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On Wednesday night, all of America watched a spectacular new comet streak across the political sky, as Sarah Palin, self-styled “Hockey Mom” Governor of Alaska, delivered her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

With impeccable timing and an easy-going folksy style well suited to her small town Alaska roots, Palin dazzled the receptive Republican crowd in the Xcel Center.  Meanwhile, liberals and Democrats across the land watched in horror as she deftly skewered their standard bearer, Barack Obama, and the entire Democratic Party platform in a speech that will certainly be long remembered for its historical importance.

Much has been made of Palin's so-called “lack of experience” in the five days since John McCain announced she was his pick for the vice president slot on the Republican ticket. On Wednesday night, she dispelled those doubts unequivocally. 

It has been said that, should the unthinkable occur and McCain die in office, she is not ready to assume the Presidency; her “thin” resume makes her unfit for the top job. It's ironic that the Democrats have taken this tack. When one compares Palin's career as a politician with Barack Obama's, the advantage she has over Obama is readily apparent and striking. Palin, unlike Obama, has actually been in charge — first , as mayor of her small home town of Wasilla, Alaska, and then as Governor of our northernmost state.  Obama's experience, as was pointed out in speeches by several Republican luminaries, including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, does not include executive responsibility for anything at any point in his career.

Palin also contrasted the differences between her own resume and Obama's, beginning with an amusing crack about how, upon first taking office, she disposed of the Governor's private jet, which she described as being “over the top.” With perfect timing, she paused, and with an engaging grin, told her audience, “I put it on eBay.” The delighted crowd roared, whistled, and clapped.

True to her role as a “pit bull with lipstick,” Palin also took several direct jabs at Obama, some of which were cleverly amusing. Alluding to Obama's soaring, but empty rhetoric, as well the extravagance and glitz of the Democratic convention in Denver last week, she said:

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent's plan?

Much of her speech was devoted to praise of John McCain, including an anecdote told her by one of McCain's fellow POWs, Tom Moe, of Lancaster, OH in which Moe described McCain's indomitable spirit as, returning to his cell day after day from torture sessions with his captors, McCain would pass the door of Moe's cell, and knowing Moe would be watching him through a pinhole in the door, McCain would “flash a grin and thumbs up – as if to say, "We're going to pull through this."

Throughout, Palin had the audience enthralled. She was completely at ease in this, her first ever national speech; at times ironic, occasionally strong, and forceful. She was interrupted numerous times by applause and cheering from the enthusiastic audience. In their minds, she removed all doubt about her ability to meet the challenges of not only the campaign, but also the responsibilities of the office.

Palin closed with one last slapshot at Obama, saying:

"For a season, A gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds."

An excellent closing, perfectly delivered. It was truly a speech for the ages.

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Raised in Mexico by American parents, Clavos is proudly bi-cultural, and considers both Spanish and English as his native languages. A lifelong boating enthusiast, Clavos lives aboard his ancient trawler, Second Act, in Coconut Grove, Florida and enjoys cruising the Bahamas and Florida Keys from that base. When not dealing with the never-ending maintenance issues inherent in ancient trawlers, Clavos sells yachts to finance his boat habit, but his real love (after boating, of course) is writing and editing; a craft he has practiced at Blogcritics since 2006.
  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Clav,

    I take it you liked her. Just a guess. I must admit, she did well. She did her job.

    The RNC is going much as I predicted with the exception of the Gustav hiccup. I said in a comment last week that I expected the Reps to come out with both barrels blazing with non-stop blasts against Obama. Fred Thompson and others did so last nite, and tonight all the featured speakers – Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani and of course Palin skewered Obama relentlessly all evening. Much of it was done with scathing sarcasm, condescension and at times with rather bitter ruthlessness.

    All last week, the pundits kept complaining about how lacking in “red meat” the DNC was; that they were not going for the jugular as they should. Obama himself actually made more pointed attacks against McCain than anyone else that I heard, even more than Biden.

    As I mention in my article about Palin, the particular nature of now both the Rep candidates make it more difficult for the Dems to go after them. However, since Governor Palin chose to come out fighting, I sincerely hope that the Dems see the light and take off their kid gloves.

    McCain himself has been scathing in his attacks against Obama, who has tried to stay above that level of campaigning. But the Reps have taken to heart Rovian campaign tactics which sadly work all too well. If the Dems don’t go after both Palin and McCain with a vengeance in the coming weeks, they will not win the election. It’s that simple.

    The Republicans have had charge of the presdency and the federal government for most of the last eight years. Their stewardship has been appallingly bad. If for no other reason, they do not deserve another term, not now at any rate. There should be some price to pay for the manner in which Bush and company have laid waste to this country.

    To imagine that McCain can bring about any positive change when he has constantly been supportive of the Bush agenda since he sold his soul to Bush and the neo cons after they trashed him in 2000, is an empty hope. McCain is little more than a ghost of the supposed “maverick” he claims to have been eight years ago. His goal now is simply to win. He is, in that respect far more driven than Clinton or Obama. He must win at any cost.

    So, what has Palin accomplished? She has a thin resume’ but gives a good speech. Now, who does that sound like? Hmmm.

    By the way, I took in your photo. You look just like you should, you’ll be happy to know. In truth though, and I must admit in my minds eye I fell into what I guess would be a stereotype when I imagined you looking like Cheech Marin. Sorry about that.{:%)>

    B

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Of course they skewered Obama. He’s so utterly skewerable. They haven’t even resorted to the really nasty stuff yet. The more I’ve learned about Obama’s past the harder it is for me to believe that the Dems were dumb enough to nominate him. Talk about not vetting a candidate. Good lord.

    I agree that Palin’s speech was fantastic. Brilliantly delivered and very well written. And a nice summary from Clavos too.

