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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, November 19. 2009
Sarah seems to be a subject of great fascination. She was charming, smart, and funny on Hannity last night. Yes, her political points were shallow - but more substantial than "hopey-changey," and she has had more experience than he had - both in life and in government.
Here's her book tour schedule. Alas, nothing in New England. She should go to Boston.
From VDH with Palin-odes:
(I wondered, as did Jammy, whether the AP will assign as many to studying the details of he health care bill: "Considering the AP assigned 11 "fact-checkers" to pore over Sarah Palin's 415-page book, I figure they'll assign a proportional amount to this, right? That would be 55 of them, assuming they're interested.")
From Wehner on Palin (good piece):
True, but those folks are not American politicians -
Finally, a word from our commenter MM on our Palin-mania post yesterday:
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
Peter Wehner is okay, but I am really tired of b- and c-list white male "pundits" droning on and on about how Sarah Palin will never make the grade when she unquestionably has alot more ideas, influence and testicular fortitude than they ever will. You'd think they would admire her.
I think commenter MM's post was closer to the truth.
Palin unfit as POTUS? Palin compared to whom? The bar is set so low with obama, it should be relatively easy to elect almost anyone after him. At this point, I would love to have someone that just loved my country.
I supported Palin in the election, and I still like her. But she is NOT going to help Republicans - in fact, she will hurt them. Here is why:
1. Hillary Clinton. For better or worse, her negatives did her in, just as Sarah's will do her in. Despite strong base support, both women suffer a fatal flaw in the negatives column.
2. Lack of depth. Sarah is a very good poltician at a base level. She speaks to people like me because she's come from where I've come from. On the other hand, I could out debate her on a variety of topics because she is simply not well schooled in them. Topics like tax policy, foreign affairs, or even education. She would be fine to learn on the job as a VP. But she is "not ready for prime time" by any stretch.
3. Off the cuff remarks. Sarah being Sarah is bad for Sarah. She has a habit of doing herself in by speaking first, thinking later. With regard to the father of her grandchild, Levi, she is best saying little or nothing. He is doing himself in with his Playgirl spread. The press LOVES him because he'll say anything AGAINST Sarah. He doesn't realize how he is being used, and in 2 years how he'll be nothing more than a drug-addled asterisk on the history of American politics and entertainment (I'm making an assumption that he'll be drug-addled, but I think it's a fair bet).
4. While the bar for Obama lowered standards for POTUS (and he lowers them by the day), it's time to raise them again. Sorry, Sarah simply doesn't fit the bill "just because" Obama sucks so bad. Obama is where he is "just because" enough sheep were suckered into believing Bush was so bad (ummm...I may be one of those people...but for very different reasons than most and it doesn't mean I'm a sucker, I still didn't vote for the big O).
Point is, Sarah's great as a talking head. She is more Rush Limbaugh than Bobby Jindal. Bobby may lack her speaking skills or her personality, but he's got depth and vision. Hell, Kay Bailey Hutchinson would be better than Sarah as a POTUS candidate.
The best line (and criticism) of Sarah that I heard is this: Al Gore did the right thing. After his loss, he disappeared for a while, found a cause (dumb though it is) and devoted himself to the cause, making it very popular.
Sarah could do the same thing, and very effectively. She should vanish for a year. The come back fighting and clawing for a Flat Tax or something of that nature.
I usually like Rick Moran, but it strikes me that his grasp of economics (opposition to tax cuts) is tenuous at best. I am not sure he is being fair to Palin. All politicians speak in platitudes during interviews. It will be interesting to see if he is hard on his preferred GOP candidates when they do the same. Palin truly reveals a fault line in the GOP. I can't recall them ever turning on one of their own like some repubs have turned on Sarah. I don't even remember Nixon being as reviled by by repubs as Palin is. It is intriguing and baffling to me.
You obviously missed the news about her book tour, where people are waiting in line overnight to see her.
HELP! Can't find the locations for her two OHIO venues. They are coming up in two days--anybody know where and what time in Cincinnati and Columbus? Thank you.
I think Zero proved pretty conclusively that the ability to draw and excite a crowd is a whole lot different than the ability to govern. Of course his whole campaign was a lie while Sarah is direct and honest in her beliefs. I agree with Rick, she needs a lot more depth before she's ready for national office.
She has human depth. Ideological and political depth, I don't know. But people hire that stuff out - see Barack Obama and Ronnie Reagan.
Mrs Palin has the character and humility necessary to surround herself with people who [b]do[/] have the expertise to manifest her vision, so I wouldn't worry too much about that, if I were you. If you think she has no chance of winning, you don't recognize excellence when you see it.
She's like Reagan: a great natural leader.
Incredibly - the NY Times has a rather sympathetic article in its "Style" section clearing up the fuss about Palin's clothing budget.
Turns out that last-minute rush was responsible for elevated expenses. The stylist shopped retail at Neiman-Marcus after being recruited at the last minute - over a holiday weekend - to dress the entire Palin family.
Sarah is an interesting study, obviously not one of the great minds of our time but neither was Reagan. To her credit I believe it is her sense of right and wrong, like Reagan displayed, that is her strongest asset. Then add her ability to put it out there in simple terms we can easily understand and relate too; you’ve got a possibility.
Someone who loved their country more than themselves would be a nice change, so ...Amen.
At what point will the Intelligentsia understand that they make better critics than leaders?
A Leader doesn't have to be the smartest person in the nation -- or even in the room. But, a Leader has to have vision and the willingness to push for that vision regardless what those "smarter" than her say.
Think about it. When have we seen a "smart" leader who was actually effective? The closest we had was Newt.
Where is he now? Being smart on other people's television shows and backing the wrong horse for the wrong reasons.
We need a LEADER, not a professor.
We got one of those now.
How's that working out?
11/20: Cincinnati, OH - Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Rd, Norwood, 12 Noon
11/20: Columbus, OH - Borders Books and Music, 6670 Sawmill Road, 6 PM
A high IQ is not necessary for someone to be a great leader. An ability to read accurately other people and their abilities is. And, as some wise person said, you can accomplish almost anything if you don't want to take personal credit for it.
IMO, she is a quitter, also for selfish reason.Sell her book,ect>pres.!
Ain't nobody perfect though.I'd still like to go kill some critters with her, cut some meat and try some new recipes.
I love the t.v.interview( on you tube) with her while some ol boy is slaughtering turkeys 15-20 ft. right behind her and the interviewer.
Ya'll have a blessed thankgiving!
Wehner gets it mostly right.
Palin affeectionados are falling into just another cult of personality.
It's said she smells good but like lookin' hot that doesn't make her a political leader.
Her failures during the campaign show her to be just a girl who lets others lead.
She should stay home and raise her kids.
Hopefully, when she goes to church she doesn't run off at the mouth.