falcon hears the falconer

8/28/08

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Wow, that kicked ass.

I remember sitting in my living room in 1980, watching the Republican convention, and when the first state gave their nomination to Ronald Reagan, the place went apeshit. They cheered so long that they cut away for commercials, came back, and they were still cheering. Even at that age, I loathed Reagan and everything he stood for, but I understood the moment for what it was: the country was going to change, one way or another.

Tonight, after the bio film and the introduction, Obama came out to a similar wave of ecstasy pulsing through the stadium. It wasn’t creepily Messianic, nor blindly frothing – it felt like a release, an outpouring, a moment whose time had come. And suddenly, I completely got the way all those people felt about Reagan, but this time, THE GUY WAS MINE.

In a way, my guys – and the guys and gals of all progressives – have been losing since that very moment in 1980. Yes, there were the Clinton years, but Clinton mostly had a Republican Congress and while I always remained his apologist, he could break your heart.

But tonight, when Obama yelled into the microphone “ENOUGH!” and it reverberated over the Rocky Mountains, I could feel the ship of America list slightly to the port side, as if the gears had unlocked, and an old wheel began to turn again. The Brits say “hope springs eternal,” but in America, maybe it springs every 28 years or so.

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0 thoughts on “falcon hears the falconer

  1. Anne

    It was a fine moment indeed. I texted my two older children to make sure they were watching HISTORY being made. I still remember the “Ask not” JFK speech (inaugural, right?) and though I was only 9, I knew this was Something Big. Same thing last night.
    We need an inclusive America, a purposeful and united America… not an America divided by suspicion, inequality, and fear. I was glad to hear both FDR and JFK invoked last night. Not to mention MLK on the anniversary of his Dream speech, one of the best pieces of writing and oratory I’ve ever encountered. Obama could never match it, but his speech hit clean and hard. At one point I thought, OK, where is the part about protecting America from terrorists? and damn if Barack didn’t immediately launch into a hardline riff on Bin Laden and cowboying up in Afghanistan, citing his own efforts in the Senate to back up his intentions.
    If I weren’t so weary of dissembling and ineptitude, I might feel a little sorry for McAge having to follow Obama’s act next week. But I don’t. He’s on his own (or, he and his puppetmasters are on their own). I already anticipate the cynical, carping voice. (And I used to think McAge was an OK guy!)
    Time to get out the vote, people. HOPE is the watchword, CHANGE is the promise. Seriously.

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  2. Megan

    Intriguing photo. Got metadata?
    I felt the same way last night, but I wasn’t sure if it was really evidence of a sea change or just the usual convention pep rally hoo-ha. Glad someone else thought it was the former.

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  3. the other Lee

    I got goosebumps
    we just watched history, and hopefully we’ll be watching it in November and January as well.

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  4. Killian

    Definitely goosebump worthy. I awake hopeful and happier than I have years. What an AMAZING sea change. My dad, who passed away 2 years ago, would be thrilled beyond belief.

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  5. Greg T.

    I missed it last night but am listening to it now (gotta love XM.)
    I am stunned at just how closely the vision of America he describes matches my own.
    It does not feel to me like a great speech, but it is very good and well presented. I would like to have heard less about John McCain and George Bush. I recognize that they need to strike first ahead of the Republican convention next week, but that aspect of the speech undermines it’s power for me. I do think that once he is no longer a candidate, Barack may deliver some truly historic speeches as president.

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  6. kjf

    that line about mccain following bin laden to the gates of hell was brilliant. i’m almost afraid to start believing that this will happen!!

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  7. Sean M

    Traffic heading home from work last night (I leave at 6, speech started at 7 PST) was the worst it had been all week and I’m convinced it was because people rushed home to watch Obama. I love Bill Clinton and so far in my life, he’s set the bar on speechgiving…but I think Obama topped even him. I hope with everything that I have that he wins in November. I fear that he won’t. :-/
    The buzz is that McCain is picking Palin today as is VP candidate…shrewd (and dare I say, excellent) choice considering he’s going after the moderate women still bitter that Hillary isn’t their candidate. Young, energetic, charismatic, successful soccer (erm, hockey) mom? Well played, John McCain. I hope you lose.

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  8. Piglet

    You and Pat Buchanan! I think I just saw a pig flying by on big feathery wings, and the demons in Hell have taken up ice skating.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/29/02446/8401/564/578111
    Greg, four years ago they figured the thing to do was to have an all-positive, all about themselves convention and not even mention George W’s name. Since that turned out so well for them, they decided to try doing what works.

