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Palin’s Personal Email Hacked

Posted by Ryan on September 17, 2008

Word has come out and verified that Sarah Palin’s personal email account was hacked around 3-4am this morning.  The nut-job perps posted personal pictures, her children’s email addresses, and other email addresses.  Not only is this completely out of bounds, it’s also very illegal to invade someone else’s private email account. 

The nut-jobs involved in this illegal activity have apparently justified their position by saying that perhaps some public communications were made from her personal email account that could be used in the increasingly ridiculous and blatantly partisan Troopergate non-scandal. 

Even if all the allegations were completely true, what these nut-jobs did was illegal and hopefully arrests will be made and perp-walks will abound.  This kind of thing needs to stop (notice Obama, McCain nor Biden had to deal with this kind of personal invasion).

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2008

Perfect actress for Saraccuda by the way.

Palin’s people responded:   “[Palin] thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween!”

Awesome.

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Looking Bad for Obama

Posted by Sal on September 15, 2008

It is beginning to look bad for Barack Obama.  The last three days of Rasmussen polling have John McCain at 49-50% for the first time since Obama became the presumptive Democrat nominee.  The Rasmussen poll is a 3-day rolling tracking poll of Likely voters, and the polling occured after the Sarah Palin interviews with Charlie Gibson.  As most political scientists will tell you, when a candidate is at/over 50%, it spells trouble for the opposition.  Most other polls show the race either tied or with a McCain lead.  John McCain, in the last 2+ weeks, has turned this election upside down with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin.  Whether this holds or not is still undetermined, but as of right now, team Obama has an uphill battle to climb. 

McCain is also polling well in most of the battleground states.  McCain is showing a consistant lead in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia, although trailing in Colorado and showing razor-thin leads in recent polling in New Mexico and Nevada.

Even more worrisome to Obama than the national polls and the battleground states, however, are a recent round of state polling that puts what are otherwise traditionally blue states in-play, such as Michican, Peensylvania, Minnesota, Wisconson, and Washington State.  There’s even some anecdotal chatter about the liberal bastion of New York State! If Obama loses even one of these states, it is likely that he will lose the election. 

Although the election results are far from certain, and anything can happen in the next 50+ days, the trend is towards McCain/Palin.  Team Obama will have to do some serious work to reverse that trend.

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Palin Does Well — ABC Misfires

Posted by Sal on September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin

I had taped Sarah Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson last night, and didn’t watch it until much later in the evening.  I had already read various opinions on blogs and news outlets, so I was intrigued at what I would find.  I thought that Gov. Palin did well for her first national interview.  She appeared a bit nervous, but answered all the questions well, did not make any major gaffes, articulated conservative principles well, and came across as a real person, one of her major appeals. 

Gibson, on the other hand, appeared condescending, especially on the question asking her if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine, which the media is now all over Sarah Palin for not knowing exactly what that is.  Gibson even, after her initial answer, stated what he thought the Bush Doctrine was, the doctrine of preemptive attacks.  The problem for Gibson is that there is a wide variety of opinion on exactly what the Bush Doctrine is.  It is mostly a Washington-insider generated term.  In two separate Boston Globe articles, the Bush Doctrine is defined differently;  once as preemption and once as the concept that state sponsors of terrorism are to be treated the same as the terrorists themselves.  You can bet if Obama had answered this question this way that the media would not be all over him about it. 

The editing job on the interview was horrible — it was often obvious that they edited her mid-sentence, and it appeared as if GIbson was often interrupting her.  It would be interesting to see the full interview, as that would give a better idea of what she really said rather than press reports. 

Finally, Gibson also misquoted Palin in an attempt to paint her as a religious zealot, asking her why she felt that the we were engaged in a holy war and if she really felt that we were doing God’s work.  In the process, Gibson showed his ignorance of religion and people of faith.  A close examination of the actual quote (which he left ou the beginning of when asking her) shows that she was praying that what we were doing WAS the will of God, and that it WAS according to God’s plan.  She wasn’t stating that fact, she was asking that God guide us to do what is right according to His plan — something that all practicing Christians can relate to. 

Overall, Sarah Palin did not do herself any harm, and even exceeded the interviewing skills of a certain Democrat candidate (I did not here one “Umm..well..uhh..Charlie…uhhhh” throughout the entire interview).  After she gets a few of these under her belt, she will probably excel at them.  Overall, Palin 1, Drive-by-Media 0.

