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Our lipstick beats their Dipstick

Wow. Wow. Palin drew a crowd of 60,000 in a Florida rally.

And she did it without the enticements that Obama has a habit of offering.

In comments:

It’s even better than stated in the story. Obama drew a crowd of 20,000 in a town of 671,588 (according to Wikipedia).

Sarah Palin drew a crowd of 60,000, in a town of about 75,000 (again, according to Wikipedia).

Total percentages (approximate):
Obama: 2.9% of the people
Palin: 80% of the people

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This is satire, but only just

Via Patterico. There isn’t much separating this satire from the reality today.

If only the Obamessiah had had just a fraction of this sort of scrutiny, he’d be down the road in no time flat.

“”I am gobsmacked,” said the NYT’s source. “Little did I realize when I bought a plane ticket to Alaska, broke into the governor’s house, and vetted through her personal belongings that I would find such a startling, stunning bombshell. My heartache at John McCain’s blunder is without limit. Would you like to know where I take loads?”

The spelling error has created a firestorm of controversy in the media. On Friday evening’s edition of MSNBC’s Countdown, host Keith Olbermann devoted his entire hour to the blunder, which he called “the single most egregious error in judgment, Madam Governor, since Eve went apple-picking.” In response to this statement of fact, guest Paul Krugman nodded vigorously for nearly one full minute.”

Obama not condemming hacker

As you may have read, a hacker has accessed Palin’s email and trolled through it, finding nothing incriminating or embarrassing.

Actually, that’s almost embarrassing in itself, having nothing juicy sitting in your inbox.

Anyho, LGF claimed that Obama has not condemned the hacker. I though “that can’t possibly be right” and went over to Obama’s campaign site.

Nothing. Not a thing.

Seems you’d think he’d condemn such behavior to keep the moral high ground. Perhaps he’s so deep in it that he no long is interested in pretending he’s above “politics as usual”.

Or maybe there have just been so many unfounded/inaccurate attacks on Palin (My guess is at least 100, more likely 150) that it’s not worth getting involved.

US Election is Really, Really Close

Here’s what RealClearPolitics is showing now, “tossup states” removed.

McCain is 5 electoral votes short. A 1% shift in Colorodo would deliver 9.

It’s close, very close indeed.

Gallup Says McCain Leads Obama 54-44 Among Likely Voters

What more can one say?

HT: Patterico, and others.

Oprah Won’t Interview Palin

ABC via NewsBusters

“At the beginning of the presidential campaign, when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates,” Winfrey wrote.

“I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.”

But Winfrey, who publicly endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in May 2008, is being widely criticized by some fans of the show who say she’s being unfair and biased.

Pretty bizare that the top women’s talk show won’t interview the first women on a presidential ticket for 24 years.

24 years!

Tasergate, not Troopergate

Palin’s biggest scandal is that she sought the ouster of a trooper who was divorcing his sister.

Well, reading this she
a) had multiple, very, very, very good reasons to ask for his dismissal, including his using and threatening use police weapons on minors – for fun

b) declared her connections frankly and openly

Frankly, I’d have expected her to be sacked if she had *not* done anything.

HT: Patterico who says

As set forth in this e-mail sent by Sarah Palin — sent before she was Governor of Alaska, with full disclosure of her relationship — the trooper committed numerous other alleged acts, witnessed by many, many people not connected with the Palin family, including threatening people’s lives; driving drunk while on the job; badging a bartender to get a bar patron ejected from the bar; interfering with a DUI investigation involving his girlfriend; and so on and so forth.

But to me, the most salient fact of all is that he tasered an 11-year-old child.

For the fun of it. So that the child would know what it felt like.

This is not a peace officer that belonged on the streets.

So if Sarah Palin’s biggest offense was trying to get him removed from his position, despite a conflict of interest involving her sister, I say: good for her.

Teflon Don’s dad (aka “Teflon Dad”) wrote me to suggest that I not call this “scandal” Troopergate, but rather “Tasergate.”

Palin Attacks Backfire… again!

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday as an estimated 38 million viewers watched on television, setting a new record for convention viewership, according to Nielsen Media Research.

But hang on

I think it’s just absolutely horrible. But thank God they’re doing it, because I understand, for instance, the media has pushed 37 million to watch her last night…I just hope that they keep it up. Just keep doing it, and showing the hypocrisy of the left.

So almost as many people watched the Republican VP speech as watched the Democrat Presidential acceptance speech!

And she did well, apparently the teleprompter was broken and she even ad-libbed a few lines to cover it.

Media Not Helping Democrats

The US public are not fooled by the media circus over Palin.
Newsbusters has details.

“Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November,” Rasmussen Reports announced Thursday in posting survey results which determined “just five percent (5%) think reporters are trying to help her with their coverage, while 35 percent believe reporters are providing unbiased coverage.” In Thursday’s “Grapevine” segment, FNC’s Brit Hume highlighted the findings from the poll of 1,000 “likely voters.”

Palin’s “Scandal”

Outside her limited experience as Governor (while Obama going for president has no experience governing) Palin’s biggest drawback is a scandal to do with a state trooper.

I was interested to read this via TBR, showing that this scandal actually makes Palin look even better.

The biggest cloud on the horizon is an Alaskan ethics investigation into allegations that, as Governor, she, her husband and her aides, pressured and ultimately fired Walter Monegan, the public safety commissioner, for not sacking her brother-in-law, an Alaskan state trooper involved in an ugly divorce with Mrs Palin’s sister.

The bipartisan investigation by the Alaskan state legislature, which is known locally as “Troopergate”, was launched last month when Mr Monegan, after he was fired, alleged publicly that he had been sacked for refusing to fire Mike Wooten, Mrs Palin’s brother-in-law, and after months of pressure by the Palin camp.

After complaints by the Palin family in 2005 Mr Wooten was suspended briefly for shooting a moose illegally, and using a Taser gun on his 10-year-old stepson.

The Palins also accused him of threatening to kill Mrs Palin’s father. After Mrs Palin took office in January 2007 her husband, Todd, went to Mr Monegan with a dossier on Mr Wooten put together by a private detective.

Hm, so she kicked up a stink after some one who was divorcing her sister wasn’t fired after he tazed a 10 year old.

Frankly, I don’t care if he married and divorced all of her sisters, no cop should keep his job if he’s going to go around zaping children with one of those things. They’re intended for adults. If a cop can’t keep a 10 year old in line without electrocuting them, he shoudn’t be on the force.

Comment from TBR:

Ministers only overstep the mark in cover-ups and unethical decisions. They look the other way from clear instances of injustice, because the rules say they can’t or their leader has told them not to, even if it contradicts their own ideals/philosophy. They never stick their neck out for what is right from a common man perspective.

How refreshing then that Sarah Palin exercised common sense – and made a tough call for the good of the common man. She wasn’t engaged in a cover-up. She wasn’t engaged in denying common sense in favour of blind adherence to rules. The exception she made was correctly made. That type of thinking will either slowly be beaten out of her, or her term in politics will be very short. The chances of her establishing a cultural shift is unlikely.

Scoopit!

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