The Man Trap

posted at 12:15 pm on August 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Kirsten Powers has watched the hysterical shrieking coming from her own Democratic Party in the wake of Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate, and has newfound respect for the Republican candidate.  In one move, Powers argues, McCain has ripped the mask of inclusion from the Democratic Party and exposed an ugly attitude towards women in power.  They’ve also managed to underscore every argument McCain has made about Barack Obama’s readiness for high office at the same time:

Is she a gamble? Definitely. But so is Barack Obama, who has himself dismissed experience as a prerequisite for leadership, despite his spot atop the Democratic ticket.

At this point, Palin is so unknown, there’s no way to make a clear judgment about her. But listening to Obama supporters take to the airwaves to shriek with indignation about her lack of experience is just a little too rich. Where were they when Obama, two years into the Senate, announced his candidacy for president?

One Obama supporter and political operative blogged, “In picking an unknown, untested half-a-term governor from Alaska . . . John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen.” …

I can’t help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts.

This trap has two doors, as Powers notes, and the Obama campaign and its supporters fell through both of them.  First, it didn’t take long to speak dismissively of Palin as a “beauty queen” and a “small-town” hick, even though she governs the state of Alaska and has a favorability rating in the 80s.  No one actually came out and called her “Sweetie”, but to women who resented the Obama campaign’s real and imagined sexist slights against Hillary Clinton, it was deja vu all over again.

The bigger trap, though, was the knee-jerk attack on Palin’s experience.  Calling her a “small-town mayor” only underscored Obama’s own woeful lack of experience.  Two years as Governor trumps a year as Senator before running for the presidency, and having been an executive in Wasila trumps having been a “community organizer” in Chicago’s South Side.  Further, Palin has a record of attacking her own party’s machine to effect real reform in Alaska, where Obama never lifted a finger to support reform of the Chicago political machine while in Illinois, and had one of its fixers, Tony Rezko, raising money for him most of his career.

Geraldine Ferraro didn’t dismiss Palin’s experience.  She called Palin a risky choice, but the risk is in her lack of national-politics exposure, not from supposedly being unqualified, which Ferraro rejects.  Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson says that Palin will resonate with disaffected women in the Demoratic Party, especially the more moderate voters, who see Obama and his clique as chauvinist — and will more now, after their “beauty queen” reaction.

Did McCain set Obama up to fall into this trap?  If so, then perhaps that more than anything demonstrates how poor a candidate Obama is and how much more masterful McCain can be.  Would you rather have the man who set the trap dealing with our enemies abroad, or the man who fell into it?


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Rove you magnificent bastard!

elduende on August 30, 2008 at 12:16 PM

I read an entire thread about Sarah Palin on a Hillary Clinton forum yesterday. 8 pages of posts 99.9% where hootin and hollerin over the choice.

They were going to campaign for her (and McCain) and they are looking forward to an all woman election in 2012 — Clinton versus Palin.

One gal even called herself a DemMcCrat.

Elizabetty on August 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Check out Drudge.

Other than 2 token Obama mentions (gallup and his response to her nomination); it’s all Palin. Obama is gone. Stunning.

Well, Palin and hurricanes.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Oh noes weese ben exposed!

Cold Steel on August 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

The impossible has occurred.

I’m looking forward to this election.

Bring. It. On.

MadisonConservative on August 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

even though she governs the state of Alaska and has a favorability rating in the 80s

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

One gal even called herself a DemMcCrat.

Elizabetty on August 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

McCain the Reagan footsoldier is aiming at re-enlisting the Reagan Democrats.

Cold Steel on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

You should find a clip of the Democratic “PUMA” leader who was on Chris Matthews show Hardball yesterday. Not only did she have an instant comeback for every Matthew’s talking point, she actually stunned him into silence (I’ve seen it happen once or twice before, it is possible). At the end he promised to have her back. (yeah, I’ll bet!)

Marcus on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Reposting the comments I made in another thread here

See people are making a mistake here about how this will affect Hillary voters.

