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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Why We Like Sarah Palin!

Victor Davis Hanson nails it!


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (L) meeting with First Lady Laura Bush (C) and John McCain's wife Cindy in Minneapolis, on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention, on September 2, 2008.
Why Do We Like Palin?
By Victor Davis Hanson
The Corner
Sept. 3, 2008

Much has been written why Palin both brings strength to the McCain ticket and is a gamble at the same time. Why then the growing wave of popular sentiment in her favor?

Various reasons, but one I think is that millions of Americans are simply tired of being lectured at by smug elites. Jetting Al Gore made tens of millions finger-pointing at us about our global warming. Obama's America, apparently unlike Rev. Wright's Trinity Church, is a cruel, downright mean and dysfunctional place. John Kerry's United States is one of the half-educated in need of Ivy-League enlightenment and tutorials.

So along comes someone (unlike Biden's vastly inflated middle-class biography) who really is from the working class. She likes it—and finds snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and living in small-town America not as a wasteful use of carbon-emitting fuels, cruelty to animals, gratuitous depletion of our resources, or proof of parochial yokelism. Instead it is a life of action in an often harsh natural landscape, where physical strength is married to intelligence to bring us food, fuel, and progress.

Palin's symbolism is the antithesis of the metrosexual wind- or body- surfing politican, and hair-plugged, neurotic TV pundit So at this time, right now, millions apparently like Palin's atypical 19th-century profile. Again, it's a pleasant change of pace from Harvard Law School, DC politics, "community organizing" and the can't-do, 'they raised the bar on me' collective complaint.

If she can beat off the frothing Newsweek/MSNBC/New York Times inbred rabid wolves, and do it with the grace she has shown so far, she will fill a deep yearning among Americans for someone like her. A lot of Americans, if they watch reality shows, prefer truckers on ice or Bering Sea crab fishing to endless psychodramas of thirty-something suburban whiners.

So apparently they are eager to see a rare politican who is unapologetic about America's past achievements (cf. Obama's "tragic history" and need for more "oppression studies"), and who reminds us with pride that a muscular world of action, not community organizing, creates the bounty that others use and take for granted but so often sneer at the methods of its acquisition.

Right now, there are millions rooting for her in a way not true of Biden—and many who are criticizing her don't have a clue why that it is so.
Reaction to the media smears against Palin: Conservatives donate MORE money to campaign:
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A note left at The Corner
Sept. 1, 2008

I’ve been traveling and have had to follow the Bristol Palin story on my BlackBerry. I’m just so disgusted by the MSM’s feeding frenzy that I woke up stewing about it well before dawn. It’s simply appalling and outrageous that they would use any politician’s child and her personal problems to try to destroy the parent’s candidacy. I hadn’t contributed to McCain previously, but I like Palin so much and so despise what currently passes for journalism that I contributed $250 at about 4:30 a.m. Then, while waiting for my flight this morning, I saw the three (!!!) New York Times stories about Bristol/Sarah Palin. I’m sending another $100 and I’m going to continue until McCain-Palin are elected and/or this despicable use of Palin’s daughter stops.
Barack Obama got badly burned after elitist comments he made at a San Francisco fundraiser about small town America: "they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them." It's the same mindset on display attacking Palin. The liberal mud slinging directed at regular Americans who don't live in big cities and enjoy the family and outdoor life that made this country great will come back to bite Dems on election day.

Sarah Palin is the symbol of a new American politican.
On Tuesday, Curt found this great comparison between Obama and Palin by Gerard Baker of the Times of London:
Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama
By Gerard Baker
Real Clear Politics
September 01, 2008

Political experience

Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.

Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her state’s government.

Political Biography

Obama: A classic, if unusually talented, greasy-pole climber. Held a succession of jobs that constitute the standard route to the top in his party’s internal politics: “community organizer”, law professor, state senator.

Palin: A woman with a wide range of interests in a well-variegated life. Held a succession of jobs - sports journalist, commercial fisherwoman, state oil and gas commissioner, before entering local politics. A resume that suggests something other than burning political ambition from the cradle but rather the sort of experience that enables her to understand the concerns of most Americans.

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