    Dave

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    She gave an admirable speech. Better when she was herself than when she had to speak the Repubs talking points, but Good Gussie, as my old mum used to say, if a decent speech meant you were qualified to be prez, then Obama indeed is qualified to be, as James Cameron would say, King of the World.

    I want to see her hold her own, on her own, in an interview. I want to see her in a debate.

    A good speech does not mean she is any more qualified than she was yesterday…it just means, that like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, she is a natural born speaker, a good gift to have when you’re a politican, for sure.

    But, Clav, she clearly misspoke about her own record, and I, for one, want to see her called on it. Her support, then denial, of that “Bridge,”, the whole earmarks thing, the fact that she left that poor town 22 million dollars in debt, the corruption charges against her. I would like to see her answer those direct charges…

    She did a decent job, yes, but lost the crowd when she got too specific in the middle, had them again when she went on the attack (although she, again, misrepresented Barack completely; he is looking for a timeline in Iraq, as is McCain, as is Bush. Clav, get real, there is no “victory” in Iraq, no matter what happens. We should not have gone in there, we went in under false intelligence, and no matter what happens, no one wins.)

    She was charming, had those middle class moms in the palm of her hand, her joke about pitbulls and lipstick was a winner…. but that does not a veep make.

  • http://roschellenelson.blogspot.com Roschelle

    A mediocre speech at best..but presented very well. Even so I still don’t know who Sarah Palin is!

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I think the best joke which had the strongest reaction was actually when she referred to the ‘styrofoam columns’, mainly because it was such a perfect metaphor for Obama – temporary, cheap and with delusions of grandeur.

    BTW, the $20 million in debt she ‘left’ the ‘poor’ town with was in the form of municipal bonds issued with the approval of voters which is a standard way for a town to finance infrastructure improvements. Check any town of that size and you’ll find similar structured debt.

    Familiarize yourself with a site called city-data.com. It compiles stats on all of the cities around the country. A city near where I live is about the same size as Wassila Alaska. It carries slightly more debt. Look up a city near you with a population around 9K people and I bet the debt will be in the $15-$25 million range.

    Plus, if you look at the stats for Wassila, it has an excellent debt to earnings ratio. After paying salaries and expenses they have a substantial surplus from sales tax and should have no problem at all servicing what is an entirely appropriate level of debt.

    So like most of the ‘dirt’ the smearmongers dig up, the $20 million debt is meaningless, but sounds scary to the ignorant.

    Dave

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    And let me add that the same site informs us that Palin oversaw a staff of 78 with a yearly budget around $9 million. That’s the equivalent of running a decent sized business. When was Barack Obama ever in charge of that many people or that much money? When did he ever meet a payroll, manage millions in debt and hire or fire people?

    Dave

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    I thought Palin’s speech was terrible. She came across as a small-minded small town woman, shrill, stupid and hateful.

    I’m not currently into party politics as it seems impossible to find an attractive set of policies on either side of the aisle or the ocean but if the USA chooses this type of person it doesn’t bode well.

    I don’t think the inexperience argument, against Palin or Obama, holds up. It simply isn’t possible to be prepared for the job of “leading” a nation.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    Thanks for the links.

    I also think she gave a great performance. I can see where her disarming charm would be a definite connection to some people, including women. Most of the men I’ve talked to are in awe of her. I’ll dig around a little more before I make my final decision…

  • troll

    I thought that the speech was almost as noxious as Obama’s

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Chris, from your perspective as a European elitist, it was inevitable that you would find Palin off-putting and incompatible with your peculiar view of government and society.

    Dave

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    So CR – I guess you liked the assessment of Rudy Guilliani when he was talking about why the MSM doesn’t like her…she’s too small town, not cosmopolitan enough for you.

    Obviously, you don’t know this country very well, there are a lot of us small town folk around here and we’re not big fans of cosmopolitans…the people or the drink! Don’t get me wrong, I love the city, but I wouldn’t wanna live there!

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    There you go with the programmed misinformation again, Dave.

    As I have told you many times, although your programming prevents you from absorbing it, I’m not an elitist.

    As a self professed elitist pig who had to set up your own little republic of Dave, you are though, which makes your defence of this small town mentality particularly odd.

    As you seem to have leapt to yet another preconception, please post here what you think my view of government and society is and why it seems peculiar to you. I don’t think you can do either.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Andy, I didn’t see Guillani speak but Palin is very small town.

    I’m well aware that there are many small town folk in the USA, as most other places, but small town thinking isn’t the way to run a nation.

    I live in a small town myself and have lived in small towns or villages for the last 7 years and about 40% of my whole life.

    Cities and towns or villages both have their different charms and dynamics but they aren’t simply mutually interchangeable.

    Regardless of what you think about the world, it is a big and complicated place that doesn’t respond well to small or simplistic thinking.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Wow. You guys just lap up these talking points and run for the goalposts with them, don’t you?

    “Cosmopolitan?” Andy, do you even know what that means? A cosmopolitan city is one where people of many different ethnicities, religions, and cultures meet and live in close proximity. So when Rudy, the King of New York, stands up in front of a sea of Alaska White and claims sarcastically that Palin isn’t “cosmopolitan enough,” hell yes that’s a problem.

    Saying you’re not “big fans of cosmopolitans” (the people or the drink) is not very flattering. While I know Andy takes pride in being an “ugly American” and matching the stereotypes (hell, he probably even owns one of those big American flag hats), it’s not a very compelling thing to claim to be so opposed to diversity. The fact that the camera had to strain so fucking hard to find a person of colour at the Rep. Convention isn’t a good thing and speaks to the overall exclusive message of the party.

    And where did this left wing media bullshit come from? Would anyone mind telling me where the left wing media is? MSNBC, sure. Anyone else? Nope. CNN, ABC, FOX, etc. have been relentlessly sucking McCain’s dick for the past several years. He even at one point called the media his “base,” but when the media went after Palin, even in the slightest, and started to question who she is the righties all snapped and lost it? Bullshit. I spent a good portion of a few days defending Sarah Palin from the throng of idiotic questions, but I’m starting to believe those clowns wanted it that way. Anything to help distract from the real issues.