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  9. GFWD

    Let me get this straight . . . the 137 year old McCain, who (more so than all other presidents) is a heartbeat away from a dirt nap, just picked as his running mate the only person in the country even more green than the man he claims has no experience?
    Did he confuse Alaska–technically the BIGGEST state–with California or New York and think that it also had the most delegates? Other than The Deadliest Catch, Trajan Langdon and some eskimos, there ain’t a whole lot to come from Seward’s Icebox that I’m aware of over hear in the continental U.S. Was Palin his second choice after Nanook declined?
    I’m no political pundit, but methinks last night’s speech, coupled with this underwhelming choice (no wonder they “waited” to announce out of respect for Obama last night) opens the door a little bit for an unlikely Obama win.
    I rely on my more well-versed blog brethren and breth-sisters to enlighten me about Palin.
    Have a great weekend.

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  10. Zel M.

    GFWD:
    Oh, there they go – that’s they one! “He beat Joe Louis’ ass…”
    McCain’s pick of Palin is extraordinarily shrewd for the Repubs, who usually screw everything up when it comes to stuff like this (Dan Quayle, I’m looking at you). The choice of a woman is a clearly defined appeal to the alienated Hillary supporters. She’s a strong, pro-life mother whose children include a soldier and one with Down Syndrome. Any attempt by the Dems to highlight her inexperience will only reflect back on Obama’s paper-thin resume. Any attempt to bring up the state trooper issue referenced by Piglet can be checked by Biden’s plagiarism and resume-inflation. The historic chance to elect an African-American president is now trumped by a (not equally, but still) historic chance to elect a woman to the second-highest office and potentially launch her on a course to the White House. Personally, I think it is a politically brilliant move, which makes me wonder if it were deliberate, given the GOP’s usual ineptitude.
    I have to admit I felt Obama’s message of change was dampened by his selection of the old-guard, re-tread Biden. McCain in this case made the bold choice. Sad, but true.

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  11. Piglet

    You got it backwards, Zel. If inexperience is off the table as a talking point, Obama wins.
    Also, Palin is not only anti-abortion, but pro-creationism in the schools. She’s so far to the right that anyone but the most hard core Republican partisans are going to be turned off by her. Even the fundamentalist family values crowd will wonder why she’s doing this instead of being there for her new special-needs baby. And standing next to McAncient will highlight his age even more.
    McFAIL/FAILIN’ 2008

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  12. Alan

    “McCain in this case made the bold choice.”
    No he didn’t. He made the choice that he thought would collect the most votes. Palin is the VP candidate because she is a young woman, end of story.
    I have no problem electing either a black man or a woman, but I won’t vote for someone solely because they fit a neglected demographic. (Obama, Palin)

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  13. Neva

    I enjoyed last night’s speeches. I was especially impressed with the “real people” who spoke before Obama. The woman from Pittsboro, NC was great and you gotta love that Barney Smith, Smith Barney line. I can’t imagine what it’s like to stand up there in front of all those people and speak.
    Obama was great but not as emotionally moving as some of his speeches. But that’s okay, I think, since he really needed to get into specific details this time and not just inspire people. His humility and intelligence really shine through and his comment about high temperment vs. McCain’s was a good point.
    Don’t know Palin. Find it fascinating that he would pick her. Seems rather desperate to me. Definitely think anyone who thinks she should be home with her special needs child instead of doing that needs to also ask why Obama’s not home with his typical kids. They all need their parents after all. Anyway, it will be interesting to watch. I for see her as possibly not holding up well in debates against someone as experienced as Biden. If Hillary’s camp turns to McCain because of this I really have to wonder what their real priorities are. If they care about women’s issues they have to look beyond just the gender of the candidate!

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  14. Zel M.

