Archive for August 29th, 2008

August 29, 2008

On the hotness of Sarah Palin

Over at the Aceosphere, some of the morons were discussing whether the customary leering AOSHQ comments about attractive women are appropriate when the attractive woman is (a) married, (b) a mother of five, and (c) the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

I say: Go for it.

What better way to counter the MSM stereotype of conservatives as uptight, boring, sexless prudes than to celebrate the fact that the GOP running mate is totally hot?

Like Sarah Palin, my wife is 44, a pro-life Christian mother (six kids), and very attractive. My beloved wife is at the age when catcalls and whistles are more flattering than offensive, an affirmation that she’s still got it.

So I’m thinking that Mrs. Palin won’t really mind being acknowledged as a hottie, and her husband will probably find it flattering, too. OK with me. And, as Rusty’s commenter Gordon says, “Don’t forget there is an even shot that she will end up our CICILF.”

If I were Team Maverick, I’d make sure that those swimsuit photos from the running mate’s beauty-pageant career were “leaked” to the media ASAP.


UPDATE: Craig Ferguson: “Is it just me or do you get a kind of ‘naughty librarian’ vibe from the governor?”

August 29, 2008

Palin VP: The reaction

OK, so how’s everybody liking Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate? A quick rundown:

  • You gotta know Wonkette’s loving the choice of the woman they dubbed the “GILF” when she was elected in 2006.
  • David Keene of the American Conservative Union: “The selection of Governor Palin is great news for conservatives, for the party and for the country. Her dedication to principle, her courage both before and after her election as Governor of Alaska and her personal qualities make her a perfect choice for Vice President. I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain – Palin ticket.”
  • Matt Lewis: “If you had to imagine a ticket that could possibly defeat Obama, you couldn’t have scripted it any better than this.”
  • Founding Bloggers notes, “It took the AP two paragraphs to attack her,” with this quote: “She has more experience catching fish than dealing with foreign policy or national affairs.” To which FB responds: “It’s too bad she wasn’t a community organizer.”
  • U.S. News has some biographical facts: Starting point guard on a state championship basketball team, journalism major, runner-up Miss Alaska, refers to her husband as “First Dude.”

Assuming she’s got no major skeletons in her closet, Palin looks like a winner.

August 29, 2008

GOP veepstakes; UPDATED: PALIN!

11:10 a.m. ET: Just spoke to my wife who tells me that my Ohio in-laws, Erica and Donovan Powers, are at the McCain rally in Dayton with their genius baby, Keegan.

10:52 a.m. ET: The Great One likes Palin.

10:45 a.m. ET: Hillary supporter Big Tent Democrat:

First and foremost, it would stop Obama’s Media train in its tracks today. . . .
Second, it revives the Hillary melodramas. And at this point, Obama does not need that.

Got to hand it to Team Maverick on this one: (a) Palin gives the Clinton supporters just the excuse they need to bolt on Obama, and (b) she gives McCain an excuse to say, “Screw the caribou — drill ANWR!”

BUMPED 10:34 a.m. ET: Carl Cameron on Fox: CONFIRMED! PALIN!

10:18 a.m. ET Jimmie at Sundries Shack:

She’s in favor of increased domestic drilling. She holds to at least the big conservative beliefs, which will help offset McCain’s left-leaning past on free speech, immigration, and taxes. She’s a solid pick and I think she’ll help from the first day she’s on the ticket.

DRILLING! Yes! Who better to cover a McCain shift on drilling ANWR than an Alaskan?
BUMPED 10:10 a.m. ET: Palin? A 44-year-old pro-life mother of four. Yeah. I think the base would be OK with that. And notice that the speculation about Lieberman and Ridge (both pro-choice) makes this a “thank goodness” relief for the Right, despite Palin’s relative inexperience. If it’s Palin, ABC News just got fooled by a huge head fake.
10 a.m. ET: Michelle Malkin also has a thread going. She got an early start, even if she missed last night’s blogger bash, where VodkaPundit insisted on staying until closing time.
9:55 a.m. ET: Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit have a thread going at Hot Air, including a link to this tantalizing news.
9:50 a.m. ET: Now watching MSNBC, which says it’s not Lieberman. Please God, let the Palin rumor be true. Otherwise, it’s Ridge and … hello, President Obama.
9:45 a.m. ET: Just realized that my times are still Eastern, even though I’m in Denver. That’s because I don’t reset the computer clock when I travel. Don’t reset my watch, either. If I need to know local time, I either do the math or look at my cell phone. The reason: My editors and my family back home are still on Eastern time.
9:28 a.m. (ET): Woke up this morning, turned on the TV, and Fox News was saying that Romney and Pawlenty have been eliminated. Sarah Palin? Will update as I get some coffee and learn more.

August 29, 2008

When Olby attacks

Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher:

In an unusually heated attack on a veteran political reporter by a cable news host, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann laced into the Associated Press’s Charles Babington an hour after Barack Obama had concluded his speech in Denver on Thursday night.

OK, here’s Babington’s lede:

Barack Obama, whose campaign theme is “change we can believe in,” promised Thursday to “spell out exactly what that change would mean.”
But instead of dwelling on specifics, he laced the crowning speech of his long campaign with the type of rhetorical flourishes that Republicans mock and the attacks on John McCain that Democrats cheer. The country saw a candidate confident in his existing campaign formula: tie McCain tightly to President Bush, and remind voters why they are unhappy with the incumbent.

Mr. Objectivity said the AP story bore “no resemblance to the speech you and I just watched.” Obviously, it’s the “rhetorical flourishes” part that must be getting under Olby’s skin. But let’s face it: Anyone who offers anything but gushing praise for Obama is just begging for a Worst Person in the World award from Olberman, who might as well be press secretary Obama.

August 29, 2008

Live from Denver: HOPE!

On the balcony of PJHQ!

Jason Mattera, Michelle Malkin, Jim Hoft and some ugly hillbilly — after liveblogging the Apotheosis of Barack Obama.

August 29, 2008

The apotheosis of Obama

The Speech, joined in progress …

11:30 p.m.Michelle Malkin and Jim Hoft were also liveblogging here at PJHQ, and there’s photographic proof.

10:55 p.m. — “In the words of scripture” — theocracy!

10:53 p.m. — “Around the bend” — yeah.

10:51 p.m. — “It’s not about me, it’s about you” — the freak show that is the Democratic Party.
10:50 p.m. — “It’s best to stop hoping” — he finally said something I agree with.

10:48 p.m. — “Our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters” — hey, don’t talk about my brother, OK? He’ll kick your ass.

10:47 p.m. — He’s going on too long.

10:43 p.m. — “Tough talk and bad strategy” … “Don’t tell me” this and that.

10:41 p.m. — The delegates are cheering DKos-friendly applause lines on foreign policy.

10:38 p.m. — Nobody should have to choose between their job and their family. Equal pay. Yadda, yadda, yadda. He will pay for it all!

10:36 p.m. — Obama will recruit an army of new teachers union members.

10:34 p.m. — Obama will personally “invest” in new technologies. Your money. His investment.
10:24 p.m. — Class warfare. Oh, joy!

10:23 p.m. — “A nation of whiners …” boo hoo hoo.

10:22 p.m. — “The record’s clear, John McCain has voted with George Bush 90% of the time”