    I tell ya. Last night, watching that convention was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.

    Mitt Romney was so pathetic (please stop using the term “jihad” to refer to terrorism), Huckabee was actually tolerable, Rudy was an idiot, and Palin was a fuckwit. Like Chris, I believe her speech was terrible. She came off as sarcastic, overly biting, cocky, and hollow. The GOP convention is like a long line of bad insult comics going after minorities and people on welfare.

    The pasty, chubby, ridiculously-dressed asses of the people in attendance is out of a horror movie. And for the love of Christ, could they talk about maybe something more recent John McCain has done? The whole “from the Hanoi Hilton to the White House” reminds me of a long journey from Milan to Minsk.

    It’s all such bullshit.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Small or simplistic thinking? What is it about people from small towns that scares those of us in the urban jungle? Is it that we like drama, chaos and complication? The closer one gets to New York City, Washington or any other metropolis, the more complicated life seems to get. Has it ever occurred to us that maybe simple is better? Is it so unreasonable for us to strive to be energy independent by depending on our own resources? Alaska offers a lot of hope for the lower 48 and the “sophisticated” city dwellers just don’t get it. If people are so naive to believe that Alaska is a state of no significance then Todd Palin was smart to be a member of a party which considered cessation. Perhaps the rest of the United States doesn’t deserve the opportunity to utilize the resources Alaskans are willing to share. We’re an ungrateful society always looking for the easy way out. I’m trying not to sound like President Andrew Shepherd but these are tough times which require tough decisions which will lead to tough sacrifices and changes in the way we go about our lives. This isn’t World of Warcraft, folks. This is real life. During the times when we take our heads out of our butts perhaps we should read a book instead of playing a video game or watching reality television.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Silas, forgive me but the first half of your statement is completely incompatible with the latter half.

    The fact of the matter is that a policy set-up which ignores people from small OR big towns is completely erroneous. That the GOP used “cosmopolitan” cities as punchlines last night betrays their lack of understanding of the world. The world IS complicated, as you’ve said, but no amount of “this or that” thinking is going to do it.

    You say that you live in an “ungrateful society” and then think that the people should all bow down “to Alaska” because they’re “so willing to share their resources.” Are they? Have you checked? And you say “simple is better” yet claim that we live in a complicated world? How could simple be better, then?

    Wouldn’t the best approach be an inclusive approach that took into account that there are people from ALL walks of life living within your borders and not abandoning one to placate the other? While Obama was chastized last night for saying that people cling to their religion and their guns, the GOP simply uses those people for political gain. And nobody seems to realize that when they play those hands, they’re part of the game. Wake up, people. Stop assuming these people care about you.

    They don’t. It’s all bullshit. Sarah Palin is no more a hockey mom than my mom, for fuck’s sake.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    I understand where you’re coming from, Jordan. I’ve confessed that I feel schizophrenic these days in matters of the body politic. I think the point that I’m trying to make is perhaps we need to get back to basics. Perhaps we need to break things down into simple terms, prioritize and rebuild America for a new generation. For all this talk about leaving a better place for the next generation I have to say that every generation since the Greatest Generation has failed that basic mandate – miserably.

    You are so right when you state the GOP simply uses those people for political gain. That’s not a GOP phenomenon. Politicians use whatever tactics are necessary to gain power. That happens on both sides of the aisle.

  • troll

    emotionalism and nationalist fervor always leave me nauseous

  • Arch Conservative

    The posts on this thread reak of elitism.

    The notion is that anyone who is from a small town and didn’t go to an Ivy league school cannot possibly understand problems of a national or global nature and that every last person from a big city by virtue of being from a big city automatically has some unique inherent insight into these problems that.

    Quite frankly it’s rediculous.

    It kind of rings hollow too when you say the media isn’t critisicinzg her or belittling her for being from a small town when you see the anchors on CNN and MSNBC leering at the camera, doing all that they can to keep themselves from being cuaght rolling their eyes while saying “well gee her town is so small…gee her state’s population is so small..how can she possible know what’s going on in the world.”

    The liberal bias among such media outlets toward small town America is blatantly obvious.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    …shrill, stupid and hateful.

    an absolutely perfect distillation of u.s. politics.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    No Jordan, I don’t have a big American flag hat. I do have a shadow box in my computer room though. That’s a little thing your shipmates give you when you retire from the navy and there’s an American flag in there. I have a flag sticker on my TRUCK. I have more t-shirts with American flags rememberences to 9/11 than you probably have starched collared shirts…I also have this ginormous Battle flag that I fly from the front of my house on those special occasions like Independence Day, and 9/11. I’ve always been proud of my country, through her ups and downs.

    I know what cosmopolitan is, I’ve spent years in NYC. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in a little italian neighborhood that had a great italian feast right on the street my grandparents lived on every year. I love the city!

    You see, you “cosmopolitans” seem to forget that our greatest city was attacked. Yeah, I know, it’s old news….to you anyway! As I recall those attackers entered our country through Canada, maybe we’re actually building the fence on the wrong side of the country!

    I guess you believe that because I like small town values that means I don’t know anything about the world. I’d be willing to make a wager that I’ve been to a few more countries than most of the people that visit BC…probably combined.

    You just don’t get it and please, don’t take this the wrong way, but we’re not GB or Canada, we’re The United States of America and we have a different idea of how we want our world to be. You guys seem to love the idea of a socialist society and that’s all well and good…for you and apparently for the folks in this country that want us to be like you. But most of us don’t want to be like you. We, like I heard the Canadian say, want and have our own national identity and it’s not to want to be more like Europe. At least for those of us that don’t profess to be “cosmopolitan”.

