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Sarah Palin Roundup (Updated)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 1:48 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Rightwingprof has a Sarah Palin roundup that addresses why her gender wasn’t the point, how she’s the best complement to John McCain, and includes thoughts from Bill Whittle and Mark Steyn.

ONGOING UPDATES: More from Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom. H/T Daleyrocks.

Mike K adds responses reported in the UK Times from Camille Paglia and Rush Limbaugh. It also states that Palin’s husband is part Eskimo. I didn’t know that. Beldar says I did know that. Now I know it twice.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air says the Palin pick wasn’t a last-minute choice, linking a Washington Post article that, in Morrissey’s words, “McCain favored Palin for months, and that it reflects a deliberate focus on reform and change.” From the Washington Post:

“Starting last spring, the inner circle met regularly with McCain to review and discuss an initial list of about three dozen possible choices. “He and several of us had multiple meetings,” one adviser said. “Discussions, strengths and weaknesses of all the candidates. He asked a lot of questions and listened — didn’t tip his hand to too many of us. He was very insistent that this process often wounds people, and we were to stay very quiet.”

Maureen Dowd: “Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified ‘babe,’ as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket.”
H/T Dana.

The Anchoress addresses the irony that liberal Democrats would use the “Bad Mother, Bad Woman” meme to slur Palin. H/T daleyrocks.
(Note: The Anchoress includes at least a dozen excellent links about halfway down the linked post.)


Olympic Medalist Nastia Liukin Honored

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 1:21 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I’m in the sporting mood today after watching college football this weekend. Feel free to talk football but my topic is US gymnast Anastasia “Nastia” Liukin who won five medals at the Olympics in Beijing, including a gold in the all-around competition and a silver in the team competition.

Nastia and her family live in Parker, Texas, a small town located near Dallas. Her father Valeri Liukin was an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast from Kazakhstan and her mother Anna was a rhythmic gymnast. Both competed for the Soviet Union but after its fall, Valeri, Anna, and Nastia emigrated to the Dallas area.

Yesterday Nastia’s hometown honored her with a welcome-home parade that was the town’s first-ever parade:

“Organizers of the parade, which moved to the beat of the 200-strong Plano East Marching Band, had to turn away some would-be [parade] participants because there wasn’t enough space in the line.

“For a little town to have a parade that big was amazing,” said Joe Cordina, mayor of Parker, which has about 3,300 residents and is 19 miles northeast of Dallas. Cordina said the town’s first parade went “incredibly smooth.”

The mile-long event included U.S. marshals on horseback, an antique fire engine, a rock band playing “My Girl” and flatbed trucks filled with local scout troops. Most people waved American flags, peacock feathers or congratulatory signs for Liukin.

There were chants of “Way to go Nastia, way to go!” and some aspiring future champions back-flipped and cartwheeled down the middle of the parade route.”

The parade was followed by a reception at the Southfork Ranch popularized in the TV show Dallas. One participant was surprised at Nastia’s small stature (she’s 5’3″), noting that on TV she seemed to tower over the other gymnasts.

Meanwhile, the Epoch Times reported last week that two of the members of China’s gold medal-winning team are 14 years old.


Introducing No. 85, Ocho-Cinco

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 12:30 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

You think you have problems with your employees and co-workers? Be glad you aren’t an NFL football coach like Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis. His latest headache is wide receiver Chad Johnson’s name change to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco that became official this week:

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker — a reference in Spanish to his No. 85 — and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis — who dislikes Johnson’s attention-getting stunts — referred to the receiver as Ocho Psycho.

Asked to explain the name change, Ocho Cinco responded, “Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I’m having fun.


Hurricane Gustav

Filed under: Environment,Government — DRJ @ 12:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Category 3 Hurricane Gustav is moving toward the Gulf Coast and expected to make landfall in Louisiana sometime Monday morning. The “good” news is it’s weakening and moving comparatively quickly but it’s still a dangerous storm.

It’s also encouraging to see how well the Louisiana and other border state authorities have responded to Hurricane Gustav. I was especially impressed with Louisiana Governor Jindal’s implementation of a State-wide effort, as well as his ability to articulate what’s been done so far and what needs to be done in the next hours.


EXTRA! Partisan Democrats Dislike McCain’s VP Pick; Politico Deems Them “Scholars”

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 12:40 am

This Politico post is too much.

John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.

Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

Who are the “presidential scholars”? It turns out they are — surprise! partisan Democrats. At the verrrrrry end of the post we see this:

UPDATE: After reading this article, the McCain campaign issued the following statement: “The authors quote four scholars attacking Gov. Palin’s fitness for the office of vice president. Among them, David Kennedy is a maxed-out Obama donor, Joel Goldstein is also an Obama donor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin has donated exclusively to Democrats this cycle. Finally, Matthew Dallek is a former speech writer for Dick Gephardt. This is not a story about scholars questioning Gov. Palin’s credentials so much as partisan Democrats who would find a reason to disqualify or discount any nominee put forward by Sen. McCain.”

In other words:

UPDATE: Our whole article was crap.

Nice catch by the McCain campaign.

Thanks to Apogee.


Watching the Post-Palin Polls

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:38 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Instapundit gathers links to three post-Palin polls: Zogby, Gallup, and Rasmussen. The Gallup and Rasmussen polls are 3-day averages and they show a good convention bounce for Obama (Obama leads in Gallup 49-41 and in Rasmussen 47-43). The single-day Zogby poll has it McCain 47-Obama 45, which suggests McCain’s Palin announcement blunted the Obama bounce. However, Zogby isn’t as reliable as Gallup and Rasmussen so I’ll wait a few days to say for sure.

