Heavy “mettle” woman

I can’t quite recall a time when the MSM has gotten as agitated and panicked over a presidential running mate as they have over Sarah Palin. And why? Is she not a strong and accomplished woman? Has she not forged her own path to become the head of the largest state in the union? Does she not exemplify all of the qualities women have worked so tirelessly to cultivate over the years?

Well yes… but she’s also a conservative. She’s pro-life. She staunchly supports offshore drilling in her home state. She owns — and uses — guns. She likes to lower taxes and tackle government corruption. And so, says a leftist press, the woman must go.

Rest assured that the lib media is on the case. Their modus operendi is to relentlessly turn up the heat on Palin’s personal life until she finally bursts into tears and leaves the kitchen (a little sexist lingo there).  And I have to say, after decades of observing the political scene, never have I seen the MSM spring into such swift and ruthless action in going after a V.P. candidate and their family. Throw a sickly cow into a piranha pond and you won’t see the frenzy you are witnessing here.

Of the handful of “disturbing” revelations which have surfaced, the one bit of news that opponents seem to see as Palin’s Achilles heel is the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol. After all, how can a good mom possibly manage her daughter’s crisis and be there for her while running for the second highest office in the land? And what kind of gall must the woman have to even accept McCain’s offer under such circumstances?  Lib pundits breathlessly speculate that Palin’s family troubles may just cause her to sheepishly withdraw from the race by week’s end. Or as The Trentonian so tactfully put it in their caption to an AP photo:

Yesterday, the sexy mother said that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and that her mountain man hubby was busted for driving under the influence. Some think she won’t last the week as McCain’s No. 2.

Very objective journalism there Trentonian!  But as John McLaughlin would say: WROOOOONG! Sarah ain’t going nowhere.

Good God, how many ways can a liberal media underestimate a situation? I can count three right off-hand — three factors that the Obama camp and their accomplices in the press aren’t taking into account:

  1. Palin’s resilience. Sarah is well-known in Alaska as someone who never backs down from adversity. In fact, she seems to thrive on it. If her bulldog rep is true, these attacks from the left will only energize her.  Get ready for a zinger or two aimed at the press during Palin’s speech tonight.
  2. Hillary voter backlash. Many Hillary Clinton supporters are still fuming over what appeared to be a sexist media bias against the first female presidential candidate in history. Now that another woman has thrown her hat in the ring, questions about Palin’s readiness based merely upon the fact that she’s a mom will only fan the flames higher. Examples of this are already popping up in some of  the comments sections of articles and blogs about Palin. Hillary’s peeps are NOT happy, folks.
  3. General voter backlash. Most of us have known a family at some time in our lives who has had to deal with a teen daughter getting pregnant. We know how freaked out a young girl can get in this situation and how essential maintaining privacy is to her and her family. The MSM’s shameless efforts to bore down on Palin’s daughter will not play well with the public… at all.

So there you have it… yet another case of the media inadvertently helping the very person they were trying to destroy. Will they ever learn? Let’s hope not.


Whole lotta shakin

John McCain has decided to unofficially-officially replace campaign manager Rick Davis with senior adviser Steve Schmidt (who I suspect to really be Lex Luthor). According to Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Johnny is frustrated at the fact that his message isn’t getting out:

“There really isn’t a message. The message has sort of been ‘I’m experienced and Barack Obama is Barack Obama,’ as opposed to defining John. John is more than a war hero. John is a man who’s had a long career,” Rollins said. “The American public still doesn’t know a lot about him — what does he stand for, what kind of leader he’s going to be.”

Here’s a question — if in some far-distant universe the Republicans chose a nominee like, say, Ron Paul… would he need someone to help define him? Or would his message and his passion for that message ring so clear that a campaign manager would only be in charge of getting his words on the airwaves and in print as often as possible? The same could be asked about Tom Tancredo or any number of non-establishment candidates on the right… most of whom have been pushed so far into the background by the GOP that we have all but forgotten their names.

Marketing is important, but it must be approached in different ways for the different parties. What works so well for Obama won’t work for a Republican candidate. Conservatives want someone who understands the Constitution and reflects their values of smaller government… period. Liberals just want someone with charisma who promises “new” things in the hope that it will somehow give their lives the meaning they have never bothered to give it themselves. And centrists and undecideds will generally gravitate towards whichever candidate makes the best pitch.

