monk Coffee is the best, smoothest, tastiest coffee I’ve ever had; it’s all we drink ’round these parts anymore. If their products appeal to you, please patronize my advertisers! 3:20 PM Widgets

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  • ViolaJ.

    I think someone should go to Kinkos and have a bunch of those buttons made up. It is wonderful! What a great idea.

    Yes, I just received an e-mail back from Mystic Monks letting me know that they do make those coffes decaf as well. Anchoress, tell again which flavor you think is the best. I would like to try the decaf version of that.

    [Viola - the Decaf Hazelnut is crazy-good. We were making some one night while Buster and his pals were over, and one of the boys kept saying, 'what is that, what is that smell, I have to have that.' Also, if you like Irish Creme (I do) the Irish Creme decaf is very good. I think they make a Dark Roast decaf, but I only drink that full-strength, in the morning when I need the caffeine! Don't forget to click on the ad to get to their site! It helps support the monks, and this site, as well! Thanks! :-) - admin]

  • ViolaJ.

    Thanks, and will link to it right now to order some. I wish I could try the regular versions, but regular coffee puts me over the edge with heart races, shaking, etc.

    [Thanks, Viola! The Monks will be so happy, too! - admin]

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  • Piano Girl

    As long as we are talking about your advertisers, I must say that the labels are great…received some as a gift and then ordered some more. And last week I ordered some of the soap and hand cream from the nuns in NJ that you talked about. It got here in record time and I think I will spend some of my money for Christmas gifts there ~ I like the idea of “consumables” rather than things that take up a lot of room (except for homemade things that I am gifted with on occasion!!!)

  • gcm

    I love this from Michael Gerson in Newsweek:

    “I watched the speech standing next to some 70-something male delegates from Texas. Their comments started with “She’s good.” Then, “She’s a keeper.” Then, “I hope she is the first woman president.” Near the end, the security guards had started to clap and cheer.

    A local radio show here in St Paul interviewed a reporter who said he was standing near some cameramen and they also started clapping. FWIW

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    In fact, I would say the dynamics are so hot, right now, that the only certainty we have is that NOTHING is unthinkable.

    Oh, so we’re back to the “McCain may not be the nominee on election day” prediction, eh?

    Seriously, though — Unless he is incredibly stupid and obstinent, McCain cannot help but see how much of a difference Palin has made already, and he will thus allow her to continue to lead the way for him, rather than backtracking to the pro-moderate, anti-Bush stances he took previously. He sees now what works, and he’s experienced the excitement of a funeral home at his previous speeches, so if he is willing to learn, he just might get people excited for him, and not just his running mate.

    [Why so angry? All I'm saying is DON'T GET TOO COCKY. I know it feels really good, after feeling so bad, for so long, but these people on the left are now FURIOUS, and the press is going to go out of its way to destroy the GOP ticket. ANYTHING can happen, even things we can't imagine. Are you going to say I'm wrong? -admin]

  • Joseph

    Okay, now we’ve seen Sarah Palin at her best, and her best is very good indeed. I have absolutely no doubt that she is ready to be on the national political stage. Period. I don’t think any fair minded person would doubt so.

    So we can start now with real and fair criticisms:

    “When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we’re forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil…we need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: We’ve got lots of both.”

    The entire 30 year output of the Trans-Alaska pipeline would keep us energy self-sufficient for all of 2 years. Nobody in the oil industry will tell you that ANWR has nearly the output promise of the Trans-Alaska fields, nor will they tell you that offshore drilling has that much production promise either. Nobody. This a promise of energy self-sufficiency that no one can fulfill.

    “Senator McCain’s record of actual achievements and reform helps explain why so many special interests, and lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.”

    Well, okay. But it would be really nice to know just what that McCain record of achievement and actual reforms cosists of. Nobody who has spoken so far at the Republican Convention seems to be able to tell us that. Does anybody here know what it is? Fred Thompson didn’t seem to know. Nor Rudy Guiliani. Does Sarah Palin? Does anybody in the Republican Party? Does anybody in the country? Nobody seems to be able to tell us this. Not even John McCain himself. Well, maybe tonight…

    “To the most powerful office on Earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless, the wisdom that comes even to the captives by the grace of God, the special confidence of those who have seen evil and have seen how evil is overcome.”

    Fine. That having been said, let’s proceed to examine what she had to say about what a McCain/Palin presidency would actually and concretely do for this country.

