Election '08: Coming down to Authenticity?

Bill Whittle, writing at NRO, nails it; he explains why the left is having so much trouble "getting" Palin. And why, when CNN uses the spectacularly unsympathetic son-tasing "poor fired trooper" to hurt Palin, it backfires on them. The elites don't understand how much every part of her story resonates with us in one way or another.She is so absolutely, remarkably, spectacularly ordinary. I think the magic of Sarah Palin speaks to a belief that so many of us share: the sense that we … [Read more...]

Reactions, Media "errors" and more

Button, button, who's got the button? McCain/Palin merchandise is flying off the shelves.Meanwhile, my pal Shana (she runs that rosary bracelet business in the right column ad) reports that she's enjoying watching her buttons run huge numbers popular on facebook flair - not that I actually know what that means - but if you want to make your own buttons, while you're waiting for "official" ones, these Palin vs Obama buttons are getting a lot of hits here.Although I must say I like the look … [Read more...]

Palin a news Powerhouse

I feel like I am drowning in news, there is so much of it. I had not planned to, but I am going to - in the face of all of this news - continue the Insta-pundity format I used yesterday, which helps make things more readable, I think. What do you think? Please let a comment and tell me if you hate it or like it.Oh, what did "I" think of the speech? I thought she was actually "better" (not by much) on Friday - a little more relaxed. But after the six day baptism of nukes that she'd endured, … [Read more...]

The Silence of the Rodham, the Unfree Press

Some of my friends and I are wondering at the utter silence of Hillary Clinton since Gov. Palin's introduction last Friday. Aside from her generic "we should all be proud" statement, Mrs. Clinton has been pretty mum, and my friends and I have been wondering about it, in a "so much for sisterhood" sort of way.You'd think Hillary - a "lifelong advocate for women and children" - would be stepping up, mildly, even, to ask her Angry Left friends to at least pretend - give a little lip service - to … [Read more...]

Gov. Palin's "muscular world of action…"

In an email, Steve Schippert of Threatswatch sent this piece by Victor Davis Hanson, on Why We Like Palin So Much - I personally think much of it is due to her authenticity - but I liked the whole piece and was taken with this excerpt:If she can beat off the frothing Newsweek/MSNBC/New York Times inbred rabid wolves, and do it with the grace she has shown so far, she will fill a deep yearning among Americans for someone like her...So apparently they are eager to see a rare politician who is … [Read more...]

Palin: Bad Mother, Bad Woman

What in the world has happened to liberal/Democrat values in the last 48 hours? It seems like the appearance of Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket has caused an immediate disintegration of all of the hard-fast rules and values that have been preached at us 'lo these many years.Palin was not a half hour in the ring, when a male reporter wondered, "Shouldn't she be home raising" that Down Syndrome baby. He needed to be reminded by a female reporter that a male politician would not be asked that … [Read more...]

Obama, McCain, Palin & generosity

When I hosted the online retreat a few weeks ago, we pondered - a lot - the idea of not getting in our own way, not disrupting the trajectories of our lives by insisting on our own ways, or complicating things with our own insecurities and neurosis. We also talked about the mysterious value of sacrifice and generosity.In watching the coverage of John McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I thought about generosity and the lack thereof and how they play out, and what sort of … [Read more...]

Liveblogging PALIN!

I'm so glad McCain did this. But my first thought: Murphy was wrong on MSNBC - Bill and Hillary Clinton will NOT be voting for McCain in November...if McCain is elected and bites it in office, Palin will be the first female president. I first imagined that scenario back in May. Ouch, Hillary wouldn't like that!And, as Tim says here, if McCain is a one-term president, it sets us up for a Clinton-Palin duel in 2012. Interesting!McCain's introduction of Sarah Heath Palin was amusing. Every … [Read more...]

Meyer: Americans, feel pride re Obama!

Dick Meyer, writing over at NPR (when we all know he should be out there promoting his excellent book, Why We Hate Us) says we as a nation - regardless of our political affiliations or which way we're voting - should feel proud, tonight, to watch an African American be declared the official presidential nominee of a major political party.I would hope that as voters listen to Obama's acceptance speech and watch his campaign, they will do so with pride no matter how they ultimately vote. And I … [Read more...]

Linking around…

A 9 minute video is usually not my speed, but this one's clever and fast-moving.The light sabers and "Kentucky Fried Analogy" cracked me up. (H/T Bookworm, who features another - succinct and entertaining - vid by one of the players, here.) I don't know who this guy is, but he's smart, charismatic as hell, and has beautiful eyes and a great smile.Bookworm is also calling olly-olly-oxen-free to "secret conservatives" in Marin County and elsewhere.It's a sad thing, isn't it, when … [Read more...]