Video: Palin rallies the base for Chambliss in Georgia

posted at 6:52 pm on December 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Probably unnecessary as it looks like the race is in the bag — if it wasn’t, Martin would have had a bigger draw today than, um, Ludacris — but a nice photo op for her anyway. Sample quote from an attendee: “Our candidate did not win the election but she won our hearts.” Note the mention of McCain here; K-Lo claims there were others. After all the backbiting, she could have easily dropped him from the speech and stuck to touting Chambliss. Either she doesn’t blame Maverick for the smears or she’s exceptionally forgiving.

The biggest cheers? For gun rights and special-needs children, natch.



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Hmmmm….geee that’s a tough one…those tundra communities sure need organizing…..but I’m cold and hungry….oh crap there’s a pack of wolves in the treeline…..should I sue them, or shoot them?

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Classic. Maybe Obama could stutter them to death for you. Biden could definitely gaffe them to death if Obama would let him talk.

Still anxiously waiting for that HuffPo correction on the jacket. Gee do you think they’re not actually going to correct their story. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you (/sarc).

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Once in New Hampshire, when told that, yes, the entire family was along, including Bristol and Trig, a small group from the local right-to-life organization burst into spontaneous applause. Startled advance people later concluded it was their way of affirming their support for the Palin family’s commitment to the right-to-life, despite the fact that the McCain campaign’s New Hampshire staff had prohibited any communication between Palin’s advance team and the local right-to-life leadership.

More often than not, to the consternation of the Secret Service and the annoyance of a staff charged with keeping her on schedule, Palin made a beeline to children, shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs. If the signature appeal of the Obama campaign was to the young, hip urban single, then clearly the signature appeal of Palin was to voters with a family, especially a family including two or more children.

Yet Palin’s stump speech, so carefully crafted by the campaign, rarely included extensive references to children or family issues. And after a month and a half of campaign stops where families with disabled children turned up in droves, the campaign finally started to make accommodating people with special needs a priority at Palin events. A scant two weeks before the election, she was finally allowed to deliver a policy speech on disability issues, which she did with empathy and honesty.

This is what drives me nuts about this whole episode. Those incompetent sh*thead DC beltway types never understood the potential they had been given. She never appeared in a single TV ad, and the serious speeches on policy came too late and were not promoted at all. I had to find them myself, and it took some digging. Their web campaign sucked. The multimedia was all TV ads. They did not video the rallies or policy speeches themselves or even have them on the website for long enough to link to.

The special needs speech was good, as was the energy independence policy speech, but they disappeared down the memory hole almost within the hour. 8 or 9 am live on FNC, then gone. No other media even bothered to talk about it at all. MALPRACTICE! Disgraceful.

Then came the Carl Cameron report, the Newsweek and CNN anonymous leaking of the most insulting pile of bile they could think up. NEVER AGAIN SARAH! Never again let this happen.

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Now that the election is over I hear that Sarah Palin is going to show there is no animosity about losing the election. She has invited both Obama and Biden on a moose hunting trip. She has already lined up Dick Cheney to teach gun safety and Ted Kennedy to drive them to their cabins after the pre-hunt party.

(got this today in an email) ;))

Gohawgs on December 2, 2008 at 12:40 AM

Low Information Voters and voters angry that conservatives tolerate, if we have to but, don’t embrace every deviant proclivity imaginable..

CCRWM on December 2, 2008 at 12:40 AM

Wow, Benny Suckar is one tiresome schlongholster. Don’t you have someone’s manhood to prop up with your face somewhere? You bore me.

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:42 AM

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

… you contribute good info…Thanks

CCRWM on December 2, 2008 at 12:44 AM

I’ve got to sign off now, 3:45am comes really early to me. Nice talking with you all. Well, most of you.

Goodnight.

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:45 AM

How much you want to bet Obama’s never held a gun or a fishing rod in his life?
ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:15 AM

How much you want to bet Sarah’s never held a book without any pictures in her life?

benny shakar on December 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Doesn’t matter. I’m not convinced Obama’s reading has been awfully massive, either. Rules for Radicals and Fugitive Days, maybe. Can’t find much evidence for much else.

ddrintn on December 2, 2008 at 12:49 AM

This is what drives me nuts about this whole episode. Those incompetent sh*thead DC beltway types never understood the potential they had been given. She never appeared in a single TV ad, and the serious speeches on policy came too late and were not promoted at all. I had to find them myself, and it took some digging. Their web campaign sucked. The multimedia was all TV ads. They did not video the rallies or policy speeches themselves or even have them on the website for long enough to link to.

