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Monday, September 29, 2008

Sarah Liberated!

Well, it looks like the McCain campaign is listening to the people. According to Bill Kristol, top McCain aides Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt are personally taking control of what I am calling "Operation Liberation". Apparently, Sen. McCain is as displeased with the rest of us with the way Sarah is being handled by the Bush staffers he hired to do the job. I've also read that Todd and an Alaskan Palin staffer (a group that is sorely underrepresented on the current Palin staff), will be on hand for Sarah's debate prep retreat in Sedona.

If today was any indication, it appears that the liberation is already underway. I personally am watching two indicators from Palin: one-liners and (believe it or not) wardrobe choices. Here's why I think both are relevant:

On the one-liners: Palin is best when speaking off-the-cuff. She's "in the zone" when she's allowed to joke and make lots of flippant remarks. If her speech at today's rally was any indication, it looks like they've already fixed that problem to some degree.Yes, it was still a speech, but it was definitely more of a vintage Palin speech than we've been seeing.

On the wardrobe: Like it or not, the way female politicians dress will always be analyzed more than the threads of their male counterparts. Both Sarah and the McCain campaign have been VERY cognizant of this fact. For Sarah's part, she practically trademarked her hairdo, glasses, and red powersuits in Alaska (and the first two nationally...I'll come back to the third). It was definitely a great look, but it was also done relatively cheaply (personal frugality is also a Palin trademak). On the other hand, the campaign people have put her through something of a makeover, encouraging her to buy expensive designer clothes (usually leather jackets of the sort often worn of Cindy McCain). I have nothing against these as occasional campaign expenses (especially for the convention), but they undermine the down-to-earth Palin persona and frankly they are just not Sarah. While I am actually a big fan of Cindy McCain's fashion sense, I think I'm going to hurl if that look continues to be applied to Sarah.

Why does this even matter? Because my guess is that the clothes will likely be the first thing to go if Sarah is to reinvent herself on her own terms (a reverse-makeover, if you will). Not that Sarah has to start shopping at Wal-Mart, but I think that "Revenge of the Red Powersuit" (also apparently on display today) is a quick and easy way signaling the public that Sarah is back in the driver's seat. It it really relevant, no; but symbolism is a big part of getting your message across.

Now, to those in the comments section who have said that my analyses lately have not contained any policy recommendations: you are absolutely correct. Obviously, there are things that Sarah has to do and say regarding policy in order for the public to be truly comfortable with her, and they are being hashed out on every cable news channel. That said, those of us who have watched Sarah for over a year know, down to the finest detail, all of the things she did that made her message more powerful. Hence, with Sarah receiving some criticism for looking uncomfortable in her own skin, I think it is totally prudent to include such "superfluous" details in strategy discussions. Whether we like it or not, these little details are the sort of things that people subconsciously pay attention to, and they simply cannot be ignored.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Please Let Sarah Be Sarah!


I know I'm not talking about FDR, and I promise I'll eventually eventually get back to that series, but there is bigger news to deal with. Everybody seems to be up in arms over Gov. Palin's supposedly bad performance in a recent interview with Katie Couric. Personally, I thought she did far better than people think, particularly in the second installment. I also thought that some of Katie Couric's questions on the first night were completely out of line (expecting Sarah Palin to have memorized every vote John McCain ever cast is totally unfair). However, I think that the Couric interview (and the general media narrative that Sarah is being "hidden") do show a problem. Not with Sarah...there is NOTHING wrong with Sarah...but with the campaign staff who are handling her.


I say this with the highest respect to the McCain camp and their strategists, but they don't seem to understand how to use Gov. Palin, and they are paying for it. The reason that we have always loved Sarah here is that she is real. She normally does not sound rehearsed, and most of her best lines have always been the UNSCRIPTED ones, including her most memorable line in the entire campaign ("pit bull in lipstick."). Unfortunately, the campaign seems to think that they need to keep Palin tightly scripted in her public appearances and only allowing her to talk in closed interviews with hostile journalists asking endless "gotcha" questions. This not only hides her strengths, it allows the media to choose the questions and define Sarah based on her perceived weaknesses.


If I were running the campaign, Sarah would be talking with the press at every single campaign stop, making off-the-cuff jokes, and flashing that legendary smile for as many cameras as humanly possible. That's the Sarah Palin that we fell in love with last year, and that's the Sarah Palin who needs to be out on the trail. While I don't think Sarah is doing badly with the tasks she's given, those of us who have watched her know that she is capable of so much more.


For whatever it's worth, my advice is to fire the speech coaches, tear up script, wind Sarah up, and let her loose on America. I think that the American's who fell for the "pit bull in lipstick" are puzzled by the tightly-controlled, suddenly-serious individual that has showed up for the last few interviews.


The GOP has been quick to compare Sarah to Teddy Roosevelt, but I don't think they realize just how appropriate that analogy is. TR was a loose cannon who often infuriated the Washington elite. The DC cocktail set (including the Republicans) shuddered at the thought of such a brash, independent-minded individual gaining as spot on William McKinley's ticket in the year 1900. One high-ranking Republican was so incensed by the selection that, when McKinley was assassinated, his first response was, "Now look what you've done! You've gone and made that d*** cowboy President!". Of course, in hindsight, that "d*** cowboy" became one of the most iconic presidents in history. If they want Palin to be Teddy Roosevelt, they need to start letting her be the type of take-no-prisoners leader that TR personified.


