“just a small town mayor, just a hockey mom, just a beauty pageant queen..”

For the benefit of those suffering political psychosis when contemplating the US Presidential campaigns – Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was not, it seems, a member of the Alaska Independence Party after all – there’s a brief interview with Palin here. And, via the Professor, Christopher Orr at The New Republic offers some timely advice for “those [like himself] inclined to take Sarah Palin lightly”.

Sarah Palin is a living reminder that the ultimate source of political power in this country is not the Kennedy School or the Davos Summit or an Ariana Huffington salon; even now, power emanates from the electorate itself. More precisely, power in 2008 emanates from the working class electorates of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Sooner or later, the Obama camp will realize that the beauty pageant queen is an enormously talented populist in a year that is ripe for populism. For their own sake, it had better be sooner.

Go read the whole thing.

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  • Paul P

    McCains team pulled a masterstroke in how they handled the announcemnt of Palin as the VP pick. Does anyone seriously believe that Palin was not vetted sufficently?
    The liberal media was led into aattack mode but they overdone it. This week the attention is more on Palin than McCain so when she proves herself to genuinely have what it takes, American voters will see it for themselves.

  • Tazia Doll

    The Wasilla as bait shop, I thought that was good, that kind of thing goes down very badly in a country where 85 percent of the cities don’t have towering glass and steel structures.

    Has greater Belfast has more people than Alaska?

    Tazia

  • sarah palin is every thing which is wrong with america! she is a jesus freak who loves her guns AND she eats mooseburgers. need i say more!?

  • latcheeco

    Masterstroke Paul P? To take a question over Obama’s experience and change it into a question over your own side’s experience?

  • cynic

    “sarah palin is every thing which is wrong with america! she is a jesus freak who loves her guns AND she eats mooseburgers. need i say more!?”

    And you use the name “irish Liberal”?

  • willis

    Good article Pete

    The problem is that JMcC and SP are being represented as mavericks and outsiders who will fight corruption. The deepest source of corruption is the Bush Presidency. It may well be that they will clear the moneylenders out of the temple, but do not forget which party those moneylenders belong to.

  • Driftwood

    McCains team pulled a masterstroke

    Hmmm
    Possibly a ‘masterstroke’ in the same vein as Erikkson picking Theo Walcott for England in the last World Cup finals.

  • cynic

    “Does anyone seriously believe that Palin was not vetted sufficently? ”

    McCain met her briefly once and it seems they didn’t do the most basic checks.

    Forget all the nonsense about her background, daughter etc. Forget how she seems to have tried to misuse her position to have her ex brother in law fired. Set aside the death of the poor moose (very low in cholesterol you know,) Even forget the links to the Alaskan Independence party which has now just remembered that she didn’t sign up, her husband did and she just tagged along to the meetings. Yeah, right.

    Put all that to one side and look at her capability and experience. This is someone who until two years ago was the equivalent of the mayor of somewhre like Downpatrick (In fact Downpatrick is bigger!).

    She has no national experience, no foreign policy experience and has only ever left the USA to visit US troops abroad. Her supporters argue that she knows about international affairs because Alaska has borders with Canada and Russia. RIght!

    She is a fundamentalist Christian who once fired the head of the Town Library because she found certain book titles in the stock “somehow morally or socially objectionable”. She only reversed the sacking because so many local people complained.

    McCain has been ill. If he wins he will be the oldest ever first term President and she will literally be a heartbeat away from the Presidency if he should fall ill. That will potentially leave her in charge of the only real world superpower and its entire military might and nuclear arsenal and in charge of the worlds largest economy.

    This is purely an attempt to secure the redneck white industrial vote from those who, come what may, will never vote for a black man as President. It’s shameless and shows a total contempt for the electorate.

    By inclination I have always tended towards the Republcians in the USA – mostly put off by the Clintons. But this makes me think again.

    Does this all worry you? I know it scares the bejesus out of me.

  • Paul P

    McCain is 72 and therefore the probability of him dying in office is obviously higher.

    However if Obama wins then Biden will only be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    Biden was chosen because the perception is that he is a Dem with foreign affairs experience and Barack has none.

    The down side for McCain running with Palin is that the lack of experience charge against Obama is diminished.

    For some comparisons & contrasts between Palin and Obama http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/30/tale-of-the-tape-sarah-palin-vs-barack-obam/

  • Tazia Doll

    “Forget how she seems to have tried to misuse her position to have her ex brother in law fired.”

    Was it 40,000 or 60,000 volts in the tazer?

  • Steve

    If they have all this on her already imagine what they will find now that she is in the media spotlight

    Methinks she has more skeletons than Harvard Medical School

  • Does anyone seriously believe that Palin was not vetted sufficently?

    Yes.

    The liberal media was led into aattack mode but they overdone it.

    Funny how Sarah Palin is this super tough, corruption-fighting, gun-toting, frontierswoman with oodles of executive experience but also is an ordinary suburban soccer mom who the media can’t subject to the standard level of scrutiny for politicians without looking like heartless, sexist, bullies.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    I didn’t notice the same level of hysteria when the right-wing media referred to Michelle Obama as “Obama’s Baby Mama”.

