Diary

They're Talking About Sarah

“Why is it a genius move? It will complete the alienation of the rest of the Hillary supporters from the Obama camp. How? That’s easy — the Obamabots will do it themselves. Go read the Washington Post blog or anywhere online where the Palin pick is being discussed, and you’ll see the trademark Obama misogyny already out in full force. She’s been on the ticket for two seconds and already the Obamabots are saying she “looks like a porn star,” they’re making rude remarks about her childbearing, they’re ridiculing her intelligence.

Keep it up, possums. Keep it up. Just when some Hillary supporters were trying to forget what misogynist freaks you all are, now you’re going to remind us all over again.” *Instapundit *

“Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain’t run nothin’ but his mouth.” Mark Steyn“A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington–the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) of the Bush administration and the recent Republican Congress, able to invigorate a McCain administration and to govern beyond it.

That spectre has a name–Sarah Palin, the 44-year-old governor of Alaska chosen by John McCain on Friday to be his running mate. There she is: a working woman who’s a proud wife and mother; a traditionalist in important matters who’s broken through all kinds of barriers; a reformer who’s a Republican; a challenger of a corrupt good-old-boy establishment who’s a conservative; a successful woman whose life is unapologetically grounded in religious belief; a lady who’s a leader.

So what we will see in the next days and weeks–what we have already seen in the hours after her nomination–is an effort by all the powers of the old liberalism, both in the Democratic party and the mainstream media, to exorcise this spectre.” Bill Kristol

“But what does she know about Iranian nukes, health care or the future of entitlement programs? And that’s just a few of the 20 or so national issues on which she will be expected to show basic competence. The McCain camp will have to either let her wing it based on a few briefing memos (highly risky) or prevent her from taking questions from reporters (a confession that she’s unprepared). Either way, she’s going to belly-flop at a time when McCain can least afford it.” *Jonathan Alter *(Keep it up, Jonny boy…lower those expectations to zero).

“All over DK, our sentiment is pretty obvious: It’s irresponsible and hypocritical of McCain to pick Palin for VP. And we have all processed the reasons why, inside our head. It’s very clear that this pick is pandering to women voters, and goes against what McCain has been saying all along. Too bad that won’t matter. At DK, we have a problem we have to deal with, that the Right-wing doesn’t. We are logical. We try to be consistent. We believe in reason, and think things should make sense, and have bulleted lists in our heads on why something is good or bad. The Right-wing doesn’t have that thought pattern…” DailyKos

“Rasmussen Reports shows Barack Obama with a four-point lead this morning. Last night was the first time Rasmussen’s survey followed both Obama’s convention speech and McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin. While a few interviews would have been conducted Thursday night after Obama’s speech, for practical purposes today’s result reflects both the speech and Palin’s nomination for the first time.

Since Rasmussen’s margin was three points yesterday, the fact that it went up by only one point suggests that McCain’s selection of Palin may have blunted the impact of Obama’s acceptance speech, which was generally considered a success in political terms. If Obama really came out of his convention with only a four-point bounce, it’s good news for Republicans.” Powerlineblog

And finally:

“McCain is not my kind of Republican, so I was going to sit this election out. But Palin kind of reminds me of Ronald Reagan, so I have already sent my check and I’m ready to volunteer. ” My next door neighbor