I was going to give my in depth analysis of Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech Wednesday night, but wouldn’t you all rather read what Michael Barone had to say about it? She had a very strong debut, but she does have more work to do. The McCain campaign is doing a smart thing by keeping her away from the Sunday shows for now, but eventually she’s going to have to do some interviews and finish off Joe Biden to show that she can handle herself without a script. I feel more confident about this than I did before her speech on Wednesday, and I am cautiously optimistic that she can survive whatever the media decides to throw at her. The McCain campaign should be wary of casting Palin as a victim, because it’s quite clear that she can take the punches.
About McCain’s acceptance speech — he got through it ok, no thanks to the Code Pink morons who interrupted him at the beginning. Obama will always have the edge in speechmaking ability, but John McCain’s life story is compelling, and McCain told that story as well as he could. The McCain campaign does need to be more judicious with the use of McCain’s military service and former POW status in speeches and rallies, because he runs the risk of trivializing that service. Take John Kerry for example — the running gag is that, by the way, did you know he served in Vietnam? McCain’s military service is a wonderful example of service to our country above and beyond the call of duty. I respect it, but he can’t win an election without talking about kitchen table issues in addition to his bio.
So says Barack to the rumor mongers:
At a press avail in Monroe, Mich., Barack Obama on Palin: “Back off these kinds of stories.
“I have said before, and I will repeat again: People’s families are off-limits,” Obama said. “And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldnt be a topic of our politics.”
On charges that his campaign has stoked the story via liberal blogs:
“I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us,” he said. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired.”
The new politics of the Obama fans — sheep, I call them — sure looks a lot like the old politics. Is it too much to ask that attacks on Governor Palin are based on facts and not idle speculation by the Daily Kos and Andrew Sullivan??? I’m not going to give either site the benefit of a link because they should be ashamed of themselves for printing the rumors about Governor Palin’s son Trig actually being her daughter’s child. No proof here…but why should that surprise us? If Daily Kos or Andrew Sullivan had any credibility with me before, this stunt would have changed that in a hurry. Like I said, old politics. Time for Obama to throw some more acquaintances under his bus. There should be no place for this in this campaign season.
Now before I am accused of a double standard, let me just say, I had nothing to do with any rumors that may have been spread about Senator Obama being a Muslim, or terrorist, or any of that. I don’t believe any of those rumors, and neither do the American people. That’s the point. As despicable as this is, these rumors won’t stick without proof. Same with Governor Palin. The burden of proof doesn’t lie with the McCain campaign, it lies with Sullivan and Daily Kos, because these sites are the ones making these serious allegations.
We can all be partisan without being ugly and resorting to this garbage.
And for the record, Amanda Carpenter at Townhall reports that:
DailyKos is is wrong on when the photo was taken. It was taken, and published, by the Anchorage Daily News in 2006. Baby Trig, a Down’s Syndrome child, was born on April 18, 2008. That’s a long time for a teen girl to be carrying a “bump” which looks nothing more than the curve of a tight sweater.
Indeed. I know what to expect from those two sites I mentioned, but I never expected this guy would be part of advancing this fraudulent story.
What a pleasant surprise this is — John McCain shocks us all by choosing the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. The McCain campaign did an outstanding job keeping us in suspense until the last 2-3 hours before her official introduction. This is one heck of a risk, as we are presently seeing with the current Democrat attacks on her, but the payoff could be huge. If Friday was the country’s first introduction to Governor Palin, it was an impressive debut for her. She came across as very personable and as someone who can sell the conservative message in a way that McCain cannot. Her appeal is more than just gender-based. She has working class credibility. She’s a mom as well as a lifetime member of the NRA. She’s not only pro-life, but she has practiced what she preaches by deciding to have a baby that she knew would have Down’s Syndrome. Then there’s her record of fighting corruption in Alaska even against fellow Republicans. What’s not to like?
Conservatives dodged a bullet with this pick, because apparently McCain was very close to picking Joe Lieberman. He was still considering it as late as this past Monday. When I first heard about McCain’s choice, my initial reaction was that the base may have sabotaged McCain by suggesting Governor Palin. I love her story, and I think she’s a great representative for women and for Republicans, but I’m not sure she’s ready to be Vice President. It’s entirely possible that she’s more ready to be VP than Barack Obama is to be President, but this isn’t the best argument for her. The following weeks before the election will give us an indication of how ready she is to handle the demands of the national spotlight, and I will be watching her and cheering her on, because conservatism needs representatives like Governor Palin in Washington, D.C.