“When it came time for choosing, somehow Barack Obama just couldn’t bring himself to pick the woman who got 18 million votes in his primary, and that seems to be too familiar a story isn’t it?” Palin said at a rally in Henderson, NV yesterday. “How it is for so many American women that the qualifications are there, but for some reason the promotion never comes?
In stronger language than Palin has used on the campaign trail before, the comments were part of a broader attempt to sell herself as an advocate for women and working numbers at a time when Palin’s support among women has slipped dramatically in national polls since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.
“You’ve got to ask yourself why was Senator Hillary Clinton not even vetted by the Obama campaign?” Palin continued. “Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket?”
“In the long history of our country, 74 people have held the position of President or Vice-President, and why have the major parties given America only two chances to even consider a woman for either office?” Palin asked. “This glass ceiling, it is still there, but it’s about time that we shattered that glass ceiling once and for all.”
An example from the Weekly Standard
The moment when Sarah Palin knew she was winning last night’s debate with her vice presidential opponent Joe Biden came after the subject had turned to nuclear weapons. Palin had talked about nukes as a deterrent and said it was important to keep them out of the hands of dictators who are enemies of America. Then she turned to moderator Gwen Ifill and asked, “Can we talk about Afghanistan real quick?”….
by that point in the debate–two-thirds the way through–Palin was brimming with self-confidence. She knew she could handle any issue likely to be thrown at her by Ifill. She knew Biden would not outmatch her. So she purposely tackled an issue on which he was expected to have an advantage. He didn’t….
If that episode didn’t demoralize Biden, a senator from Delaware for 35 years, it should have. For it showed she had passed the biggest test any vice presidential candidate faces–a test the media was ready to declare she’d failed. Was she capable of being vice president? Based on her debate performance, the answer was yes.
Not that she came close to matching Biden’s experience or extensive knowledge of issues, especially foreign policy issues. But she was conversant with every issue, domestic and foreign, that came up in the 90-minute debate and talked with seeming confidence about them….
For sure, she did one remarkable thing aside from handling Biden with ease. She undid the negative impression that had been created by her avoidance of most of the media and hardened when the two TV interviews went poorly.
Please be sure to read the rest of the article…. The point is… that she did well.
And From WSJ
She killed. She had him at “Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?” She was the star. He was the second male lead, the good-natured best friend of the leading man. She was not petrified but peppy.
The whole debate was about Sarah Palin. She is not a person of thought but of action. Interviews are about thinking, about reflecting, marshaling data and integrating it into an answer. Debates are more active, more propelled—they are thrust and parry. They are for campaigners. She is a campaigner. Her syntax did not hold, but her magnetism did. At one point she literally winked at the nation.
As far as Mrs. Palin was concerned, Gwen Ifill was not there, and Joe Biden was not there. Sarah and the camera were there. This was classic “talk over the heads of the media straight to the people,” and it is a long time since I’ve seen it done so well, though so transparently. There were moments when she seemed to be doing an infomercial pitch for charm in politics. But it was an effective infomercial.
Joe Biden seems to have walked in thinking that she was an idiot and that he only had to patiently wait for this fact to reveal itself. This was a miscalculation. He showed great forbearance. Too much forbearance. She said of his intentions on Iraq, “Your plan is a white flag of surrender.” This deserved an indignant response, or at least a small bop on the head, from Mr. Biden, who has been for five years righter on Iraq than the Republican administration. He was instead mild….
The strategy and goal for Biden was to tie McCain to the status quo and all of the issues that engenders as well as tearing down John McCain.
The strategy and goal for Palin was to repair her image and re-assert her strong personality.
Biden was the consumate statesman, an elder Washington insider… and yet a bit annoyed and angry at times.
Palin, on the other hand, came off very competent, knowledgeable and down to earth… a breath of fresh air.
Biden did an ok job accomplishing his goal, not super though… he got a bit stale and wonky at times… lost the connection. Biden’s best moment was at the end when he was talking about his kids. That was THE connection moment.