So, can we please mothball the "new Sarah" and bring back the old one? That would be just "bully" in my book.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Send Sarah?

UPDATE: As proof that this idea is not crazy, allow me to point out that Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol is thinking the same thing:

"As for the question of Friday night's debate, which some in the media seem to think more important than saving the financial system--if the negotiations are still going on in D.C., McCain should offer to send Palin to debate Obama!"
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I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled program (a column on Franklin Roosevelt), to bring you my thoughts on the temporary suspension of the McCain-Palin campaign and the looming showdown over the first presidential debate. Obviously, McCain is going back to the Senate to participate in the negotiations over the bailout proposal, which could theoretically go long into the night on Friday and at the very least will bring his debate prep to a screeching halt. This is the right thing to do, and frankly I think that Senator Obama should have done the same thing; the debate is far less important than breaking the logjam on this emergency legislation. But, of course, the Gentleman from Illinois is insisting that the debate go on as planned, and it appears that his campaign is salivating over the prospect of potentially putting their man on stage alone.

This leaves McCain in a tricky position. If he has the courage to stay at work, Obama could turn the "debate" into an infomercial and harangue McCain for not coming. If he shows up, however, he will be going back on his word and possibly letting the negations disintegrate at the eleventh hour. While most people think that this puts McCain's back to the wall, they are failing to consider a third potential option: McCain could stay at work and offer to send Gov. Palin as a surrogate if Obama continues his temper-tantrum.

I know that this sounds rather crazy, but work with me here. I promise….I am not saying this just because I'm a Palinite. Offering to allow Sarah to debate Obama could conceivably produce three possible results

A) Obama rejects the offer and throws a hissy fit - Under this scenario, Obama would be forced to pull out of the debate himself, allowing him to be in Washington for the negotiations and ruining his infomercial

B) The CPD (Commission on Presidential Debates) refuses to allow a surrogate and gives Obama his infomercial anyway – This sets the stage for protests, accusations of bias, and a very messy situation if Sarah shows up at the hall. I doubt that the CPD would be this stupid, as it would jeopardize their reputation in the future.

C) Obama accepts – The novelty factor would likely produce one of the most-watched debates ever. Expectations for Palin, who will have had only days to prepare, will be so low that anything short of a complete meltdown will likely be deemed a success. Plus, Palin is already prepping to debate Joe Biden, who I would classify as a tougher opponent than Senator Obama himself.

As a bonus, simply making the offer would totally undermine the idea that McCain is "hiding" Palin from the world. In fact, it would invite criticism based on the idea that McCain would be exposing his "delicate" running mate to excessive stress (and it's always good for the GOP when the media suddenly has to reverse their arguments).

Now, is this necessarily going to happen? I don't know, but I think that it is something that the McCain campaign should seriously consider. It would reinforce the notion of McCain as the ultimate maverick and turn the race on its head for the second time in a month. Otherwise, Sen. McCain is placing himself in a danged-if-he-does, danged –if-he-doesn't situation. So, please, if Obama wants a circus, let's give him one by forcing him to take on Sarah face to face!

Happy Birthday Adam!

Adam Brickley, founder and author of this blog, turned 22 yesterday (Sept 23rd). To commemorate this event, his family and admin support have hacked into and temporarily hijacked this blog and we're throwing him this online "Surprise Party". Make sure you leave a comment! As a way of giving back and saying "Thanks" to Adam for all he's done, we have set up a PayPal account and are accepting donations to offset Adam's costs of maintaining this blog past, present & future. We have added a permanent "PayPal Donate" button on the sidebar (just abouve picture of McCain) or you can click here to donate. We tried to get this up yesterday, but, computers being what they are, we didn't get things together until today! No Matter. Whatever the day, it's just our way of saying Thanks Adam for introducing all of us to Sarah and for not giving up! Well Done.

Happy Birthday from Your Family & Staff

please note this is a gift to Adam & the blog and is not a tax-deductible contribution.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Billy, Jimmy, Frankie and Woody

For some reason, the Democrats seem to still think that the "foreign policy experience" argument is their best weapon against Gov. Palin. Of course, this is utter hogwash when one considers that Barack Obama has nine fewer years in public office, has never held an executive position, and has no foreign policy credentials...but lets play with it anyway, as we are likely to continue hearing it. The standard line of response from the GOP has been to compare Sarah to Teddy Roosevelt, which is fair considering that TR was an outdoorsy maverick who became VP (and later President) after only two years as Governor of New York. However, the problem is that he was a Republican. I personally think that the best way to win this debate on "foreign policy experience" is to force the Democratic Party to take a good, long look in the mirror. Hence, I have decided to look into the pre-presidency credentials of four iconic figures in the Democratic Party. I will start tonight with William Jefferson Clinton and work my way back to Jimmy Carter, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. So, without further ado, meet Billy:

