A new post about the Palin pick

Because I’d like to see traffic driven to the new Bloggers for John McCain website, to which I am a contributor, I’ll just print a little bit here of the post I did there regarding the Sarah Palin pick.  If you like the post, you can read the rest here:

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that selecting Palin was a brilliant idea. She is completely immune from personal attack, which means the only real debate in the upcoming election can be about policy.

Criticize her sex, and you lose the women’s vote.

Criticize her foreign policy experience (or lack thereof), and you invite painful comparisons to Obama, who wants to be President, not just VP.

Criticize her executive experience, and you invite even more painful comparisons to Obama, the wannabe President.

Criticize her youth, and you again have a problem with Obama, since he, with only three more birthdays than Palin under his belt, is aiming for the executive office.

Criticize her U of Idaho degree and you (a) invite painful comparisons to Biden, no Ivy Leaguer himself; and (b) invite charges of elitism.

Criticize her kind of goofy Alaska accent and lack of European sophistication, and you further alienate the embittered gun owners and religious nuts the elite Obama denigrated a few months ago. (By the way, I’m sarcastically quoting Obama when I refer to those embittered gun owners and religious nuts. His view of them, not mine.)

Criticize her small town roots, same thing: alienate embittered gun owners and religious nuts who make up the heartland.

Try to raise Alaskan political corruption, and you run smack into the fact that she attacked corruption head-on. You also open yourself up to invidious comparisons with Obama (Annenberg and Rezko) and Biden (repeat plagiarism)

Add to this that she’s a good speaker, who will make Biden look overbearing and bombastic during debates, and you’re just looking at a brilliant choice. She’s bullet proof.

There’s more, as I said, which you can find here.

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  • Al

    Hi BW,
    Agreed. The Libs are terrified by Palin’s nomination. If you hop over to AT, you’ll see the apaulling roomer they’ve tried to float.
    Unlike one of the commenters on the Marin site, I feel Palin is a strong choice.
    Al

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  • Ozzie

    More from National Review Online:

    The Palin pick shows a low opinion of the vice presidency, and it shows conservatives in a bad light.. . .

    Either McCain thinks the war on terror isn’t serious, or he thinks the vice-presidency isn’t. . .

    We have shown the same color-by-numbers mindset that liberals did when they rallied to Obama. Liberals love Obama because he is a Numinous Negro. Conservatives love Palin because she has a Downs baby and an M-16. For both sides, that is all on earth ye know and all ye need to know. You might call it mystical and childish.

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDQ5ZmE5NjU4MmRlOWUyZjM0MTBlYWY2NWEwZDczNjg=

  • BrianE

    Conservatives love Palin because she has a Downs baby and an M-16.

    That’s pretty disgusting, even for you Ozzie.

    It’s Down baby, and we respect her integrity, for not killing her baby because it doesn’t meet the left’s idea of worthy of life. We respect her for inconveniencing herself to care for a life worthy of living. Ozzie, if you know people with Down syndrome, you understand that they can have a joy for live that we can only envy.

    I suspect Palin will lead the White House energy policy. It’s obvious from McCain’s statements that he respects her knowledge in this area.
    Imagine that. A coherent energy policy in Washington. We know Congress is still the logjam to getting anything done, so it will be a good test of her skill to work a strategy through the system.

  • BrianE

    I wish to claim the unwritten rule in presidential elections that the children are off limits. I realize the subject was raised when Palin was introduced, and I wish the babies condition hadn’t been made public.
    I’m not sure the genie can be put back in the bottle. I don’t think it is a badge to prove her pro-life bona fides and I am confident she doesn’t think that either.
    You are certainly right to call pro-life proponents to task when they raise the babies condition.

  • Ozzie

    Conservatives love Palin because she has a Downs baby and an M-16.- Nationla Review Online

    That’s pretty disgusting, even for you Ozzie. – Brian

    Disgusting even for me? WTF?

    If you look at my very first sentence, and/or click the link I provided, you’ll see that that was from National Review Online.

    This conservative writer was making the point that the Palin pick wasnt driven by governance, but was driven by the emotional demands of the base.

    The author also said this: “We have shown the same color-by-numbers mindset that liberals did when they rallied to Obama

    You just got all jumpy again, Brian, and totally proved his point.

