Gov. Palin on ABC w/ Gibson

Was out and only saw part of one segment, and my initial thought was "who the hell shot this thing with the weird angles?" Second thought was "who edited this thing, the high school AV club?"Near as I can tell, Gibson did not have to correct her on her own religion, and she did not spatter the place with "uh, uh, uh's". But the segment I saw, an early one, Palin did not look too relaxed.Now that I have watched: Yuval Levin: says Palin did not shine on the Bush Doctrine, and that seems to … [Read more...]

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 PMLook 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 clo … [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/PalinThis 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/TOne 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 can’t afford f … [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 the sa … [Read more...]


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