At age 46, William Jefferson Clinton was the third-youngest man ever to become president; and as a governor out-of-the-way Arkansas, he was a bit of an obscure choice. Before seeking the presidency, he had served three terms as his state's Governor. Prior to that, his only experience was as Arkansas' Attorney General and a losing candidate for Congress. While he had spent a long time in the governor's mansion, he had never held any federal office and had no foreign policy credentials whatsoever. However, despite being something of an unknown quantity, he was able to unseat President George H.W. Bush, who had a long history in foreign policy, despite the fact that the First Gulf War was fresh in America's memory. So, while I would admit that he had more gubernatorial experience than Sarah Palin, he was arguably LESS qualified when it came to world affairs. Arkansas has no international borders, no coastlines, no maritime territory, and probably does not deal with as many international agreements as does the State of Alaska. So, if the Democratic Party is so committed to foreign policy experience, why could they not find a more qualified opponent to take on George H.W. Bush?

As a footnote, I would add that most Democrats consider Mr. Clinton to have been a very good president and would love to bring back his foreign policy.

Stay tuned for more revelations from the Democratic Past.

Video: McCain on Palin

This is great video from last night's 60 Minutes interview with John McCain. He gave a resounding vote of confidence to his running mate, and said he would "absolutely" be comfortable with a President Palin. So much for the idea of Palin as a "political choice"

Update

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you all know that I am, in fact, working on the blog. I am working on a column entitled "Sarah, Teddy, Bill, and Woody", which is partially finished and should be up by the end of the day. In the meantime, Sarah is drawing bigger and bigger crowds. Yesterday's rally in Florida drew 60,000 people! "The Palin Effect" is taking hold, just as we planned!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Some Good Links

I’m trying to get back to regularly scheduled programming, so I’m going to post a few things that I’ve been neglecting. Then, hopefully, I can go back to analysis and maybe so the column on Palin, Clinton, and Wilson that I’ve been promising.

So, first off, please check out Palin Fights Corruption. This was put together by some very knowledgeable people in Alaska to both illuminate Sarah’s record and put the smackdown on the Troopergate circus investigation. They’ve done a fantastic job on both counts and I think that their site should be mandatory reading. It does a much better job with this issue than I can here.

Secondly, our friend Paul of McCainPalin2008.blogspot.com has put up a great petition supporting Sarah and denouncing the media’s treatment of her. He’s trying to get to 1000 signatures; let’s make sure he gets there.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Livid

That was the best word I could think of to describe how I feel about the hacking of Sarah Palin's PRIVATE email account. It may actually be a political positive, as they don't seem to have found anything of any interest, but I'm still really, really mad. Actually, that's nowhere near an accurate description of my current mood, but I don't believe in the type of gratuitous profanity that would be needed to properly convey my feelings.

I'm going to keep my remarks brief in the interest of preventing my head from exploding, but there are three entities I want to single out for criticism:

1. The Hackers: I realize that these people have activist pretensions, but lets call them what they are - delinquent punks. Apparently the think themselves so committed to their cause that they have the right to disrespect the privacy of American citizens at will. Of course, no such right exists, and I sincerely hope that these lowlifes are tracked down and prosecuted.

2. The Liberal Media: In this case, I do not mean, the "mainstream media" but openly liberal publications. The response from Mother Jones made my blood boil. Not only did they fail to criticize the only actual criminals involved (the hackers); nor did they stop at declaring Gov. Palin a criminal herself; they aided the hackers by highlighting email addresses obtained from the Governor's contact list, including that of her 17-year old daughter Bristol. That is not right bay ANY journalistic standard.

3. The Associated Press: Earth to AP - when the Secret Service asks to see the emails, you give them what they want. Apparently, they didn't even ask that the info not be printed...they just wanted to see the emails! I can't think of a more arrogant act in journalistic history than openly thumbing your nose at the US Secret Service.

I may or may not post more on this later. Right now, I'm going to go run my head under some cold water in an attempt to cool off (I doubt that I will succeed).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Troopergate Press Conference Transcript

I just wanted to share this with you, as I think the information is not being reported half as widely as it should be. The following is a transcript of a statement by McCain campaign spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton at a press conference yesterday in Anchorage. A reliable source in Alaska sent me a transcript,which I have posted below. This event was reported by the media, but I think it's far better to have a full copy of Ms. Stapleton's opening remarks. This dovetails with one of this blog's new objectives, which is to get the truth out about the people running this partisan circus...oops...I mean...."independent investigation".

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OPENING STATEMENT AT MCCAIN-PALIN PRESS CONFERENCE
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

September 15, 2008

Good afternoon. I'm Meghan Stapleton spokesperson for the McCain Palin Campaign, alongside Spokesman Ed O'Callaghan.

We're here today to reveal compelling evidence that confirms what Governor Palin has stated all along that the reassignment of Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan had absolutely NOTHING to do with Trooper Mike Wooten and EVERYTHING to do with Commissioner Monegan's adamant refusal to join in Governor Palin?s fiscal reforms.

After weeks of enduring Senator Hollis French's repeated, reckless statements in the press about a tainted, partisan, legislative investigation, that has been hijacked by Senator French and other Barack Obama operatives here in Alaska, the truth is finally laid bare. Today, we are here to release new information that exonerates Governor Palin, and demonstrates Commissioner Walt Monegan's egregious insubordination led to his early dismissal and nothing else.