The special needs speech was good, as was the energy independence policy speech, but they disappeared down the memory hole almost within the hour. 8 or 9 am live on FNC, then gone. No other media even bothered to talk about it at all. MALPRACTICE! Disgraceful.

Then came the Carl Cameron report, the Newsweek and CNN anonymous leaking of the most insulting pile of bile they could think up. NEVER AGAIN SARAH! Never again let this happen.

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Amen, brother! I could never figure out why the McCain people didn’t stream the live video feed of the rallies. They were just incompetent idiots from the get go. Political malpractise indeed. They must never work in politics again.

BTW, according to the Washington Post, one of these incompetent jacka@@es has already hitched his wagon to Bobby Jindal’s star:

No less an aspiring kingmaker than Steve Schmidt, the chief strategist of McCain’s failed presidential bid, sees Jindal as the Republican Party’s destiny. “The question is not whether he’ll be president, but when he’ll be president, because he will be elected someday.”

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:52 AM

Benny is a low information vulture.

Jim Treacher on December 2, 2008 at 12:53 AM

But then not recognizing that Obama’s a little green behind the ears would be missing the boat, I guess. Typical for Obama voters.

ddrintn on December 2, 2008 at 12:53 AM

Brian 1972: if anything that irritated me the most about the McCain campaign was that they did not feature Sarah in any TV ads. Are you crazy or what? She is so photogenic that it’s off the charts. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Sarah was your salvation; instead you hid her light under a bushel.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 12:56 AM

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:52 AM

I saw that about Schmidt. If I was Jindal, I’d start running the other way right now. Nicolle Wallace and Rick Davis will poke their heads up to try and latch on too if he doesn’t distance himself now.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:57 AM

Has anybody determined what caused the financial meltdown to hit the crisis mode in the middle of the election campaign? Was it George Soros or were there sinister forces at work to manipulate the markets and Wall Street and hand the election to Obama? Was it predicted months beforehand or was it was just a fluke? Did anybody have inside info that the meltdown was imminent or that these large banks and financial institutions were in so much trouble? How soon before all hell broke loose did McCain and Obama know about it? I would really like to know.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 1:04 AM

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:52 AM
I saw that about Schmidt. If I was Jindal, I’d start running the other way right now. Nicolle Wallace and Rick Davis will poke their heads up to try and latch on too if he doesn’t distance himself now.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:57 AM

Especially considering Operation Leper. They’ve removed Schmidt’s name from the list of lepers, but I still think he should be on it.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 1:11 AM

Has anybody determined what caused the financial meltdown to hit the crisis mode in the middle of the election campaign? Was it George Soros or were there sinister forces at work to manipulate the markets and Wall Street and hand the election to Obama? Was it predicted months beforehand or was it was just a fluke? Did anybody have inside info that the meltdown was imminent or that these large banks and financial institutions were in so much trouble? How soon before all hell broke loose did McCain and Obama know about it? I would really like to know.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 1:04 AM

We knew we were facing a crisis with bad mortgage loans for some time. I think the whole bailout thing was perhaps timed a little questionably. All of this is good fodder for conspiracy theories. My brother still thinks that OPEC handed the election to Obama by allowing the price of gas to go up, which in turn spiraled into the mortgage problem as rising gas prices effected people’s ability to pay their mortgages, etc. All of which sounds rather conspiratorial. Who can say? The history books will have to sort it out.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 1:15 AM

Especially considering Operation Leper. They’ve removed Schmidt’s name from the list of lepers, but I still think he should be on it.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 1:11 AM

There are definitely still questions in my mind about who the smearers are too, but, setting that aside, he and Davis and all the rest ran a terrible campaign. I’d stay far, far away from all of them if I was running for office.

I’m going to have to call it a night. Good to talk to you guys.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Brian1972 on December 1, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Comment back! At the least sign up and start giving marks to good comments.

Phoenician on December 2, 2008 at 1:49 AM

Several Republicans have campaigned for Chambliss, including one-time presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. McCain campaigned in the state last month, but only Palin was tapped for election eve and four Georgia stops, reflecting her star status. Tommy Byler, 22, of Savannah marveled at the size of the crowd Palin drew compared to other top-tier Republicans who have campaigned for Chambliss.