Many are saying that those supporters who arent PUMAs will vote McCain. No they are the ones in that poll that will accuse McCain of only picking Palin as a “Stunt”.

While McCain will get the most vocal PUMAs to go with him he isnt going to get the KPs and other Hillary backers. They wont go for Sarah Palin’s conservatism.

But the one thing they can do is not boost McCain’s numbers but deflate Obama’s. The more Obama attacks Palin the more these voters will get disgusted and rather than vote McCain they will sit out the election.

McCain will get some democratic women with Palin but the real benefit is when Obama chases all the other Hillary supporters into sitting home on Nov 4th.

I think were Palin helps is among INDEPENDANT women who are neither Republican or Democrat. The hardcore feminists will never back a “traitor” conservative woman to their cherish principles.

However average women who arent as political motivated and dont have a massive agenda will possibly swing to McCain if they feel Palin does truely represent them.

Im not saying that Palin wont win women voters. But she will win them as being HERSELF and not as a replacement for Hillary.

Its a mistake to try and push her a hillary’s replacement.

Sarah is a conservative who happens to be a woman rather than a woman who happens to be a conservative. Dont send out the wrong message.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I wonder how many people are attracted to Sarah Palin because they are so very turned off by Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama’s apologists keep claiming people do not like her because she is a “powerful” and “confident” woman.

Yet here is Sarah Palin being adored by many and she is much more powerful and has an earned confidence Michell Obama does not.

The difference is the bitch and anger factor. Most people rather not hear the sniping and the bitching.

Elizabetty on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Commenting on a KP piece in a post not written by AP. That’s just wrong.

From KP’s point of view, a trap is a legit concern. But from the conservative point of view, she is a great pick regardless if she causes consternation for the left. Finally there is something or someone to be excited about.

To relegate this move as just Mac setting a trap I think minimizes the value of the addition of her on the ticket. If it is true that Mac picked this against the wishes of advisers, then it is much more likely that he felt it was a good pick, and it wasn’t so much calculated by his inner circle.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Hurricane Sarah!

flyoverland on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I read an entire thread about Sarah Palin on a Hillary Clinton forum yesterday. 8 pages of posts 99.9% where hootin and hollerin over the choice.

They were going to campaign for her (and McCain) and they are looking forward to an all woman election in 2012 — Clinton versus Palin.

One gal even called herself a DemMcCrat.

Elizabetty on August 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Link that for William, he’s not seeing those forums.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?
ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Actually, it is. Low-population states tend to see and know a lot more about their governor than states with a larger population.

Slublog on August 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Yep, yep, yep. You’re on a roll, Ed!

It’s been such a great 24 hrs listening to the rage, reading comments from “progressive” knuckle-draggers. How on earth did libs ever become known as “progressives?”

This is all too delicious.

Cody1991 on August 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Apparently her wikipedia entry was edited 68 times yesterday and 54 times over the preceding five days. I guess wikipedia editing has become the new political intelligence, keep an eye on the number of changes and the timing of those changes to determine/get an idea of who’s picking who…

As “journalists” rely on Wikipedia as their reference source, it is too easy to fabricate data, now “on record” for the MSM to print as “fact”.

maverick muse on August 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Many are saying that those supporters who arent PUMAs will vote McCain. No they are the ones in that poll that will accuse McCain of only picking Palin as a “Stunt”.

While McCain will get the most vocal PUMAs to go with him he isnt going to get the KPs and other Hillary backers. They wont go for Sarah Palin’s conservatism.

Agreed. They need to make it look like it isn’t stuntish… which pretty much requires her going out there and showing up her critics. In the mean time, they should go through the bios of Bambi and Biden looking for points of contrast with Palin. They think less of her so bring them down to her level.

ninjapirate on August 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Yep-

I wondered out loud- these very same points on this very site yesterday.

But the nay-sayers would have none of it.

For them, Palin is a bust.

