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Monday, June 30, 2008

More praise from Bill Kristol

On the heels of his prediction of a Palin nomination on "Fox News Sunday", Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol went on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" yesterday for the sole purpose of discussing Sarah Palin. I specifically liked the fact that he never once mentioned Palin's gender as an issue, shooting down the idea that she would be merely an "affirmative action" pick.

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was an Obama sized crowd for her, filling an arena!

Pay attention to how she moves and walks as she shakes hands.

Anonymous said...

there's a part of me that thinks its almost a bad sign that kristol has taken up the palin for vp cause. he definitely belives in it, and makes the really key points we all agree with on why she's the best choice, but there's an element of 'i know this isn't gonna happen' in his wording and gestures that i find unnerving.

Kristofer said...

#2, he always talks like that.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Kristol wouldn't be doing this if he didn't think he had a good reason, and he definitely wouldn't be phrasing it as a prediction. Plus, he definitely has at least on source at McCain HQ...Micheal Goldfarb.

Goldfarb is a Weekly Standard writer and editor of the magazine's blog. However, he is currently on leave from the Standard and has been hired by the McCain campaign to run the "McCain Report" blog at johnmccain.com. Goldfarb said repeatedly that he was "on the Palin bandwagon" when he was blogging for the Standard, and was very excited about her potential as a McCain VP. Hence, I don't think it is a total coincidence that, now that Goldfarb is working for Team McCain, his once-and-future boss is taking up Palin as a VP choice.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

And Kristofer is right, Kristol does always talk like that.

Ted said...

Since it appears that it may all be down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin vs. Mitt Romney for McCain's Veep, things like Kristol's repeated and pointed Palin endorsements may have lead team Romney to fear that Palin now has the best shot. Thus, it appears that yesterday the Romney camp mounted its blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

The tip-off that Politico was just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction — hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

Also, CNN had Romney — kind of out of the blue — attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

As previously indicated, all the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” — essentially free to McCain — will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).

Ginger said...

do you think that the "leaks" about Romney being #1 on the VP list is from his people making sure he stays relevant? Interesting that Sarah Pallin's name was missing considering her name has kept popping up alleewk.

Anonymous said...

Ted - You from UK? I have seen you pop up on politicalbetting.com

Ginger said...

hey Ted you and I were separated by birth. You more eloquent than I but still seeing the same thing. The Romney campaign (PAC) still has Matt Rhodes Matt Drudges's friend on staff that is why you see few complimentary articles about McCain right now. Trust me this would change if Romney was the VP. Otherwise people on the Romney camp want Obama to win as the Hillary people want Mccain.

Ted said...

ginger, is the Pope Catholic?

Ginger said...

Haha. Yes if McCain wants a post Dem convention bounce he won't get it with Romney. Romney doesn't represent change and never really connected with the voters. Considering Romney had to put at least $40 million of his own money in why do people think he is such a fundraising machine?

Ted said...

I'm from Boston. Here's some other interesting tidbits. Local Radio conservative (extremely humorous and popular) talk show host, WRKO's Howie Carr -- who for obvious reasons closely supports local-guy Romney (has jested with him on air a number of times) -- yesterday raised the Politico story touting Romney as top Veep pick by the 'insiders'. When a couple of callers raised Palin, Carr (who would seemingly like Palin) kind of dismissed her vis a vis Romney, making jokes that Palin's great looks were what was generating caller interest.

Also note that national talk show host Hugh Hewitt, connected at the hip with Romney (wrote the book "A Morman in the Whitehouse) touts Politico, Romney and has dismissed Palin as being only from Alaska.

And finally, just as I'm writing this I'm hearing local NPR station citing the 'important' Politico website reiterating Romney is the top McCain pick (for his money). And we all know who NPR would want to win the general election, and it ain't the GOP. Also saw on-line coverage of Politico-Romney on local TV stations.

Clearly, Romney has made a full court press and the lefty media has joined with him (ironically for opposite reasons -- Romney wants the slot as McCain's Veep to win; the lefty MSM wants Romney on the ticket, instead of Palin, so the GOP will lose the general election).

Dave J. said...