“I went to see Mitt Romney a week ago, and I think there were only about 100 people there,” said Byler, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with Palin’s face and the words “Sarah Palin Is My Homegirl.”

Sarah Palin: America’s Homegirl

Mr. Wednesday Night on December 2, 2008 at 1:49 AM

Brian1972 on December 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

yeah, double ditto

I’m not sure that many people, here on this thread or among the preening over-credentialed turds who pass for ‘elites’ these days, realize the appeal and potential of Sarah Palin.

If she’s allowed to be herself and speak for herself–and speak directly to people about what’s in her heart and on her mind–Sarah will change the course of history

Janos Hunyadi on December 2, 2008 at 2:15 AM

When it is time to get out the big guns, that means Governor Palin to the rescue. I have never seen anyone like her. She is only 44 and kicks the ass of these old farts. She is a freaking machine. We have yet to see her in full force. In a few years she will be unstoppable. Everyone knows it. The elites are scared sh*tless.

Geochelone on December 2, 2008 at 3:18 AM

McCain team = a bunch of incompetent idiots. Every time Governor Palin appears for a speech we are reminded just how stupid they were.

She is a supernova, they are the litter of the asteroid belt.

Geochelone on December 2, 2008 at 3:22 AM

She really does have a photographic memory! Check out this video of her first State of the State address. She’s speaking without a teleprompter and yet she never looks down at her speech. She has it memorized. As a former forensics coach, I can tell you that this is no easy task. She’s simply stellar as a public speaker.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 3:38 AM

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 3:38 AM

Whoops. I think I spoke too soon. I just spotted a teleprompter in the third clip of this speech. But still, she delivers a damn good speech.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 3:53 AM

Let me start by saying: great posts, ramrocks!

But let’s try this test of intelligence. If you were stranded on a desert island (or the frozen tundra), who would you rather have with you to help you survive — Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:04 AM

Problem here is, I’d probably pick Sarah Palin over Abraham Lincoln for the tundra due to her cold-weather survival skills. Doesn’t mean she’d win my vote in a head-to-head contest of either Presidential merit or intelligence (but you never know — I’ll let Lincoln’s campaign and the Lincoln-Palin debates speak for themselves ;-).

RD on December 2, 2008 at 4:57 AM

In 1996, about two decades after the introduction to the world of the last American superstar and a mediocrity borne of inconsistent, complacent aptitude, there emerged in a certain arena a young prodigy that had the potential to transform the way onlookers perceived the competition and its competitors. In a competition where victory and success proved very difficult to achieve, this prodigy, soon to be superstar, changed the dynamics of the competition in three ways: 1)redefining the parameters of how many victories or the excellence of performance that could be expected; 2)bringing out tens of thousands of new onlookers to watch the competition where in the past the audience was at best 1/3 of the amount 3) showing that relative youth or a lack of experience in a competition that previously favored aged warriors were no longer a barrier to great success, that unjaded and nurtured talent and skill would eventually win out ‘over the old boy’s network’. That prodigy was Tiger Woods. His appearance on the world stage and his early phenomenal popularity and successes soon sent shock waves throughout the world of golf; after 42 weeks of being a professional Tiger became the number one player in the world. He is still the number one player in the world. He has taken his unparalleled talent to remarkable heights, getting better and better as his career has progressed. Sure he has had setbacks but the arc has always been upwards. Now substitute name Sarah Palin for Tiger Woods. A virtual unknown even to her own party three months ago, Sarah is now the most popular Republican politician. It is not even close. Since 1988 and the end of the Reagan Presidency there has been an enthusiasm gap among GOP politicians. George Bush the elder, Dole and McCain are good men, savvy politicians but lacked the God-given speaking ability and charisma to command the attention of and inspire millions. Whatever ‘it’ is Sarah has it in spades. For the GOP to throw such talent overboard based on how the opponent has defined her would be a travesty that would set the GOP back for years akin to Babe Ruth being sold to the NY Yankees in 1920 and not winning the World Series again until 2004. Some vicious trolls claim that Sarah is a curse for the GOP; actually IMO Sarah would become a curse to the GOP if it did not recognize her ability to lead the GOP to the ‘promised land’ or at least given a chance to do that. Let us all pray that Sarah is not rejected by those that need her to perform her task with a servant’s heart. Take heart, Tiger Woods has improved year after year; so will Sarah Palin. There is no way to thwart self-possessed talent that experiences success along the way and then parlays that success into further successes. Boy, do we all have something great to look forward to and witness as Sarah sets about to fulfill her destiny and for us to reclaim America.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 5:13 AM

