Palin was Sabotaged

November 15, 2008

Right before the election, I wondered about what the Republican party was doing to itself.

I said that the party didn’t really want to be reformed.  It was as if they’d rather lose to a radical than win with a maverick.  Not McCain.  He knew how to take orders.  No the other Maverick.  Palin.

The party bosses made sure Palin failed.

According to a posting today from Women On the Web, Palin was shocked when she found out the price the handlers were paying to neuter her message.  She told Fox News’s Greta van Susteren that she had nothing to do with selecting the clothes and the hiring the hairdressers.

Former CBS News political analyst and McCain senior strategist, Nicolle Wallace, thought Palin’s style was too “outsider” and needed help.  (“Coming from Alaska, she needed a new look. She was a small-town girl who needed to look like a big-city girl.” )  A member of the media elite herself, she was out of touch with what made Palin special.  It was the message, not the packaging, that mattered to voters.

As for the clothes, they were provided by the stylists, who normally work for CBS  News.  They told her they were staging, and never told her the cost.  According to Palin, “they picked out some really nice clothes to borrow for a while there. But that was not anything that the Palin family would have chosen for ourselves. .. [I] did not order the clothes. Did not ask for the clothes. I would have been happy to wear my own clothes from day one.”

So you see, the Party lost on purpose.

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The Wisdom of the Palin Pick

September 21, 2008

Picking Palin did something truly significant.  It energized the GOP base that was hopelessly split between Romney and Huckabee, and brought both camps to the table.  It captured and dominated the conversation. It stopped the ads suggesting that McCain was just another 4 years of Bush and reinforced the idea of Maverick McCain.  It turned all the conversation to a consideration of Obama’s lack of readiness to lead, being considered to McCain’s second in command.  And it left Biden in the dust.  (Biden who?)

Some suggest she is the female version of Barak Obama, an upstart with homeland values, an outsider without the Washington spin, an eloquent speaker that energizes the base.

There is an “audacity of hope” in her getting elected.  She has real opinions not crafted by the spin-meisters.  She has real leadership experience, used to hiring and firing, used to suggesting new ideas and carrying out those concepts – not suggesting unworkable ideas and declaring victory simply by suggesting them (and not pushing forward to completion).

Picking Palin was a stroke of genius.  Despite the Democrat talking points, Sarah Palin is the future of the conservative party.


Civil Courage in Action

September 14, 2008

Orson Scott Card is a great science fiction writer, in part because he understands our culture so well and sees where choices made today could take us, given one implausible push or another (such is the nature of science fiction).  He is believable inside the fiction because he knows what a reasonable person would do.

He is also a political commentator.  He came and spoke to my military unit, in part because we were using his fiction to imagine a real military future.  (i.e. – how could we use his book Ender’s Game to suggest a training program for future commanders.)  And he maintains active engagement with society and writes thoughtful editorials on a regular basis.

On the occasion of Solzhenitsyn’s death, Card wrote that famed Russian writer’s believed that “the Western world has lost its civil courage.”

Card put that in context as it relates to the approaching election.  He says, “we face the kind of choice that shapes the future of nations. On the one hand, we have an irascible Republican who is wrong as often as he is right, but at least has the courage to act according to his conscience often enough to earn the enmity of party hacks.

“On the other hand, we have a candidate who has shown himself to be a complete captive of the intellectual elite, voting their party line in Congress, sneering in private at ordinary citizens that he does not even try to understand, wrapping himself in ersatz victimhood, changing his mind whenever it seems politically prudent while denying that he ever had any other view.

“We are at the great political divide, and most Americans — especially the young, who have been so grossly miseducated by the intellectual elite.”

Which is exactly the point made by Sarah Palin, and why the media – and the Democrats – don’t get it the way the American electorate does.  Even if Card is right, and John McCain is a flawed leader, he at least is the only one (among the elected elite) who understands how powerful the Palin candidacy is, and why her election (more than his) is critical to the political future of this great country.


Truth About Palin’s Bridge

September 14, 2008

The Obama-Biden campaign claims Governor Palin favored the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” before she opposed it.  The facts don’t support that claim.  As it happens, one of her first acts as Governor was to cancel the critical state matching for the briget.

According to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), most of the work to secure the funds for the bridge was done by her predecessor, Frank Murkowski.  Read the rest of this entry »


The new culture war

September 4, 2008

CNN’s analysis of Sarah Palin’s speech raised the issue of a culture war.  Alex suggested that she made a polarizing presentation, pitting small town against urban areas.

I don’t agree.  Even large cities are full of smaller neighborhoods.  Parents, especially mothers, can resonate with the issues she raised.  She can attack in ways men can’t  – she puts the knife in with a smile and you almost don’t know what happened.

If CNN is correct, and they are in part, it’s a recognition that politics is not all liberal – conservative, the “X” axis.  It’s also a “y” axis of what I was taught was called parochial – cosmopolitan.

Parochial isn’t a religious term here, although those who are on the parochial side are more likely to be religious (but not of the inclusive religions of Buddhism or Universalists). They treasure community, individual effort toward shared values, and fairness. They are more populist in outlook.  More team sport (football, basketball, baseball).

Cosmopolitans are urban, not just in location, but also in attitude.  They are less connected, more individualistic – individual players, even as part of team sports.

Parochials look at first glance like conservatives, and cosmopolitans tend to look like liberals.  Read the rest of this entry »


Palin’s acceptance speech – my notes

September 3, 2008

Sarah Palin, the firestorm that’s taking this country by storm, spoke loudly and clearly Wednesday night, and the Democrats (and the media) don’t know what to do about it.

In the words of Mike Huckabee, the elite media has managed to do what we thought could not be done:  to unify the Republican party.  They shouldn’t have picked on this lady.

Sarah Palin herself says that same media had just one year ago had written McCain off as having failed in his effort to win the nomination.  They didn’t know John McCain – he’s a fighter.  “As as the mother of one of those troops, that’s exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.”  She’s proud of “all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.”

And thus began the speech that defined the next Vice President of the USA:

Read the rest of this entry »


Get It All Out Now

September 3, 2008

It’s been a tough weekend for the Palin family, the McCain campaign and the Republican party.  What started with a clownfooting of Obama’s love-fest became a mudpatch, with every lowlife democrat hack and liberal blogger spreading lies and inuendo.

Every day seemed to bring new revelations, new pains, new questions.  It dominated the news and the internets.  From over 3000 hits on Digg extolling Sarah Palin on Friday, to twice as many vilifying her on Sunday. It became a referendum on McCain’s judgment.

(Obama’s problem was that when the news wasn’t talking about Palin, they were talking about Hurricane Gustav.  He was hoping to get a bounce out of the convention, but was almost completely forgotten.  Especially since the Vice President seemed to have more experience than the Democrat’s headliner.)

The good this does for the Republicans is that it gets all the dirt out now.  Then, later in the week, we’ll hear Sarah Palin – a competent speaker, a born leader – and the base will be enthused again.  By the time the election gets here, it will all be old news and no one will care.  The issues have traction today, but won’t then.

Obama has already peaked.  Palin is just starting.