Palin did a very good job accomplishing her goal. Very good. She pointed out that she was an outsider, and that she didn’t understand all the Washington doublespeak, was approachable and folksy, and all the while knew the names, places and policies. Her best moment is when she was talking about talking to the American public without the filter of the mainstream media. This was an essential statement because it brings into question all of the pundits opinions and the framing of all her interviews. Great line.
In my opinion, this is a Palin win. And a big one.
It has been disclosed that Gwen Ifill, the moderator at the upcoming VP debate, is going to be releasing a book that is EXTREMELY pro-Obama on January 20, 2009… Inaguration Day.
She has been a strong Obama supporter for a long time and has been more than highly critical of Palin.
How is this even fair? How can they seriously allow someone so obviously and completely biased moderate a debate???
I am truly disgusted.
Updates galore to come.
Michelle Malkin has all the updates…. Click Here
As a side note, I have to say that I have never in my life seen anything as disgusting as the media this election cycle. They are no longer reporting the news, they are chosing the news and have become direct partisan players.
I am repulsed.
I will no longer be supporting PBS until Gwen Ifill is no longer an employee. I am sorry, but my tax dollars pay her salary too and I want her unhired.
People make the excuse that the Debate board did not vett her properly and that is a poor excuse. She should have informed them upfront and avoided even the appearance of impropriety.
Every Lawyer I know is REVOLTED.
Coming on the heels of the most recent commentary from Ms. Mallik of CBC and The Guardian that called Ms. Palin a Pornstar look-alike and her supporters “white trash” comes this gem from the Huffington post… an article entitled “Sarah Palin Naked” no less…
I realized three things tonight. For one, if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in brain power. Two, she really is as ignorant as I feared. And, three, she really is kinda hot. Basically, I want to have sex with her on my Barack Obama sheets while my wife reads aloud from the Constitution. (My wife is cool with this if I promise to “first wipe off Palin’s tranny makeup.” I married well.)
Now, I want to be clear and speak directly to those of you who LOVED that Palin interview. You’re an idiot. I mean that. This is not one of those cases where we’re going to agree to disagree. This isn’t one of those situations where we debate it passionately and then walk away thinking that the other guy is wrong but argued well. I’m not going to think of you as a thoughtful but misguided person with different ideas who still really cares about the country and the world. No, sorry, not this time. This time, if you watched those interview excerpts and weren’t scared out of your freakin’ mind, then you’re mentally ill, mentally disabled, or mentally disturbed. What you are NOT is responsible, informed, curious, thoughtful, mature, educated, empathetic, or remotely serious. I mean it.
I will say again… what in the hell is wrong with these people??? This is not acceptable discourse. I am ashamed I was ever associated with the group of people that would put out such heinous… well, BULLSHIT (pardon my language.) The person that wrote this article is a disgusting and revolting human being and should be asked to leave the Huffington Post. They should have higher standards than that.
Sarah Palin is a very successful sitting Governor of our largest state and a Vice Presidential candidate. Show some god damn respect and keep your masturbatory fantasies to yourself.
The one thing that I realized after reading this article is that the author is mentally ill, mentally disabled, and mentally disturbed. What he is NOT is responsible, informed, curious, thoughtful, mature, educated, empathetic, or remotely serious. I mean it.
I must first start this letter by recognizing the historic event that is going to take place tonight here in Denver. I am proud of America in that we have finally seen the day when an African American can take a major step in realizing the “Dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King.
With that said, as I look back at the last 2 years of campaigning and with what I have witnessed here in Denver, I have found that I cannot endorse, nor vote for, Senator Obama. I believe it is time to take a stand and I will be supporting John McCain for President.
I will continue to show, as I always have, how and why Senator Barack Obama is not a suitable candidate for the Presidency, but will now begin to actively advocate for John McCain.