    “McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines, and build more nuclear plants, and create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources….”

    And that is absolutely all Palin had to say about it. That’s it.

    And it is nothing more than she said in the interview you were so kind to post a few days back.

    Now, of course, Rudi Guliani had a little more to say about it:

    “John McCain will keep us on offense against terrorism at home and abroad.”

    By doing what? Attacking the Iranian nuclear infrastructure? Invading Pakistan and wiping out the Taleban cells there? Expanding the size of the armed forces so people do not have to be exposed to combat for fully ten times longer than any American was in World War II? Imposing a draft to do it? Anything at all more or better than what George W, Bush has already done for the past seven years?

    No? Then let’s ask the question of you, John McCain, that we have constantly asked him:
    Where is Osama Bin Ladin?

    “John McCain will bring about the change that will create jobs and prosperity. Let’s talk briefly about specifics. John McCain will lower taxes so our economy can grow. He’ll reduce government to strengthen our dollar. He’ll expand free trade so we can be more competitive. And he will lead us to energy independence so we can be free of foreign oil. And — and he’ll do it with an all-of-the-above approach, including nuclear power, and, yes, off-shore oil drilling.”

    Okay, Where will the money to do all this come from? George W, Bush cut taxes, cut them quite a lot, in fact. And to make up for the difference he has accumulated a debt of trillions of dollars, all of which has come directly out of the capacity of our economy to grow. John McCain doing more of it doesn’t sound much like change to me. And I haven’t seen our dollar get any stronger for it. In fact, its gotten weaker.

    So lets look at cutting government. But be fair with us, What do you wish to cut? Military and Homeland Security spending [including the billions that never even get on the budget]? Medicare and Medicaid? Social security? The $300+ billion of interest on our national debt? We’d better not cut that, because we just might need to borrow some more again very soon. Unless, of course, John McCain proposes to stop borrowing at all and have America live within its means after repudiating all our prior debt. Are you up for that John? You, Sarah?

    As far as I can see, we’re trading pretty freely right now. Anybody here got any tarriffs they still want to knock down? Has free trade made us more competitive than we were before? Not that I can see. But it has self-evidently made China more competitive through our trade imbalance with them. Look at the labels of all the stuff you buy at Target or Wal-Mart if you don’t believe me. Can you contradict this?

    So where is the money going to come from to lay more pipelines, and build more nuclear plants, and create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources? From the government? With what money? More borrowing? From the private sector? This problem of dependence on foreign oil has been around over thirty years now and politicians, mostly, but not wholly, Republican, have been telling us that the private sector is going to do these marvelous things.

    The last two rises in oil prices are the largest two transfer of wealth in the history of humanity. Bar none. Have you seen anybody in the private sector making concrete proposals to even increase the oil refinery capacity with it, let alone seriously fund “unproven” energy sources? After all, if we drill baby drill, sooner or later we are going to have to refine baby refine. Why haven’t they built some more infrasructure to do it with. Can anyone point out where the oil industry has even started to do this?

    You can tell me that my candidate is not ready for the call at 3 o’clock in the morning, that he didn’t sacrifice for his country like your candidate did, or that he wrote two autobiographies and authored no legislation, or even that he doesn’t talk about “victory” in Iraq, and I have no real problem with any of that. Let the people choose between them. It’s the American way.

    But how can we exercise the American way when one of our parties has changed their convention site from St. Paul to Mars? What has been said so far about what John McCain will actually do defies common sense.

    There’s plenty of audacity in the McCain/Palin ticket but I”ll be darned if I can see anything sensible to have hope about.

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind.

    I was wrong!

    Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she.

    And what a she!

    In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene. * * *

    Michael Reagan, “Welcome Back, Dad”

  • Gayle Miller

    Respect must be earned; Obama hasn’t earned it. Adulation is empty as any fallen idol (and Obama will fall) well knows. Obama has too many Achilles heels for this to be avoided.

    If this prancing pipsqueak had had to endure the relentless barrage of bile and baseless hatred that has been borne by President Bush, he’d be cowering in a corner whimpering for his Mommy!

    I am so bored with his thin skin and arrogant air of entitlement. I hope Sarah Palin continues to prick his balloon of self-love on an hourly basis until the shell explodes revealing the total lack of guts and character lurking beneath.

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