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The Brits Get Governor P.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

England’s The Sun: “Why Sarah has the X appeal.”

Suggested opening line for her speech Wednesday night:

“Thank you very much. My family and are great. Don’t worry about us. Worry about the country if Barack Obama is elected president never having run so much as high school car wash.

Another from the avalance of e-mails:

“Hi Hugh,

Thanks for all the great work you do in defending the truth (in politics and otherwise). I really appreciate your show and I listen to it as often as I can. I also talk it up to everyone I know…so that’s some good PR for you! :) I am sending this e-mail in response to your discussion this afternoon regarding young people (in particular, women) and their response to Sarah Palin. I am a conservative 25 year old female from St. Paul, Minnesota and I am PUMPED about Palin as the Republican VP! I love the fact that she embodies nearly everything that the leftists want to eradicate from our great country.

In my opinion, the thing that makes Sarah Palin such a sticky VP is the fact that she is an authentic woman and a true public servant. When I say “authentic” I am referring to the convictions that make up who she is – the value of the family unit, her belief in the right to life, the need for justice & truth in politics and her faith in a loving God — these are the values and beliefs that are always true and never fail. These are the same values that inspired the women of the past to fight for the right to vote. These same principles that motivated women to make sacrifices for our country, go to work & support their families while their fathers, husbands, brothers and sons gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. These are the same values that are at the core of our very existence and they should and will never be eradicated from the great USA as long as there are men like John McCain and women like Sarah Palin to lead the way!

I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of this historical election and I’m going to spread the word as much as possible!! Go McCain/ Palin!


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Obama: “My Campaign Is Bigger Than Her Small Town.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Incredible. Barack Obama snarls at the growing recognition that Governor Palin’s executive experience –as governor and oil and gas commissioner as well as in local government–by noting that his experience running a campaign for 18 months is what makes him more qualified than Palin.

Let’s see.

First of all, Obama is running for president not vice president.

Second, did he think we wouldn’t notice that all the time he’s been running for president, Governor Palin has been running Alaska?

Finally, Obama struts his management of 2,500 employees and a budget of $30 million-plus in July.

Alaksa’s budget is more than 11 billion, and the state employs 15,000 people. (HT: Byron York via the New York Times.)

Palin wins the side-by-side easily, and of course Obama is running against McCan.

The Wasilla City Council

Tuesday, September 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

On Sunday I wrote about the advantages that a decade’s service as a small town city council member and mayor would provide Governor Palin the campaign ahead and as vice president.

This morning I looked up the August 2008 agenda of the Wasilla City Council and, not surprisingly, found there the myriad of issues that thousands of city councils deal with every month –annexations. leases, the use of forfeiture funds, historical preservation commissions, ec etc etc. Nothing glamorous. Certainly nothing worthy of an address to the world in Berlin. Just the ordinary but improtant work of local government.

These sorts of issues play out on small stages, certainly, but they represent real decisions with real impact on individuals and communities. The skills sets developed and honed in this setting though very real do not impress the Beltway bigs, and the Manhattan media elite has been choking back laughter since Governor Palin’s selection was announced (and this though hardly any of them could read an oil lease much less review one). Every small town official and employee has got to hear this in the reporting and regardless of party, understand the contempt behind this coverage.

The elitism embedded in all of the attacks on Governor Palin is becoming more and more obvious and is itself beginning to add to the fuel behind the Palin breakout. The collision between elites and ordinary citizens is unfolding at a very rapid pace, and the spirit of reform and change isn’t with the elites or their chosen candidate.

The Palin Breakout, Part 3

Tuesday, September 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Malcolm –demonstrating daily that old media can excel at new media– offers a fascinating glimpse at how Team McCain handled the potential negatives in Governor Palin’s past.

The outpouring of supportive, favorable and emotional e-mails continues and I will again limit today’s callers to women who are moved by Governor Palin’s nomination. This is an unprecedented reaction, and MSM’s ideological blinkers are blinding them to the powerful effect of Governor Palin’s life story and her appearance Friday, an effect that has been increased by the weekend smearing by Obamians with blogs and their Beltway-Manhattan media elite allies.

