The long knives are out for Sarah Palin, but upon closer examination the knife has no teeth and is as blunt as a baseball bat. Here’s a list of some of the attacks being leveled against Sarah Palin and some easy responses. (collected from many different websites, for and against, all credit to whom and where it belongs)
Below are 33 boilerplate attacks and possible reponses.
•**Attack: She’s inexperienced: Response: Ahem, can you say that again? Yes, into the microphone please.
Obama has less time in public office (Palin 1992-2008, Obama 1997-2008
Obama has no executive experience at all
Obama has no significant US Senate experience. NYT headline “Obama In Senate: Star Power, Minor Role “He was running for president even as he was still getting lost in the Capitol’s corridors.” ““I think it’s very possible to have a Senate career here that is not particularly useful” (Obama) said in an interview, reflecting on his first year.” “Mr. Obama took few bold stands and diverted little from the liberal orthodoxy he had embraced in the Illinois Senate.” NYT 3/9/08.
Inexperience is a plus to Obama and the Democrats “They (Kennedy & Daschle) told him that these chances come along rarely… And yes, he was green, but that also meant he did not have the burden of a long record. “For somebody to come in with none of that history is a real advantage,” Mr. Daschle said. (NYT 3/9/08)
Tim Kaine was one of the finalists in the Obama VP search, has as much national experience as Palin. Any complaints from the Democrats then?
If Obama can bolster his experience credentials by picking Biden, then so could Palin if she became president by picking an “experienced” person such Condi Rice.
• **Attack:: “I have had no luck at all in the past 24 hours trying to explain that Obama is quite obviously an impressive man… with extraordinary qualities of organization, discipline and leadership. I see nothing in Palin’s record to suggest that she has any such qualities”. (Andrew Sullivan)
Response: Read This Article to see all about Obama’s “organization, discipline and leadership”. In his own words “I ask my staff never to hand me paper until two seconds before I need it, because I will lose it,” Loads of organization, eh? As for discipline and leadership, blaming your staffers is a real sign of that.
• Attack: “(Obama) is a man who has spent his adult life thinking serious thoughts about serious issues and having serious conversations about them with other serious, well-informed people; while Palin quite as clearly has done none of those things. He was the president of the Harvard Law Review; she was the point guard on her high school basketball team.” (Andrew Sullivan)
Response: This guy’s a paid pundit? Let’s take this paragraph apart. He is a man who has spent his adult life thinking serious thoughts about serious issues and having serious conversations about them with other serious, well-informed people; You’re kidding, serious thoughts, issues AND conversations? Call me a convert! while Palin quite as clearly has done none of those things. Sure, all she did was put herself through college by paying for it (that’s why she entered the beauty pageant in the first place) unlike Obama who got in on scholarships. She then raised a family, ran a business, sat on a city council, was a two term mayor (before Obama even ran for public office), had an important position on a state commission, was a whistleblower, ran for Lt. governor, ran and was elected governor, visited US troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Germany. But she didn’t have serious thoughts and conversations about serious issues with serious people (There are no serious people in Alaska anyway, right Mr. Sullivan?). She will no doubt lose the serious thoughts/conversations vote. He was the president of the Harvard Law Review; the most undistinguished one they ever had she was the point guard on her high school basketball team. What did Obama do in high school? Oh, that’s right, he used marijuana and cocaine.
• Attack: How can you put someone so inexperienced a heartbeat away from the presidency?
Response: How can you put someone so inexperienced into the presidency? Or, How can you put someone so inexperienced a brain aneurism away from the presidency?
• Attack: If John McCain dies, is Sarah Palin ready to be president?
Response: if Joe Biden dies is Barack Obama ready to be president?
• Attack: By picking Palin, McCain can no longer attack Obama as being inexperienced.
Response: By picking Biden, a Washington insider since the Nixon years, Obama can no longer claim to be an agent of change.
• Attack: Sarah Palin, the candidate from Nowhere (a play on the Bridge to Nowhere).
Response: Joe Biden the insider from Washington.
• Attack: Do you see Sarah Palin looking Putin in the eye and standing up to him?
Response: (I really hope they come hard with this one, it’s a hanging curveball just waiting to visit the seats) Response: Sure, why not? Is it because she’s a woman?
• Attack: How can Palin abandon a five month old infant with Down Syndrome to go on the campaign trail?
Response: (hanging crurveball redux) Would you say the same if she were a man? What, women can’t have families and high-powered careers at the same time? Paging Gloria Steinem…
• Attack: this pick writes Joe Biden’s debate line by itself: “I know Hillary Clinton, I am friends with Hillary Clinton, Governor, you are no Hillary Clinton.”
Response: There you go again Senator, plagiarizing.
• Attack: She’s not smart enough to debate Joe Biden.