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Vice-Presidential Qualifications

Posted by Sal on September 11, 2008

There has been much talk of experience and qualifications in regards to Sarah Palin and the VP slot.  While one looks at the person of Sarah Palin, both as a person and from her experience, one finds that she : 

  • is young (under 45)
  • has a reputation as a Republican Reformer
  • has taken on Republican Party Establishment
  • has a large family with many children
  • is a lover of outdoor sports
  • is a Hunter
  • was chosen as VP Candidate with less than 2 years experience as Governor

While this describes Sarah Palin, it also describes Teddy Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was Vice President for one year when William McKinley died.  Yet with a similar resume to Palin’s, he became one of the most influential Presidents in American history.  Leadership is not about any kind of Government experience, it’s about having the right ideals and philosophy, and having those intangible characteristics to lead.  Truth is, one can never be sure who will be a good or great President and who will be a disappointment, but it is ideology and worldview that help give the best indication.  President George H.W. Bush was probably one of the most qualified presidents in history, but he did not perform in a way that made him one of the greats.  Lincoln was probably one of the more “unqualified” men to ever occupy the White House, but was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President.  Palin’s Washington “experience” may not match that of Biden and McCain’s, but she has the right ideology, and at least so far, she appears to exhibit that intangible leadership quality that can effect real change in government. 

(The above bullet points are a paraphrase of an item that is all over the Internet in various forms).

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McCain’s Address

Posted by Ryan on September 5, 2008

Last night I watched John McCain give his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention; watching along with more people than saw The One, himself, a week earlier, discounting PBS (McCain was on fewer networks, however).  With Pain solidifying the Right, and positioning himself in the “non-ideological center,” McCain set himself up well for garnering wide electoral appeal in the Poppin’ Fresh General Election.

I thought the speech was OK.  It was John McCain being John McCain; he was true to himself.  I was with him 80% of the time and wanted to throw something at the TV 20% of the time.  But, that’s exactly the John McCain we nominated — he’s not fully Conservative, nor a reliable Republican.  The speech dragged in the middle, but ended with a great, passionate crescendo that wooed many of my Democrat colleagues at work today — you know, the people who know nothing about politics but are told by the Union which lever to pull and loyally oblige. 

They were generally impressed.  In fact, one of them was an Obama supporter until she saw Palin’s speech and heard for the first time about McCain’s brutal Vietnam War experience last night after watching the Giants game coverage meld into the RNC speech (the timing of the game actually worked out well!).  I know she’s not alone.  The Kool-Aid Lefties at work were on the defensive today worse than I’ve seen since the testimony of David Petraeus last September indicating the success of the Surge.  It must be serious out there!

One more note: some anti-war fascists disrupted McCain’s speech a few times over a ten-minute period.  Republicans, learning from their 2004 experience with these folks, chanted “U.S.A.” to drown them out. Finally McCain had a great appropriate line: “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other…”, which drew laughs and applause.  In fact if you add up the amount of time disrupted from the 2004 Bush speech and 2008 McCain speech, that’s more speech suppression from these anti-war rubes than any free speech the Patriot Act ever squelched!  At the end of the day these anti-war crazies hurt themselves more than help, but they just might be crazy enough to hurt someone one day, so I don’t condone their self-destructive Black Shirt behavior.

AP photo.

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RNC– Day 3: Sarah, Rudy, Mike and Mitt

Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2008

Last night’s Republican line-up was awesome!  When Republicans fight back and articulate our basic winning principles in such a fashion as last night, we’re very hard to beat.  After 9pm EDT the activities began in earnest:

Mitt Romney’s speech was pretty good.  I thought he started slow but really gained momentum when he articulated conservative principles in his call to “throw out the liberal government in Washington” saying “Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”

Mike Huckabee’s speech, however, was excellent. Huckabee had many great lines including: “I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.”  He went on to tell a story about a teacher giving a lesson about the importance of veteran’s sacrifices in the service of our country.  It was great speech-making and hit home.

At 10pm EDT Rudy Giuliani showed up and ripped the Dems a new one!  It was absolutely awesome, with so  many good points, I can’t write them all here!  In my opinion, the line which may be one of the strongest to undecideds was about reading the resume of the two candidates for President while blanking out their names and parties.  It’s not even close who should be President.  Giuliani also filled the speech with tons of red meat, tearing Obama limb from limb!

Then came Sarah Palin

Actually, her speech was similar to her first speech last Friday, but the stage was completely different: so big, so important, everyone watching.  With only six networks showing Sarah Palin’s speech at about 10:30pm (compared to Obama’s 10), she still managed to pull 37 million viewers (just 1.1 million short of The One’s speech).  Good thing, too, she knocked this one out of the park and the MSM doesn’t know what to do with itself!  From suggesting that she didn’t write her speech, to that she shares nothing but a chromosome  with She Who Must Not Be Named and so forth, the Dems and their campaign wing, the Mainstream Media, are completely miffed and grasping at straws that will come back to bite them. 

The energy was electric and the moment historic.  Even the adorable little Piper Palin, Sarah’s youngest daughter, waving at her mom and the crowd with the excitement of a seven-year-old who’s never seen so many people clapping for her Mom, was perfect. 