We are not here today to rehash all the details of Trooper Wooten. We know his record: He was found guilty by a Trooper review board of tasering his 10-year old stepson; drinking while driving his patrol car; and illegally killing a moose. He also threatened to kill the Governor's father. You know the rest of the details. You know that he continues to threaten the Wasilla community with his poor judgment, and he is a constant threat to this family as the Troopers have continued to ensure that his Trooper post covers Wasilla and is within blocks of the family's homes.

But that's Trooper Wooten. Today is about Commissioner Walt Monegan. And why he was removed from his position as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
Today, the Governor's attorney filed a motion before the Personnel Board and included numerous emails which prove the Governor did nothing wrong.

The facts are really quite simple. From the Fall of 2007 through mid-2008? Commissioner Monegan repeatedly tried to undermine the Governor's authority by working against her and the administration over the Department of Public Safety's budget.

As everyone knows, this Governor came into office on a reform platform and one of her principal accomplishments has been to reduce wasteful spending. Commissioner Monegan refused to abide by this fiscal reform policy. One of the governor's top Department of Public Safety priorities was to fill as many as 56 trooper vacancies, but the Commissioner re-routed dollars away from these positions and into his own chosen areas of funding.

Last fall, Commissioner Monegan proposed a 10-year strategic plan that committed state dollars and removed the governor's constitutional budget authority; he also traveled to Washington, DC to lobby Congress for federal earmarks without the Governor's knowledge; and then finished off the year by engineering a press conference that included his friend Senator Hollis French to present the department's own budget, just days ahead of the Governor's reform budget.

Monegan continued his obstructionist conduct through the first half of 2008.? Early on he publicly requested reinstatement of budget money the Governor previously vetoed. Think about that: One of the Governor's own cabinet members publicly contradicting her veto decision!? And in repeated emails among the governor's staff and the Commissioner's staff, Commissioner Monegan's brazen refusal to follow the appropriate interdepartmental channels to request more money was obvious.

The final straw came in late June and early July of this year when Commissioner Monegan arranged for yet another unauthorized trip to Washington, DC to request more financial assistance from Congress.

The bottom line is that Commissioner Monegan refused to comply with internal budget approval channels and lodged repeated requests for funding that were out of line with the other appropriation requests for every other commissioner and agency. Those are the facts leading to Walt Monegan's reassignment on July 11th. We have copied for you a set of relevant emails that were submitted to the Personnel Board today.

Make no mistake, as a political appointee, Mr. Monegan served at the pleasure of the Governor and was duty-bound to execute the Governor's policy objectives. After eight months of repeatedly ignoring the Governor's budget priorities, making public statements that directly challenged the Governor's policy agenda, and taking numerous unilateral actions in conflict with the Governor in support of his own policy agenda, his replacement in July 2008 should have come as no surprise and cannot now seriously be questioned. Absolutely no credence should be given to any Ethics Complaint against the Governor for her appropriate exercise of her executive discretion under this set of facts.

It is important to note that Commissioner Monegan and John Cyr, the head of the police union who filed a Complaint against the Governor before the Personnel Board, and who appeared with Trooper Wooten on a recent CNN interview, repeatedly changed their stories as to why Monegan was dismissed. While at first Monegan had no idea, John Cyr actually talked about budget differences.

And they stuck to those lines until Mike Wooten had another child custody battle a few days after Monegan's dismissal and threatened the Governor's sister Molly at that time, saying "You guys are going down. Get ready for the show." Molly called 911 that evening, but no one came to her aid, as Wooten actually predicted.

So the immediate assessments of Monegan and Cyr began to morph into an evolution of excuses and repeated retractions by Monegan, Wooten, and Cyr. And they enlisted blogger Andrew Halcro to launch their smear campaign against Governor Palin.

In fact, Mike Wooten met Andrew Halcro for drinks at a hotel bar for more than 3 hours, and concocted the malicious scheme to fulfill the threats made to Molly. Hours later, Andrew Halcro posted a blog that lodged the first accusation of Wooten's involvement in Monegan?s reassignment. Later that day, John Cyr held a press conference, retracting his early insistence that this was budget related and switching to the Wooten story, though it takes Commissioner Monegan at least another day to retract his initial statement and blame Wooten.

The following Tuesday, July 21, 2008: Hollis French and Walt Monegan appeared on a radio show together and talked about getting an aggressive prosecutor to prove the existence of "a complex crime". French stated that he was "angry" that his friend Walt Monegan got fired. Remember, Hollis French was the same Senator who supported the budget proposal that sought to undermine Govenor Palin, and Walt Monegan was the Palin cabinet member who publicly sided with French against the Governor on that important policy decision.

And thus the genesis of what turned into a partisan effort to take down the Governor. The bar room banter turned into a full-blown Legislative investigation spearheaded by Monegan's friend and well-known Obama supporter Hollis French, and overseen by another Obama supporter Chairman Kim Elton, who contributed $2,250 to the Obama campaign.

