September 29, 2008, - 10:49 am

D Students Run the World: More Giant Hints Palin’s a Lightweight; Plus, Mr. (Hockey) Mom Whines

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the old saying, “C Students Run the World”? Well, now it’s looking more and more like D Students Run the World.
Yes, I don’t want the smartest candidates running on either side to win, because that would mean–at least in book smarts–that a Harvard-educated Marxist will win.
Yes, I’m a conservative, and yes, I want a conservative in the White House. But not a complete dummy who happens to regurgitate the right lines, when she’s not stumbling all over the place.
And as we all know, there won’t be a conservative in the White House, no matter who wins the Presidency. Neither McCain nor Obama is a conservative. One is far-left liberal, the other a “moderate” liberal. And the only conservative on the ticket–Veep candidate Sarah Palin–is looking more and more like the empty suit I told you she was. Her interview with Katie Couric was abysmal (video excerpt posted below). I thought I was listening to Miss Junior South Carolina–”U.S. Citizens, The Iraq, Such As. . . .” The SNL skit mocking it (also posted below) was on target.
Sarah Palin Stumbles on Russia and Alaska:



The woman comes off as clueless, not well-spoken. I don’t care if she’s been involved in foreign policy before or negotiations with foreign leaders. But, my G-d, get a clue about how to answer a question with some authority, or at least a tiny clue.
And, yes, she is a conservative and says the right things on terrorism and the Middle East . . . when she recalls the carefully coached rote answers Team McCain tried to teach her. But she projects that she doesn’t know what the heck she’s talking about. And, frankly, in a lot of cases, it’s quite obvious she doesn’t.
I’m hoping that this is the ultimate in Machiavellianism–setting expectations so low for Thursday’s debate that she will come out looking absolutely Einstein-esque. But don’t hold your breath.
I’m not sure why people continue to gush over this woman and expect more. She is, after all, the woman who–as I previously noted went to six different colleges in six years . . . for a journalism degree (usually considered an easy, lightweight degree). And she’s the woman who named her kid Van Palin in honor of her fave rock group–the kid who will never have the legal mental capacity to go to court to have that legally changed. (Thank G-d my parents didn’t name me “Do The”, as in rhymes with “Do The Hustle.”)
Now, we find out that Team McCain is in crisis uber-coaching mode. They’re calling her gaffes “a decline in crispness.” No, that’s what happens to potato chips and apples when they’re past their shelf-life. Let’s face it: This woman was never “crisp.”
And the real Mr. Mom–the real Hockey Mom and lipstick-wearing bulldog–in this case, Todd Palin, is whining to Team McCain that he hasn’t seen his wife. Welcome to Mr. Momhood, Todd. Imagine how much you’ll see her when she’s the Veep and he’s the Second Lady. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about this.

The McCain campaign aims to halt what it sees as a perceived decline in the crispness and precision of Gov. Palin’s latest remarks as well as a fall in recent polls, according to several advisers and party officials. . . .
For his part, Mr. Palin has worried about the frequent separation of his wife from her family, friends and Alaska staff, an adviser said. Accordingly, her family will be with her in Sedona during this week. . . .
Meanwhile, the more experienced advisers assigned to her by the McCain campaign are accustomed to working with seasoned candidates, not someone “completely green on the national stage,” one strategist said. Several Republican backers have griped that the campaign has put the candidate in difficult situations, from sitting for high-profile television interviews to popping into meetings with foreign leaders, some of whom made sexist remarks, said several officials.

Aww. They called her beautiful, and she can’t handle it. Maybe they shoulda called her “ugly.” This reminds me of feminists that whine about whistling construction workers. If that’s your worst problem, and you can’t handle it, are you really suited for politics? If the Paki leader thought she was bright, that would have been the compliment. He was gingerly trying to be nice.

“It’s time to let Palin be Palin — and let it all hang out,” said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist.

Um, isn’t that the problem in the first place. All the conventional pundits say she’s been over-coached and needs to be herself, but they’re wrong. We saw when she was herself. We’ve been seeing it. She’s an ignoramus.

From her campaign’s perspective, Gov. Palin isn’t getting media attention for her contributions. For example, with foreign leaders last week, she had detailed conversations about the national-security and global implications of the energy crisis, one adviser said.