FiveWays on August 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

even if they lose, this probably atleast sets the party on the proper footing going forward which is very important. It goes along way in beginning the brand name problem.

future is Palin, Jindal, Cantor, etc…..and watch for McCrory in NC if he wins Gov. this year. He’s only young 50′s too, and “likeable”

jp on August 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Link that for William, he’s not seeing those forums.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

This is what I did see

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

I am so proud of McCain, Palin, and our party. Palin is the symbol of small town America and its values, to Obamination’s chagrin.
We finally have a pair of republicans that not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.
A veteran who suffered bravely through tribulations for USA because of his pride for his country, and a working mother who instills those values in her life and governance.
Now this is the Grand Old Party and country that I love.

jencab on August 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I wonder how many people are attracted to Sarah Palin because they are so very turned off by Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama’s apologists keep claiming people do not like her because she is a “powerful” and “confident” woman.

Yet here is Sarah Palin being adored by many and she is much more powerful and has an earned confidence Michell Obama does not.

The difference is the bitch and anger factor. Most people rather not hear the sniping and the bitching.

Elizabetty on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

nice broadside….

I stated when she was a rumor that it was a masterful Judo pick when I first resumed posting. There is literally nothing they can say or do to her that will not either highlight Barry’s flaws or alienate moderates.

Masterful pick John.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

The American Thinker has an excellent article that begins w/ this question…”Man, is this guy a fighter pilot, or what?”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/mccain_and_the_ooda_loop.html

It’s a nice tie in to Kristen’s piece.

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

Not even worthy of a pat on the back? Heh, keep that fire going ernesto, just try not to get in the way of the embers falling on your head.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

When does AP show up to throw the wet blanket of “critical analysis” over all of this.

After all, we can’t let the sweet scent of optimism advance in here-

that would be foolish……..

FiveWays on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

even if they lose, this probably atleast sets the party on the proper footing going forward which is very important. It goes along way in beginning the brand name problem.

future is Palin, Jindal, Cantor, etc…..and watch for McCrory in NC if he wins Gov. this year. He’s only young 50’s too, and “likeable”

jp on August 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

yup push that meme:

Palin is McCain helping us reload for the future.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:28 PM

We will know within the week if she can take a punch and deliver a stinger back. I think she might surprise the Harvard crowd when she goes all Will Rogers on the MSM and cuts them down to size.

Limerick on August 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

This is what I did see

And?

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Palin is McCain helping us reload for the future.

Bingo.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

This is what I don’t get about the experience claim. The Obama-Biden ticket has a relatively inexperienced candidate at the TOP of the ticket, when you vote for the Obama-Biden ticket you are for sure getting someone who is inexperienced leading this country. The McCain-Palin has experience at TOP of the ticket and inexperience at the BOTTOM of the ticket.

If McCain dies, what happens? Palin becomes president and picks a Tom Coburn type from the party (or anyone with plausible credentials), it would then be in the same situation the Obama camp is in today (yet mattering on the date of death, Palin would have VP experience).

Experience: You were saying?

DanStark on August 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

They haven’t even had the RNC yet. Next week, besides her speech, they will undoubtedly do a bio pix on her.

Blake on August 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

There was no Trap being set.

It’s just a natural reaction for the left. It’s just their nature.
I wish it weren’t. It’s sad to think half of the country is behind their agenda.
But, nobody has to set a trap. Look at Jesse Jackson….nobody set a trap, but he was revealed.

I love it! Keep the light shining in and we can start to think about Real Change.

bridgetown on August 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

DanStark on August 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

True!

bridgetown on August 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Oh you’re absolutely right.

Palin should have accomplished something much more significant, say…..

a few unfinished low income housing projects on the South Side of Chicago and a handful of broken promises….or something……

Yeah, that’s campaign gold there.

FiveWays on August 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Saracuda !

Gotta love a politicans that invites you to a Bratwurst and beverages campaign event.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Yesterday I witnessed an apolitical man pay attention to the race for the first time in months, the minute Sarah Palin appeared on the screen.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Maybe you should ask Joe Biden. His state has about the same population as Palin’s. And he’s never had an 80% approval rating.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

This is what I don’t get about the experience claim. The Obama-Biden ticket has a relatively inexperienced candidate at the TOP of the ticket, when you vote for the Obama-Biden ticket you are for sure getting someone who is inexperienced leading this country. The McCain-Palin has experience at TOP of the ticket and inexperience at the BOTTOM of the ticket.

