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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.

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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!

“Mr. Obama may be able to offer voters all the attractions of high rhetoric, but Mr. McCain can offer something else: an uncomplicated love of country.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Reagan wordsmith Peter Robinson assesses the race in the Wall Street Journal.

The outrage about the attacks on Palin is the story the MSM has completely missed, not surprisingly so as the Beltway-Manhattan bigs were so much a willing conveyor belt of the assault. The audience for the governor will be quite large on Wednesday night, and for McCain’s acceptance speech on Thursday as well. Each audience will be looking for the authenticity and anti-politics the majority of the country is looking for and which in the first quarter of ’08 many mistakenly believed Obama embodied. If the desire for major change to Washington is deep, the real choice will be McCain-Palin. Obama-Biden isn’t change at all, just a change of address for the Cook County/Daley machine with a Weatherunderground fringe to the Beltway.

The Palin Breakout, Part 2

Tuesday, September 2, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Decent people of faith –and no faith at all– have overwhelmingly rallied to the defense of the Palin family. Only the MSM fails to get this widespread reaction, and many of its talking heads have been so over the top as to permanently damage their brand with a key demographic. Campbell Brown, check your e-mails. Your shameless Obama channeling isn’t going to be forgotten by millions of women who think you are using the situation to try to damage Palin’s incredible standing with women.

Two representative reactions from hundreds piling up.

First, from my e-mail box:

9/1/08

Dear Hugh,

Since you asked for women to call in today, and I couldn’t, here in print is my all-important gut reaction to Sarah Palin. For reference, I’m a single, West L.A. Christian conservative, and very used to being in a tiny minority.

**I feel like young, conservative, Christian women who love cute shoes now have a spokesperson.

**Sarah takes the “angry” out of “angry feminist.”

** If people are “pro-choice” isn’t Bristol off-limits anyway?

**I want to hold Sarah’s baby. I just love him for being born, and for so much more than that. He embodies hope. Life can be messy and good at the same time. He didn’t mean to be, but he is a powerful symbol that we can affirm life and accept the unexpected. Thanks to the couple who made it happen-and also their daughter and her fianc? in their pregnancy. Maybe the acceptance of Down’s Syndrome babies will be greater, and fewer people will abort them. I hope.

Thanks, Hugh.

________________

Then from Dr. James Dobson:

“In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have.

“The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a ‘hypocrite,’ but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans.”

There are hundreds more e-mails and statements in a similar vein, and today’s volume of supportive calls was huge and could have gone for hours. Palin may yet prove to be less than polished candidate, but today wasn’t strike one. It was a second consecutive strong day for a campaign that needs many more of them.

The hardest ticket to get willbe to Governor Palin’s Tuesday night speech. She will rock the house and her audience at home.

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