Ted, like you I'm from Boston (originally, though I live in Fort Lauderdale) and find the whole idea that Romney became the golden boy of conservatives during the primary completely bizarre. Mitt Romney has no principles other than the political advancement of Mitt Romney, and for McCain to pick him as his running mate would be a total disaster. Palin would help McCain; Romney would hurt him.

ginger said...

I live outside of Boston. Yes about Howie we have him and others to thank for Deville Deval the original Yes We Can man. I heard Obama's people don't want Deval near him so the public will not see the comparison. The conservatives waited and waited for their perfect candidate to show up,( it was not Fred Thompson) McCain got in front of Romney and because they couldn't control Mac the right wing talk show crowd globbed on to Mitt. In four years if/ when they find their candidate they will drop him. If Mac wins it will bode best for a centrist Republican in the future which ironically is where Romney started from.

Anonymous said...

Palin needs to get on a Sunday talk show.

Anonymous said...

I believe Kristol is an advisor to McCain.

Kristofer said...

Kristol is not advising McCain.

NRO suggested it last week.

Anonymous said...

Article;

http://news.yahoo.com/s/realclearpolitics/20080701/cm_rcp/mccains_vp_conundrum

Dr. Vicki said...

Romney could bring a lot of money in from his big donors, which is good. But, whether you think this is right or wrong, Romney's Mormon religion hurts him with Evangelicals. Many Evangelicals see Mormonism as a subversion of Christianity. Secondly, his wishy washy position on right to life is another nail in that coffin. Governor Palin has three real pluses, she shores up the Christian conservative leg of the party, she strengthens the women's vote, and she brings in a fresh perspective on how we should deal with our energy crisis. I hope Sen McCain has the courage/guts to make this pick. It will take guts to do it.

Anonymous said...

65 percent of voters now think the gasoline price is the #1 issue.

This IS gov Palin's issue.

Kristofer said...

dr. v,

Guts has never been lacking in McCain. He needs to soften his image. It is hurting him with voters (esp. women). That is what Bush did, and then Gore tried to counter with those earth-tone colors and that kiss at the DNC convention.

All the pundits who think McCain is going to pick someone connected to the DC inside are on cloud-9.
Good news for us is that McCain never listens to conventional wisdom. :)

Anonymous said...

Adam, Bill McAllister just signed on as Communications Director for Sarah Palin. Interesting?

I did not realize she had this position available?

Anonymous said...

http://www.dcabloob.com/2008/07/sarah-palin-wins-dcabloob-republican.html

Anonymous said...

Let's hope bill sets up a massive media blitz for Palin!

Andres said...

I wouldn't think too much of the Romney rumors. The only thinkg more dangerous than putting Romney on the ticket is making Palin seem inevitable right now. It is still time for Obama to change his mind on Clinton. The fear of Palin might cause the Obama camp to do something first. I tell you, the narrative of Obama/Clinton has changed among the blogosphere in the past week and nothing could kill McCain/Palin faster. The more inevitable Romney seems, the better for Palin's chances.

Anonymous said...

I suppose we want to ensure that Obama is locked into his choice of VP before announcing Palin, perhaps? I have heard one idea of annoucning the GOP VP nomination at the tail end of the Dem conference, by which time Obama will have had to announce his.

Kristofer said...

Sarah has been invited to speak at GOPAC.

Anonymous said...

I got my McCain/Palin 2008 shirt from Cafepress.

It looks cool. My old Buzz Lightyear mug is going in the cupboard too, at least until McCain picks someone else or some time after the election.

Dave J. said...

Boston-area Palin4VP blogbash sometime this week, before I go back to Florida?

Kristofer said...

Just Released Newsweek Article on Se. Steven's.

The scandal has Alaskans—who long ago turned a blind eye to their leaders' excesses—wondering if an era of big-talking, pork-slinging pols has come to an end. The oil culture is changing: though prices are at a record high, production is dropping. Even a whiff of wrongdoing is now enough to provoke scrutiny. Alaskans recently elected Gov. Sarah Palin, a young reformer with a squeaky-clean reputation. At 43, she speaks for a new generation of Alaskans who were baffled when Uncle Ted referred to the Internet as a "series of tubes."

Ted said...

Andres, I more than share your concern completely, the risk of an Obama/Clinton ticket is growing more real, which means absolutely McCain MUST OFFICIALLY TAP PALIN BEFORE THAT HAPPENS (which if Obama/Clinton went first, would be more than disastrous for a Palin pick).