Um, this is a “contribution”? She had tea with a few guys from the Mid-East who ogled her and met a pretentious rock star and that’s a “contribution”? Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, the late U.N. Ambassador, wasn’t a looker, but she made real contributions and understood the world. Sarah Palin is another story.

In recent days, Gov. Palin flubbed quasi-mock debates in New York City and Philadelphia, some operatives said. Finger-pointing began, and then intensified after her faltering interview with CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric. . . .
Gov. Palin is under considerable pressure to make Thursday’s debate a “game changer,” advisers said. The campaign is sending in Sen. McCain’s debate coach, Brett O’Donnell, to help with her preparation, advisers said. Though he always was expected to help out after Sen. McCain’s debate Friday in Oxford, Miss., Mr. O’Donnell now needs to “undo” much of her previous debate prep, which has resulted in occasional “rote” responses, one adviser said.

Call me a snob. But sometimes, to turn a phrase from Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko, snobbery is good. This is yet another example of the dumbing down of America. Don’t you want better for your country? Don’t you wish that John McCain had done a little more vetting before he picked this woman? Doesn’t it say something that he didn’t?
Remember, Dick Cheney–very unfairly vilified–wasn’t shielded from the media, he didn’t stumble even under friendly Sean Vannity fire, and he always knew what he was talking about. And he actually knew what being a conservative was about. Didn’t need Team McCain to intensely coach him for four days. My how far we’ve gone . . . backwards.
Yup, America, this is the choice in November: Really book smart Marxists versus the centrist-liberal and conservative who is extremely ignorant, but wears a skirt, so “yay.”
Come January, I predict D students will be taking the oath. And once they start their term, all of you who pounce on me for telling the truth about this empty skirt will come to your senses . . . just as you did on George W. Bush.
Sadly, we don’t have another choice.

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39 Responses

We don’t have a choice. Between a Marxist and a moderate liberal ADA 1965, what choice is there? If we had a real conservative at the top of the GOP ticket, the election would already be over. The fact they are both for the expansion of government and have dumbed down running mates doesn’t make it any easier. For conservatives, the rule should be simple. Pick the side that does the least amount of harm. But with the “crap sandwich” they are hell bent on having us swallow, we’re going to be in for a rough long time. Count on it.

NormanF on September 29, 2008 at 11:56 am

Debbie–
No surprise here, although maybe the “A” or “D” student concept is misplaced.
Virtually by definition, most politicians are just not very good. Even the ones we on the conservative side admire mostly appear “great” in comparison to all the other losers.
They are nothing more than a glorified version of the idiots who ran for office in high school. And as the guy who runs the newsletter for my large graduating class of many years ago, I can tell you that those “red-hots,” as we called them then, have mostly amounted to nothing–or are real disappointments.
As I tell people, 95% of politicians are scumbags, and that raises the question of why anyone would want to be in the 5%.
The only answer is term limits, but don’t hold your breath.

Red Ryder on September 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I agree on term limits. There were congressional term limits until Supreme Court midgets struck them down. So all we get in Congress are timeservers and hacks. Term limits bring elected officials closer to their constituents. Of course that’s why the powers that be don’t want ‘em.

NormanF on September 29, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Is it too late? Can we put Duncan Hunter in there? Seriously this lady is an empty dress for sure. I like here heart and spunk, but is not ready for prime time. You were one of the first conservative critics out there. Now the conservative are in the situation of trying to put her back in the closet. It is too late. So we must accept she has to surrounded by heavyweights like a Duncan Hunter for Defense Department or John Bolton for Secretary of State.
As for this country it is too dumbed down for any type of expert. This country has gone too far down the road and there is no offramp. This country wants HYPE not substance. (American Idol candidates Obama and Palin.) It doesnt want excellence, passion or convictions. Those candidates are seen as “right wing nuts”. So the Republicans put up a pop tart to appease to this effeminate country and it really deserves all the crap that is coming our way. We deserve a financial collapse because we believed we can buy a house we cant afford on a false mortgage and buy items we dont need on credit we dont have to impress people we dont like. So now the house of cards has fallen. The bankers wanted this mess and they got it, all along we were eating the crumb falling off their gluttonus buffet table, keeping us happy. Nobody was watching what was going on except those “nuts”. Yeah those “nuts” were right and these fu*king Ivy League experts were wrong. Now this sh*t has hit the fan. No more outs.
We should take the bad medicine and have no bailout. Let the Great Depression happen again. No more poker chips for drunk gamblers on Wall Street. Let the bodies hit the floor!! Let us go in soup lines, let us buy second hand goods because we dont deserve the freedom that was given us. Our country needs to be humbled. We need to appreciate the freedoms that were bestowed us. Unfortunately as we collapse, we will be slaves to the Chinese, Russians and Middle East Countries as they will buy off all our bad debt and financial institutions. We need to be in financial shackles until we as a nation know what the hell we want. I am praying for no bailout. Let it all come tumbling down.
Right now I thinking about the lyrics of Tool “Anema”:
Some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this…..
Cuz I’m praying for rain
And I’m praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Mom please flush it all away.
I wanna watch it go right in and down.
I wanna watch it go right in.
Watch you flush it all away.
Time to bring it down again.
Don’t just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.
I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t
Welcome any change, my friend.
I wanna see it all come down.
suck it down.
flush it down.
Deb, have a happy Jewish Happy New Year’s.