    Piglet:
    Here’s what I mean: any Dem attempt to attack Palin on inexperience can simply be rebutted by highlighting Obama’s inexperience. The inverse is not true because the inexperienced Obama is at the top of the ticket. McCain can still hammer Obama all day long because 24 years in the Senate is greater than 4 years any way you slice it.
    All of this VP posturing is a big parlor game anyway, because people usually vote for the top of the ticket. To me, in many ways, the four candidates are now inverse images of each other – a young, green, minority/female who appeals to each party’s base, and an old, establishment white guy.
    “And standing next to McAncient will highlight his age even more.”
    And Biden standing next to Obama doesn’t make Obama look even more wet behind the ears? Everyone knows the only reason to choose Biden, a 36-year Senator who was planning to retire, was to shore up Obama’s wafer-thin foreign affairs credentials and give him more gravitas. Biden is what, six years younger than McCain? (Correct me if I’m wrong) Is Biden the Crash Davis to Obama’s Nuke LaLoosh? (insert the million-dollar personality but five-cent head jokes here, Repubs)
    And to counter Greg’s argument, what exactly is Biden going to deliver electorally? Delaware? To hear the Dems it, Biden is from Pennsylvania, since all you have heard since last weekend is “Scranton, PA” references to old Jumpin’ Joe – hoping to bring some help to Obama in places like PA and WV where he just was scalded by HRC in the primaries. At least Palin shores up McCain in his base, where he needed help.
    Of the two – Biden and Palin, Biden appears to be the more desperate pick because A) his selection flies in the face of the whole youth/change/outsider thing Obama had going and B) Obama needed Biden more than McCain needed Palin.
    I must say it’s a pretty shrewd move on the part of the GOP (again surprising, because they usually don’t show a lot of acumen for this) but McCain’s announcement has stolen a lot of BO’s thunder from his acceptance speech. All morning the radio newsbreaks led with Obama, but since noon, they have all led with McCain/Palin.

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  15. Zel M.

    Alan wrote:
    “He made the choice that he thought would collect the most votes.”
    Isn’t that the point?
    Palin is the VP candidate because she is a young woman, end of story.
    And Biden is the Dem VP candidate because he is strong where Obama is weak, in foreign affairs and with older, white voters – end of story. So what? That’s what presidential candiates do.
    “I have no problem electing either a black man or a woman, but I won’t vote for someone solely because they fit a neglected demographic.”
    Amen to that.
    Neva wrote:
    “I for see her as possibly not holding up well in debates against someone as experienced as Biden.”
    How did that work out for Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle? Again, people like to see a balance, but people vote for the top of the ticket. I mean, really – other than the Dems making Dick Cheney out to be the spawn of Satan and making him far more important than he otherwise should be, when has a VP been vitally important in an administration? Clinton and Gore didn’t really get along, nor did Reagan and Bush the elder. Probably the last VP of any strength was Lyndon Johnson, which is a somewhat similar situation to this one (i.e. a young, outsider Senator like Kennedy having to choose an older, crusty veteran Senator to shore him up given his lack of experience, although by this point JFK was a decorated war hero, Pulitzer Prize winner, and had served in both the House and Senate, but I digress)
    I was thinking last night – while I understand the enthusiasm, I can’t help but think either John Kerry or Al Gore would have been 10 times better and more ready for this than Obama.

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  16. Matt

    I watched Obama last night. Historic moment, lukewarm speech.
    It’s going to suck to lose to these two, eh? Palin is an interesting pick, for what a VP is worth. Not qualified to be president, unfortunately, but then neither is Obama! Her two years of executive experience as a successful, reformist governor is worth more than Obama’s two forgettable years in the US Senate. Feminists may hate her — for a variety of reasons — but she’ll appeal to a lot of others. She’s likeable, and Biden had better be careful. He can’t control his mouth sometimes and being rude to a woman in the debate(s) may backfire (sorry if that’s sexists, but it’s true — ask Lazio). Plus, Palin may eat his lunch on judgment, energy policy, etc. Who knows.
    At any rate, it’s a much more interesting race!

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  17. kent

    Palin is a right wing nutjob. McCain does two things by picking her: 1) Pander to the right wing nutjob vote. 2) Try and pander to what the TV talking heads euphemistically call “low information voters” who see that his running mate sports a vagina and is not using an aluminum walker, and look no further.
    So McCain’s trying to forge a coalition between the deranged and the ignorant. Good luck with that!

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  18. Sean M

    If only pandering to the clueless didn’t win elections…we’ve seen that it does…
    I hope I’m wrong, I hope I’m wrong, I think I can, I think I can…

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  19. Matt

    “…his running mate sports a vagina…”
    There’s that trademark misogyny that worked so well for Obama supporters earlier this year (and it’s popping back up everywhere already). Keep it up. As I said, it’s going to suck losing to these two.

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  20. Ian

    Matt, Zel… in all seriousness, do you actually believe everything you write on here, or is at least 15% things you say out of total wishful thinking, trying to convince yourself? Or is 15% just to stir the pot? I’m fascinated…

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  21. Zel M.