  • BfB

    I love Ann… IdoIdoIdo! (Mitt had a rabid speech!)

    Attacks on McCain’s “vetting” process require the media to keep claiming that Palin has a lot of problems. But she doesn’t have any problems. Remember? Those were all blind alleys.

    Unfortunately, for the ordinary TV viewer hearing nonstop hysteria about nonspecific “problems,” it takes a lot of effort to figure out that every attack liberals have launched against Palin turned out to be a lie.

    It’s as if a basketball player made the winning shot in the last three seconds of the game and liberals demand that we have a week-long discussion about whether the player should have taken that shot. WHAT IF HE MISSED?

    With Palin, McCain didn’t miss.

  • Dewi

    Welcome back bfb – best of luck with this pair.

  • Paul P

    Sammy,

    So do you think John McCain was panicked into making his VP choice after being the presumptive nominee for months and having lots of time to assess and make his choice?

    As you say it is not for the Republicans to portray Palin as “super tough, corruption-fighting, gun-toting, frontierswoman with oodles of executive experience but also is an ordinary suburban soccer mom who the media can’t subject to the standard level of scrutiny for politicians without looking like heartless, sexist, bullies.”

    So which do way do they want it? How much of Barack Hussein Obama’s multiplicty is off limits?

  • BfB

    Dewi..

    Still not a McCain fan…but. SP is twisting knickers at an historic rate…you must admit.

  • I think picking her was a good stroke. Liberals don’t understand the conservative voters. She is there to bring out the pro-life conservative base who aren’t sure about John McCain and might have stayed at home in November. Pro-lifers have known about Sarah P for a long time.

    Choosing her looks like a sign of strength to me, while Obama chosing Biden looks like weakness – an admission of his lack of experience.

    Vote McCain and you get experience and a bright and able apprentice who might become president. Vote Obama and you get the apprentice and some old guy who’ll never be president.

    At least now it’s a clear fight, with clear issues and abortion is the number one.

  • willis

    ‘At least now it’s a clear fight, with clear issues and abortion is the number one.’

    I can understand that is the battleground you would like to choose. I’m not sure the Dems or the electorate will turn up.

    I fear she will find that having her mailshots written by Bushies backfiring.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/republicans/2686602/Sarah-Palin-backs-down-from-lying-Democrats-claim.html

  • Steve

    Jon Stewart absolutely tore the republicans and her apart last night he deconstructed their speaches in a way that only a neutral comedian can.

  • willis

    Steve

    I’ll give you that JS is prepared to laugh at the Dems as well but he is hardly neutral.

    The Bill O’Reilly segment on unwed Pregnancy is particularly enjoyable.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/04/jon-stewart-hits-karl-rov_n_123852.html

  • Steve

    he is neutral from what I have seen even for this segment he started out with a shot at Obama

    He is prepared to hoist both parties by there respective p’tards

    Happy now bakey I used your narrow little quote properly

  • kensei

    willis

    I love the Daily Show. That one is truly exquisite.

  • bfb

    Rasmussen’s latest tracking poll has some good news for the McCain campaign. In the first tracking poll with post-Palin speech data, John McCain has begun his convention bounce, coming within two points of Barack Obama after being down as many as six this week. And in an ironic twist, Sarah Palin has better favorability numbers than either of them.

    According to the internals, Palin now has solid favorable majorities from men (65%) and women (52%). Palin also has majority positive favorability ratings in all age demographics and in all income brackets. She also has majorities among conservatives and moderates, while trailing with liberals and black voters.

  • kensei

    Bfb

    I wouldn’t read too much into Plain’s numbers. Obama had very high ratings initially, but familiarity breeds contempt, even form good performers. Though the short timescale to the election probably helps.

  • frustrated democrat

    Seems poeples views are clouded depending on their affiliations.

    Trying to have an independent view it seems SP has made a major difference while Biden has not.

    McCain is not a great speaker but he did OK and cam across as experienced and capable

    Obama is a great speaker but is light on experience.

    However McCain is white and Obama is black – I do not believe the US is ready to vote for a black leader and due to that and the SP factor I am veering towards the Republicans as winners at this stage.

  • latcheeco

    Frustrated,
    I would tend to agree with the reasoning but think it is still too close to call. SP will give a lot of people cover for why they are really voting for Bush’s party though.

  • BfB

    Errr, well…
    There is THIS to consider.

    Not all the recruits appreciate the PC indoctrination. “It was too touchy-feely,” said Nelly Nieblas, 29, of the 2005 Los Angeles class. “It’s a lot of talk about race, a lot of talk about sexism, a lot of talk about homophobia, talk about -isms and phobias.”

    One of those -isms is “heterosexism,” which a Public Allies training seminar in Chicago describes as a negative byproduct of “capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and male-dominated privilege.”

    The government now funds about half of Public Allies’ expenses through Clinton’s AmeriCorps. Obama wants to fully fund it and expand it into a national program that some see costing $500 billion. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military, he said.

    The gall of it: The Obamas want to create a boot camp for radicals who hate the military — and stick American taxpayers with the bill.