UPDATE: Here is one of the stream of e-mails I have been receiving:

Hi Hugh:

I listen to your show almost every evening here in Houston on 1070 KNTH while I make dinner for my family. The only time I miss your show is if we are out running to gymnastics lessons, Cub Scout events, etc. Thank you for all that you do, you are now my favorite talk show host, with Rush running a close second!

I had to write in to tell you how I feel about Sarah Palin. I am a 37 year old mother of two elementary school aged children. I have never been excited about John McCain, because I think he is too moderate, or even too liberal, on many issues. I was having a very hard time getting excited about his candidacy, and really didn’t want to vote for him in November. Hearing Sarah Palin speak at her “coming out” in Ohio got me excited about the GOP ticket for the first time this year! I am now ready to not only vote for McCain/Palin, but to donate money (which is extremely tight in our house right now) and to campaign for them.

Sarah Palin is an inspiration to me, and I hope she will be an inspiration to my children, especially my young daughter. I taught Special Education classes at the elementary level for many years before staying home when our son was born. I also had a beloved aunt who was mildly mentally retarded and had multiple birth defects. She was only 10 years older than me, so we spent a lot of time together before she died. I loved her dearly, and my eyes filled with tears seeing Sarah Palin’s precious baby boy, Trig. Yes, he happens to have Down’s Syndrome, but he is also a precious gift from God, a child who deserves a loving family who will see that he has a fulfilling life. My young son tells us almost every day that he wants to be a soldier in the Army, so now he can look up to John McCain’s sons and Sarah Palin’s son Track as role models. John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin has given me a renewed hope for the future of the GOP. I can see a party that actually returns to a conservative platform of social conservatism and fiscal reform.[# More #]

My brother is the “Mr. Mom” to his three children, and he is a great dad. My sister-in-law is a wonderful mother and a great person. She also happens to be the breadwinner in their family right now, since she works for a major energy company based here in Texas. They make that family arrangement work. I think that the liberals who are going to start trying to chip away at Palin for supposedly not being there for her children are making a HUGE mistake. There are more families out there than they think who are in the same situation as my brother’s family. They make it work by sharing responsibilities, just like my husband and I share responsibilities while he works full-time and I work part-time. The Palins obviously have a loving marriage that has withstood many challenges, and they will work together to raise their children while Palin serves her country. Also, liberal democrats are the ones who have been telling me for years that I am a sell-out and a traitor to women because I stayed home to raise our children even though I have a Master’s degree. You can’t have it both ways! Women across the country are going to see liberals for the hypocrites that they are when they try to criticize Palin for NOT staying home. I think that many people are underestimating the appeal that Sarah Palin has to women from all walks of life.

I am so happy about this choice! I am originally from a small town in Texas. I know that Beltway insiders may have a hard time believing this, but many Americans have the experience of living in a small town at some point in our lives, even if we live in big cities now. Palin will appeal to the real people who live in the United States – those of us who are struggling every day to make ends meet in difficult economic times, yet who still believe that this is the greatest nation on God’s green earth, to quote one of my other favorite talk show hosts.

One last thing, I have to comment on Bristol Palin. I think that the MSM is making a HUGE mistake in attacking Sarah Palin and her pregnant teenaged daughter. How is it that we as a country can lift Jamie Lynn Spears up on a pedestal as a model for teens everywhere (which I didn’t agree with) yet now Sarah Palin is a horrible mother and her daughter is a tramp because she is pregnant? I do not think any less of the Palins because of Bristol’s pregnancy. There are many women who will look at this precious young woman and think, “There but for the grace of God go I”, because we weren’t all perfect in our teen years. Sarah and Todd Palin obviously didn’t want Bristol to get pregnant at such a young age, and said as much in their statement, yet they love their precious child. They are handling this situation with as much love, compassion, and grace as possible, and I admire them even more for that. Would liberal parents rather they throw Bristol out, or worse yet, that they force her to get an abortion? She and Levi will have some hard times ahead as teen parents, but thank God that they have the love and support of their families!

McCain/Palin 2008!

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