Sorry to inform you, from what I’ve heard repeatedly McCain isn’t expected to live out his 4-year term.

Marcus on August 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?
ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

I hating responding to trolls, but I heard even in the PTA in Alaska you aren’t allowed to vote present….

tottoritodd on August 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

And?

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

The point being that Hillary feminists are never going to switch over to McCain or vote for Palin. Dont get your hopes up for that.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

The right’s “hysterical shrieking” meme is now as stale as John F. McCain’s POW shtick.

Do the Republicans think the election is next week?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

I think were Palin helps is among INDEPENDANT women who are neither Republican or Democrat. The hardcore feminists will never back a “traitor” conservative woman to their cherish principles.

However average women who arent as political motivated and dont have a massive agenda will possibly swing to McCain if they feel Palin does truely represent them.
William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

William, those are excellent points, and I agree with you.

While the Dems and possibly some Republicans may see this choice as a “desperate” attempt to peel away Hillary supporters, I think it was a brilliant choice on McCain’s part to rally independents and the conservative base.

The added benefits are, as you pointed out, causing disaray in the Obama camp and perhaps garnering a few votes from Hillary supporters.

imho, the real advantage of choosing Palin has been to energize lukewarm voters (such as myself) of which there have been many.

Cody1991 on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The idea of voting for McCain/Palin for the PUMA’s makes sense because A) they get a female Vice-President and B) more importantly, it gives them a reason to sink BO and set up Hillary as the lock nominee in 4 years.
In their own minds, voting for BO is the worst of all possible outcomes.

jjshaka on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The point being that Hillary feminists are never going to switch over to McCain or vote for Palin. Dont get your hopes up for that.

If you are basing your insights from a local news story, I’d suggest you look into some of those Hillary forums and take a closer look at the agitation on the left.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

“I would give out, just like a horse, and lay down in the road and drop off to sleep and when I would awaken the wolves would be all around me, snapping and snarling.” – Charles Goodnight

Limerick on August 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

The right’s “hysterical shrieking” meme is now as stale as John F. McCain’s POW shtick.

Do the Republicans think the election is next week?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Still Hopin’ for Changin’ – Alph?

FiveWays on August 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I give this to Rove. But John had to pull the trigger. Thank God he had the Malkins to do so. Speaking of which. I nominate MM as an appointee for the new administration. A clear choice for reinforcing the ‘maverick’ rendition of this next GOP movement and an opportunity for Michelle to redirect her energy into real government change.

Griz on August 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

McCain/Palin in Washington, PA for a rally today

Lucky people!

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Someone ought to keep track of all the members of the Obama campaign or media who make a sexist or misogynist during this campaign and post their names with their comments on a website.

davenp35 on August 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

It still beats 80k sheep braying “O-BA-MA…O-BA-MA” over and over again like overfed zombies.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Sarah is the small town typical white person clinging to her gun and Bible. The one Obama ridiculed to his elitist San Franscisco audience. And in one short appearance she showed that she isn’t bitter. In fact, she’s a beautiful, intelligent, accomplished, grass-roots to the big time American success story.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Marcus on August 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

What are your friends the same group of peaceful protestors that went after Michelle Malkin the other day?

Because I heard he had a check up that was pretty good recently followed by playing basketball with his 91 year old mother (she won)

If thats what you are hearing maybe you should be talking to the Secret Service…

tottoritodd on August 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

So Sarah Palin isn’t a regular on the Sunday morning news shows, as some in both parties have complained, but she did appear in a video clip for Craig Ferguson last year.

Check out the naughty Alaskan librarian.

Terrie on August 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

The right’s “hysterical shrieking” meme is now as stale as John F. McCain’s POW shtick.

