Palin: "They hate her because she is not a victim"

Look at that picture. Look at the protective grasp with which Gov. Sarah Palin holds her dear son, Trig. Look at her expression. Look at her eyes. That is one tough babe; that is no woman to be toyed with. That is a woman who'd as soon drop you as look at you, if who or what she loves is being threatened. Dirty Harry's commenters have some ideas about "why they hate her," and they're interesting, funny, sometimes profane, but the one I quoted above hits closest to the mark. They hate her … [Read more...]

They Hate Her Because She is Not a Victim

Thursday, September 11, 2008, 3:29 PM Look at that picture. Look at the protective grasp with which Gov. Sarah Palin holds her dear son, Trig. Look at her expression. Look at her eyes. That is one tough babe; that is no woman to be toyed with. That is a woman who’d as soon drop you as look at you, if who or what she loves is being threatened. Dirty Harry’s commenters have some ideas about “why they hate her,” and they’re interesting, funny, sometimes profane, but the one I quoted … [Read more...]

Does Biden really want the Veep slot? UPDATED

STACLU shot this in an email asking, "what is Biden thinking?" Maybe Biden is thinking he does not want to be veep, after all. Let's face it, he's in a comfort zone. He's been in the Senate for a few decades; it's home. He likes his commute to Delaware - it's probably a peaceful part of his day - and he has his committees, his ways of doing things. For all that his political leanings and ideas are not in sync with mine, I've always had a soft spot for Biden, and I think perhaps he's not … [Read more...]

Tracey's little cousin meets McCain/Palin – UPDATED

Waiting for McCain/Palin This is a nice companion to the Michael Gerson piece I had linked to here and tagged at 2:40 PM. It's Tracey at Pale Page, offering an account - with pictures - of one of her cousins making it to a McCain/Palin rally with her four-year old daughter, who has Down Syndrome. It's lovely and touching and you'll want to read it all, but here is an excerpt: As the rally was breaking up, John McCain made his way to their area. My cousin said he approached, greeted them, … [Read more...]

Election '08: Cartoons, Old tunes, "Change"

This is what I call good-old fashioned American entrepreneurialism, and it is timely and subtle at the same time: The McCain/Palin '08 Lipstick Kiss Button! There is a Bumper Sticker, too! I'm going to order a dozen, because that's just cute and fun. I'm going to keep this at top, and the "running update" begins below, latest stuff first! Read this: Just read it - it's wonderful. (H/T) The baby heard the thud, got scared, turned her head quickly into the side of the stroller and is now … [Read more...]

Did Obama call Palin a "pig" McCain "stinky old"?

graphic H/T One myth about Dubya is that he waved "hello" to Stevie Wonder. Doesn't matter whether it's true or not - it's part of the narrative, now - but here is video of Joe Biden saying to a State Senator in a wheelchair: "stand up Chuck, let 'em see ya." Hey, that's an innocent mistake, and the senator, Chuck Graham, was cool about it and Biden appropriately apologetic and decent about it. Also, you sort of have to love Biden a little for it - I do, anyway. I mean, it's not like 2004, … [Read more...]

Media, Authenticity, Feminism and Election '08

A few days ago I wrote that the '08 election may come down to authenticity. I was specifically talking about authentic service and volunteerism exemplified by John McCain and Sarah Palin in their lives versus the troubling and compulsory "volunteerism" being put forth by the Obama campaign, but the piece touched on the authenticity of the candidates as well. We tend to think of authenticity as having a positive value. But yesterday Kate at Small Dead Animals flew an email my direction with … [Read more...]

"I didn't put up with crappy food to lose!"

Speaking at his big-buck-a-plate fundraiser, Sen. Barack Obama, aka The Candidate Sometimes Referred to As "Candace" laid down some more of his suffering hard times and cried "waaaaaaah." “I hope you guys are up for a fight. I hope you guys are game because I haven’t been putting up with 19 months of airplanes and hotel food and missing my babies and my wife – I didn’t put up for that stuff just to come in second,” he said. “I don’t believe in coming in second. The American people … [Read more...]

Over Palin; not "hypocrisy," you never knew us – UPDATED

As Gov Sarah Palin is getting an actual fair shake in a NY Times piece on how she handles governing and motherhood (she seems to do it with aplomb), the Democrats have to deal with quotes like this from Gov. Palin, one which illustrates how far from reality are the media-caricatures of longstanding: She assured [her staff] she would not take much time off: she had returned to work the day after giving birth to Piper. “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at … [Read more...]

"There'll be some changes made…"

...beginning, apparently, at MSNBC. After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage. He made some changes that would never do From now on I'm going to make some changes too For there's a … [Read more...]

Just how many "more than 1000 people" were there? – UPDATED

This might seem like small potatoes, but it comes down - again - to the press reporting one way for one candidate ("a crowd of 75,000" comes out for Obama, but no mention of the free concert that went with his appearance) and another way ("more than 1000" people come out for McCain in Cedarberg, WI - but people who were there say more like 12,000) for another. It is true that 12,000 is "more than 1,000." One paper reported the crowd to be "hundreds." But you can't find that page, … [Read more...]

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...]

Is Obama Afraid of Gov. Palin? – UPDATE

Sen. Obama does not get it: He's hauling out the women (including Clinton) to counter Palin. He doesn't get the fact that Palin's gender is secondary or even tertiary to why she has the GOP energized out of its collective mind. It's what she IS, and what she DOES and what she BELIEVES and what she SAYS, and how she doesn't just talk it, she WALKS it. Hiding behind 1000 women standing before you and saying you're great (while ripping Palin apart) cannot counterbalance that. It will preach to … [Read more...]