    Like you’re always fond of telling us Chris, we’re spoiled little children and no matter what you tell us is good for us, we’re gonna do what we want anyway! We always have and it seems to have worked out for us.

    It really bothers you liberals that the republicans have put an honest to god war hero on their ticket doesn’t it? As far as I’m concerned, John McCain can tell the story of his stay in Hanoi as often as he wants. He’s earned the right. And lucky for you Jordan, in this country you have the right to believe it’s not worth talking about, only because of the efforts of people like John McCain. But maybe you’re right, maybe we can talk about Barry’s greatest single test of strength…

    Anyone? Bueller?

  • Jordan Richardson

    Silas,

    I think the point that I’m trying to make is perhaps we need to get back to basics. Perhaps we need to break things down into simple terms, prioritize and rebuild America for a new generation. For all this talk about leaving a better place for the next generation I have to say that every generation since the Greatest Generation has failed that basic mandate – miserably.

    Well said, couldn’t agree more. Back to basics is a good approach. But the foundation has become corroded and needs to be rebuilt. I think it’s a long road ahead, not just for America but for humanity. We have to find a better way to do things in a changing world.

    You are so right when you state the GOP simply uses those people for political gain. That’s not a GOP phenomenon. Politicians use whatever tactics are necessary to gain power. That happens on both sides of the aisle.

    Bingo.

    Andy,

    I’ve always been proud of my country, through her ups and downs.

    Good stuff. Patriotism is a different concept here, I suppose.

    You see, you “cosmopolitans” seem to forget that our greatest city was attacked. Yeah, I know, it’s old news….to you anyway! As I recall those attackers entered our country through Canada, maybe we’re actually building the fence on the wrong side of the country!

    First of all, why do you even have a “greatest city?” I find that notion to be obnoxious and old-fashioned. Second, the “cosmopolitans” haven’t forgotten. I’d argue that the current administration and the government by and large has practiced collective amnesia as to the attack. In fact, they’ve LONG forgotten all about who actually attacked you poor saps and moved on to other things like a distracted puppy. That’s hardly the fault of the “cosmpolitans.” Third, I don’t think you seem to know what it means. You say you love New York, but say you dislike cosmopolitans and approvingly gesture towards Rudy’s disparing comments. So which is it? I know, I know: whatever’s convenient. Finally, build all the fences you want. Just don’t forget to pull all of your troops inside it before you close the big fucking drawbridge. The world will thank you.

    I guess you believe that because I like small town values that means I don’t know anything about the world. I’d be willing to make a wager that I’ve been to a few more countries than most of the people that visit BC…probably combined.

    I don’t think there’s any such thing as “small town values” or “cosmopolitan values.” It’s an idiotic misnomer created by a combination of opportunists and media to isolate and confuse the populace. And, by your remarks, it seems to have worked. Congratulations on being well-traveled, too. I didn’t realize it was a contest…

    You just don’t get it and please, don’t take this the wrong way, but we’re not GB or Canada, we’re The United States of America and we have a different idea of how we want our world to be.

    Interesting, because the “we” you speak of seems to be pretty divided as to the “different idea” of how your world should be.

    You guys seem to love the idea of a socialist society and that’s all well and good

    There’s nothing “socialist” about Canada. Do a little research, will ya?

    But most of us don’t want to be like you.

    Most of you know the difference between Canada and an actual socialist country (here’s a hint, there’s never actually been a truly socialist country).

    We always have and it seems to have worked out for us.

    Define “us.” Hopefully you’re not about to tell the swelling hordes of impoverished inner city kids that it’s working out pretty well. Chin up, welfare bums? Keep your head up, sexual deviants, we’ll recognize your lifestyle as equal soon? Come on. You live in the most backwards and arrogant country out of all of the industralized nations on earth. You live in the richest country (apparently), yet have one of the biggest disparities between rich and poor on earth. The fact that people starve to death on your streets, are left for dead by hospitals when they can’t pay their bills, lose their homes, lose their jobs to outsourcing, etc. does not make you the envy of the world and it does not mean that things are “working out.” It’s funny, in all of your worldly travels, Andy, you seem to be pretty ignorant of what’s going on within your own borders.

    And lucky for you Jordan, in this country you have the right to believe it’s not worth talking about, only because of the efforts of people like John McCain.

    Blah blah fucking blah. Get over it.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    The one thing I noticed in your comment Jordan was how many time you said…I don’t think…trust me, it’s quite obvious that you don’t!

  • Jordan Richardson

    Yes, clearly. My use of the phrase “I don’t think,” occuring once in #22, is certainly indicative of…something.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Daniel Miller

    Here is an interesting piece of trivia: during Governor Palin’s speech last night, her teleprompter malfunctioned:

    Halfway through Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.

    According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Governor Palin was in the speech. The malfunction also occurred during Rudy Giuliani’s speech, explaining his significant deviations from his speech.

    Unfazed, Governor Palin continued, from memory, to deliver her speech without the teleprompter cued to the appropriate point in her speech.

    Obviously, this shows that she is a texual deviate.

    Dan(Miller)

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    As I agreed above, Gov. Palin did her job. She made the crowd giddy. The Republicans are all creaming their collective jeans. They revel in shoot from the hip, condescending, smarmy, disrespectful sarcasm and cheap shots. As they can manage only a modicum of class, their being “regular” folks and all, it fits them to a “T.”

    Also, as I noted, the Democrats have bent over backwards in their efforts to be respectful of McCain, his service to the country and his hellish nightmare as a POW. The Republicans see no reason to return that respect. Instead, they stand up and spew their derisive smugness as if they are naturally superior and naturally entitled to, well every damn thing.

    Never mind that it is the Republicans who are responsible in large part for the cluster fuck that Bush and company have perpetrated against this country for nearly eight years. And McCain has fallen in lock step with them. Maverick my ass! He is simply a driven opportunist who sold his soul to the Bushies in order to have one more shot at winning the presidency. He is every bit the condescending butthead that the rest of the Republican party elite have shown us that they are.