Time after time, a new excuse, a new statement, more stories about what happened. And it only grew once Senator John McCain asked Governor Sarah Palin to join him on August 29th as his running mate.

That day, former Commissioner Monegan actually told the Anchorage Daily News during an interview. For the record, no one ever said fire Wooten. Not the Governor. Not Todd. Not any of the other staff.

But that same day, the Democrat machine also kicked into gear. This is when Obama and his campaign inserted itself into Alaska politics, and the political circus became even worse.? Within no time, one-time supporters of the Governor who worked alongside the Governor to produce reform and accomplishments in Alaska, turned on her, alongside party lines. And Commissioner Monegan prepared to change his story yet again, saying for the first time that he was told his budget would be cut if Wooten retained his job. In early September, CNN reported that the Obama campaign reached out to John Cyr. During that time, Senator Hollis French appeared in the national media pre-judging the outcome of the investigation which had only just begun.

And as many of you heard last Friday, it was revealed that "independent" prosecutor Steven Branchflower allowed Senator French to tamper with the witness subpoena list, even though French pledged to not be involved. Branchflower now says that he will complete his "factfinding" by the end of this week and put out a report by October 10 at the latest. No serious, impartial investigator and no serious prosecutor would ever make such reckless predictions.

Having spoken to the Governor as recently as yesterday, I can personally tell you that Governor Palin is an open book and has absolutely nothing to hide.

This Governor is transparent and honest. I cannot emphasize that enough. This Governor has called for transparency and honesty, and the Democrats are on a smear campaign. The Personnel Board is the ONLY agency charged by law with addressing complaints concerning ethical issues, including hiring and firing matters involving the Governor. The legislature's investigation no longer resembles a fair inquiry and does not have proper jurisdiction. And given all that has developed, the Personnel Board is also the only place to go to ensure the facts are protected from the political circus that has come to Anchorage. And recently, even the Trooper union has acknowledged the role of the personnel board.

Governor Palin has been an open book in this case and has acted with the highest standards of ethics.

Ed O'Callaghan and I are happy to take questions now.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

ACTION ALERT: Bombshell Troopergate Audio!

I can't believe I missed this column yesterday, but Townhall's Amanda Carpenter has unearthed some very disturbing audio regarding the legislative "investigation" of the "Troopergate" non-scandal. The tape was made during a Spetember 12 hearing of the state legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee, in which the committee is discussing the investigation with Investigator Steve Branchflower. The bombshell information is dropped by Branchflower when he reveals that he does not have control of the subpoena list for his own investigation. Instead, he has to defer questions to the Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who is supervising the investigation. This is the same Hollis French who is one of Barack Obama's leading Alaskan supporters, started using the term "impeachment" before the investigation even began, and is now vocally threatening the McCain-Palin campaign with an "October surprise". Such a partisan hack has no business even participating in this investigation, let alone holding final control over who Steve Branchflower can or cannot talk to.

This is the last straw for me as far as this "Troopergate" nonsense is concerned. I've already spent time detailing Steve Branchflower's conflicts of interest Sen. French's partisan diatribes, and I will no longer go along with the media's refusal to report the shenanigans of this kangaroo court. So, here's what I'm proposing: Let's make sure this audio gets into as many hands as possible. Send it to the Alaskan media, the national media, the McCain campaign, your local newspaper, your favorite conservative publication....anything goes. I'm going to go back and dig up all of the old articles on French and Branchflower so that we have a concise list of references regarding their conflicts of interest, which I will post here as soon as I can. I see no reason to rest until this story hits the national newswires. They want an October surprise, we'll give them an October surprise.

Celebrity Ignorance Watch: Lindsay Lohan

I know I said that I'd be posting on the experience issue, and I will tonight, but this story is simply too good to pass up. I think it is interesting to see celebrities trying to attack Gov. Palin, as they are almost guaranteed to make profoundly ignorant comments. Today's edition involves Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan, who found it necessary to write an anti-Palin screed on her blog. Now, I will be the first to say that Miss Lohan has every right to disagree with Gov. Palin's policies on gay marriage and abortion, but name-calling is never a classy thing to do, and parts of the blog were just downright silly. Here are a few highlights:

"I find it quite interesting that a woman who now is running to be second in command of the United States, only 4 years ago had aspirations to be a television anchor. Which is probably all she is qualified to be"

Fact Check: Actually, Gov. Palin has been in politics since 1988, which I believe was also the last time she worked in TV news. That was 20 years ago, Lindsay, not four. Four years ago, Sarah Palin had already completed two terms as Mayor and was busy resigning in protest from the Alaska Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

"Oh, and...Hint Hint Pali Pal- Don't pose for anymore tabloid covers, you're not a celebrity, you're running for office to represent our, your, my COUNTRY!"


Well, Lindsay Linds, people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. I might also point out the absurd number of magazines that have done photo spreads on Senator Obama and his family.

"And in the words of Pamela Anderson, 'She can suck it'."

Wow, that was intelligent.

"Is our country so divided that the Republicans best hope is a narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe?"

Oh my. More name-calling. And finally...

"I have faith that this country will be all that it can be with the proper guidance. I really hope that all of you make your decisions based on the facts and what feels right to you in your heart-vote for obama!"