Changing McCain’s PR strategy is not going to make him any more appealing than will slapping lipstick on a dinosaur. If any kind of shake-up needs to take place, it should be on the party level. We need new blood in the top positions of the GOP. The existing party elders are too out of touch with the rank-and-file and far too fond of their power to ever come around. The only hope is to somehow get new faces running the party who will start placing younger men (or women) with a fresh conservative message — delivered well — onto the ticket. Not only will that fire up their base, it would win over many of the crucial centrist voters as well.

The true conservative philosophy, when properly presented, is that good.

In a perfect world…

John McCain

John McCain has outlined his vision of what the world will look like after he becomes President. All I can say is he’d better have plenty of Red Bull on hand if he expects to accomplish all of this in four years.

From the Boston Globe:

In the world of President John McCain, most US troops will be back home from a safer, democratic Iraq by January 2013 – the first date he has mentioned for ending the war.

Afghanistan will be more stable, with the Taliban and Al Qaeda under control and Osama bin Laden dead or captured. Iran and North Korea will no longer have nuclear programs, and the genocide will have ended in Darfur.

At home, the economy will be humming, the tax code simpler, schools better, and healthcare more affordable. The borders will be secure, illegal immigrants deported, and a guest worker program in place. The country will have weaned itself off foreign oil.

And all races and cultures will live in harmony and all vehicles will run on water.

Sorry to be skeptical — yeah McCain would be better than the… shudder… alternative — but geez, where is all this coming from? What is the plan? As we saw on the other side with John Kerry in 2004, any candidate can get up there and say anything.

As for the January 2013 promise, many are now criticizing him for specifying what would appear to be a proposed pull-out date for Iraq. McCain insists that this is not the case at all, but rather a promise to end the war — victoriously — by 2013. As in mission accomplished, get out the ticker tape.

The McCain camp later attempted to clarify that point:

“Senator McCain has always said his decisions about force levels in Iraq would be guided by two fundamental factors: conditions on the ground and the advice of military commanders,” his campaign said in a statement. “As commander in chief, Senator McCain would ensure we would prevail with honor against our enemies. He believes this can be accomplished in Iraq by 2013 – but only if we reject the course of arbitrary withdrawal following a politically motivated timeline.”

Again, that would be grand. But what is the strategy? My support for our troops and our mission overseas has never waned, but even with the best and most detailed plans in place, war is ultimately an unpredictable beast. We could accomplish our goals by next week for all I know, but for McCain to claim that he will have this — along with a dead Bin Laden, a neutered North Korea and a genocide-free Darfir — neatly wrapped up by the end of his term seems a little ambitious.

But later in the article comes a promise that, given McCain’s past record, I can believe:

Instead of officials cashing in after leaving government, McCain said he wants scores of private-sector leaders to work for his administration for $1 a year. And instead of partisan fighting, he promised to seek advice from Democrats and appoint them to high office.

Very easy to envision this. I watched this man become almost giddy a few years ago as he schmoozed with the Dems on such issues as campaign finance reform and immigration — all while appearing to take some kind of naughty delight in getting under the skin of the Prez and fellow Republicans. For a time, there were even whispers about him changing parties (he denied it, but he sure seemed to enjoy all the attention). Democrats, of course, exploited him to the hilt as did the media who christened him with his now famous “maverick” label. Do you really expect  McCain’s love affair with the left to end when he becomes President? Ha! I’ve got some prime land in the Okefenokee for ya’ if you’re buyin’ into that…

But hey, I’ll give the man a chance to prove me wrong — watching hopefully but with a skeptical eye. Though I expect him to be firm in his foreign policy, I don’t expect much out of of him domestically that will cause him to be hailed as the next Reagan. The Republican party in general, with it’s increasing slide to the center, has lost much of my respect. Though I will still side with them more often than the Dems, for the most part they are complete weenies. Sorry… but thems the facts.

In my utopian world, I would wake up after election day to find that Ron Paul has pulled the upset of the Millennium. Or Bob Barr. Or even Alan Keyes (yes he is actually running). None of them perfect, but all with a much better grasp on the Constitution and the values that our Founders envisioned — that of smaller government and greater individual liberty. Or if it’s too late for that, I’ll even take Ayn Rand’s version of utopia in Atlas Shrugged — the one where the producers of society go into hiding and form their own perfect capitalist system, leaving the whiners of the dependency class to fend for themselves.

Alright, not very realistic — but it’s a wonderful thought. And why not? Who’s to say it can’t work? Who’s John Galt?