    Dave hates Obama because he believes that he just might try to take a fucking dollar out of his pocket. What those with their noses up McCain’s ass don’t realize is that it is THEY who are the “elitists.” It is they who stand upon their illusions of superiority looking down on everybody else.

    Yes, it’s obvious that Republicans don’t understand the meaning of what it is to be “cosmopolitan.” While “small town people with small town minds vent their hatred of “cosmopolitan” cities, they forget that millions of people DO prefer living in large metropolitan communities. Without them, all you small town, small minded people couldn’t survive. The obverse can be said to be true, but a great number of people on both sides of the issue don’t seem to understand the symbiosis necessary in our complex modern society.

    The RNC hate/lovefest has one more night to run. I’ll watch with apt attention, all the while trying not to gag and hurl chunks. No doubt Palin/McCain will get a big “bounce” in the polls from the convention and their new found heroine which no doubt Dave will report with his usual aplomb and presumptive smugness.

    But that glow will wear off in a relatively short time. The real business of the campaign will finally get underway. The debates, the daily grind of the true one-on-one campaign is about to begin. I accept that Palin/McCain will be formidable opponents, but it will be foolish for the Republicans to assume anything. This could well be a battle royale.

    By the way, while we’re at it, let’s look over a comprehensive list of McCain’s “executive” experience. Let’s see. There’s uh… well, there’s… no, uh, well, I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

    And what the hell. I’ve run my own business for over 22 years. I managed a restaurant for around 4 years, and, hey, I was the acting mess sergeant in “A” Battery, 4th of the 3rd Artillery, 1st Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas for several months. I got tons of “executive” experience, far more than any and all of the current candidates on both sides, and by god I should be president!

    B

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    B-tone – XO and CO of a training squadron doesn’t count as executive experience?

  • Arch Conservative

    They revel in shoot from the hip, condescending, smarmy, disrespectful sarcasm and cheap shots.

    As opposed to the Democrats who have cannonized a man who answers every question by at first stuttering and then giving some convulted answer which ultimately results in “that issue is just to complex for anybody to actually take a definitive stance on.”

    Give me a break.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    I don’t know. Does it? Let’s say for the sake of argument that it does. So what? Do you really believe that qualifies McCain, or anyone to be president? Thousands of guys, and now, I suppose a few gals have similar experience in the military. Few of them, by virtue of that experience are qualified to be president.

    You are all fixated on Obama’s perceived lack of experience. It seems to conveniently slip by people that McCain was basically no more than a cocksman in his younger days. He was a fairly miserable student who graduated 5th from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, prefering to spend most of his time partying. For most of his early years, he lived on the hated east coast and lived the ‘gentrified’ life that often goes with it amongst the ‘elite.’ McCain is no ‘everyman.’ It galls my ass that people like McCain and Bush who have lived much if not all of their lives in relative privilege (McCain’s POW experience notwithstanding) sell themselves to the masses as ‘just regular Joes.’ Not even close.

    B

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    The hated east coast? I’ve lived most of my life on the hated east coast…didn’t know it was so hated…

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    So, you ask the question, get an answer and say “for the sake of argument that counts” but then say, so what? Well then, why ask the question?

    And for a democrat to say that cocksman isn’t a qualification I think is blatantly unfair…come on man! The democratic party has had it’s share of cocksmen in the whitehouse!

  • Arch Conservative

    Well I’ve lived all my life in New England but even I know what a joke the rest of the nation, with the exception of maybe certain parts of CA and NYC view the state of Massachusetts as Andy.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    I think it’s really interesting that McCain, who assiduously courted the media during his 2000 campaign (when he had almost no money) and allowed them to ride the Straight Talk Express everywhere he went, and who has pretty much gotten a free ride from the supposedly “left wing” media which research over and over had shown isn’t left wing at all (if you are talking about the mainstream, which I assume you are; of course there are both left wing and right wing media, but nothing, and I mean, nothing like Fox News which gets its talking points directly from the White House) has now practically put the complete kibosh on the media talking to Palin at all lately, cancelled his own interview with Larry King after he got pissed off that Campbell Brown questioned one of his spokesperson’s about Palin’s foreign policy experience (an amazing piece of video, you all should watch it, I provided a link in a previous comment under my “johnny” piece) and is has his people practically foaming at the mouth, lumping the tabloids and MSM together into one huge lump that is out to destroy Palin….
    (whoa, Clav, can you read that sentence? Call Wm. Faulkner for help!!:))

    Gee, talk about irony!!!

    And, really, ladies and gents: all this talk about small town values versus the big city, the hated east coast versus the heartland, bla bla bla….. Minnestoa just posted numbers at 53-42 Obama/McCain and, if I am not mistaken, Minnesota is NOT on the east coast.

    Give up the sterotyping. The small town of Charlottesville, Virginia, is as cosmopolitan or more so than many big cities, as are many college towns, in fact (including those in the midwest and south and west).

    And some larger cities can be incredibly provincial….including according to some, New York City, which lots of people call The Biggest Small Town in the World (including lots of people who live there). So, stop the silly name calling and country dividing. It serves no purpose but that of getting your blood pressure up.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    The biggest little city in the world is Reno, everybody knows that! They even have a sign that says so as you enter town!

  • Clavos

    (whoa, Clav, can you read that sentence? Call Wm. Faulkner for help!!:))

    Faulkner would throw his hands up in despair. Kerouac might have been able to decipher it.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    I talked to Bill Faulkner, and he had this to say:

    knock knock knock
    knock knock knock knock knock
    knock knock
    knock knock knock
    knock

    Hope that clears everything up.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Abso——-lutely.

