We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What gives her the right to be happy, asks Wurzel? Palin, who is "not very thoughtful, not very bright," is so darned ordinary that she doesn't understand the horrors of American life. But Wurzel does, having first attracted attention with her New York Times bestseller chronicling the depravities visited upon her by the fruits of American exceptionalism. You see, Wurzel survived the horror of being raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the shame of enduring the nation's best private schools, the depravity of having parents who paid for summer camps and Harvard -- small wonder she plunged into "catatonic despair, masochism, and hysterical crying." Doesn't Palin know, Wurzel cries, that...America sucks? Karl Rove knows, Keith Olbermann and Kathleen Parker and Elliot Spitzer and Barack Obama know -- that's why they're smart.
Most Americans like America. The backlash against Sarah is the reaction of the established elites to someone who is not of their political class who is trying to get involved. If not her, it would be some other populist candidate.
Get the popcorn out. The next round of elections decide between the "good old boy" tea partiers versus the "Judge Smails" cocktail party folks. The elites in both parties are going to have their hands full. The republican establishment doesn't get it yet and the democrats are next.
Limited government and traditional american values supporters are going after both parties. Munch munch....
I like Sarah. I'm not sure she's "ready" to be president, but I think she'd certainly do a better job than the current "president" who by any objective measure was less "ready" than she was two years ago - so maybe that really means she really is "ready"...
It is curious how she has grown such sharp claws and fangs to hear it from the media and left. This over reaction only means that she threatens them. It is sort of like black conservatives (the left portrays them to be the devil incarnate because it strikes at the heart of their attacks that the right is racist). Conservatives must not be allowed to elect the first woman president. It really plays hell with the narrative that the right is anti woman.
mudbug ... I'm in agreement with you about liking Sarah, who is smart, refreshingly direct and genuinely loves her country. As far as her being "ready" to be President, I'm not sure about that either, but I feel that the important characteristics of a good President include curiosity and a willingness to learn, fidelity to the unique fixed principles of our Constitution and its respect for individual freedoms, and experience in dealing with the legitimate needs of other citizens. Sarah has all those things.
And she sure as heck has far more experience in honoring and adapting to the needs of others than the present Resident of the White House.
You said what I meant much better than I did. I agree with most everything I've heard her say. Does she have what it takes to knock heads when she needs to? There is some evidence, but I would like to have more.
If there were an election today, I would easily vote for her. I think that part of my reticence maybe that I'm not sure she has sufficient support to actually win. I would prefer to run somebody who is as in tune with my view of the world, but who may have a better chance of winning. For me, whether the candidate is a man or not makes no difference - just as color makes no difference.
I would expand on your last sentence - she has more experience in almost every aspect of governing the US than Obummer had ... or has.
I'm no psychiatrist, but Wurzeil's words remind me of me. Oh, not the vocabulary, grammar, or tone, but the depression. she writes like somebody suffering from Massive Depressive Disorder, or whatever the latest term now being used is. The poor dear would be doing a lot better if she got counseling and medication.
Doesn't anybody else think its odd that one of the biggest slams against Palin, by Obama supporters, is that she isn't ready, or qualified, to be President? Not only does she have more experience than Obama had before he was elected, she has more experience than many past Presidents-including, by the way, Abraham Lincoln, whose experience was limited to one or two terms in the House of Representatives. And he is generally considered by most to be our greatest President.
To say nothing of the fact that all of the experienced, qualified office holders of recent memory have, for all their experience and qualifications, sent our country to hell in a handbasket.
Those who suffer from PDS, unfortunately, will never see the reason of any of that. They are just two steps away from declaring support for Sarah Palin a hate crime. In my case, they would be correct, because when I say I hope she wins just so liberals head will explode, I'm not kidding in the least.
All I can say is, if she runs, I'll vote for her, not just in the general election, but in the primary as well. Like I said, the people who have been running the country so far have destroyed us. Note how I said destroyed, past tense. We're not just on our way down. Stick a fork in us, we're done. Even if you don't agree with that, anybody with a brain can at least concede we're in serious trouble. So ask yourself, who is responsible for our problems, people like Sarah Palin or the usual "qualified" suspects?