  • Ymarsakar

    This conservative writer was making the point that the Palin pick wasnt driven by governance, but was driven by the emotional demands of the base.

    Classical liberals don’t indulge in identity politics. That is what nihilists and Leftists do, Oz.

  • Ymarsakar

    The author also said this: “We have shown the same color-by-numbers mindset that liberals did when they rallied to Obama

    You just got all jumpy again, Brian, and totally proved his point.

    The point that Democrat propaganda can make the conservatives turn on each other by character assassinating Palin? Yes, he proved that point, quite well.

  • Ozzie

    The point that Democrat propaganda can make the conservatives turn on each other by character assassinating Palin? Yes, he proved that point, quite well.- Ymar

    From the opening sentence of the link I provided:

    “I have not had a TV to watch all week, though I have had internet, so I have followed the Palin pick entirely through the medium of the Corner.”

    In your mind, the Corner may very well be the the first place Democrats go with their propaganda, Ymar. But, from what I read, he’s a conservative who is upset with the Palin pick, which was made largely to appeal to the emotional demands of the base.

    I believe he called it “childish.”

  • BrianE

    I apologize to you Ozzie.
    You may be a liberal, but I thought you were above that.
    I’ll go over to NRO and vent my spleen there.

    Quote marks would have helped.

  • Ozzie

    ” I apologize to you Ozzie.” — Brian

    Apology accepted, Brian.

    “You may be a liberal, but I thought you were above that.. “- Brian

    This is where it gets a little tricky. It’s like a scene from Planet of the Apes where one of the monkeys deems Bright Eyes “ok for a human.”

  • BrianE

    “You may be a liberal, but I thought you were above that. “- Brian

    I should have said I was surprised when I read that and thought you had said it.

    It was a cheap shot even if a conservative said it.

    Helen’s post referencing the blog that Cindy McCain better watch out, because her husband has a propensity for younger woman may represent total stupidity, but that’s in bounds in the political smear game, IMHO. The children are not.

    As I’ve read some of the outlandish negative articles about Obama (not on this blog), and the negative attacks on the Clintons in 1993 comes to mind. We had the secret landing strip in Arkansa, where drugs were being shipped, and assassinations by the Clintons. It turned out the landing field was real, but this idea that the Clinton’s were the mafia was over the top (think Vince Foster).

    Our distrust of the other side runs deep on both sides. I’ll do all I can to see Obama defeated because the lethal combination of Obama’s ultra-liberal (marxist) influences coupled with the deadly duo of Pelosi and Reid will put the country in intensive care on life support. The looming credit crisis this country will face in 20 years, cannot be solved by more liberal spending.

    And if the Iraq war was the wrong thing to do, it was because it reduced Bush’s ability to fight the basic reforms necessary to keep the country solvent for the next generation. I’m not sure we wouldn’t have still spent money like Hollywood stars down Rodeo Drive, since some of the stimulus was necessary to recover from the shock of 9/11, which was a major blow to the economy, IMO.

    The reason I give George Bush a pass on Iraq is two-fold. 1. In spite of the conflicting opinions on WMD, some of the major intelligence agencies (French, Russian, British, US) said there were stockpiles or could be produced quickly. The president, IMO, would have been reviled mega times more had he not acted and a biologic or chemical attack been carried out. 2. The riskier strategy of using Iraq as a tipping point to produce a populist regime change in Iran and the subsequent de-funding of Hezbollah and Hamas could have had profound benefit to the ME in general, because we did know that both Sadam and the Iranian mullahs had been propping up these terror groups for decades.

  • dagon

    book,

    i hope you’ve been keeping up. the dems aren’t scared of anything regarding mrs. palin. in fact, mccaine just handed them the presidency on a silver platter. i look forward to re-reading your (per usual) wholly partisan defense of this woman’s selection, particularly in light of what we now know.

    she wasn’t fully vetted, which is shameful on mccaine’s part, not palin’s. however, i think the prudence in taking the nomination with a special-needs newborn at home and an unwed, underaged pregnant daughter to deal with shows that mrs. palin may be more of an opportunist than a statesman or even a good parent.

    long story short, hariett miers comes to mind. this is already turning into a fiasco and my prediction is that mrs. palin will not make it to november. in any event, if you want buy this “she’s qualified” nonsense, then you own it. i look forward to you defending your position once this snowball picks up speed.

    peace

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