    –Love, Bill

  • Clavos

    Doc,

    Don’t knock it.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Oh, BTW, Clav, since Palin spent the most of the time last night making jokes about Obama and the rest of the time (again!!) talking about McCain’s being a P.O.W. and said nothing about the Republican platform, would you mind providing a link as to what they actually propose to DO if they do get elected?

    If you recall, I provided such a link in my Hillary article, which you actually liked, since it was not favorable to her. I have spent some time on the McCain website and there is nothing concrete about policy.

    It would be nice if we could see a plan. She said nothing about the economy or health care or the environment.

    You and others continue to say Obama offers nothing about anything(deflect, deflect, deflect) alhough thousands, nay hundreds of thousands, of people heard real concrete ideas from him last week.

    You just don’t like what it does offer

    I doubt you make more than 250,000 grand a year. If you do, congrats, and you will pay more in taxes. I don’t, but if I did, I would gladly pay more. If you don’t, then you have nothing to worry about, tax-wise at the least.

    So, let the few Obama supporters here have a link and then, at the very least, those of us who wish to can have something more than your emotional fervor for Ms. Sarah to understand, at the least, your support of the McCain/Palin ticket.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Lisa, McCain has already publicly repudiated a large portion of the GOP platform and has said that he will not be campaigning on or supporting its provisions.

    Dave

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Doc,

    Don’t knock it.

    Indeed no. BTW, I also tried getting a hold of Kerouac, but he’s not at home. I did see a long trail of disturbed earth, such as a mole might leave, and followed it as far as possible, but with very little success, except that at one point, I did hear some tetchy muttering to the effect that the speaker knew he should have taken that left toin at Albuquoique.

  • Clavos

    Doc,

    I have it on good authority that he pretty much spends all his time on the road…

    Ta-dum

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Next you’ll be asking me to tell you what’s up…

  • Jordan Richardson

    Oh, you bastards.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Sorry, Jordan – was that your line, or did you just spill your coffee?

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Per pro Clavos, who is having some Akismet issues:-

    Lisa,

    Though I obviously did very much enjoy Palin’s speech, and I do admire her, I don’t belong to any political party, and won’t necessarily vote for the Republicans.

    I’ve never campaigned for any candidate anywhere, and likely never will; that’s their job. I wrote about Sarah’s speech, because I liked it (and her), and felt she deserves my support.

    As Dave said, McCain is not campaigning on the party platform. However, I was just on the McCain site and found lots there about where he stands on the issues.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Sorry, Jordan – was that your line, or did you just spill your coffee?

    No, sorry. I try never get drunk outside your own house.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Ok, let me get this straight. McCain is a Republican. He is running as a Republican. But he does not support the Republican party platform. So there is no platform? Or there is a platform but it is not for him. Then who is it for? And when do we find out what he will and will not do, specifically? Tonight? Is there a way to hold him accountable for any “promises” he makes? Say, for example, the things he said to Rick Warren re his choices for the Supreme Court, or what he and Palin will come out in favor of or against in debates? Or is it only going to be more attacking what the Democrats wish to do?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    When did McCain openly and publicly ‘repudiate’ the GOP platform? Party platforms aren’t all that meaningful, but it would be bad form for him to repudiate it.

    And the parts of the platform he disagrees with and will probably ignore are also the parts Palin likely does agree with, eh?

    Dave Nalle becomes more and more rabidly partisan as elections draw near. A great many of his comments about both Obama and Palin are remarkably one-sided, unfair, and extremist, and yet he tells those expressing other opinions about Palin and Obama that they “have lost all claim to credibility.” Yikes.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Gail Collins points out that the perpetual-beltway types Palin criticized in her speech included
    “two very prominent Republican commentators [Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy, talking to Chuck Todd] got caught trashing Palin’s candidacy when they thought an MSNBC microphone had been turned off.”
    [Noonan and Murphy declared that the Palin pick was a mistake, will help with red-state votes but not swing states, and seemed a cynical move for the generally non-cynical McCain to make. Noonan went further, saying the GOP was trying to do something it isn’t good at, following the ‘political bullshit’ trend of ‘adding a narrative’ to the campaign. They also thought the choice was an insult to Kaye Bailey Hutchinson. I’m not agreeing, just reporting, hehe.]

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    I know. I decided not to mention it. But thought it funny Murphy and Noonan got caught being so indiscreet.

    Hey Clav: Since you loved the speech so much, thought you might like this “fun fact.”

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Ok, let me get this straight. McCain is a Republican. He is running as a Republican. But he does not support the Republican party platform. So there is no platform? Or there is a platform but it is not for him. Then who is it for?

    I was going to write an article about this, but thought it was too boring and pointless. Basically, the platform got written as always by a committee which represented various groups and took recommendations from all the state conventions – read my article on the travesty of a platform that was passed in Texas. McCain made suggestions and requests and was largely ignored. The result was a platform with a number of planks which he considered unacceptable, and as previous candidates have done he basically decided he would ignore the platform and run on his own ideas. Many other candidates will do the same.

    The last two platforms were quite moderate, but this year they’ve added planks against gay marriage, abortion and immigration reform which McCain does not agree with. McCain’s opposition to the platform is one of the things which got him the Log-Cabin Republican endorsement last week.

    And when do we find out what he will and will not do, specifically? Tonight?

    Yes, or just go look at his website.

    Is there a way to hold him accountable for any “promises” he makes? Say, for example, the things he said to Rick Warren re his choices for the Supreme Court, or what he and Palin will come out in favor of or against in debates? Or is it only going to be more attacking what the Democrats wish to do?

    Is there any way to hold any of these candidates accountable for what they promise? Has there ever been?

    And BTW, the speech is confirmation that it was Bush’s awkwardness not Mike Scully’s speech writing which was the problem in the past. Give a Scully speech to someone competent and it’s a whole different experience.

    Dave

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    The speech was pretty good, pretty effective, and much more than that for those who dislike Obama and were ‘fired up and ready to go’ with some red-meat insult-lobbing [and done with more flair and good humor than Rudy’s scary-stupid preceding speech].