I will not criticize anyone that supports a third party candidate, but would encourage you to re-consider your choice and to change your support John McCain. This will be a tight race and every vote counts, especially if you are one of my friends in a battleground state. Barack Obama must not win if we are ever to return the Democratic party back to the one we know and love.
Please visit my blog regularly as more information develops. I hope to provide a Democrats view of John McCain, in addition to continuing to express the view I have always had about Barack Obama.
I will be removing all Democrat and PUMA related links to my blog and will only re-add them upon request. If you would be on my blog roll, please reply with the name of your blog and the url.
I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide.
As always, much love
Texas Hill Country
With the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket I am even more resolved in my decision to support John McCain. He is a brilliant man that is running an even more brilliant campaign. He has shown with his decision that he does care about all Americans, their concerns and feelings.
John McCain is a Republican that has stood up to the pressure of his colleagues and fought for what is right. He has reached across the aisle on innumberable issues. He has reached out to all Americans with open arms and an honest heart, visiting and campaigning in areas that no Republican has bothered to go for decades.
And with the naming of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee he has reconfirmed his commitment to be the President of all Americans.
Hillary and Bill’s speeches of unity and support for Obama have given him a 5 point bounce. It was bound to happen, and he will probably get another bounce after his speech at Invesco… perhaps another 5-7 points, but that should be short lived because the Republican Convention is coming up and so is John McCain’s VP choice.
This choice is very important for McCain. It is almost a make or break. I just wonder who he is going to pick… If he picks Romney, it is a safe choice and solidifies his base, but I don’t think he should really worry about that no matter what his polling numbers tell him.
McCain is doing much better than Obama when comparing support among their respective bases. And I don’t think that his base is really going to go anywhere else in big numbers. They may not be voting FOR McCain, but I have a feeling they are going to turn out in droves to vote AGAINST Obama.
If McCain is smart, he will make a choice that appeals to independents and can take on Biden head to head in a debate… and I would be willing to bet he is smart.
You know how most candidates get a bounce after they name their VP and during their convention…
Apparently that is not working out so well for Barack…
The newest Gallup daily tracking poll has it at McCain 46, Obama 44.
Not good news.
So, now that Obama has had his cards inadvertantly shown before he could “text” all his little obots the news first so they could be cool and involved and insiders… the next question is “Who is McCain going to pick?”
There is certainly going to be outrage in the Democratic party that it was not Hillary. Half her supporters are already saying they aren’t voting for Obama… now, maybe the other half won’t either as reports leak out that the Obama campaign didn’t even bother to vett her… at all!!!
The pundits are trying to push the meme that the next few days are going to be all about Biden… they’re wrong. The next few days are going to be ALL ABOUT Hillary… why she was snubbed and why she wasn’t chosen.
How do you not pick the person that was only 49 delegates behind you? I can tell you this, it’s a surefire way to piss them off and have a rumble at the Convention.
So, now that we know that Obama is an idiot who chooses to continue to split the party and insult the Clintons, we turn our attention to McCain.
McCain has 2 options… go with the standard conservative white male OR he could very well go for the shocker…
option 1 – conservative white male
romney… and that’s about it.
option 2 – the shocker, and here is where it gets interesting…
A. Lieberman – great way to solidify the middle, he reaches into the Democratic Party, would probably sew up New Hampshire, it reaches out to Indys big time… and offers an olive branch to the pro-choice community, not to mention the extremely influential and donation heavy Jewish community.
B. Palin – the Governor of Alaska. Female. A McCain style fiscal conservative (spending controls are key), great on the environment, great on energy, very intelligent, charming, quick witted, and a clinger to guns and religion. Also a former Miss Alaska, and still a very attractive woman (which does not hurt.) She is the closest person to McCain policy wise that I can think of. This is also a HUGE reachout to the disaffected Clintonistas, and would pose none of the problems with the rnc base that someone like Lieberman would.
I know he is probably going to pick Romney… But I am certainly hoping for Palin, I must admit.
