August 30, 2008 A Maverick Choice by Victor Davis Hanson NRO’s The Corner
The wisdom or error in selecting Palin will be determined later, when the public gets to know her, hears her speak and debate, and the mad-dog, in-the-tank press goes after every detail in her bio. She will have a very thin margin of error as far as gaffes go, in as much as the Quayle syndrome will be quickly invoked at the slightest slip.
But in political terms today, right now, one can appreciate the political brilliance of her appointment, which — given Obama's doctrinaire liberal laundry-list speech — turns the attention to the McCain camp and will hinder the Democratic convention bounce.
1. The pick appeals to the Hillary independent voter and forces Obama to go easy, since he doesn't want both a primary and general election in which liberal women thought he and his MSNBC media henchmen took the sexist, mean-spirited low road. Given McCain's 72 years, women will realize that the role and future of this VP is no token appointment.
2. Conservatives and the base will be OK with both her positions and her life narrative; no defections as threatened with a Lieberman pick.
3. On energy, she will either blunt McCain's unreasonable opposition to ANWR, or, in fact — as an Alaskan pro-driller — give him the opening necessary to "evolve" on the issue into a support for drilling there.
4. In a Zen way it raises the inexperience issue, inviting Obama to critique a fresh VP as "inexperienced" and thereby automatically turn the same scrutiny to his as-thin-or-even-thinner resume for the more important job.
5. McCain can keep running those Biden-attacking-Obama ads, with little worry that he would get the same back had he nominated a primary rival with a Biden-like campaign trail.
6. One governor, even with brief executive experience, still contrasts with three Senate legislators in the race.
7. Obama's "change" mantra and sermons on Washington insiders are suddenly null and void due to both VP picks: McCain went for an outsider, Obama went for the classical uber-insider.
8. As any one who has met her can attest, Palin has a charismatic presence and winning personality that could help whittle away at Obamania.
9. Much of the arsenal of the left-wing critique of the last eight hate-Bush years is starting to evaporate. Both McCain and Palin have or will have sons in Iraq; both are not easily identified as hard-core insensitive Republicans; McCain's eroding maverick status is rejuvenated with this running-mate pick.
10. Let us hope that energy now becomes the key issue. Given Obama's sorta-sorta-not references to gas, nuclear, and coal — and not much about drilling, McCain-Palin can really hit hard on natural gas, oil, nuclear, and coal as the perfect U.S.-dominated, at-home transition to alternative fuels that save the treasury and our national security — all much more appealing than Obama's quixotic windmill and solar-panel melodramas.
For today, the timing and choice were inspired; now we await how Gov. Palin fares when the "new," "transcendent" — and vicious — leftwing political attacks come.
Proof of God's existence for him is a natural disaster that coincides with a political event. Death, destruction and pestilence are worthy of his praise, as long as Republicans are in office and black people are dying.
"George W. Bush hates black people."
Remember rapper Kane West’s proclamation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Liberals love to blame Republicans for their own failings. New Orleans is a black city with a black mayor yet, somehow it was President Bush and the Federal governments fault that Black people didn’t have the good sense to leave the city during a Cat 5 storm?
Now Michael Moore marvels at the providence of God because once again, New Orleans is in peril…while the Republicans are in convention!
Michael Moore is a SiCKO.
Here’s another take…
For the second time in three years, a destructive hurricane is bearing down on the Crescent City. George W. Bush is still the President of the United States, but this time things are different. This time New Orleans is prepared. This time a plan is in place and leadership is responsive...
What has changed? Why is Louisiana prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav?
Gov. Bobby Jindal is the reason for why.
Elections matter and the citizens of Louisiana voted for "change they could believe in” by placing a Republican in office. The incumbent Democrat, Kathleen Blanco didn't even run.
If Hurricane Gustav does make land fall in the great state of Louisiana, this time the storm will be met with an organized and disciplined state operation. The contrast will be sharp. Self-reliance and responsibility will fare better than dependency and blame.
The stars were aligned, the stage was set. On the very anniversary of one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and what could arguably be called the realization of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Barack Obama squandered a once in a lifetime opportunity to link his accomplishments to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision.
Visually, it was the dream realized. America's first American of Kenyan descent, the presidential nominee for a major political party. Sadly, audibly, it was a reoccurring Democrat nightmare filled with tired liberal clichés and empty promises.
If Obama would have linked this historic accomplishment to Dr. King’s vision, he could have given America a new vision for the first of half of the 21st century!
But he didn’t.
Instead of “a dream realized” we got an unoriginal, uninspired, warmed over stump speech -- tired rhetoric about failed policies. Obama would have been better served if he had dusted off his keynote address from four years prior.
In the end, pride and arrogance robbed Barrack Obama of his iconic place in history. What could have been his moment soon will only be remembered as the *first outdoor acceptance speech -- slightly more symbolic than the Million Man March.
For me, the night was empty . . . like the man and his ideas -- all flash, little substance, no vision.
Correction: First out door acceptance speech since JFK's, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum address.
"Again he [Barack Obama] carries with him the history of tonight. And it's important to point out, as we have not so far, Barack Obama was not given this nomination, he won it. He was not offered a nice title like Secretary of State, like Condoleezza Rice got from the Republicans. He was not offered the title of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as Colin Powell was, or Secretary of State. He won the nomination of a Democratic Party voting together. He defeated all other opponents and took the prize and took the leadership. He is the chosen leader of the Democratic Party."
"He is not some popular appointment or a showcase appointment. He is the victor here tonight. That's why he dictates the agenda. That's why he says, personally, what the Democratic Party will do if he's elected President. He is the leader of the party. He may be the leader of the country through a democratic process. It is so vital to understand the history being made here tonight. This is not something cute or wonderful. It is something compelling and powerful. This country has changed its history." - Chris Matthews
So according to Mr. Matthews, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell were given their positions. Affirmative Action. Tokens. Showcase. Step and Fetch. Black face. Joint Chiefs, Secretary of State... All because they were "selected, not elected."
Shame on Chris Matthews who used the accomplishments of one American to demean the achievement of others. I really don't understand why Matthews chose to diminish this historical moment by interjecting his own racist bias, but he did.
He is a disgrace to an already disgraceful network.