SO, SENATOR MCCAIN, why wait any longer. Palin is more than vetted. DO IT NOW! tonight, tommorrow, tie in with July 4th, but do it already. I will personally volunteer to help take care of Sarah's new baby if that's what it takes!

It's clear Romney's last trial balloon via Politico reveales he's not the one, nor is Pawlenty. There is no other logical choice.

Energy Independence, New Energy for America. Sarah Palin!

Senator McCain, be the maverick that you are and take command of the election process (and the poor Dems will be left to react).

Anonymous said...

Ted,

Clinton is not going to happen. Obama cannot even get Bill Clinton to endorse him. Let us get serious.

BigRob-68 said...

There is an article in Politico today on Newt's Drill Now Campaign that is gathering momemtum. It has relevance to Palin. The more she gets on the networks and cable shows the more the general public will see what the persons on this blog see. The link is at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/11436.html.

Anonymous said...

I am in a heated argument over Palin and Rudy in Race42008. Please come help.

Anonymous said...

Bit of a quiet day for Palin news :(

Ted said...

Not that quiet. Listen to Sarah Palin on Lars Larson's national radio show tell Lars she's confident she'll convince McCain to favor drilling in ANWR:

http://www.larslarson.com/blog;jsessionid=350482C4098A01B24881CD867765CA38?action=viewBlog&blogID=-683756390921187428

Anonymous said...

http://apps.facebook.com/veepstakes/ buy shares in palin!! woop

Ted said...

OK anonymous, then Obama/Sebelius. Either way, I believe the chances of Obama tapping a female are mounting significantly, which is why McCain/Palin needs to be announced very soon. Since there's so much to the Palin story, I don't believe she'll become "old news" but she'll remain fresh and growingly exciting to McCain campaign. (This may be why Palin's swiftly bringing back the Alaska legislature to vote on the gasline.)

Anonymous said...

Ted, Obama is not picking a woman. He and his campaign stated they need someone with experience, specifically foreign policy experience. Unfortunately, the Dem's are lacking in that area (women), so it will be a whie male. Palin needs a month to get AGIA passed. Be patient. The longer this goes on, the better chance we have. If McCain makes a rush pick, we are in trouble.

Palin is just starting to receive equal media coverage.

Ted said...

Believe me, the LAST thing I want is a look back "I told you so" -- but the Obama/Sebelius thing is real. Assuming this can be done in a way not to jeopardize Palin's gas pipeline initiative, SENATOR MCCAIN, IGNORE EVERYONE ELSE'S ADVICE SAVE MINE, WHICH IS TAP SARAH PALIN RIGHT NOW -- start driving this campaign right now! Shortly it may be too late, see this for example re Sebelius:

http://respublica.typepad.com/respublica/2008/07/more-veep-talk.html

Ted said...

And by the way, Kathleen Sebelius is a much much more attractive candidate than is Hillary Clinton, personality, personna, Presidential looks, no big hips, no baggage (ala Bill etc.), Governor w/admin & executive experience, mid-America conservative state (Kansas)...

Anonymous said...

Sebelius is a paper-Catholic. She might appeal to moderates/independents, but Catholics will be turned off by her strong efforts to push abortion. The bishop out there has already told her in effect she should not be receiving the Eucharist. Practicing Catholics will not vote for her because she is lite Kerry and Pelosi, fake-Catholics who push abortion.

I'm not sure it helps Obama that much if he picks her first before McCain picks Palin. It would be interesting to see two Veep candidates colliding on abortion: The one who walks the walk of life and the phony who uses her power to push the killing of the unborn.

Dr. Vicki said...

I think the big advantage of tapping Gov. Palin early is that, if you followed the Clinton Obama battle, Obama has a tendency to look like a copy cat. He got a lot of criticism for just mimicking the other candidates and not really having his own ideas. If McCain taps a woman first, I think it would be really hard for Obama to do so and not look sort of silly. Thus giving Sen McCain the edge in choosing a creative vp. Obama is lurching hard toward the center now to try and draw in those independents. Seems like he just about has to go with someone pretty solid with a long history of known behaviors. Somebody like Biden. I think Hill would rather be Senate Majority Leader. If Obama loses after all of the brouhaha, she would be a near shoe in for the next democratic presidential nomination. She must know that.

