“Call” Political commentary by Chris Muir at Day by Day Cartoon
The tinge of racism, that is. Ever since that A.P. reporter attributed “racial tinge” to Palin’s mentioning of Obama “palling around with terrorists”, the Left has been tripping over themselves to accuse McCain/Palin of injecting “vigillantism” “racism”, and “mob incitement” into the campaign. Frank Rich of NY Times and Dana Milbank of WaPo are particularly exercised. Paul Krugman predictably gets on board with his description of “the insane rage…visible in the right-wing media”. Also see Michell Malkin’s piece today for her take on this unhingement.The humorous illustration below is from NY Times today accompanying the Frank Rich column.
Contrary to expectations John McCain did not take of the gloves and deliver any sort of damaging blow to Obama. In fact he put the kid gloves on and allowed the debate to devolve into a back and forth of talking points that we’ve all heard time and again. I could not bear to stay for the Fox team analysis, I’m sure it’s all negative and rightly so. True the questions were controlled and Brokaw added his own spin to th mix of questions and rejoinders. Bottom line, I think given the constraints of the event McCain could not have effectively attacked Obama. That’s why I believe it’s up to Palin now or it’s all over.
I am still trying to readjust to life back East after two weeks on the Left Coast. I have concluded that the scenery in the Pacific Northwest is spectacularly beautiful while our Eastern landscapes are subtly beautiful. Contrast the two photos below; first West and then East:
It helps to look at the humorous side of things political. Just out in time for the New Year and a new administration, The Liberals Gone Wild Calendar:
The calendar is already in print; too late for this classic gaffe from Joe (“Smartest Man in the World” Biden:
Being interviewed by Katie Couric on the “CBS Evening News,” Biden said: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”
Either Couric also did not know who was president in 1929, and that TV had not yet been invented, or she chose to ignore Biden’s ignorance. Contrast her treatment of Biden with her badgering of Sarah Palin in Ann Coulter’s account of the interview:
Here is Couric’s full response to Biden’s bizarre outburst about FDR (a) being president and (b) going on TV in 1929:
“Relating to the fears of the average American is one of Biden’s strong suits.”
But when our beauteous Sarah said that John McCain was a better leader on the economy than Barack Obama, Couric relentlessly badgered her for evidence. “Why do you say that?” Couric demanded. “Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama? … Can you give us any more examples of his leading the charge for more oversight?”
The beauteous Sarah had cited McCain’s prescient warnings about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Couric, the crackerjack journalist who didn’t know FDR wasn’t president in 1929, demanded more examples from Palin.
In her latest column at Salon the always provocative and entertaining Camille Paglia manages to trash John McCain, ridicule Barack Obama, and raise Sarah Palin to near iconic stature as the embodiment of future woman. She uses vignettes of strong women from her own family and from American history to bolster her thesis that Palin represents a new feminism, a pioneering and muscular American feminism. she writes…(emphasis added)
Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment…
Regarding a female candidate’s preparation for becoming CINC of the armed forces she says…
As a dissident feminist, I have been arguing since my arrival on the scene nearly 20 years ago that young American women aspiring to political power should be studying military history rather than taking women’s studies courses, with their rote agenda of never-ending grievances…
Paglia has particular disdain for the explosion of lies, innuendos, and slurs emanating from the left blogosphere following the McCain pick of Palin for his V.P….
Over the Labor Day weekend, with most of the big enchiladas of the major media on vacation, the vacuum was filled with a hallucinatory hurricane in the leftist blogosphere, which unleashed a grotesquely lurid series of allegations, fantasies, half-truths and outright lies about Palin. What a tacky low in American politics — which has already caused a backlash that could damage Obama’s campaign. When liberals come off as childish, raving loonies, the right wing gains. I am still waiting for substantive evidence that Sarah Palin is a dangerous extremist…
On Palin’s supposed extremist views:
But what of Palin’s pro-life stand? Creationism taught in schools? Book banning? Gay conversions? The Iraq war as God’s plan? Zionism as a prelude to the apocalypse? We’ll see how these big issues shake out. Right now, I don’t believe much of what I read or hear about Palin in the media. To automatically assume that she is a religious fanatic who has embraced the most extreme ideas of her local church is exactly the kind of careless reasoning that has been unjustly applied to Barack Obama, whom the right wing is still trying to tar with the fulminating anti-American sermons of his longtime preacher, Jeremiah Wright.
Paglia reserves her harshest criticisms of the Democrats for their wishy washy views on abortion…
But the pro-life position, whether or not it is based on religious orthodoxy, is more ethically highly evolved than my own tenet of unconstrained access to abortion on demand. My argument (as in my first book, “Sexual Personae,”) has always been that nature has a master plan pushing every species toward procreation and that it is our right and even obligation as rational human beings to defy nature’s fascism. Nature herself is a mass murderer, making casual, cruel experiments and condemning 10,000 to die so that one more fit will live and thrive.
Hence I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wasted no time in her acceptance speech last evening comparing her experience as governor and earlier as mayor to Barack Obama’s penning of two memoirs and his “community organizing” experiences on the street of Chicago. She stressed that being a mayor of a municipality or governor of a state entails real responsibility. Below I have printed some rough notes from Palin’s acceptance speech as she spoke.
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change in politics…..John McCain is not looking for a fight but sure isn’t afraid of one either….Harry Reid;s statement “I can’t stand John McCain” is proof we chose the right man….Let’s take the maverick out of the senate and put him in the White House….There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you..in places where winning means survial and defeat means death and that man is John McCain….John McCain’s journey is that of an upright and honorable man only his is of one of those who came home…his compassion is of one who was once powerless, who has seen evil and has seen evil overcome…we’re gonna pull throught this….create the kind of America we need to see us through the next four years…John McCain has inspired with his deeds….join our cause and help elect a great man as the next President of the United States…thank you , and God Bless America.
Absolute pandemonium followed the Palin speech and it was some minutes before John McCain appeared on the stage saying: “Don’t you think we made the right choice for Vice President of the United States?”
Photo: Connecticut Lt. Governor Michael Fedele casts Connecticut’s votes for John McCain.
Reed Galen of “Mullings” has an interesting take today on the Palin-Biden picks. Here is his conclusion.
….Ultimately, campaigns are about Presidential candidates, not their running mates. But this year’s selection process illuminates how both men made their decisions. Barack Obama’s choice was one borne of fear: fear of being overshadowed by Hillary Clinton, fear of being painted as unready to be commander-in-chief and fear, ironically, of being too-different. Decisions made in that context are rarely good ones. Senator McCain’s choice of Governor Sarah Palin was borne of opportunity: the opportunity to change Washington, the opportunity to create a new political dynamic and the opportunity to make history….