Do the Republicans think the election is next week?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Ralphie’s just staying true to his cherrypopper….

you never forget the first time right Ralphie?

Once you go Barack you never go back.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

This is what I don’t get about the experience claim. The Obama-Biden ticket has a relatively inexperienced candidate at the TOP of the ticket, when you vote for the Obama-Biden ticket you are for sure getting someone who is inexperienced leading this country. The McCain-Palin has experience at TOP of the ticket and inexperience at the BOTTOM of the ticket.

I don’t disagree w/ you, but I just think the experience argument isn’t a winning argument anyway. Hillary didn’t win w/ it, and neither will McCain. It’s ok w/ me to take it off the table, mostly b/c I think experience is over rated anyway. What McCain has done by adding Palin to the ticket is give his campaign a message…. REFORM. And I think that will be what carries this ticket straight to victory! :)

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Do the Republicans think the election is next week?

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Nope. Bet you wish it were though.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Gosh, I haven’t got any real housework done in weeks and this is all just going to make it worse. I’m one step away from a visit from the health department.

/okay not really–quite–but there’s so much going on I hate to miss it.

Bob's Kid on August 30, 2008 at 12:41 PM

it didn’t take long to speak dismissively of Palin as a “beauty queen” and a “small-town” hick

Yeah, Palin will lose NYC and LA for McCain. ;)

obladioblada on August 30, 2008 at 12:43 PM

BTW the Obama camapign has started a new counter palin offensive. Its “Vote for Obama because Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton are the same woman ! If you get Barak you also get Michelle”

Id post the CNN video IF CNN ever deceides to send it to me.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 12:43 PM

but there’s so much going on I hate to miss it.

Bob’s Kid on August 30, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I feel your pain! From home business (and a LOT of HA time) to 60 hour corporate weeks has really messed with my electron intake.

Limerick on August 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/mccain_and_the_ooda_loop.html

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

PWNED!

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Bob’s Kid on August 30, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Hahahahahaha! I can relate to that.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Obama never lifted a finger to support reform of the Chicago political machine while in Illinois, and had one of its fixers, Tony Rezko, raising money for him most of his career.

Not to mention having Rezko’s (supposedly broke) wife buy (at full price) the lot adjoining the house the Obamas wanted, so that the Obamas ended up getting the house for $300,000 less than the asking price. Obama’s explanation, according to an article in the WSJ: “gee, I don’t really understand a whole lot about buying houses.”

Does anybody else have a hard time believing that a Harvard-educated lawyer can’t figure out the intricacies of the home-buying process? A basic real estate transaction is beyond Obama’s comprehension, but we shouldn’t feel the least bit uncomfortable putting this man in charge of the entire U.S. economy?

Either Obama’s an idiot, or he’s a corrupt liar. Either way, he doesn’t belong in the White House.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Heh. From the MTV Newsroom:
In this interview, Palin calls controversial Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul “cool.” “He’s a good guy,” she added. “He’s so independent. He’s independent of the party machine. I’m like, ‘Right on, so am I.’ ”

JohnJ on August 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?

ernesto on August 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Good point, parasite. Barack’s people can get that many dead people to vote with a snap of the fingers.

Patrick S on August 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Nah, rock.

I think Britney Palin will begin to grate on America’s nerves rather soon….she’s a bigger loon than Huckabee.

Though, I imagine next week will get quite a few stories about Larry Craig’s Twin City Wide Stance….and Katrina II.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

You know who will really hate the idea of a beautiful female American Vice President? Achmadinejad and the Mullahs. Another reason to vote for her.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Aphie should know about grating on the nerves.

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Wow….I mention parasite and POOF, Alphie’s here!

Patrick S on August 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I am so proud of the party, I is about time we looked and found a great young star and put her/him outfront instead of the old guard all the time.

KBird on August 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

PWNED!

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Yup I pointed that out McCain’s been way inside Barry’s loop for about three weeks now.

He is literally controlling the way Barry sees reality.

McCain chose Biden not Barry.

McCain made Barry reign in his speech not Barry.