First off, most citizens would be disgusted by the idea that we need "proper guidance" to be all that we can be, and even more horrified at the idea such "guidance" has the Lindsay Lohan seal of approval. I would, however, agree that people should vote based on the facts, which Miss Lohan apparently failed to research (as evidence by her misstatement about Gov. Palin's career ambitions). Lastly, "Obama" is a proper noun, and hence should be capitalized.

I think that I'm going to continue to post on celebrity Palin-bashers, as I think they illustrate just how delusional the far-left elites have become. If people don't want bloggers dissecting their remarks dissected by the political blogosphere, then they need to stay out of the political debate. What goes around comes around.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gibson and Fey

UPDATE: This should be essential reading. The Mark Levin Show has posted ABC's UNEDITED trnascript of the Palin interview. All of the best quotes from Gov. Palin, especially on foreign policy, were edited out!
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Well, a lot has happened in the past few days, notably Gov. Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson and the debut of the Saturday Night Live version of Sarah Palin (played by Tina Fey). Both of these are important developments that I want to talk about.

First, let's talk about the Charlie Gibson interview (click here to watch). I've heard a lot of debate over whether Mr. Gibson's line of questioning was fair, and I personally don't think it was. It was definitely a good idea for him to ask tough questions on foreign policy (I specifically likes the questions about Georgia and NATO), but I do think that the question about the "Bush Doctrine" was out of line. Here's why: there is no set definition of the "Bush Doctrine", a term which has been applied to any number of different policies and which Charlie Gibson clearly has not studied. I would highly recommend Charles Krauthammer's column on the subject, which clearly outlined a number of different definitions which have been applied to the term "Bush Doctrine". Here's what I thought to be the "money quote" from that article:

Yes, Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know -- while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain."

Krauthammer also brings me to my second point, which is that Mr. Gibson spent the entire interview LITERALLY staring staring down his nose at the next Vice President of the United States. He seemed to have no interest in what she had to say, and premised all of his questions (on everything from the "bridge to nowhere" to "Troopergate") on the idea that she was lying to him. If he didn't get the answer he wanted, he simply got angry rather than trying to understand what was being said. All in all, I think that Gov. Palin did a good job, especially considering the biased line of questioning.

Now, on to Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live (click here to watch). While SNL may not be horribly relevant, it is widely watched and fun to discuss. Personally, I had been wondering for quite some time who would play Gov. Palin if we succeeded. Fey was certainly the natural choice, but I didn't actually expect SNL to bring her back to the program just for the purpose of portraying Sarah Palin. I'm glad that I was wrong, and for my two cents, I thought that her Palin was fantastic. As someone who has had to watch every TV appearance by Gov. Palin for the last year and a half, I laughed my head off at all of the little quirks that Tina Fey managed to pick up (licking her teeth, the way she waved, facial expressions, everything). And on a side note, it creeped me out that I knew so much about the minutia of Gov. Palin's facial gestures. Oh, well.

Next time, I'll be taking on the experience issue by comparing the credentials of Sarah Palin with the pre-Presidency resumes of two heroes of the Democratic Party: Bill Clinton and Woodrow Wilson.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Suggestion Box

If you haven't figured it out yet, the posting frequency on this blog has gone down. Part of that is a function of the fact that I do not have much free time now that I have a full time job, but part of it is that I'm trying to figure out the best angle to take now that Gov. Palin is the nominee. Obviously, it is no longer hard to find news about Sarah, nor are we the only people online defending her against smears, nor are we the primary contact for pro-Sarah activism (that is now the campaign's job). So, there are definitely going to be some changes made around here. The first will likely be the addition of a second blogger (to increase post frequency), but the rest is up in the air. So, I want to consult all of you on how we should proceed. What do YOU want to see out of this blog? Obviously, there will still be analysis from me (and I hope to have a full reaction to the full Charlie Gibson interview by tomorrow), but I don't want this to be simply a place for me to air my opinion. So, what do you think we can continue to do to help ensure that Governor Palin becomes Vice President Palin?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dissecting "Lipstickgate"

Today's web buzz seems to be focused squarely on Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" jab at McCain. Obviously, a lot of people are taking that as a swipe against Palin, while Obama is insisting that he was misunderstood.

So, who is right? Well, that's a tricky question. I will admit that I not only know the euphemism "lipstick on a pig", but use it on a regular basis. It is entirely possible that Sen. Obama was referencing the McCain campaign in general, but that's certainly not how it is understood by his audience. He wasn't even able to finish his joke before the audience started laughing at the connection with Gov. Palin.

Like it or not, Gov. Palin's "Pitbull in Lipstick" quip at the GOP convention is one of the most memorable lines of this election. It's been scrawled on signs, printed on t-shirts, and satirized by almost every political cartoonist in the country. Hence, you can no longer use the word "lipstick" in a speech without your audience thinking that you are making a Palin joke.

