Archive for August, 2008

August 30, 2008

Hope for Homophobia?

Little Green Footballs traces to the Obama campaign a Web site — SarahPalinGayRights.com — 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 SarahPalinGayRights.com 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?”

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.

VPILF.com? 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.

GOP ’08: TAKING SEXY BACK!

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.