McCain may not win but he has played Barry like a fiddle.’
Observe
Orient
Decide
Act

McCain is thinking of how to manuever O’bama into retreat or pulling Barry into KZs.

McCain made Barry attack ‘inexperience’ and it boomerranged so badly Barry had to disavow it within 6 hours…..

McCain wins 53-46% and by 20 or more EVs.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Another Star Trek reference? Really, Ed.

Kafir on August 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I think Britney Palin will begin to grate on America’s nerves rather soon….she’s a bigger loon than Huckabee.

Britney Palin. That’s clever. Really. Go with that.

Though, I imagine next week will get quite a few stories about Larry Craig’s Twin City Wide Stance….and Katrina II.

Hurricanes and the human misery they cause are so politically useful, aren’t they? If your ilk was capable of shame, you should feel some for hoping a natural disaster benefits your party.

Slublog on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

beautiful female American Vice President?
Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Hey! I think Cheney is attractive, maybe that’s been Dinnerjackets problem all along?

Limerick on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

The American Thinker has an excellent article that begins w/ this question…”Man, is this guy a fighter pilot, or what?”

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

FWIW: I saw nutty Pat Buchanan’s reaction to McCain’s choice as he was sitting on MSNBC with Mika B. and some other libs who were exasperated that McCain had taken the entire morning away from them. Buchanan was ecstatic, and his takeaway line was, “This is McCain: The maverick who flies fighter planes and lands them on aircraft carriers.”

It was a great line. I realize that it’s only one aspect of McCain. But think about it. Where is Obama’s demonstration of steely eyed grit and resolve? Nowhere.

Here’s a question. Much is discussed about Palin’s draw for Hillary women. What about Hillary’s blue-collar men, who, for whatever reason, wouldn’t vote for Obama? I don’t see Biden bridging the gap for Obama. Indeed, McCain and Palin should follow Obama everywhere he goes in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennslyvania. At every stop, he’ll get the same response, “We heard McCain and Palin are right behind you. Do you know when they’ll get here?”

I realize that the Dems have union leadership, but I heard at the beginning of the DNCC week that the union leadership was having a tough time selling Obama to union membership. Comments?

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

“Getting 600,000 people to think favorably of you isn’t exactly a pat on the back worthy accomplishment…what is that 1 congressional district? maybe 2?”

And this means what when you’ve got a Democratic Congress with a 14% approval rating?

GarandFan on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

perhaps that more than anything demonstrates how poor a candidate Obama is and how much more masterful McCain can be.

Yep, that’s it, the empty suit vs the Marlboro man.

docdave on August 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Marsh on August 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Just finished that piece. Very nice.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Nobody does phony indignation better than the “Christian” right, slu.

Professional victims to the end.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

and Katrina II.
alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

I know Ralphie…you see dead people already, and it’s all “Britney Palin’s” fault

Charming little fruit bat.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 30, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Nobody does phony indignation better than the “Christian” right, slu.
Professional victims to the end.
alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Wrong. Professional victims suck off the Government Teat, Idiot. That’s the left’s domain.

Patrick S on August 30, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Though, I imagine next week will get quite a few stories about Larry Craig’s Twin City Wide Stance….and Katrina II.-alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Hoping desperately for a Katrina disaster to fall upon thousands? You certainly share company with the Drive-By media, Alphie. What a class act you are.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

GarandFan on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

What I don’t understand is why the first reaction is to denigrate low-population states and small towns. Alaska is not a populous state, but its median household income, percentage of people with bachelor’s degrees and population growth rate are all with or slightly above the national average.

Slublog on August 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

And by the way, Alphie, thanks for showing up. I, and many others here, feel like Shaq playing with Gary Coleman when you come in here with your Christmas gift pop guns a blazin’.

Patrick S on August 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Observe
Orient
Decide
Act

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I remembered someone making this remark the other day and linking the OODA wiki. That was you, should have known!

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Hoping desperately for a Katrina disaster to fall upon thousands? You certainly share company with the Drive-By media, Alphie. What a class act you are.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Nah they’re out of luck the brunt will be in Republican parishes that actually have the sense to….