I will be the first to admit that I don't know what Barack Obama was thinking when he made the remark, but whether he was referencing Sarah or not, he (or his handlers) should have known better. It was a tremendously idiotic gaffe which showed (once again) that Senator Obama doesn't have much of a filter between his brain and his mouth.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why I love media smear campaigns

Unless you've spent the last week hiding under a rock, you should know that the national media and the liberal punditry have been throwing everything they can (including the kitchen sink) at Gov. Palin. And while I am getting severely annoyed, I'm also laughing my head off. Far from threatening the McCain ticket, the slime peddlers appear to helping it.

So far, none of the mud has stuck to Palin. In fact, most of the rumors have gotten thoroughly shot down by the conservative media within 24 of publication, and new (and more desperate) rumors have to be manufactured every day. The American public has caught on, and is seeing the hit jobs for what they are: far-fetched rants by a media still reeling in shock. Furthermore, as time goes on, the rhetoric is becoming more and more incendiary. Last week, we saw rampant sexism as Palin's parenting abilities were attacked, and this week we are seeing blatant religious bigotry as the media scours Palin's past church affiliations for doctrines that don't line up with their Washington elite mentality.

So, for my two cents, I welcome the continued attempts to take out Sarah Palin. The media and the liberals are making utter fools of themselves, just like we have always said they would. So, we are not going to waste time here debunking the daily rumors. It's much more fun to just sit back and watch the liberal media self-destruct.

So, to those in the media who may be reading, you have my full blessing with your continued efforts to nail your own coffins shut. PLEASE, KEEP THE SLIME FLOWING!

Monday, September 8, 2008

"The Palin Effect"

Well, it looks like my life is becoming a little less of a media circus, so it's time to get back to hard-core analysis of the VP race. If you haven't heard yet, the numerous polls show the McCain-Palin ticket dramatically stealing the lead from Obama-Biden. A USA Today/Gallup poll even shows a 10% McCain-Palin lead among likely voters.

So, the Palin nomination (coupled with a fantastic convention) has definitely invigorated the McCain campaign. But before we issue a premature declaration of victory, we have to answer one critical question: is this merely a short-term bounce out of the convention or a total realignment of public opinion? Personally, I say that the answer to both questions is "yes". The GOP ticket is certainly flying height coming out of the convention, and the polls have yet to stabilize. However, there is good reason to believe that the dynamics of this election have changed. By nominating Palin, the McCain campaign has recaptured the "maverick" label and ripped the "change" argument out from under Barack Obama. Meanwhile, strategist Steve Schmidt has overhauled the McCain campaign, molding it into a lean, mean electoral machine. And finally, Barack Obama has thrown his campaign totally off message by nominating uber-insider Joe Biden as his VP. With all of those factors working in McCain's favor, it is not a stretch to think that the Gentleman from Arizona will still be in the lead once the polls stabilize.

It also does not appear that "Sarahmania" will peter out any time soon. The McCain campaign is wisely choosing to keep her in the news rather than allowing her to disappear until the debates. This will allow Palin's star power to continue to lift the McCain campaign and build anticipation for the debates. Sarah should do well against Biden (who has been largely de-fanged by her nomination), launching a second round of Palin-buzz akin to what we saw after her convention speech. McCain himself will also get buzz out of the debates, as he shines brightest in Q&A sessions. Obama, on the other hand, is best when he delivers uninterrupted speeches.

In short, my view of the future is this: The current bounce from Palin will likely continue until the debates, when the McCain ticket will another shot in the arm. After that, he just has to hold the lead until election day. I'm not necessarily saying that this is going to happen, but I think that it is a very plausible scenario. So, while I wouldn't start the party just yet, it may be time to start pricing champagne.

Friday, September 5, 2008

In case you missed it...

Here is the video of my appearance on The Colbert Report, I come in at the 5:50 mark (you can also watch the full episode on the Colbert website). It was a lot of fun, and Mr. Colbert was a fantastic host - he's MUCH more pleasant off camera. That said, I'm happy to be back in DC and back online. Hopefully, I will get back to a somewhat reasonable blogging schedule soon. Many thanks to Julie for keeping things running while I was gallivanting around the country.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

84% Approval: New to US Magazine

Julie here...thought I'd give you something to enjoy until Adam gets off the TV and back on the computer.

I love irony...and Justice. But both at the same time...gotta love it.

For those who haven't seen it, the cover of US Magazine this week shows a picture of Sarah with Trig boasting Sarah Palin: Babies, Lies & Scandal . (Hmm, wonder which side they're on.).

But, according to their very own Water Cooler Poll (of 233,896 voters), 84% think Sarah's going to make a good Vice President! In another one of their polls 92% say Bristol's preganancy has no effect on their vote . And you should read the comments! Not too many people impressed with the magazine's smear reporting, but they sure are impressed with the Governor!

Sweet Justice!

Flying East

Well, I once again find myself posting from an airport. This time, it's Minneapolis-St. Paul International and I'm waiting on a flight to New York City. Obviously, I doubt that I will be posting anything more today, but you can watch me tonight on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Check your local listings to find the time.

See you all tonight, and I'll be back on the blog Friday (maybe sooner)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

HOME RUN!

GREAT SPEECH, GOVERNOR!

