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Democrats Stumble Out of the Gate on Sarah Palin

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

Now this Operation Chaos. Totally blindslided by McCain’s spectacular running mate, the Democrats’ initial responses to the selection are as hilarious as they are pathetic. Obama’s campaign has already fallen into McCain’s trap by criticizing inexperience at the bottom of McCain’s ticket and Ken Salazar is apoplectic because she isn’t famous enough.

The left’s initial reaction to Sarah Palin is almost as exciting as the selection itself. Thanks liberals!

UPDATE: All morning I’ve been calling Palin’s nomination a trap. I like the way The Anchoress, puts it:

The Democrats have to be careful, now, and so does the press. Much of what they’d like to say about Palin – about age, experience, identity politics, etc – will only open the door to similar inquiry about Obama. And the bottom line to those sorts of debates will always be this: Palin is at the bottom of the ticket; Obama is at the top.

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McCain’s VP Pick To Be Announced Today (UPDATE: McCain Selects Sarah Palin)

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

The official announcement of John McCain’s running mate is expected in about three hours and current rumors are circulating around Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. I hope this is true as she is one of three people who would excite and unite the Republican Party. I have a couple of quick thoughts on the potential selection.

Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for a number of reasons but three stand out in mind: (1) Palin is pro-life; (2) Palin is a woman; and (3) the selection is a trap. The pro-life issue is important because it shows a respect for human life and united the GOP. The fact that Palin is a woman helps McCain because women tend to vote for Democrats and those inclined to vote based on gender are people who would not normally support the GOP, it adds votes.

The genius behind this pick though is that its a trap. Palin is only a one-term Governor and I already hear the squawking that she’s too inexperienced. The response? “Experience might be an issue here. At least we had the good sense to put our ‘inexperienced’ candidate at the bottom of the ticket. Where will the candidate at the top of your ticket get his on the job training?”

I hope this rumor is true.

UPDATE: I hope this update is a misdirection.

UPDATE 2: McCain’s doing a great job of hyping this process the day after the Sermon at the Temple. I hope the Corner is on to something.

UPDATE 3: Is a CNBC confirmation worth anything?

UPDATE 4: The trap is set. Palin it is!

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Obama Preaches to His Choir

Posted by Ryan on August 29, 2008

Last night, Barack Obama accepted his nomination for President and gave “The American Promise” speech.  No ceiling could tame this monster, but perhaps 85,000 mind-numbed rubes at the oddly phallic Invesco Field Obamapolis would suffice!

The speech was well delivered, but I’ve seen him better.  Its content was remarkably average for a “hope and change” candidate.  He wrecked on Ronald the Great and tried to write an epitaph for Conservatism.  He challenged McCain to a debate (though McCain challenged him to 10 in June), had the audacity to use the phrase “brother’s keeper” twice, and promised to end our pain and solve life’s problems for the masses.  By the way, it’s “never been about [Obama]….”  Right.

Typical liberal bilge and run-of-the-mill convention-style red meat, but two things really bothered me about the speech: 

Firstly, his mention of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 45th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech seemed muted and down right obligatory.  Obama was in a unique situation to evoke the power of the message Dr. King gave that day, without comparing himself to King while bringing home Obama’s place in history.  Yet, he blew it.  I’m not rooting for Obama, but that’s a powerful card he should have played respectfully.  Or perhaps he just couldn’t have pulled it off.

Secondly, the Obama Nation and the Obamapolis.  The tears were obnoxious.  In contrast, back in 2004 Bush evoked his conversation with a mother of a fallen soldier, tears welled up and should have — powerful mental images, powerful example in consequential times.  The Obama Nation are simply swept up in the power of the European-style personality cult which surrounds The One.  Nothing in the substance of the speech last night, under normal circumstances, should have created a deluge of tears like what we saw.  Plus, when the speech ended, the fireworks display, the intense music coupled with the cult-worship of the Empty Suit seriously reminded me of something out of Nuremberg in the 1930s. 

AP photo.

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