Tiger Woods is a great golfer, but overexposed and overcommercialized. Frankly, I’m sick of seeing him hawking products that have nothing to do with golf. I don’t blame him for that, I just don’t care what car he drives or shave cream he uses.
Sarah Palin is not Tiger Woods. She swings a bigger club.
And I don’t expect to tire of seeing her face, no matter how much the MSM wishes I would. I don’t ask Tiger Woods to provide sound political/fiscal/moral leadership. He only needs to hit the ball straight and true. I ask so much more of Governor Palin. Yes, she could let me down, but she hasn’t yet. Rock on, Saracuda.

SKYFOX on December 2, 2008 at 5:56 AM

How much you want to bet Obama’s never held a gun or a fishing rod in his life?

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:15 AM

How much you want to bet Sarah’s never held a book without any pictures in her life?

benny shakar on December 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Okay champ, I’ll bite. To better understand your point, help us understand: what exactly qualifies as a “picture” in your book? Does it have to be a photograph, or does it need to be an illustration, a diagram, a schematic, glyph, icon… what exactly?

Just asking, so we can better understand how you rank these little kiddies’ books here, here and here according to the level of idiocy or parochialism they betray in their readers.

Oh, and what about covers? Does it dumb down a book, in your estimation, for the publisher to slap a cover on the book with a “picture” on it?

And what do you make of those colored Jesus books they’re so fond of down at the local abbey?

RD on December 2, 2008 at 6:06 AM

SKYFOX on December 2, 2008 at 5:56 AM

I never get sick of seeing Tiger Woods — I love a winner! And I will never get sick of seeing Sarah Palin because she is also a winner. The world just doesn’t know just how big a winner she is yet.

Neocon Peg on December 2, 2008 at 6:19 AM

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 5:13 AM

What Techno said! Woot!

Neocon Peg on December 2, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Here are 10 ways to look at the venom, vitriol or ridicule levelled at Sarah Palin: 1) in sporting terms Sarah is Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox-you learn to hate the best players on the other side-a tamer form of jingoism 2)Psychologically Sarah is the perfect mother or wife that many wish they had but never did-transference of bitterness 3)we will smear her because she has the potential to disposssess us of what we want to achieve-self-preservation 4)there are men and women who prefer females not to be engaged in politics-misogynists 5)then there are the ‘defend-your-turf men and women who believe so strongly in one issue (abortion, gay rights) that see Sarah as a threat to their turf who wants to undermine their raison d’etre and ability to raise funds to support their cause 6)there is the MSM and fanatics who have an ideological commitment to liberalism and socialism and lust to see it implemented in public policy and to destroy anybody who gets in the way-propaganda, the politics of personal destruction 7)then there are those in both parties that simply jealous and spiteful of Sarah’s looks, ability or charisma 8)that Sarah is too optimistic and traditional regarding America and does not communicate with her audience using depressing, pessimistic or enabling language-she might as be from another planet 9)the false belief that Sarah is not qualified to be VP or President-indignant injustice 10)race-based because she is white or a perception that she is a racist or wants to take away rights from minorities

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:27 AM

Either she doesn’t blame Maverick for the smears or she’s exceptionally forgiving.

Or, she’s a team player and sees nothing to be gained by her or the party snarking on McCain. Some people do really believe it’s not all about them.

Blake on December 1, 2008 at 8:39 PM

She can only win by being a team player, while the other boys try to throw dirt on each other.

the_nile on December 2, 2008 at 6:42 AM

Just read CQPolitics.com, DC: according to it Sarah is doomed to fail: 1) Michael Phelps has a better chance of winning another gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 than Palin being President. “Palin is one who’s all wet. Over her head. Under water.” 2)the patronizing comment that polls do not matter at this point but don’t you believe it that if SP were down in the polls that the pundits and critics would be saying that she would go the way of Dan Quayle into everlasting obscurity 3)”And while Palin still draws large crowds who elbow for room to get a peek at her, she’s a CURIOSITY, not a person of presidential timbre (timber). So before she dives in head first someone needs to tell her it’s over.” 4)”Palin is simply not presidential. Her folksy speech patterns, filled with cliches and lingo, her habit of dropping her ‘ings’ and her lack of depth and SOPHISTICATION render her a ONE-HIT WONDER. She’s had her day but the performance wasn’t good enough to resurrect the Republican Party as it struggles to regain its footing (ignoring McCain’s part in the process)”

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:54 AM

Sarah is pure class. She doesn’t dismiss others with a brush on her shoulder or not-so-accidental-one-finger-salute. She doesn’t run to gossip shows to dish dirt on her own team, anonymously or otherwise. Sure, she gave some political digs at the other side on the campaign trail, but they are all criticisms of actions, not attacks on the people themselves.