Anonymous said...

why does Obama choosing Sebelius preclude McCain choosing Palin?

Ted said...

Obama/Sebelius ticket is not catering to pro-lifers!

Moreover, none other than President Bush is now jumping on the Palin bandwagon (without ever mentioning her name, knowing that would do no good for McCain/Palin).

See this breaking at top of headlines on DrudgeReport:

"Bush urges Americans to pressure Congress to allow more oil exploration in USA..."

That is the EXACT SAME MANTRA Palin initiated (with her letter to Sen Harry Reid etc.) and has been preaching round the media last few days.

Ted said...

Anonymous, if Obama went first with Sebelius, the media would portray McCain picking Palin as a desperate and defensive gimmick (merely "picking a woman to pick a woman") which would drown out even the remarkable Palin story.

The GOP and McCain would be seen as reacting rather than leading.

I'll go so far as saying that if McCain were to let Obama go first with, say, Sebelius, it would be the biggest blunder and lost opportunity for the GOP's prospective future in a generation -- in addition to dooming McCain's run for the Presidency in defeat.

Ted said...

See this thread of comments on "Southern Appeal" blog -- albeit began last month, more recent comments at the bottom are more than compelling (McCain do it now; NO reason, only risk, in waiting):

http://www.southernappeal.org/index.php/archives/2733#comment-259269

Anonymous said...

ted

I've read speculation that one of Hillary's demands for campaigning for Obama would be that he doesn't take another woman as a running mate.

Not sure if there is any truth to that.

Ted said...

Anonymous, even if Obama doesn't tap a woman, Palin should be tapped now or ASAP! Every day lost of not having the public aware of Palin as Veep is costing McCain oodles and oodles of media coverage, excitement and money.

Anonymous said...

Ted - she has just summoned the Alaska legislators back for an extraordinary session, from what I recall it is on the 9th. Maybe after that?

Ted said...

From that day forward, that is from McCain/Palin forward, McCain is in the drivers seat running the campaign and the Dems are, accordingly, drained of Obama pizzazz which will be overwhelmed by the Palin story -- even to the point (I'll say) that Obama movement is going to look "reactionary", old hat, tired, next to Palin.

Anonymous said...

The waiting is the worst. Hopefully she can appear more on the media re: pipeline contracts.

Anonymous said...

I'm from outside Boston too. While I think there's interest in Romney by McCain camp, I think the mandated health care plan Mitt left us with would be a huge talking point against McCain/Romney. And also, Mitt didn't pass the excitement test in the primaries.
Sarah would definately get some much needed media coverage for McCain. Have you noticed it's all Obama--front pages, blogs etc.?
And I agree-he should select his VP BEFORE Obama!

Ishmael said...

Elephantman,
I admire your tenacity in this cause. I still don't think she'll run, even if she winds up being asked. She's said so on may occasions. I'm predicting a just-off primetime speech from her at the convention, setting her up like the Dems did with Obama a few years ago.
Cheers.
Ish

Ted said...

Ishmael, Palin never said she would not run if asked at some point; she merely has expressed an opinion, on a number of occasions, on the likelihood or not of her being asked.

If you listen to her radio discussion with Fox's John Gibson the other day, clearly she would take it if asked. And clearly she is being considered. She's admitted to that.

Anonymous said...

Check out this article! WOW!

http://www.homertribune.com/article.php?aid=3098

This is Obama-like affection.

Anonymous said...

If she does get the nod people there will surely miss her!

Anonymous said...

My co-worker is from Alaska and I asked her about Sarah Palin and she LOVES her and thinks she is doing an outstanding job in Alaska. She thinks Palin on a ticket would definitely win, but she thinks there is still a lot to do in Alaska.

My concern is:
1. Sarah Palin may feel there is still lots for her to do in Alaska and doesn't want to leave the job to the next governor (who probably won't be as good).
2. McCain is too old-school/sexist/short-sighted/whatever to give Sarah Palin an honest chance at the VP slot and will end up picking someone boring.

I'm glad to see Bill Kristol and Glenn Beck and others with a positive response but I'm a bit dismayed at some of the others who are dismissing her out of hand - either out of sexism or the "she's just from Alaska" criticism when there are no such comments made when it is a man who is not a name candidate either.

