While the national media and some democrats have had a field day
with the Palin VP pick, most Alaskan dems have been wandering around
dazed and disoriented, feeling like the rug was pulled out from under
is a shark. She is smart, and she is shrewd. However, she comes across
as extremely personable; you can't help but like her in person. She is
a good public speaker, I've seen better from her in Alaska, and
considering how little time she had to prepare for today's speech, I
think we'll see much better from her in the near future.
biggest mistake we can make is to write her off, ignore her, or think
she won't bring anything to the campaign. Quit with the jokes and the
remarks about how cute and quaint she is. Stop with the pats on the
The experience debate disappears
now, let it disappear. It seems many Dems feel a vindictive need to
bring up the experience issue after it's been applied to Obama so many
times. Don't. Experience is a non-issue, she won in Alaska by being the
inexperienced, outside candidate, and the Rs will, and already have,
argued that she has more "executive experience" than Obama anyways.
This is an opportunity to take the experience issue off the table, lets
Our job is to remember and remind everyone else that it
is John McCain running for President and not Sarah Palin. This means
dropping the "old and dying" stuff. The jokes and comments that
McCain's VP might become president in the next 4 years. We don't want
people thinking about Sarah as the President.
I say this because
I believe Sarah could win if she were the one running for President.
Sure she's from a small town in Alaska and has only been the Governor
for 2 years, but it doesn't matter; she is as of today on the national
stage. McCain's campaign will do its best to lead with the pretty,
energetic woman and let you forget that he's the one that would sit in
the big chair. People will like her, and she will be a name in the
Republican party for quite a while now.
The man who planted trees. From Walt, here, and here.
Update: Now devolved -- see comments -- into interesting psychological observation: deliberately cultivating inspiring myths cultivates disgusted cynicism when they are exploded. Misguided icon-making exercise remains, though protagonist might better be pictured as a squirrel.