I think Sarah is the WYSIWYG candidate. This is who she is. She loves her family and her God. She respects herself, her friends, and her opponents. She is pure class.

vermillionsky on December 2, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Here’s the dichotomy of politics for Sarah. Yes, Sarah is pure class and must remain so. But by the same token she must be prepared to get down-and-dirty to meet fire with fire. As was said in The Untouchables you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 7:18 AM

Wait…I thought everyone hated Palin? Surely the voters of Georgia will help us understand this better?

Jaibones on December 2, 2008 at 7:38 AM

I saw that about Schmidt. If I was Jindal, I’d start running the other way right now. Nicolle Wallace and Rick Davis will poke their heads up to try and latch on too if he doesn’t distance himself now.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:57 AM

I agree… those McCain losers should never run a campaign for another Republican again

they suck

joey24007 on December 2, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Here’s the dichotomy of politics for Sarah. Yes, Sarah is pure class and must remain so. But by the same token she must be prepared to get down-and-dirty to meet fire with fire. As was said in The Untouchables you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 7:18 AM

yup

joey24007 on December 2, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Palin is absolutely fantastic on the stump, but she is still terrible in interviews. She has to overcome her problem with, say, run on sentences if she wants to convince the majority of her considerable abilities. If she can’t do that she will remain a Tina Fey caricature in the eyes of the people outside of the Republican base.

Buy Danish on December 2, 2008 at 8:35 AM

“Just read CQPolitics.com, DC: according to it Sarah is doomed to fail: [1,2,3,4,5,etc...]”

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:54 AM

It’s starkingly reminiscent of the mocking of America in the late 18th century by the elite powers of the earth.

Saltysam on December 2, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Palin is absolutely fantastic on the stump, but she is still terrible in interviews. She has to overcome her problem with, say, run on sentences if she wants to convince the majority of her considerable abilities.

She’s pretty good in interviews where she’s comfortable, both with the subject matter and in general, and not uptight. That should change as she gets more comfortable with national and international issues in the future, but I agree that she needs to work on speaking more concisely and precisely. Sometimes she gets herself into trouble when she goes on too long in an answer. I don’t want her to change who she is, but the cell phone camera and YouTube age means that any slip lives on forever.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 9:28 AM

I read the Politico article linked in the Headlines about the ‘Cuda and Lisa Murkowski. I particularly enjoyed this quote:

As Murkowski’s tense talk suggests, the politics between the two women is personal. Palin won the governor’s race in 2006 by defeating Frank Murkowski, the senator’s father. On the presidential campaign trail this year, Palin crowed about upending the “old boys network” in Alaska.
When asked this summer about Palin’s suggestion that her father was one of those “old boys,” Murkowski bristled and cut an interview short.

First of all, I like how the author relishes the possibility of a coming ‘cat fight’ and saying that Palin ‘crowed’ on the campaign trail. I mean, really dude? I’m pretty sure that she was just stating facts. I also like how he makes it sound like Palin’s rhetoric on the trail is the only thing that makes it personal (as if all politics isn’t personal anyway). Palin was incredibly critical, as was almost every Alaskan, and vocal about Frank Murkowski appointing his daughter Lisa to his Senate seat when he won the governorship. In fact, Alaskans changed the state law by referendum to try to prevent such nepotism in the future. And she considered running against Lisa in the 2004 Senate race, but her oldest son asked her not to. Oh, and was Frank Murkowski one of the ‘old boys’? Is that a serious question?

All that said, I think Palin would be wise not to run against Murkowski in the primaries. It would be, as the article mentions, a huge set back to her national ambitions if she lost (In fact I don’t know where she would go from there. Run for the House in 2012 maybe?). Besides, I’m much happier with the ‘Cuda as an outsider to Washington. Obama being elected out of the Senate is kind of an anomaly, and I think she would hate the Senate anyway. She’s hates bureaucracy. She’s a doer, not a talker when it comes to actually governing, and all they do in the Senate is talk.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Here are 10 ways to look at the venom, vitriol or ridicule levelled at Sarah Palin: 1) in sporting terms Sarah is Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox-you learn to hate the best players on the other side-a tamer form of jingoism

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:27 AM

Surely you meant Derek Jeter. Nobody up here cares about that selfish bastard ARod. Jeter was the only Yankees player on the roster that Boston fans would rather have on their team.