Ted said...

anonymous, re your #1 concern, as much as Palin may not want to leave her job in Alaska, based on what she's said publicly, she will, to serve her country as VP; and re your concern #2, if McCain really feels that way, and then acts on that feeling, he likely won't win the election anyway, is too out of touch or dumb to be President, or actually wants to lose the election.

Anonymous said...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnews/20080702/ts_usnews/gopenvisionsgephardtaspossibleobamarunningmate

gephardt for Obama's VP ?

Kristofer said...

Ted,

I am sure McCain will make his selection very soon (he admitted to spending a lot of time on the issue lately), but vetting and prep. (McCain stated that he wants his VP ready/not an ill-prepared Quayle), it will be a month before we find out.

The good news is that John McCain will probably pick a Governor, not a DC insider.

Ted said...

Kristofer, seems to me there's already been all the vetting (Palin's made some political enemies along the way in Alaska, and no real dirt has ever showed up). So, whether or not McCain waits further, I don't think it's for vetting; it would seem it is for either and/or both Alaska Srate or McCain political reasons. And insofar as McCain's run for Pres, I don't see any reason to wait, only serious downside potential, costs, and lost opportunity and excitement (while simultaneously depressing the Obama camp). But, of course, there may be considerations on which I am not aware.

In any event, I certainly hope that McCain doesn't wait so long that Obama makes his pick first!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and hope you won't mind a comment from the "other side of the aisle." I was a democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in the primary. I've recently reregistered as an Independent as a protest for the party leadership dragging Obama across the finish line, screwing over the people of Florida and Michigan, and ignoring the blatant cheating in a number of caucuses (among a long list of other reasons). I am a PUMA and totally refuse to ever vote for Obama, as do a large number of other Clinton supporters. Some of us intend to vote for McCain, while others will vote 3rd party or write in Hillary or stay home.

Personally, I'm going to vote for McCain because I think Obama would be a total disaster. I won't even go into the reasons, as I'm sure I'd be preaching to the choir here. What I do want to express is the fact that McCain has a golden opportunity to pick up a good swath of those 18 million voters who backed Clinton. If he picks up enough of them, Obama will lose, plain and simple. For many of us, if McCain were to pick Palin as Veep, it would become a no brainer to us. I'm already planning to tepidly vote for McCain. But if he picked Palin, I would be very excited - enough to contribute money and actively campaign for them. I know other PUMA's and Clinton supporters feel the same way. Palin would go a long way to attracting us.

I wouldn't worry too much about Obama picking a woman. If he were to pick anyone but Hillary Clinton, it would be seen as a slap across the face by her many supporters. Even worse would be if he were to pick either Sibelius or McCaskill. Those 2 are especially hated because of their nasty and deroggatory statements about Clinton. I would just love to see him pick one of those 2 because it would sink his support even lower than it already is among Clinton supporters.

At any rate, just thought you might like to hear another perspective. This particular year, the Republican Party is fortunate that they chose the one candidate who has some appeal to many democrats. If it had been Romney or Guilliani, most of us PUMA's would just have to stay home.

Anonymous said...

Talk about Sebelius, I saw her on C-Span.

She was so dry, cold, like a mannequin. No life. Palin would eat her alive.

She is a Catholic on paper only and I am SO knowledgable of the type of person being a practicing Catholic myself. She would be a terrible pick for Obama due to her lifelessness, and the negative publicity she will attract just as the fake-Catholic Kerry in the last election as the issue of her pushing abortion and taking the Eucharist at Mass took hold of the news.

Even though Palin is not Catholic, she is Christian and walks the walk, at least from what I've read and seen.

She would help McCain win the hearts of Catholic voters more than Sebelius.

Sebelius would be a bad choice and too controversial for Obama, let alone a total slap at Hillary.

TC said...

For those wondering, if McCain listens to reason and picked Palin and they won, one of two people would replace her:

1. Lt. Gov Sean Parnell - only if he doesn't beat Young in the primary, which he should do.

2. Attorney General Talis Colberg - most likely replacement. Palin appointment, so would be welcomed by the people.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Anonymous,

Always great to hear from Hillary Supporters for McCain. You've been a great help to our movement!