Heading Down

It sounds like getting down to the floor of the convention is a bit of an ordeal. So, I'm going to head down now instead of sitting here blogging from my perch above the stadium. So, Enjoy the convention, and I will try to get back to my computer after the speech to post photos and such. My plan is to camp out behind the Alaskan delegation once I'm down on the floor, I want to watch their reactions.

Photobloggin'

Here are a few of the photos I've been able to take during the convention. I will be doing my best to liveblog during the primetime speeches, but will NOT be posting during Gov. Palin's speech, as I will be down on the convention floor rather than in a press box perched high above the stands.

Fred Thompson's speech last night...from blogger's row atop the stadium

Blogger's row (including Townhall's Matt Bower, Amanda Carpenter, and Chuck DeFeo)

Sen. Joe Lieberman

My press pass (Wow, I is O-FFICIAL!)

Lot's o' balloons (ready to drop on Thursday night)

Blogger brunch this morning with Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chairman of the convention's Platform Committee. He was great!

Blogger Brunch: Surprise appearance by pollster Frank Luntz.
HotAir's "Captain" Ed Morrissey hosts a lunch for bloggers.
Ed Morrissey being interviewed by Pajamas Media's "PJTV" at the blogger luncheon.
The Morrissey luncheon was at Babani's, a FANTASTIC Iraqi Kurdish restaurant here in St. Paul. If you are ever up here, you have GOT to find this place and have a meal. Kurdish food is great!

Up and Running! (Finally)

Hello Everyone. I am in the convention hall right now and intend too provide regular updates for the rest of the night. While I have not been blogging until now, I have been at the convention and taking a lot of pictures (which will be posted later). Last night, I was in the hall for Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman's speeches, and today I attended two blogger events (one brunch where I heard Congressman McCarthy of CA and pollster Frank Luntz, and a lunch hosted by HotAir's Ed Morrissey). I will post picture when I can download them, and I may attempt to do some interviews if I can get a few spare minutes.

Adam @ RNC

Julie here...

Well, Adam actually made it to the convention arountd 9:00 p.m. last night and, as you can see, was happily seated at the Townhall.com spot on the Press Level . He wanted me to let everyone know that he hasn't forgotten all the supporters and will be blogging in an hour or so. He'si n a press "brunch" with guest speaker "Morning Joe" Scarborough of MSNBC.com right now and will be blogging as soon as he's done eating.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Convention & Colbert

Well, it turns out that I will be making it to the convention after all. I had an opportunity come through this morning and I am currently waiting for my flight at Ronald Reagan National Airport. I will be at the convention all day tomorrow and perhaps some tonight as well. If Gov. Palin does indeed accept her nomination tomorrow night, then I should be able to catch her speech.

I will then be leaving Minnesota Thursday morning so that I can be in New York in time to appear live on that evening's edition of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

I will try to photoblog both events.

UPDATE: I have just now placed a call to the Anchorage Chapter of the NAACP seeking comment on rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs' claim that there are "no black people" in Alaska. I left a voicemail and will update you if and when I receive a response.

Comments....

Wow. The traffic to this site has been tremendous since Friday and the comments section active to say none the least. While we've gotten hundreds, if not thousands of comments and emails in support of Gov. Palin, we've also gotten resumes, spams, people plugging their businesses, and of course, an enormous amount of vile, ugly, vicious, slanderous comments. So, at least for now, the comments are going to "moderated". I know this will slow down the chatter a bit, but it might also keep tempers in check. Everyone should be "slow to anger, and slow to speak".

For those of you who are just dying to have conversation, PalinforAmerica has a discussion forum available.

Adam will be posting in a few hours. Exciting things are happening and you'll be hearing from him a bit more often. But I'll save that for him

Julie

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pregnancy rumors and left-wing bigotry

First off, apologies for not posting sooner. I've been extremely busy the last few days, but I'm back and ready to cover the convention.

I was going to rebut the disgusting rumor that Trig Palin is actually the governor's grandson by her daughter Bristol, but the campaign beat me to the punch. A statement released today announced that Bristol is in fact pregnant, but is currently five months along and hence could not have possibly had Trig in April. So, I think we just need to let the entire Palin family (especially Bristol) know that they have our movement's complete support going forward. The McCain campaign knew of the pregnancy before Gov. Palin was put on the ticket, so this is unlikely to become an issue; and if it does, it will probably have a positive impact rather than a negative one. So, this is the last I intend to say about this issue as the Palin family has rightfully requested that their daughter's privacy be respected.

Now, on a slightly lighter note. We now have our first evidence of an apoplectic left wing celebrity engaging in a rant against the entire State of Alaska. Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs (aka. "Puff Daddy", "P. Diddy") has released a profanity laced video in which he attacks Palin, stating that Palin is unqualified simply because she is from Alaska. He asserts that Alaska is different than the rest of the country due to a total lack of "black people", crime, and "crackheads". Apparently, he has seen one too many reruns of "Northern Exposure". His screed is not only ill-informed, but also bigoted and mean-spirited. He owes the people of Alaska an apology, specifically the state's black community, which does in fact exist. I will be placing a call shortly to the Anchorage chapter of the NAACP to see if I can get any reaction (or perhaps get them to extend an invitation to Diddy to visit Alaska and apologize). I'll update you on the results of that call.

Have a great Labor Day!