1) prepare
2) hunker down
3) pitch in

I was gonna run…the Mik;Al;Moor’s of the world have me deciding to stay and help my Church with the recovery.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

No, Alph, the Dems are the masters at victimhood. Larry Elder coined it well: Victicrats.

And for phony indignation, Muslims get the award. Cartoon rage?

Disturb the Universe on August 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Nobody does phony indignation better than the “Christian” right, slu.
Professional victims to the end.
alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I would agree that sometimes, there is a bit too much investment in the ‘us versus them’ argument. But “nobody” does it better? There are far too many groups vying for martyr status in the U.S. to make such a bold claim.

Slublog on August 30, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Hmmmm….

Hadn’t thought it through… but some of the posters on here are correct.

This pick is aimed directly at the Moderate Dem or Independent that this election is going to hing on anyway.

Face it, the true Lib woman won’t vote for her do to her pro life stance, but there are a LOT of women who are not single issue voters… who will LIKE having a woman on the ticket.

Fully 1/3 of the electorate self identifies themselves as independent. Add in Moderate Dems… and Republican Social Cons (who were not enthusiastic about McCain)…

And thinking on it… McCain pro amnesty, Palin way prolife strong woman… could this be an inroad into the Catholic Hispanic vote?

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Haha, patrick,

Alaska and the Confederacy survive off massive welfare payments from Blue states like New York and California.

Today’s “right” are nothing more than self-hating socialists.

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I’m looking forward to the Biden-Palin debate when Biden takes a cheap shot at her, her husband, or her kids. I bet she calmly walks over to him, grabs him by one hand, slaps that wrist with a 12-inch ruler, and says, “Don’t you dare go there again.” And then she points to the M-16 that she left leaning against her lectern.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I nominate Alphie for lifetime membership at HotAir. After all, every village should have have an idiot and Alphie fits the bill.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

McCain flipped the script on everybody with this pick!!!

Woody on August 30, 2008 at 12:59 PM

I remembered someone making this remark the other day and linking the OODA wiki. That was you, should have known!

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Thanks….John Boyd was the United States’ best military mind of the latter 20th century.

EVERYONE would benefit by reading his “patterns of conflict” series that his acolytes and Jedi Knights maintain….

as a party we must learn to ac cpet what reality is as concerns the M$M and the lies of our opfor and respond to the reality we face not the reality we wish applying the principles Boyd advocated will have us eating the Donk’s lunch.

Our party foolishly allowed the left to set the narrative for our time in power and we lost a big part of the legendary ground game we had in the ’80s-’90s.

We need to rebuild, reload, and get our gamefaces back on.

Unity versus Marxism.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Today’s “right” are nothing more than self-hating socialists. – alphie on August 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Just when I’m ready to conclude that you cannot possibly say anything more stupid than what you said previously, you oblige me to withhold my conclusion. You are a gem, Alphie. Priceless.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

and Palin’s husband is a STEELWORKER!

Lets see… have the chance to kinda vote for one of us? or listen to the Suits in charge of the union… hmmmm….

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM

There will be some women, perhaps selective by the MSM, that will never, ever see Palin as a woman, let alone a candidate with any credentials more worthy than Obama. They won’t even see Biden as the chauvinistic moron that he is. Nope, there is a level of blind hatred instilled into the liberal left that will take a generation to absolve.

The second stage is independence.
Learning to do for ones self rather than have the party make that decision for you. An independent thinking person has more power than the dependent follower that is looking for the handout.

Kini on August 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

It still beats 80k sheep braying “O-BA-MA…O-BA-MA” over and over again like overfed zombies.

Notice that the Dem’s chant

“O-BA-MA…O-BA-MA”

while the Republicans chant

U-S-A… U-S-A…

There is no patriotism to question.

phreshone on August 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Alphie…

Texas, 15th largest economy in the world. New York 16th.
Alaska, 80% of income is from oil/gas.

Sorry to hit you so early with facts.

Limerick on August 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

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