BKennedy on December 2, 2008 at 11:06 AM

BTW, now that Palin has helped Chambliss close the deal the conventional MSM wisdom will be that he was destined to win all along. No need for the Wasilla Wonder to drop in at all.

The MSM is so transparent.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Surely you meant Derek Jeter. Nobody up here cares about that selfish bastard ARod. Jeter was the only Yankees player on the roster that Boston fans would rather have on their team.

These page six stories don’t help….

An Era of Hate on December 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Of course, in fact, they’re already doing it.

Ah ha! The HuffPo responded to my second email, and added the pictures of Palin in the jacket on August 31st that I sent her. The headline on the post is the same (and I’m sure it won’t make any difference to the HuffPo commenters), but, all the same, kudos to the author of that post for actually responding to an email and clarifying the situation. Now, if only she had taken the time to fully research the situation before she posted to start with…

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

And what do you make of those colored Jesus books they’re so fond of down at the local abbey?

RD on December 2, 2008 at 6:06 AM

LOL!

And I agree with you on Lincoln too. Don’t forget that he was a “Backwoods Type” long before he was an Illinois Lawyer. He’d have been able to survive in the wild too.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:05 PM

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Sarah Palin walks on the water. Headline the next day: “Palin can’t swim!”

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Either she doesn’t blame Maverick for the smears or she’s exceptionally forgiving.

posted at 6:52 pm on December 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Having a hard time understanding why, eh Allahpundit?

Kini on December 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM

How much you want to bet Sarah’s never held a book without any pictures in her life?

benny shakar on December 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

You must, obviously, never have read Michelle Obama’s thesis. It doesn’t pass 7th grade reasoning/writing abilities.

Entelechy on December 2, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Sarah Palin walks on the water. Headline the next day: “Palin can’t swim!”

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM

I read a quote once from her about her relationship with a politician in Wasilla (Nick Carney, who was on the city council with her) that’s sort of related (it’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s funny anyway): “I couldn’t do anything without Nick Carney griping about it. That was the nature of our relationship. I could have walked across Lake Lucille on the water, and he would have griped about me splashing.”

Sounds like Biden gave the ‘Cuda a shout out in his opening remarks at the Philly meeting. I got the feeling from the debate that he likes her. They’re both very warm personalities, they have sons in the military, and they both say what’s on their mind.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

I hate to give this more attention, but the Trig Truthers are still at it…The lady who runs one of the blogs about Trig says that she has what will be “the final nail in the coffin,” that it has nothing to do with Bristol or Willow, and that she’s talking to her attorney about it. She says the information will be released on her blog in the next couple of days.

So, I’m confused. Trig is really an alien? He’s really her sister’s kid? He’s her niece’s kid? She found him on the side of the road? She stole him from another family to give her some pro-life bona fides? I’m sure that whatever it is, Excitable Andy will be all over it. I know that she really shouldn’t stoop down to their level, and that she probably doesn’t really have a basis to, but I wish that Palin would sue these people. Frankly, I wouldn’t care if Trig isn’t her kid. He obviously has a lot of love in that family, why are people so determined to turn it into something sinister?

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Just read a thread at FR submitted by a homeschoolmomma thanking Sarah for giving her daughter the thrill of a lifetime and the mother praying that her daughter grow up to be like Sarah Palin. Now folks that got me thinking. There have to be millions and millions of mothers like this in America who want to their daughters to grow up to be like Sarah or young women who hold Sarah in high esteem. They must be contacted and mobilized (if not already members of Team Sarah)and enlisted to advance the cause. In fact all the traditionally-minded people of America (those who are adamant in preserving the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and believe in American enterprise and exceptionalism) must be brought together under one roof as soon as possible to better compete against Obama in 2012. If that roof is Sarah, fantastic. If it is someone else then it is what it is. But ultimately the success of the next GOP presidential campaign against Obama will be determined on how soon the conservative base can rally around one candidate and mount their forces (grassroots energy, GOTV and money) to defeat him.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM

I got the feeling from the debate that he likes her. They’re both very warm personalities, they have sons in the military, and they both say what’s on their mind.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Yep, I just read this:

“I want to thank all of you for being here,” Biden told the assembled governors. “And Governor Palin, I want to thank you particularly.”