    So this is the level of political discourse in this country – if you disagree with me, you’re an ignorant nutjob. I’m sure that’s what the framers had in mind.
    “Palin is a rightwing nutjob.”
    And Biden is a leftwing hack who has never garnered more than 3% in any presidential primary. What’s your point?
    “Clueless”, “deranged”, “ignorant”, “low-information”. To borrow from Ian, is this really what you think of those who do not share your political views, or is that just to stir the pot? Were voters not clueless or ignorant in 92, 96, and 00 when the Dem candidate actually garnered more votes, but suddenly became that way?
    And in the interest of full disclosure, I am a lifelong registered Democrat, but of the Southern variety, meaning I am far from a full-blown liberal like many on here. But I am frustrated that, in times of great opportunity like these, Democrats have chosen someone who, to me, is vapid and inexperienced and very well may end up losing to someone that hard-core repubs can’t stand and will have to hold their nose to vote for.
    So call me ignorant or deranged if you like, but I just call ’em as I see ’em.

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  22. Zel M.

    Ian:
    What have I said that is so unbelieveable?
    The Palin pick is pandering to disaffected Hillary supporters.
    People usually vote for the top of the ticket, not the bottom.
    The GOP is not normally politically shrewd.
    Obama selecting Biden as VP is not bold.
    Certainly some things are debatable through intelligent discourse, like whether or not the Palin pick was bold, whether or not Biden will ultimately help Obama, etc. But I don’t really believe anything I have said is all that unbelievable or wishful thinking.
    I have been thinking about Palin as more comes out and I am convinced even more that she is a brilliant pick, which again leads me to question if it was deliberate. People may question whether or not she is a nutjob, but she has lived her convictions. It will be hard to challenge her abortion stance when she knew she would have a child with Down syndrome and chose not to abort. And she passes the Michael Moore test, as another child will be deployed to Iraq next month (remember Moore asking legislators if they would send their own children to Iraq).
    But the interesting part is how she mirrors Obama in a number of ways. Both from far western states – Obama is 3 years older but Palin achieved elective office (granted, it was city council) five years earlier. Both played high school basketball. Both were known as movers and shakers at their respective levels. Both had a failed campaign run (Palin for Lt. Governor and Obama for Congress). Both are still in their first term in their respective offices. I think the Dems are already anticipating this comparison based on the number of “she’s only a heartbeat away from the presidency – is she ready?” stories that came out yesterday. The idea is that if the answer is yes, then by definition Obama is ready as well.
    So, to answer your question Ian – yes, I do believe what I write on here because I call it as I see it. I am no pundit, nor am I as conservative as you think I am (much more Libertarian, meaning I think both sides are full of crap).

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  23. Anne

    Damn, Zel — “vapid” is an adjective for Paris Hilton. It’s the last word I’d associate with Barack Obama. Way to shred your own cred.

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  24. Matt

    I think Ian is a little like Keith Olbermann in this regard: unable to comprehend how anyone can say something, not just mildly complimentary about Republicans, but insufficiently hateful. Hence, you can’t be serious.

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  25. Zel M.

    Anne, I’m not sure how much cred I have to shred on this blog. I voted for HRC, which you will recall makes me a gun-totin’ racist, according to Ian.
    As for your comment:
    vap·id (adj): Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull
    I was actually referring to his campaign and positions, which to me are vacuous fluff. But if I may quote your own blog:
    “As I write this, it occurs to me that the McCain ads painting Obama as a celebrity missed the mark. He does not have an especially high charisma quotient as politicians go.”
    So maybe I’m not that far off the mark.
    The interesting thing is I pretty much agreed with everything you wrote in that blogpost. I also think his speech was good but not great, and the choreographed spectacle gives me the heebie-jeebies as well.
    But I do think the McCain characterizations of celebrity are closer to the mark than anyone wants to admit. I find his positions shallow and his experience thin and I can’t figure out what the appeal is beyond his visual appeal and novelty as a candidate (and the fact that he’s not HRC or McCain). I don’t find his personal story particularly compelling; in fact, I he feels he often has to move the conversation away from his personal story because of the issues it raises.
    I think he is the beneficiary of amazing timing as Clinton fatigue finally reared its ugly head. If this had been a hard-core primary, with the likes of Kerry, Dean, Gore, and Bradley as in years past, Obama would have never stood a chance. He would have been building his chops for a run in ’12 or ’16. But no Democrat of substance had the stones to stand in the way of HRC’s seemingly inevitable nomination, and Obama was just the beneficiary of the wheels coming off the HRC bus.
    I just feel sorry for those other guys, especially Gore, Kerry, and Bradley – who would have been 100 better at this than Obama.

