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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:


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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