    But the important question is, how will independent and undecided voters react? Will they take the insult humor seriously? Will they take Palin seriously as a potential president?

    Our GOP friends have stars in their eyes today. But it’s the voters in Ohio and Florida [and to a lesser extent Michigan and Pennsylvania, which are leaning pretty heavily toward the Dems now] who matter.

    I mean, of course the Palin partisans thought it was great. And the MSM were falling all over themselves trying to be ‘fair’ and possibly overpraising the speech in the process.

    They could just possibly have been more diligent in pointing out how utterly lacking in policy the speech was – and how abortions and Jesus were carefully not mentioned lest we be reminded of some of the governor’s views that might seem less, um, cute to middle America.

    But for the delegates in the hall, I’m sure it was magical, just as Obama’s acceptance speech was for many last week.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Daniel Miller

    Re #46, Per pro Clavos, who is having some Akismet issues. . . When I assume my rightfully ordained position as The Messiah The President, Spam will become punishable by death and Akismet will no longer be a problem. Damn, it is a nuisance.

    Dan(Miller)

  • Jordan Richardson

    I’ve been having a few of those Akismet problems myself, but I just copied my post, hit the back button, and tried again. It seemed to work out fine the second time through.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    I’m not sure I like the ‘Daniel Miller’ bit. Makes you sound like a character in The Crucible.

    And not in a good way!

    ;-)

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Daniel Miller

    Doc,

    There didn’t seem to be an option. Everything I submitted as a comment got rejected as spam; even a blank page. I had my ISP change my IP address, tried (unsuccessfully) to contact Akismet and asked Clav for help, and he contacted the mucky-mucks at BC. This went on for more than two days. Nada. Then, I experimented and changed my screen name; the URL didn’t matter, and nothing else did. Changing the screen name worked.

    Oh, well. If it were easy, then anybody could do it.

    Dan(Miller)

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    When did McCain openly and publicly ‘repudiate’ the GOP platform? Party platforms aren’t all that meaningful, but it would be bad form for him to repudiate it.

    His position papers on his website clearly contradict various planks of the platform and he has stated repeatedly that he is running on his agenda, not that of others.

    And the parts of the platform he disagrees with and will probably ignore are also the parts Palin likely does agree with, eh?

    McCain and Palin will certainly agree on quite a few issues, along with most other Republicans. But yes, I’m sure they’ll have differences too. I like the Palin pick, but not because of her stands on social issues. I like her despite them. I like her mainly because she shows that McCain hasn’t sold out and forgotten about reform.

    Dave Nalle becomes more and more rabidly partisan as elections draw near.

    Handy, you do realize that there’s about a 99% chance that I’ll vote for Bob Barr, right?

    A great many of his comments about both Obama and Palin are remarkably one-sided, unfair, and extremist,

    In other words, true but not what you want to hear.

    Dave

  • Heloise

    Dave, is that JFK on the cover of the book up there? Oh, hell no. I hope you’re not comparing the robotic republicans with my man?

    Here’s what I think of your gal Pa’in:

    Palin impales Obama at the RNC. She’s will get what’s coming to her from the media, more of the same. As for her soulmate: McClone, he will help Obama raise another quick 8 million after he speaks.

    A moose mother all dressed up with NOWHERE to go! What a robotic, lying witch. She paid lip service to the GOP in return for all the money she has stolen from the government and the freakin’ people.

    Her town was a damn community. She’s an idiot who had an idiot. It took her six years to graduate with a ba in journalism!

    I am hearing that community folks and organizers are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore from the GOP.

    The neocons hate the left because we love elitists and brainacs. Well what you see is what you get with Dems. While you GOP had stupid Bush but behind closed doors he kept his brains: Rove in Cheney.

    Don’t get me started.

    Heloise

    McCain means Pa’in!

    No more pain for the people from the repugnicans!

    Heloise

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “It really bothers you liberals that the republicans have put an honest to god war hero on their ticket doesn’t it?”

    What likely bothers liberals is that’s all you have to run on. If mentioning McCain was a P.O.W. had been a drinking game, people would have gotten alcohol poisoning the first night. His history didn’t seem to matter to those on the right eight years ago, and the crying over involving Palin’s child after your side rewarded the Bush folks for exploiting McCain’s “black baby” speaks volumes.

    Thanks for the laughs. It is hysterical to see all those on the right fall in love with Palin because she read a speech well after knowing her for less than a week. No doubt you are unaware your reaction is the same as the Obamaniacs.

  • Heloise

    Dave, Right’s convenient amnesia here: NOT ONE GOP speaker breathed “Bush” not one. Pa’in mentioned Obama about fifty times but no one, not one word that started with a B come out of her mouth. Where’s the BUSH? I ask where’s the Bush? No Bush, no problem.

    Heloise

  • bliffle

    “It really bothers you liberals that the republicans have put an honest to god war hero on their ticket doesn’t it?”

    IMO, McCain was not a hero, he was merely a stoic. He took a lot of crap, that’s all. A heroic POW leads an escape (as many have done), or defies authority (Cf, Bridge on River Kwai, or Lloyd Bucher, or even my father-in-law who received a personal commendation from Gen. Eisenhower for escaping 3 nazi prisons).

    One can make the case that John Kerry was more heroic than McCain.

    Anyway, that does not qualify him for presidency. there are millions of men and women who did more heroic actions in our many and various wars.

    Anyhow, it was a long time ago. yet, it seems to be the constant claim of the RNC speakers.

    Over and over McCain claims credit for supporting the surge, but one can argue that the spotty improvements in Iraq are due as much to Al Sadr’s unilateral withdrawal and the purchased loyalty of the iraqi warlords, the famous “Sons of Iraq”. What happens when Al Sadr goes on the warpath again? Perhaps in response to constantly being marginalized in political affairs? What happens when someone else purchass the loyalty of the “Sons of Iraq”?

