Archive for August 30th, 2008

August 30, 2008

Sarah Palin bikini pics

UPDATE 9/26: Finally! Video of Sarah Palin strutting her stuff in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant swimsuit competition!

PREVIOUSLY: See-Dubya seems to think it’s only crazy left-wing bloggers trying to get photos of Sarah Palin in a bikini. But I’m with Ace: I’m all about getting the random Google-search traffic (e.g., Anne Hathaway).

So if you’ve got photos of Sarah Palin in the 1984 Miss Alaska swimsuit competition, or pictures of Sarah Palin during Spring Break ’83 at Cabo showing her stuff in a wet T-shirt contest, or Sarah Palin posing topless in a thong for an auto parts calendar, please e-mail these scandalous photos to me immediately.

Because you’d want a greedy capitalist blogger to get all that awesome traffic, wouldn’t you, Steve Schmidt? It just wouldn’t be fair for some left-winger to cash in on exploiting the Republican vice presidential candidate, when a conservative could exploit the VPILF just as well.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan:

I find the comparison with Obama ludicrous.

OK, fine, Andrew. However, I do have photos of Obama in a swimsuit, splashing in the surf, if that makes you happy. And we both know it does, right?

UPDATE II: Linked at Right Wing News, which also links to Dr. Melissa Clouthier’s post with the headline, “Sarah Palin Topless Photos.”

UPDATE III: OK, it’s not a bikini, but here is a teenage Sarah Heath (#22) with her brother Chuck and sister Heather:

UPDATE IV: I’ve sent an e-mail to the McCain campaign, requesting that they supply the blogosphere with authentic bikini photos. The worst they can do is say no.

UPDATE V: Charlie Martin is … uh, helpful.

UPDATE VI (9/4): Several people have e-mailed me this photo of Sarah Palin holding a gun and wearing a star-spangled bikini:

This is an obvious Photoshop job — Palin is wearing glasses and has her hair up, as in all the other pictures of her online. Also, the angle of the neck and head are a mismatch.

UPDATE VII (9/5): Bikini pics help GOP in Gallup, Rassmussen polls. (“Issues? We don’t need no stinkin’ issues!“)

UPDATE VIII (9/7): Somebody just e-mailed me a link to an (obviously fake, but still NSFW) topless Sarah Palin photo.

August 30, 2008

Quote of the Day

“What I’ve had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the BlackBerries and pick up the breast pump.”
Sarah Palin (via Hot Air)

August 30, 2008

Hope for Homophobia?

Little Green Footballs traces to the Obama campaign a Web site — — that tries to portray Sarah Palin’s December 2006 veto of a ban on state benefits for same-sex couples as indicating her supposed support for gay rights.

The Obama-run site quotes the Anchorage Daily News story out of context, omitting this:

Palin said she rejected the bill despite her disagreement with a state Supreme Court order earlier this month that directed the state to offer benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.
Advice from her new attorney general said the bill passed by the Legislature was unconstitutional, she said.
“Signing this bill would be in direct violation of my oath of office,” Palin said in a prepared statement released by her administration Thursday night.

Palin asked the Alaska legislature to approve a ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment to ban such benefits, but the May 2007 vote in the legislature came up five votes short of the required two-thirds majority. (Want to guess how Democrats voted?)

The site is nothing but a dishonest attempt by Team Obama to distort Palin’s record, a cynical smear that underestimates the intelligence of Christian conservatives and other opponents of the Democrats’ own gay agenda.

UPDATE: LFG corrects:

There is apparently no connection between these attack sites and the official Obama campaign. . . .
[T]he point still stands that it’s more than a little slimy to be a supporter of the “progressive” campaign of Barack Obama, then turn around and use Sarah Palin’s pro-gay rights positions against her in a creepy anonymous web site.

So it’s not Team Obama, officially, but rather one of their demented supporters who’s doing this.

August 30, 2008

Short answer: John Edwards

Next time some TV talking head brings up Sarah Palin’s lack of foreign-policy experience, can somebody please point out that the Democrats in 2004 picked John Edwards as their vice-presidential candidate?

What was Edwards’ background in national security? How was Edwards — who ran third in the Democratic presidential primaries this year — so much more eminently qualified for the VP slot than Palin?

I mean, other than his possession of a Y chromosome and his membership in the Democratic Party, exactly why was Edwards spared this kind of sneering from the MSM? Granted, Joe Biden is an old hand at foreign policy. But certainly no one can argue that Palin is less qualified than Edwards. who had never held public office until he got elected to the Senate, and accomplished exactly nothing during his tenure there.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers. And please read this post about “Hope for Homophobia.” It appears that the VPILF is a victim of what can only be called triple standards: One for men, one for women, and one for Republican women.

UPDATE II: Rasmussen:

After her debut in Dayton and a rush of media coverage, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 53% now have a favorable opinion of Palin. . . .
By way of comparison, on the day he was selected as Barack Obama’s running mate, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden was viewed favorably by 43% of voters.

To borrow a phrase, “Heh.”

August 30, 2008

‘Republican elites’

Jonathan Martin on Sarah Palin:

[T]he response I’ve gotten from Republican activists coast-to-coast has been one of almost joy. My e-mail in-box is bursting with enthusiasm from loyal GOPers who’ve been either glum, skeptical or downright unhappy for the past two years.
This zeal is emphatically not matched by some Republican elites, who are casting a more pragmatic eye on the potential pitfalls of McCain tapping a running mate that neither he nor many other political types know. (Emphasis added.

The negativity coming from inside the GOP — remember the “veteran communications operative” who said, “We’re doomed”? — has been one of the major obstacles for Team Maverick. It’s not merely their disdain for John McCain that causes this reaction from Republicans inside the Beltway, it’s also (a) the dim prospects for congressional Republicans, and (b) extreme Bush fatigue.

Martin says he’s ” never seen a crowd with the energy that I witnessed yesterday at the Erwin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.” What he may not know — I haven’t seen it reported anywhere — is that some people were turned away from Friday’s event. My Ohio in-laws had tickets but were told that the crowd was big enough to cause a fire-code violation.

UPDATE: Peter Baker in the New York Times:

One former Bush aide who spends his days publicly bashing Barack Obama sat down for lunch with me recently and before the appetizers even arrived lamented that the Democrat will probably crush McCain.

With friends like that, etc.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

August 30, 2008

Dem talking points on Palin

Ed Morrissey debunks the Democrats’ attacks on Sarah Palin. It was obvious from watching CNN yesterday and reading the blogs that Democrats (and CNN anchors) are getting their spin from a common source.

August 30, 2008

Shoulda picked Rudy instead?

David Frum — who hired on with Rudy Giuliani’s campaign last fall — disses Sarah Palin.

This is the essential problem of journalists drifting in and out through the revolving door. One day he’s a journalist, then he’s a Bush speechwriter, then he’s a journalist again, then a campaign operative, then once more a journalist. At some point, you begin to ask yourself: What’s his angle?

Is Frum dissing Team Maverick’s decision-making because they failed to offer him a job? “Hey, Steve Schmidt, if you want me to stop trashing your campaign in print, how about a consulting contract?”