July 27, 2009
My old foe Signor Ferrari commented a few posts below asking my opinion on Sarah Palin. I’ve been meaning to write something on her, so here is where I stand:
I think Sarah Palin was a smart, capable woman who was thrust into the national spotlight before she was ready. This pretty much destroyed her.
One thing no one ever mentions about her (and something I actually picked up from a McCain staffer who hates her) is that one of the main reasons she flubbed so many answers during the campaign was that she wasn’t answering for herself but for the McCain campaign. She could probably tell you which Supreme Court decisions she agrees or disagrees with, but likely had no idea which ones McCain agreed or disagreed with, she just didn’t have the time to memorize all of his quirky opinions. She’s best when she’s being herself, she could not be herself as McCain’s running mate.
Having said all that, I maintain that stepping down from her governorship ends her political career. America might overlook inexperience, they did in electing Barack Obama, but they won’t overlook quitting a post to which you were elected to trapaise around the country running for president for 3 years. They rather you neglect your duties, again like Obama, than abandon them completely.
I could be wrong. She could become some type of spokesperson for the Republican party, she doesn’t have a job after all and talking is pretty easy, and make a roaring comeback in ‘12 or ‘16. But I doubt it. She can never pick up the managerial experience she was getting as governor anywhere else. And if she couldn’t handle the hassles of being governor of Alaska, how could she ever be president?
July 7, 2009
I still think she made a big mistake in stepping down from her elected post, but this Roger Simon article makes some interesting points about misunderestimating Sarah Palin.
July 3, 2009
I agree with Ed Morrissey, it’s the end of Sarah Palin. What she had, more than anything else, was a toughness and a dedication to her position. She blew all that with her announcement today.
Mark Halperin has ten possible reasons why Sarah Palin is resigning. My opinion, obviously barring some actual scandal, is that it’s #10:
10. If she wants to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, she needs to spend more time raising money, establishing her international and national expertise, and traveling the Lower 48. And she needs to start now.
I also think it’s a mistake. Leaving an elected post is never a plus for a candidate. Obama remained a (terrible, do-nothing) senator until the end.
October 31, 2008
I’ve got a piece on Sarah Palin up now at Jewcy.
UPDATE: Via Tom Elliott, a video of my retarded neighborhood reacting to a guy holding a McCain t-shirt.
October 6, 2008
October 2, 2008
Yes, I really am planning to blog again but between my day job, wedding planning and general engagement excitement it’s kind of hard to focus on politics. I think I’ll be attending one or more of the debate parties tonight, just not sure which one(s) yet. Go Palin! She needs a homerun or this game might just be over.
September 19, 2008
Ms. Grose posited that some of the anger was because Mrs. Palin, a former beauty pageant winner, resembled a high school homecoming queen. “She has always embodied that perfectly pleasing female archetype, playing by the boys’ game with her big guns and moose murdering, and that she keeps being rewarded for it,” Ms. Grose wrote.
A psychiatrist and conservative blogger, Patricia Santy, said the strong emotional reactions are driven by Mrs. Palin’s differing with the left-leaning political agenda of many feminists. “Their entire image of themselves is based on the fact that they are paving the way for women. What do they see? Women getting ahead, women being empowered who don’t agree with them,” Dr. Santy said.
I realize I’m about to mention Dawn Summers in three posts before 10am but she did say it best: “no one hates women more than women.”
In other news, I still have yet to wear my “Sarah Palin is my homegirl” shirt outside. I was going to wear it today but this article plus the fact that I need to get a haircut is putting me off. What if the chick at the salon is one of these women and gives me a bad cut out of spite? Isn’t it atrocious that these kinds of things seriously need to be considered?
September 15, 2008
The fact that John McCain announced his pick of Sarah Palin for VP on the Friday before Labor Day weekend meant that I missed most of the commentary surrounding the pick that happened that weekend. Like this post by Mark Steyn. An excerpt:
Third, real people don’t define “experience” as appearing on unwatched Sunday-morning talk shows every week for 35 years and having been around long enough to have got both the War on Terror and the Cold War wrong. (On the first point, at the Gun Owners of New Hampshire dinner in the 2000 campaign, I remember Orrin Hatch telling me sadly that he was stunned to discover how few Granite State voters knew who he was.) 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. She’s done the stuff he’s merely a poseur about. Post-partisan? She took on her own party’s corrupt political culture directly while Obama was sucking up to Wright and Ayers and being just another get-along Chicago machine pol (see his campaign’s thuggish attempt to throttle Stanley Kurtz and Milt Rosenberg on WGN the other night).
Fourth, Governor Palin has what the British Labour Party politician Denis Healy likes to call a “hinterland” – a life beyond politics. Whenever Senator Obama attempts anything non-political (such as bowling), he comes over like a visiting dignitary to a foreign country getting shanghaied into some impenetrable local folk ritual. Sarah Palin isn’t just on the right side of the issues intellectually. She won’t need the usual stage-managed “hunting” trip to reassure gun owners: she’s lived the Second Amendment all her life. Likewise, on abortion, we’re often told it’s easy to be against it in principle but what if you were a woman facing a difficult birth or a handicapped child? Been there, done that.
Love. Her. If the Cowboys weren’t on tonight (and therefore I have to wear something Cowboys related), today would be the day the Upper West Side would see my shirt. Tomorrow!
September 7, 2008
I keep meaning to blog about how British media is really the worst at understanding the Sarah Palin phenomenon (I mean, honestly, I can’t wait till the Guardian adopts an American town like last time, hopefully in Ohio again) but this Brit gets it right:
When a hate campaign goes wrong, however, disaster follows. And everything that could go wrong with the campaign against Palin did. American liberals forgot that the public did not know her. By the time she spoke at the Republican convention, journalists had so lowered expectations that a run-of-the-mill speech would have been enough to win the evening.
As it was, her family appeared on stage without a goitre or a club foot between them, and Palin made a fighting speech that appealed over the heads of reporters to the public we claim to represent. ‘I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion,’ she said as she deftly detached journalists from their readers and viewers. ‘I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.’
September 3, 2008
Gauntlet? Thrown. Game? On. Palin hit it out of the park. She did what she needed to do and sanks God…I was getting worried that she was going to be pulled off the ticket and I still think having a novelty candidate on the Republican ticket helps diffuse the “chance taking” feeling about voting for Obama. I’m still worried about the vice presidential debate…Palin can be nasty, so Biden’s going to have to fight, but God help him if he pulls a Lazio. Yikes. Of course, the knowledge that McCain has to face Obama three times gives me hope. And change.
August 29, 2008
Quick, and provisional bottom line: The upside: She’s the best of the dark horses because she’s an exciting, exotic (yet heartlandish) female pick. The base will love her. She’s a true outsider and the only person in the race with serious executive experience. This will have to mean McCain’s flipping on ANWR, which will make gas prices a central issue.
Downside: She may not be ready for primetime. The heartbeat-from-the-presidency issue is a real one.
I would’ve preferred someone from a blue or swing state, with slightly more experience than she’s got, but Sarah Palin is a solid conservative and a solid choice. And she’ll make Biden look like a Washington-entrenched grandpa. Bring them on.