    What happens is a return of the worst years of the Iraq occupation. There’s no end to this.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Quite a contrast between the two speeches.

    McCain’s podium charisma is almost nonexistent, and yet many moments of his speech held me and seemed heartfelt and strong. I don’t support him for President [because of the Supreme Court, the economy, health care, and his scary militarism], but I think he is a great man.

    His speech actually shows up the Palin address for the slick, shallow glitz that it really was. [Surely not his intention.]

    The crowd shouting “USA!” at [apparently completely silent] protesters who somehow got in, was a bit distracting and the delegates did not help their guy by doing it.

    One minor note that amused me: I thought for a minute he said “Sarah Palin has worked with her hands and nose.” This was very puzzling….then he re-read the line making it clear he meant “and knows…”

  • Clavos

    According to this morning’s Wall Street Journal, 37 million people watched Sarah Palin’s speech.

    The article also discusses how she beat both the oil companies and the crooks in the Alaskan government in the pipeline deal.

  • Arch Conservative

    Dave, Right’s convenient amnesia here: NOT ONE GOP speaker breathed “Bush” not one. Pa’in mentioned Obama about fifty times but no one, not one word that started with a B come out of her mouth. Where’s the BUSH? I ask where’s the Bush? No Bush, no problem.

    Well Heloise I don’t recall a single Democrat at The DNC listing any of the things the Dems have done since they gained control of Congress in 2006 that has made life better for the American people.

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    You all seem to be missing the point on the Palin pick. How exactly does McCain get away with proclaiming that he always puts his “country first” as he selects an unknown, unvetted running mate?

    For a man who, if he were to win, would be the oldest president EVER and who has had 4 bouts with cancer, how exactly is he putting his “country first” with such a reckless pick? Given his circumstances, one would expect a candidate who really puts his “country first” to choose someone who would, first and foremost, be unquestionabley qualified to take command of the country, if need be, on a moment’s notice. Even McCain has said this. Clearly, he was not putting his “country first” with this pick. He was putting himself and his desire to win first.

    I loved Joe Lieberman’s answer when he was questioned about Palin’s qualifications to be president if the need arose. He said, “Well, let’s assume the the best. John’s in great shape…” Sorry, Joe, when the future safety and well-being of the country is at stake, I think it’s probably better to assume the worst.

    You’ll notice that the McCain campaign has a pretty tight leash on her. They’ll let her do scripted events, but they’re going to do all in their power to keep her from having to answer tough questions. I wonder why that is. Add to that the fact that there are lots of landmines out there which apparently were missed by the McCain camp and you’ve got the makings of a first-class disaster.

    Everybody close your eyes for just one second and imagine it’s April 2009. John McCain has sadly passed over to the other side and President Sarah Palin has been sworn in. I wonder if America’s enemies might just be tempted to test the new hockey mom president. Kinda makes you shudder just a little bit, doesn’t it?

    The whole thing is like a wacky Disney movie. Let’s call it “The Accidental President.” It’s the story of a spunky gal from a small Alaskan town who was shooting wolves from a helicopter one day and the next day found herself the leader of the free world. You can imagine the crazy mayhem that ensues! I’m thinking maybe Cameron Diaz could play Sarah and Jamie Lynn Spears could play Bristol.

  • Arch Conservative

    “They’ll let her do scripted events, but they’re going to do all in their power to keep her from having to answer tough questions.”

    Gee that sounds like the Obama camp and their refusal to do town halls with John McCain.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Daniel Miller

    Based on what I have seen thus far, Governor Palin will eat Senator Biden for lunch during the debate, and there won’t even be any bones left over for the poor puppies. We will see.

    Dan(Miller)

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    Gee that sounds like the Obama camp and their refusal to do town halls with John McCain.

    Obama has spent the last 18 months being vetted during the course of the campaign. We know where he stands on the issues and have a pretty clear idea (whether you agree with him or not) of what his level of competency is. This week he’s sitting down with O’Reilly. How about Sarah having a chat with Olbermann? Or anyone who might require her to show some actual knowledge of the world?

    We know virtually nothing about Sarah Palin. And the McCain campaign is going to try to make sure that we only know what THEY want us to know about her. Call me crazy, but I think the American people deserve to get a clear picture of who this woman is, what she believes, and what her level of expertise is on foreign and domestic issues since she could be sitting in the Oval Office in a matter of months.

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    Based on what I have seen thus far, Governor Palin will eat Senator Biden for lunch during the debate, and there won’t even be any bones left over for the poor puppies. We will see.

    We’ll see, indeed. We’ll see if she’s ready to be president or just ready to read speeches written by George Bush’s speechwriter.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    “Based on what I’ve seen thus far”…

    Palin may be great at thinking on her feet, but nothing you’ve seen “thus far” has demonstrated that a bit.

    Whereas many observers thought Biden did very well indeed in the Democratic primary debates.

    Debate moderators won’t be able to resist lobbing tough foreign policy questions to see how she reacts. This doesn’t guarantee failure, but the GOP is taking no chances that she will commit a hype-deflating gaffe at the moment.

    Gov. Palin’s supporters have put her on quite a pedestal, as if she’s practically perfect in every way [like Mary Poppins]. This could prove to be an unsustainable position.

  • troll

    …can anyone tell me what the status of the republican ticket would be if McCain were to keel over tomorrow – ?

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    troll,

    No problem. Miss Congeniality, the first runner up, will just step up, assume the crown and scepter, and serve in his stead.

    B

  • troll

    in which case the debates would be between Palin and Obama – ?

    that I’d like to see

  • troll

    (geeeze – sorry Mac)

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    I hate to disagree with B-Tone, but I don’t think Palin would automatially become the nominee if McCain were to die between now and the election. I think the GOP would hold another mini-convention at which they would be free to nominate whoever they choose.