Response: Yes, we know his IQ is higher then hers, he’s already told us.
• Attack: She’s another Quayle.
Response: Biden’s another Bentsen. Bentsen lost, Quayle won.
• Attack: She’s another Cheney. (John Kerry)
Response: Make up your mind either she’s milquetoast or she’s Darth Vader. Besides, Cheney was SecDef under Bush ’41, do you now mean to say she has experience?
• Attack: There’s an open investigation against her in Alaska.
Response: If someone tasered your 10-year old nephew (his own stepson) and threatened to shoot your father, chances are you’d also be uneasy with him still being a State Trooper.
• Attack: She is a creationist.
Response: As governor, she advocated teaching Darwinism while allowing for a debate of alternative views. A real extremist, ain’t she?
• Attack: She’s a former beauty queen.
Response: Obama is a fomer uh, uh, oh that’s right, community organizer. Real presidential material. (BTW, what the heck is a community organizer?)
• Attack: “True, Obama has little foreign policy experience either, as McCain and others have pointed out again and again. But during his time in national office he has demonstrated a clear commitment to the most pressing issues in American foreign policy”. (Peter Scoblic, The New Republic)
Response: Demonstrated? Really? By talking about it? Okay, give Gov. Palin a week and she will “demonstrate” a clear commitment as well.
• Attack: Nobody will vote for her just because she’s a woman.
Response: if that is so, then no one would vote for Obama just because he’s African-American. Then why did African Americans support Obama overwhelmingly over Hillary Clinton after all she and Bill had done for them. Were there were any differences between the two of them on African American issues? None that I can think of.
• Attack: A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that … among journalists who followed her, her approval rating might be in the "teens."
Response: if this is true, I’m changing my vote. Palin for President.
• Attack: She turned on her political patrons:
Response: oh, you mean the ones that were corrupt and ended up fined, resigning or in jail. That’s too bad. Now Obama is a fine gentleman who never turns on his patrons, no matter what, see Ayres, William, Rezko, Tony and Wright, Rev Jeremiah. Good for him.
• Attack: Republicans in Alaska don’t like her and say she’s unqualified.
Response: Richard Nixon didn’t like Woodward and Bernstein either.
• Attack: “In fact, as the governor herself acknowledged in her acceptance speech, she never set out to be involved in public affairs.” (Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks)
Response: Oh, so she was drafted? What she meant was that she did not spend her life doing everything with the presidency in mind, unlike a certain Democrat in this race.
• Attack: McCain wanted Leiberman as VP, she’s his second choice.
Response: Obama wanted Obama as VP, Biden is his second choice.
• Attack: She doesn’t know what the VP does.
Response: Neither do I (other then take over if the President dies and break Senate ties). Do you? Actual quote “But as for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.” She wants to be a productive VP. Terrible, Terrible.
• Attack: She only met McCain once.
Response: Ever heard of the telephone? Absurd.
• Attack: She’s against abortion, even in rape/incest situations.
Response: She was pandering to the baby vote. Seriously speaking, her opponents should try to push that point, really they should, especially while she’s cuddling the answer in her arms.
• Attack: She owns three houses.
Response: Her salary as governor $125,000. Obama made $4.1 million last year. Enough said.
• Attack: Her selection has caused a major rift among Republicans.
Response: Which is why, I’m sure, McCain raised $7m the day she was selected, far more than any day previously. The truth is that Republicans have gone from voting for McCain as the lesser of two evils to supporting him enthusiastically.
• Attack: She was vetted too quickly and McCain only picked her the night before making the announcement.
Response: Her name has been mentioned for months. In addition, Biden was not chosen until the day before either.
• Attack: She's still focused on Alaska not the fact the she would be Vice President for the whole nation.
Response: She’s still governor of Alaska and actually has to run things there, unlike Obama who can forget about Illinois and nobody could care less.
• Attack: Additionally, this choice reminds us that McCain is an adulterer and raises the specter that he is just a dirty old man with wandering eyes.
Response: Do include this attack in your ads against McCain, please. Bill Clinton or John Edwards can do the voiceover.
• Attack: Palin’s husband is on BP's payroll creating a possible conflict of interest.
Response: Ah yes, Todd Palin is in the tank for big oil, working in a non-managerial position that pays $93,000 a year. Way to go, Democrats, always looking out for the little guy.
• Attack McCain had to pick a pro-life nominee to appease his base.
Response: Obama had to pick a pro-choice nominee to appease his base.
This is so much fun I can go on all day. It is fascinating how terrified the Democrats are of this pick. It goes beyond this election. The Democrats are so terrified that the Republican party is finally beginning to introduce the new generation of likeable, down to earth, genuine conservative leaders such as Palin, Jindal, Sanfor etc. that they will do whatever it takes to bring down Palin and prevent this wave of fresh talent from getting started.