That line also emphasized her youth. You don’t see Biden/McCain aged guys putting things on Ebay. She’s not going to win over the whole under 30 crowd, but that line shows how she can sound like she’s from the current generation rather than a past one. As Ben points out in a diary, Palin (like Obama) is too young to have internalized the 1960s culture | Read More »
Ross Douthat is Far Too Kind
Moe has already pointed out Ross Douthat’s creeping suspicion that these people who surround him are not particularly balanced or friendly to ideologies other than their own. But we shouldn’t leave it there – it’s actually gotten more pronounced in the hours since the initial revelations. Read Ross’s followups here, here,, and here. Ross, we love you as a wise brother. But it’s high time | Read More »
Community Organizers Deserve Respect
I was appalled by all of the jabs at community organizers during both Sarah Palin’s and Rudy Giuliani’s speeches at the RNC. In the small government that we are dreaming of, non-profits and non-governmental organizations (a.k.a. community organizations) bear the burden of social service for the country. The government’s role may not be to feed the hungry, care for the sick, advocate for the underserved, | Read More »
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter
Halfway through Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text. According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Governor Palin was in the speech. The malfunction also occurred during Rudy Giuliani’s speech, | Read More »
Hillary the Sixties Feminist, Palin the 21st Century Feminist
Gov. Palin’s speech was directed not just at the audience in the chamber, but at the Clinton primary voters across the Midwest who could hear much in this speech that they could agree with. It did so by reframing, in powerful terms, the conservative reaction to the political tide of the sexual revolution and liberal feminism. Where Hillary Clinton framed her cracking of the glass | Read More »
Congratulations Sen. McCain, official nominee of the GOP
It’s been a long time coming. But the story of McCain’s rise from “dead” in the summer of 2007 has been validated during the roll call that just passed the 1,191 vote line. Gov. Palin will be the big story tonight and for much of the rest of the campaign. But Sen. McCain’s victory in this primary is still a surprising story of success and | Read More »
Sarah Palin. An Amazing, Historic, Epic Win.
Sarah Palin took to the podium tonight and gave the speech of a lifetime, perhaps the best nationally broadcast political introduction in the convention history, and a knock out blow to the Obama-Biden campaign and their pals in the media. Governor Palin’s performance was phenomenal. It was amazing to be inside the XCEL Center listening, seeing the crowd’s reaction, and seeing Governor Palin take the | Read More »
:pause: Suckers. Speech after the fold.
Barack Obama vs. Sarah Palin
“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – [my campaign has] a budget of about three times that just for the month.” “This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the | Read More »
Third of the Three.
And he’s out to club him a baby harp seal: On the one hand, you’ve got a man who has dedicated his life to the service of his country. He’s been tested time and again by crisis. He’s passed every test. Even his adversaries acknowledge that he is a true American hero. He loves America as we all do – but he’s sacrificed for it | Read More »
Norm Coleman on Obama’s Work Experience
Norm Coleman on FOX tonight: “Barack Obama’s experience… he was a community activist in Chicago. Check out those communities. There is still some work to be done.”
Second of the three: Huckabee.
And serving up the humor: As much as I appreciate the opportunity to speak tonight, I really was originally hoping for the slot on Thursday called the acceptance speech. I really tire of hearing how the Democrats care about the working guy as if all Republicans grew up with silk stockings and silver spoons. In my little hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the 3 sacred heroes | Read More »
First of the three: Romney.
And serving up the raw meat: We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain! Our economy is under attack. China is acting like Adam Smith on steroids, buying oil from the world’s worst, and selling | Read More »
St. Paul is a Gas
It’s day three in St. Paul and, if I have any luck, I’ll get tear gassed for the third day in a row. It’s been quite a week here. The protests are going full steam. We keep hearing about clashes with police, and I continue running around town chasing sirens, tyring to catch some photos and maybe get a little roughed up. In Denver, many | Read More »
GOP Convention Day 3 Open Thread
The convention starts shortly. I’ll go on and put this up for everyone to participate in.