While Lieberman would be a big middle finger to the DNC (especially since they tried to get McCain to crossover in 2004), it would really stick in Obama’s craw if McCain picked Palin. And I would find that much more satisfying.
Looks like the Obama camp and the DNC is starting to bow to the power of the Clintonistas…
CHICAGO – In a hurried move to put an end to the tensions between supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and those of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Obama campaign has offered former President Bill Clinton a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention, NBC News reported Thursday.
The Clinton’s have accepted the offer, and Bill Clinton will speak before the vice presidential running mate speaks, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported.
Earlier Thursday, Obama told reporters that their staffs were working out mutually agreeable convention logistics. At the same time, Clinton was assuring her supporters in an online chat that she and Obama were “working together to make sure it’s a big success.”
The PUMA’s have them runnin’ scared!
Well, I say “Be afraid… be very afraid.”
The official paper of the Chinese Government seems to revere Hillary Clinton as a hero.
I find it as no surprise that China holds her in such high regard. Beijing was the location of one of the most important speeches ever given on women’s and human rights… and was given by none other than Hillary Clinton.
Here is what THE PEOPLE’S DAILY had to say.
“Hillary: A Heroine for Women, Taken Down By Male-Dominated Media
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has finally admitted defeat and returned to the Senate. After the battle between Obama and this “indomitable, never-give-up” woman, who was confronted with a weakening campaign, lagging poll numbers and enormous intra-party pressure for “unity,” she was finally forced to announce her withdrawal and throw her support to Obama, to help him achieve his dream of becoming the first Black president.
But didn’t Hillary have a dream, too? This lady, who as a 22-year-old university graduate vowed to “make the impossible possible,” who as a gifted Yale Law School alum was twice ranked among the hundred most influential lawyers in the United States and who as First Lady was determined to promote health care reform, has long dreamed of becoming the first woman president.
This time, Hillary’s dream almost came true. A woman has never gotten closer to occupying the Oval Office. Even in the so-called “New World” of the United States, the practice of discrimination against women has always existed. Women didn’t have the right to vote until 1920; there has been only a single female vice presidential candidate (in 1984), and only 16 percent of the members of Congress are currently women.”
Click Here For The English Translation and the full article
(Thanks to Susankh4.)
I read an article about Romney… and it said that Romney had loaned his campaign $45 million dollars, which he is filing to change from a loan to a contribution, essentially forgiving the debt.
The article also said by doing this that he cleared the “legal deck” for him to be able to be a VP candidate…
Former Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s increasingly visible on the campaign trail on behalf of the man who beat him for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain, is about to forgive the $45 million he loaned himself for the primary struggles.
The legal move of filing papers with the Federal Election Commission re-declaring Romney’s loans as contributions is imminent, according to a report by Michael Kranish on the Boston Globe website. It would clear the legal deck for Romney to become a candidate again as, oh, say, the vice presidential Republican running mate of McCain.
To be honest, I had not even thought about campaign debt being a roadblock on the path to the Vice Presidency in the legal sense… I mean, I would have just thought it would have made that pick that much less attractive… but a legal roadblock? Wow, ok…
So, anyway, I suspect that Hillary’s pay off the debt effort is because she wants to clear her “legal deck” just in case… especially given the fact that she is not asking for any of her personal loans to be paid back. I suspect she will file similar paperwork to what Romney has soon.
And that maybe it could be why Obama is draggin his damn feet, refusing to send an email blast on her behalf and “forgetting” to ask for people to help her?
He wants the reason she can’t be VP because of a legal technicality so he doesn’t have to take the blame perhaps?
I might just bet on it.
Mr. Webb’s statement from TPM
“Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.”
I am not surprised that a great number of good Democrats are turning down the VP slot… Usually it is just rhetoric, all of them say stuff like this when we all know it’s a lie, but this is a SERIOUS rejection of Obama’s overtures.
Why so strong Jim? Reading the writing on the wall perhaps?