Frankly, I doubt we will know what Americans think about Palin for at least 2 weeks. Very few Americans have heard of Sarah Palin and fewer still know her story. Articles like this People Magazine story and next week’s Republican Convention will help introduce her to Americans. The downside is it’s hard to introduce and get people to accept an unknown. The upside is there is a lot of room for Palin’s favorables to grow.

Of course, the real test will come as she is interviewed by the news media, the Sunday Meet The Press-type shows, and participates in the VP debate. Fair or not, it’s especially important that she comes across as accomplished and articulate given her status as a woman and a Republican.

Still, I can’t remember a political race that felt as much like a tennis match as this one. Each day brings a new volley that’s riveting to watch.


A GOP Moment

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 5:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

CNN reports Sarah Palin gave another shout-out to Hillary Clinton supporters today in Pennsylvania but this time she was met with boos, groans and grumbles:

“As she did at in her debut speech in Ohio yesterday, Palin appealed to the women in the crowd here in Pennsylvania with a political shout-out to Geraldine Ferraro, who preceded Palin as the first women to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate. The reference was met with polite applause.

But in contrast with the mild reception that greeted the comment at the Ohio event, when Palin praised Clinton here for showing “determination and grace in her presidential campaign,” the Alaska governor was met with a noisy mix of boos, groans and grumbles …”

Sounds like an opportunity for Palin to have a Sister Souljah moment with her GOP base.


Federal Judge Samuel Kent Charged

Filed under: Judiciary,Media Bias — DRJ @ 4:25 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Following up on this earlier post, Texas federal Judge Samuel Kent was charged this week with federal sex crimes:

“Kent was charged Thursday with abusive sexual contact and attempted aggravated sex abuse related to two alleged attacks on his former case manager Cathy McBroom in 2003 and 2007.”

Kent intends to remain on the bench and hearing cases, although he had earlier agreed not to hear criminal cases involving the federal government or cases involving sexual harassment. The Fifth Circuit previously reprimanded Kent for related judicial misconduct, at which time he took a 4-month leave of absence with full pay. The House Judiciary Committee may also be investigating Kent.

I think the Fifth Circuit should step in. Kent is innocent until proven guilty but this looks terrible.


Police Arrest Minneapolis Protesters (Updated)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 4:07 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Star-Tribune reports Minneapolis police raided Republican National Convention protest groups and arrested five members, charging them as a criminal enterprise that planned criminal acts to “welcome” conventioneers:

“In a statement Saturday morning, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said the St. Paul raid targeted the RNC Welcoming Committee, a group he described as “a criminal enterprise made up of 35 self-described anarchists…intent on committing criminal acts before and during the Republican National Convention.”

“These acts include tactics to blockade and disable delegate buses, breaching venue security and injuring police officers,” Fletcher said. Deputies seized a variety of items that they believed were tools of civil disobedience: a gas mask, bolt cutters, axes, slingshots, homemade “caltrops” for disabling buses, even buckets of urine.”

Protesters claimed the police action was preventive detention and likened it to terrorism. They vowed they would not be intimidated. The raids were also condemned by City Councilman Dave Thune:

“I’m really ticked off…the city is perfectly capable of taking care of things,” Thune said. “If they had found anything that could have been used to commit a crime they would have arrested somebody.”

“Unless they come up with anthrax or weapons of mass destruction, I think they [the police] came up short.”

I try to be open-minded but anarchists don’t do much for me. Neither does this city councilman.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to a Pioneer Press article that has more details on these arrests. H/T htom.


Andrew Sullivan’s Sexist Attacks on Sarah Palin

Filed under: General — Alex @ 2:45 pm

Instead of correcting errors on his website, Andrew Sullivan is waging jihad against Sarah Palin. It’s interesting to read his arguments and ask: Would he be saying this if Sarah Palin were a man?

Sullivan cites the example of a Catholic woman and Hillary supporter who sent her friend an e-mail titled: “Sarah Palin is a Bad Mother!” The alleged voter heard that Palin had a 4-month-old child with Down Syndrome, and asked: “How in the name of GOD, can she even think about leaving her child or taking her child on the campaign trail for 70 days?”

(Place to one side, for now, the question of whether this Catholic voter would feel more comfortable with Palin if she had aborted the baby.)

Did it ever occur to Sullivan (or the alleged woman voter) that maybe Palin’s husband could take care of the child?

I guess not. You’ve come a long way, baby!

In another post, Sullivan responds to comparisons between Palin’s and Obama’s experience by arguing that Obama campaigned his way to the number one spot, and Palin didn’t. (Neither did Hillary, Andrew.) Sullivan then lets loose with this shining example of patronizing condescension:

I find the comparison with Obama ludicrous. But it will be made. Palin looks to me like a lovely person and a good local politician, with some inevitable rough spots. I’d be delighted if she took a leadership role in the GOP in the future. But in the same league as Obama? Do Republicans really think that little of him?

(Actually, we think even less of him.)

Shorter Sullivan: Can you believe they’re comparing Obama to this, this . . . woman?!

When he dismissively refers to Palin as a “lovely person,” you can almost see him giving her a pat on the head.

I’m interested in knowing how women commenters react to these arguments.

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