Though John McCain kept his pledge to accept public financing for the campaign ahead (Obama broke his promise to do so), it is legal to contribute to the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, which fields the army of lawyers necessary to keep the vote free of corruption. Needless to say, given the involvement of the Cook County/Chicago machine, this will have to be a significant fund.
What a rout. Up early to watch the pundits on parade for a couple of hours, and the lefty talking heads and the MSM anchors are fleeing Sarah Palin like a building on fire. No more chants of “inexperience,” and only the most indirect of references to her family. Until yesterday the collective MSM sneer was that Palin was “Hello Kitty,” reeling backwards under the pressure. Now she’s Gorgo, smashing up the MSM’s cars. The dismayed punditry is pondering the “meanness” of her attacks and her lack of details on health care refom. A complete triumph over the Beltway-Manhatan media elites, but they will of course regather in Mordor and try again next week.
The Obamains decying “mean-spritiedness” are diminishing Obama the former giant slayer turned victim. They think Sarah Palin, Rudy, Mitt and Huck are tough? Remember Obama is scheduling meetings with Ahmadinejad, Kim, and Chavez for ’09. Disarray is far too complimentary a word to use for the Obama campaign.
CNN actually had a discussion on how Palin et al may have offended the “community organizers” of America. Really. Soledad had an e-mail to that effect, after all. Well, I have a virtul in-box filled to the virtual sky with e-mails like this:
I work in a small manufacturing facility in the greater Syracuse NY area. It is pretty darn “blue” around here, but kind of a “centrist dem, labor-oriented, working class value blue-collar blue”. Not the “fever swamp truther, BushCo kind of blue”. Anyway, to the point. No one EVER talks politics here, but the place is BUZZING with Palin fever. Everyone’s talking about her, and the most often used phrase I hear is “finally, one of us!”
The left is in serious, serious trouble. I myself wasn’t enthused about McCain, though my respect for the man’s sacrifice alone gets my vote. But now I will writing my first EVER check to any candidate. And I will gladly support the McCain/Palin ticket because she inspires me.
And this one:
I love Sarah Palin. She was gracious and very tough in her speech. The Reuters picture of her holding her son, Trig, showed a mama lion not afraid to take on those wanting to make a thousand little cuts. Check out the photo…see her solid jaw of pit bull determination. Lipstick, yeah. She knows what I know. I am a commercial fisherman and fished, lived, and worked in Alaska for over 20 years. It is true about getting up at 3 am to hunt. I did with my husband to shoot caribou for our freezer. I don’t recommend caribou for a staple red meat.
We fished for halibut, salmon, and herring for many years. What you learn is basic. Prepare to catch fish ( big investment in gear & fuel), go out and catch the fish ( mother nature can screw this up as well as the govt.) sell the fish ( market forces can go South anytime), put proceeds in the bank to live on. Results oriented. Period. Sarah Palin knows this with her hands and her mind. When this or her family are sullied, watch out. Nuance is not an issue. You don’t gaze into the eyes of a grizzly bear without a fully loaded 44 pistol by your side.
Your analysis and reparte on your radio show are ever so welcome, Hugh. I have listened since I was fishing squid out of Ventura and jogged to your show in the morning in LA.
There will be reverses for McCain-Palin along the way, but enjoy today as the egg-on-face media elites and Democrats try to pretend they haven’t spent 96 hours savaging a woman that America turns out to like, and respect, quite a lot.
Sarah Palin is terrific.
The contest has changed. Her character and candor have changed it, and John McCain’s judgment is vindicated. The speech overflowed with tough, pointed, true points:
“Some candidates use change to promote their careers. John McCain has used his career to promote change. “
“The presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery..”
“There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.”
“The special confidence of those who have seen evil and have seen how evil is overcome.”
This will be a magnificent campaign, and she a magnificent candidate.
UPDATE: Former LA Times’ MSMer Bill Lobdell: “I’m guessing Jack Bauer of “24? would vote for Gov. Palin.” Read his whole live blog.