10 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned. 

If I were Barack Obama, I’d be a worried today.  Very worried.

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Atlantis, Alaska, Azkaban

Posted by Mike on September 3, 2008

It’s a sad day when there’s about a 50 percent chance that some MSM outlet will run with this satirical piece by Jim Treacher thinking its reality, or at least thinking they can trick people into thinking its reality.

Link via Hot Air

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Petraeus: Iraq “Spiraling Upwards”

Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008

David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground.  He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.”  What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!

Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week. 

Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue.  And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts?  It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone.  It would have truly been war without end.  Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work.  Let’s keep it that way.

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Let the Smears Begin!

Posted by Ryan on September 2, 2008

It began today in earnest:  the MSM onslaught against the McCain-Palin ticket is in full force after using the Labor Day holiday to figure out a way to attack McCain-Palin.  It’s been tricky.

Drudge has a good balance of the smearing on his site, including McCain’s response to what’s been going on since Friday at around 12:50 pm EDT: race and class war if Obama loses; pandering to women who feel sorry for Palin the Victim; and of course, McCain’s deep political calculation and cynicism.

All of it further demonstrates the MSM’s double standards, as well as their fear that the McCain-Palin ticket might pull it off. If they weren’t such a big deal, they wouldn’t care so much, nor would they get so personal.  It makes sense though.  Many MSM members suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, which has carried over to the republican name-brand.  If a Republican wins in the Fall, they might as well cash it in.  They MUST do what they have to do to prevent that, even if it means handicapping the race in favor of Obama, then they’ll see to it with passion.  It’s going to be a rough 63 days.

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Palin v. Obama on Experience

Posted by Ryan on September 1, 2008

Gerard Baker penned this quick comparison of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.   The contrasts could not be more clear and could not be more indicative that a Palin-type character is much more desirable in high office than an Obama-type politician. 

Young and ambitious, Obama has followed a typical political corsus, yet rising much too fast to accumulate wisdom and take true responsibility for his political decisions without hiding behind or within the votes of others.  Young and driven, Palin has worked in the private sector, the public sector, and has held local and state offices that force her to be where the “buck stops” on numerous issues, accelerating her wisdom and forcing her to take sole responsibility for her actions.

I know that this election is McCain v. Obama (which on experience isn’t even close), but if the Dems are going to whine about Palin’s lack of experience, then their own candidate needs to look in the mirror and do some thinking about whether or not the Dems really want to go there.

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Sarah Palin Facts

Posted by Mike on August 31, 2008

Even though we could see the website coming a mile away, it’s still an entertaining read.  Chuck Norris was the first person to have this shtick, Tim Tebow and Cole Hamels also gave it a shot, but Sarah Palin is the first person who can actually back it up. Come to think of it, I have heard the rumor that Superman wears Sarah Palin pajamas.

Reuters photo

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Sarah Palin’s First Numbers

Posted by Ryan on August 30, 2008

Renowned pollster Scott Rasmussen has polled the immediate reaction of voters to Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

67% had NO idea who she was before Friday.

Yet, amongst all voters 53% have a positive rating of her (including 29% VERY favorable), while 26% do not like her at all.  In contrast, the better-known Biden’s initial numbers were only 43% positive.

The internals indicate what we’ve been hearing over the last 24 hours from the Right — this pick is going over very well amongst Republicans, and the initial impression Palin made is more positive than negative amongst the general voting public.  Phew!  Now she needs to keep it up.  People can change their minds really fast if she does not take care of her momentum or gets defined too early.

AP photo.

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As Visions of VP Debates Dance in Their Heads

Posted by Mike on August 30, 2008

This bit of political fortune telling is pretty funny because it is not that far-fetched.

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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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Ted Stevens Indicted

Posted by Ryan on July 29, 2008

Former Senate Pro-Temp Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R) was indicted today on seven counts of making false statements about gifts he received from an oil contractor seeking Washington’s help.  It’s evident that from 1999-2006 Stevens was making false statements about this relationship.  The issue is not bribery, however, just an 84 year old forgetting about gifts leading to about $250,000 worth of work done to his own house. 

Since Stevens is a Republican, the mere indictment is probably enough to put pressure on Stevens to resign.  Some already believe he should resign.  Two issues help the Dems here: he’s a long-serving Republican indicted during an election year, plus the alleged beneficiary of this relationship was an evil Alaskan oil services firm, VECO and its founder Bill Allen, which will play into the Dems anti-Big Oil/Alaska drilling mantra this year.

At least Alaska has a Republican Governor.  If Stevens doesn’t politically survive this, Governor Sarah Palin can always appoint another Republican to the seat without risking an election or recall in this uncertain election cycle.  Nonetheless, term limits, anyone?

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