“I might point out, as I told you — we walked in — since the race is over, no one pays attention to me at all,” Biden said. “So I’m — maybe you will walk outside with me or something later and say hello to me.”

Poor Joe is feeling ignored.

I also got the impression during the debates that Joe likes Sarah — especially since he wouldn’t let go of her! See here and here for example. He even seemed to take a liking to little Piper, but it looks like she tried to wiggle free.

I actually have a fondness for old Joe the Bummer. He reminds me of the proverbial crazy uncle — he tells great stories at Thanksgiving but no one believes him for a second.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I got the feeling from the debate that he likes her. They’re both very warm personalities, they have sons in the military, and they both say what’s on their mind.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

I also got the impression during the debates that Joe likes Sarah — especially since he wouldn’t let go of her! See here, here, and here for example. He even seemed to take a liking to little Piper, but it looks like she tried to wiggle free.

I actually have a fondness for old Joe the Bummer. He reminds me of the proverbial crazy uncle — he tells great stories at Thanksgiving but no one believes him for a second.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Oops! Please forgive the multiple posts. Clicked “Submit Comment” more than once because it didn’t seem to go through. Very sorry for the inconvenience!

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM

So, I’m confused. Trig is really an alien? He’s really her sister’s kid? He’s her niece’s kid? She found him on the side of the road? She stole him from another family to give her some pro-life bona fides? I’m sure that whatever it is, Excitable Andy will be all over it. I know that she really shouldn’t stoop down to their level, and that she probably doesn’t really have a basis to, but I wish that Palin would sue these people. Frankly, I wouldn’t care if Trig isn’t her kid. He obviously has a lot of love in that family, why are people so determined to turn it into something sinister?

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM

These people are crazy. The key to their contention that Trig isn’t Palin’s kid seems to be the fact that Palin kept her pregancy a secret for seven months. However, if you go back and serious look at the photos of Palin it’s clear in retrospect that she was pregnant. Palin is a petite woman and throughout those seven months you can tell that she put on weight.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Josh Painter over at RedState lays out a very good argument about what the ‘Cuda’s strategy for the Senate should be (He says 2014 against Begich, if at all). Check it out, he makes a lot of good points (some I had thought of, many I had not), and it’s nice to see them all laid out in one place. Palin should read his post, and consider his advice.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM

The lady who runs one of the blogs about Trig says that she has what will be “the final nail in the coffin,” that it has nothing to do with Bristol or Willow, and that she’s talking to her attorney about it.

From the prestigious law firm of Claus, Claus, & Bunny.

Jim Treacher on December 2, 2008 at 3:08 PM

From the prestigious law firm of Claus, Claus, & Bunny.

Heh.

I hope her doctor has her medical records under lock and key, cause you know some nut is going to try and send them to Excitable Andy. I suppose then she could definitely sue.

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 3:30 PM

How much you want to bet Sarah’s never held a book without any pictures in her life?

benny shakar on December 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Benny,

She has read “The Road to Serfdom” and the copy I have and read has no pictures.

You need to change tactics to bring down Sarah. Ain’t gonna happen with your current strategy.

The only way to bring down Sarah is if the American people simply keep up the transformation into whining, weak, selfish, dependent, sleezy, conniving, spoiled, murderous, sinful, trashy, powerhungry maggots. Then, Sarah would be too good for them anyway. Come to think of it, that is not bringing Sarah down, but simply letting the slide continue to a country where 51%+ don’t produce and are lazy, and the other 49%- stand by or leave the country.

We will deserve all the hyperinflation we get.