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  26. Ian

    My question was more of the general variety, not particularly about the Palin issue. It just feels like some of the conservatives on here seem to take a change of heart as a sign of weakness, and find pretty-far-flung sources to back up ideas that don’t pass the smell test, and I’m just curious. It doesn’t seem like it, but I do try to be fungible enough to have my mind changed, which is probably why us progressives lose so many frickin’ battles.
    But since we’re specifically on this issue, Matt wrote “Her two years of executive experience as a successful, reformist governor is worth more than Obama’s two forgettable years in the US Senate.” I mean… that just seems patently ludicrous on almost every level.
    Zel, I’m sorry to have lumped you in on this one. Maybe I was thinking of something Dean wrote a few entries back, but all of you must know by now that the Dexedrine makes me jumpy.

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  27. Matt

    It doesn’t seem ludicrous at all (except for being wrong on Obama’s 3.5 yrs in the US Senate). It was very forgettable time spent. Almost zero accomplishments and it’s not executive experience like a governorship is. At least she’s run a state for two years. As someone once said, Obama ain’t run nuthin’ but his mouth. I guess we’ll see how ludicrous it is in 2 months.

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  28. Anne

    Zel, I think “vacuous” was the word association I made when I read “vapid.” Shame on me; words are my career! 8-/
    I still don’t find Obama flat or dull, though. Measured, thoughtful, well informed, and congenial rather than sparkly.
    Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

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  29. GFWD

    I don’t know that being the chief executive (mayor) of a town of $9,000 is even tantamount to being the Student Body President at UNC. Governing a state is better, but at least pick one with a total population equal to that of a large American city.
    The problem I see with Palin is that the GOP has to educate their masses about her in a news cycle that includes Labor Day Weekend travel, Hurricane Gustav and college football from now until the election. The race was important to most Americans prior to now because there was nothing else on the tube. Announcing on Friday, after most folks left for the holiday weekend was poor timing. Refusing to disrupt the DNC was silly, since it didn’t force Obama or anyone to have to react to her announcement.
    As I’ve since learned, Palin seems to be pretty well qualified to be a second in command. I don’t think that she will automatically garner the votes of the Hillary supporters, however, because she does away with one of the fundamental rights of being a woman–the right to choose. Very noble to make the conscious decision to voluntarily bring a Downs Syndrome baby into the world. Can’t imagine having to make the Sophie’s Choice myself. But to wave it in the faces of would-be voters seems a little much and holier than thou. Because how can you fault the mother or the couple that chooses NOT to bring a child with Downs Syndrome into the world?
    As for having children serving in Iraq, it’s immaterial since Obama’s daughter are in elementary school and the sitting REPUBLICAN president was a fortunate son whose daddy kept him out of the war.
    And, while I’m not taking a jab at a true American hero, it’s not like McCain was a strategist in the war. He was a POW. Big, BIG difference. Granted, he was there and Obama was playing with Tonka Trucks, but the same could be said for Kerry. HE was there while Bush wasn’t.
    More than anything, I feel standing next to McCain, she looks green and he looks old. I rarely ever thought about his mortality, despite being 137 years old. But next to her, I start wishing I had bothered to watch more of Geena Davis in the show COMMANDER IN CHIEF.
    In the end, I want a President who is smarter than anyone else in the room. With the checks and balances we have in place to limit the overall power of that executive office, I’m confident that someone with smarts and good advisors will get the job done effectively. If being the editor of the Hah-vud law review doesn’t vault you to the top of that list, then we no longer need to hold this discussion.

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  30. Zel M.