Sapwolf on December 2, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I just got finished watching The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness. Sarah Palin reminds me so much of the Eliot Ness at the start of the movie. He starts off full of innocent, idealistic fervor and personal conviction wanting to ‘get Al Capone’, the biggest baddest bootlegger and gangster in Chicago in 1930. He is introduced to his ‘team’ of crime busters. On his first liquor raid he finds the bad guys have been tipped off by one of his team; he is disconsolate, then meets the Sean Connery character who tutors him on what he needs to do take down Capone; Ness soon wisens up to the lay of the land in Chicago and enlists the aid of some new team members-men that cannot be bought or compromised. They start to meet with some success and also begin to attract the attention of Al Capone. On a future raid on a Canadian shipment of booze Ness personally draws blood for the first time. Throughout the movie the one question that is proposed to Ness by the Connery character: “What are you prepared to do to take Capone down?” One of the famous lines in the movie is (paraphrased)-you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. First in terms of the movie let’s clarify where Sarah is now. She is still full of ideal fervor and personal conviction but has inherited bruises and scars levelled at her by the MSM and their leftist allies in the blogosphere and exacerbated by those handlers and advisors from the McCain campaign who mismanaged her unveiling and her media availability and then decided through anonymous sources to stick the knife in her back after the fact to further demean her and her diminish her credentials as a future presidential candidate. What Sarah needs for a 2012 presidential run is a Sean Connery type character to tutor her to the ways and means of national politics who asks her “What are you prepared to do to take down Obama? Then she needs to assemble a team of expert advisors who will not compromise their conservative principles for the sake of pandering to the leftists or moderates. Sarah then needs to look at her watershed campaign as a righteous crusade that she must undertake with single-minded purpose and intensity dedicating herself to chipping away at Obama and making him more vulnerable day by day, week by week, month by month until she secures the nomination of the GOP. Just like Eliot Ness forced Capone to face his accusers and a jury of his peers in a court of law, Sarah must continue to call for Obama to be judged by the court of public opinion and called to account for his indiscretions or blunders by a jury of his peers, the voters of America. In turn throughout the process like Ness, Sarah has to affirm the traditional rock-ribbed values and beliefs that provide the underpinnings for American exceptionalism and why they are as relevant to 21st c America as they were in 1789, 1865, 1919, 1945, 1965, 1980, or 1999. Like a prosecutor making her final summation to the jury Sarah must present a cogent argument to why Obama’s socialist prescription for America is wrongheaded and why a strong and free America must be preserved for future generations. At the end of the movie in court Ness addresses Capone after the latter knows he has lost: “Never stop fighting until the fighting is done.” That is the attitude that Sarah must assume as well.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

And I agree with you on Lincoln too. Don’t forget that he was a “Backwoods Type” long before he was an Illinois Lawyer. He’d have been able to survive in the wild too.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 12:05 PM

You betcha.

Lincoln IS one of “Sarah’s People”.

Sapwolf on December 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Pretty clearly, Sarah Palin is going to be the Conservative pol Every GOP RINO wants campaigning and fundraising for him in 2010–including John McCain. It will be tough to deny her the nomination in 2012, if she wants it.

james23 on December 2, 2008 at 5:17 PM

meltenn on December 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Really interesting stuff in that Red State posting. I’m especially intrigued by the speculation that Thompson might try mentoring Palin. Can you imagine a Palin/Thompson ticket? Kinda interesting.

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

technopeasent,

Just read CQPolitics.com, DC: according to it Sarah is doomed to fail:

Replace “Palin” and “2012″ with “Reagan” and “1980″ and those same people (ideologically speaking) had the very same complaints.
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Spiny Norman on December 2, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Just a read comment on MSNBC that ‘Palin is as dumb as a rock’. If the writer wants to see really dumb folks he should watch the video of Obamatrons being interviewed by Zogby (Zeigler commissioned poll) to find out what thy know about national politics. How does the a person who is so dumb become the number one draw in the GOP? Well, perhaps that’s the left’s new line of attack. All Republican voters are dumb. They have to be to listen to Sarah Palin. All 59.4 million of them who voted for the McCain-Palin ticket.

technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Just a read comment on MSNBC that ‘Palin is as dumb as a rock’.
technopeasant on December 2, 2008 at 6:37 PM

*yawn* The same old liberal line of attack: everyone else is an idiot. It’s a lot easier than defending their failed, miserable, a rebours “ideas”. If Sarah Palin is so “dumb”, why do they have to tell us this fact over and over? Huh?

ddrintn on December 2, 2008 at 7:29 PM

ramrocks on December 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Jon Huntsman

joey24007 on December 2, 2008 at 7:46 PM

One more hour and we should know who won in GA. Voting was heavy/steady. Love it when it is not so crazy and the polling Captain can actually have a warm conversation with the voters! Republican country around my address, hope we win!

Coastal Paradise on December 2, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Just announced, with 60% of the precincts reporting, Chambliss (R) wins the election. No supermajority for the dems.

itsspideyman on December 2, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Candidate Votes
Saxby Chambliss – R Incumbent 863,689 60%
Jim Martin – D 586,212 40%

itsspideyman on December 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM

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