    Anne: I think his campaign message is vacuous, if that helps! ;-) I enjoyed your blog and as I mentioned, I agree with about 90% of what you wrote about Obama’s speech.
    Greg: Point of post hoc ergo propter hoc, your honor. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds Eye-talian to me.
    By your logic vis-a-vis the size of government, then the only people qualified to be on a national ticket are governors of the 8 or 10 most populous states. Worked well for Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Jr, I see. Mr. Clinton? Sorry, you’re disqualified because your state isn’t freakin’ important enough.
    I also disagree that the Palin announcement was poor timing. It was the best they were going to get, especially since it had to be before the GOP convention started and with Gustav on the horizon. But it had a more important effect – it shortened Obama’s victory lap to about a minute and a half.
    I think Palin’s chief asset is that she can pass the Michael Moore test. Her support for Iraq is personal because her son is (or will be there). Abortion supporters often criticize pro-lifers because they say the pro-lifers have never faced THE choice. Palin has. She has immunity on this one.
    If you want the president to be the smartest guy in the room, then let me see your Stephen Hawking ’08 campaign button.
    There is always a debate over executive experience vs. legislative experience when it comes to the presidency. Senators in particular are known for sitting around and looking important while not really getting a whole lot done. As a result, senators are often presidential candidates but only two have been elected straight from the senate to the presidency in the past 100 years (obviously that will be changed again this time around). Senators often seek executives like governors to balance their tickets, while governors often choose senators (Clinton/Gore) for more Washington oomph.
    Who knows how it will all end? Palin helps McCain with his base, but I don’t know if anyone who was on the fence will go McCain now that she’s there. But the same could be said for Biden…

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  31. cullen

    Other late to the table food for thought, and sorry this is lengthy, but I got it by ‘the grapevine’ re: Sarah Palin. Thought it apropos to share from someone’s Alaskan POV who’s reducin’ it to basics for herself (and us’ns).
    Subject: FW: Senator McCain’s choice for VP
    To:
    Subject: Senator McCain’s choice for VP
    This came from a Bryn Mawr classmate via a friend.
    Dear classmates –
    As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on
    Sarah Palin, Senator McCain’s choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I
    know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified
    that he picked her.
    The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works
    in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles. She is a
    life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow
    indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves
    and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial
    hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars
    that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska’s failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.
    She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels,
    yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has “green”
    policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of
    experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of
    coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is
    being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost
    anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing
    resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.
    Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of
    Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I’m talking about. These people don’t have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don’t care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they’re happy. I wish I were exaggerating.
    Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn’t like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man’s performance and ability weren’t considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn’t close to the scandal of Ted Steven’s corruption, it shows that Palin isn’t “squeaky clean” and causes me to think there may be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn’t care.
    When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems – you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me. In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president.
    John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such
    that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.
    To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that
    she did not get the nomination, please don’t think that Sarah Palin
    is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don’t let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain’s judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presid ency.
    Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice
    president, let alone president.
    I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are
    high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone
    who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.
    OH, and Happy Labor Day!

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  32. Matt

    Well, I was thinking of taking Palin seriously, but now that I know she’s a redneck who likes to hunt, no way!
    The author of this chain mail, who heard the dirty story from a friend of friend’s classmate in college, can’t even get the details of “Troopergate” right. Palin didn’t fire the guy who divorced her sister, she allegedly fired a guy who wouldn’t fire the guy who divorced her sister. (Palin denies that was the reason and welcomed the investigation, BTW.) And the guy is such an upstanding officer that he was suspended for misconduct. Among other things, he threatened to murder his father-in-law, tasered his pre-teen step-son, and was caught hunting without a license. Come to think of it, if the author knew of this charge, he or she might not object to his firing at all. But the first-person account of the governor’s abilities is well taken, and it’s no wonder Palin is languishing at a bottom-feeding 90% approval rating in Alaska.

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  33. Schultz

    GFWD- you write that Palin’s nomination does away with “one of the fundamental rights of being a woman–the right to choose”.
    I have always wondered about this. Isn’t abortion just a legal right? I ask this not to pour gas on the fire but because I really want to know how people feel about this. I applaud Palin for having her child. I also acknowledge and respect those that choose not to deliver children with Downs.
    So if abortion is a fundamental right of being a woman, wouldn’t it also be a fundamental right of being a man given that they have some say in the decision? Or is it simply a legal institution that, without reminding people that it is not in the Bill of Rights, etc, has morphed beyond its original intent?

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  34. KTS

    Finally, some Fun in politics! From the moment on Friday that McCain appointed Palin, things got weird. Sure, at first I was confused, even stunned, but once I settled into the trip, I couldn’t help laughing every time I thought about the possibilities and repercussions. President Palin, an eagle-eyed, hot babe, fish mongering, moose hunter! I wondered if perhaps I had become unstable, even manic, for my Joy, and that on Saturday, I would wake up and feel sick, but Not… At the moment, Larry King is “on the scene” in Anchorage, and there are tapes and all kinds of evidence of Lies. And yes, Bristol’s pregnancy is a subject of discussion. The hypocrisy of the Republicans in panic speed-talking as defense is wonderful. This is almost Too Much Fun!

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