californiascreaming on September 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I don’t deny that Sarah palin has some poor positions, e.g. illegal immigration, no clear opposition to the bailout, etc. I also agree that this interview clip didn’t show a strong, articulate candidiate.
Howevr, she is not alone. I think Kathleen Parker’s column was pathetic; which presidential or vice-presidential candiate (except someone like Phil Gramm who has a Ph.D. in economics) really knows the economy, or foreign policy? There are exceptions such as Reagan to some extent, but Carter, Clinton, Bush II (Bush I had experience, but it made him worse). Virtually every president relies hugely on advisors.
The Saturday Night Live is getting more airplay than the bailout in some news media. It is getting more airplay than far, more momentous developments. The press’s beating up on her reminds me, adjusting for proportionality, of the press in Stalinist Russia glorifying Stalin, and villifying Trotsky, Zinoviev, etc.
Also, I would not exclude a psychological dimension to all of this. If I were under this kind of pressure, I might crack under pressure also.
As far as the meaning of the new advisors, the WSJ news coverage of Palin has been as slanted as anything in the mainstream media, and I would not uncritically accept it without independent confirmation.
This is not to excuse Mr. Palin’s immaturity, but I think Sarah Palin has good instincts, and the enemy of my enemy is my friend. There’s got to be something good about her when she is attacked by the elites (sic) the way she has been.

c f on September 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm

To clarify my comment about being under pressure, I was referring to interview situations, not ability to do the day-to-day job. But candidates like Nixon who had great knowledge of foreign policy prior to taking office are rare. Can she be worse than what we’ve had over the last 20 years?

c f on September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm

The primaries are rigged so that the GOP bosses can make sure that the kind of conservative you are looking for gets nowhere near the nomination.

Tempus Fugit on September 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

She drew 60,000 people to a rally in Florida. It doesn’t matter how she answers questions. They said the same thing about Reagan too. They called him and amiable dunce, and couldn’t, for the life of them, understand his popularity.
That said, the campaign is making a big mistake not offering the public what it wants: More Palin.
There’s a huge interest in her, and now is the time to offer up more Palin, not less. Because there’s been relatively few press, her mistakes seem all the more glaring.
If she’d have done numerous press conferences, and Q&A with citizens everyday……we’d be inured to it by now.
Hillary constantly made a fool of herself…the singing, the endless cackling….yet she kept going, and barreled on from one embarrasing press conference to the next.
Again, the solution to all of this, is more Palin, not less. If she would do much much much more press and live appearances…that’s how she’d find her sea legs, and good practice for the debate.
Hiding isn’t the answer.

Maxine Weiss on September 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I don’t care is Mrs. Palin is the dumbest person on the planet. Given what we know about Hussein and what we know Hussein will do if elected, Palin is eminently more qualified than Hussein to be President.
That she is only the VP and hopefully will never have to be President, or will probably have significant time to learn if she needs to take over, makes the argument for McCain even more compelling.

I_am_me on September 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I really don’t think Palin is a conservaitve. She is a pro life (she deserves credit for that), and gun supporting but on most other issues she is for big gov’t and already has the evidence to show this.
McCain pulled a good one. He felt he had to pick a pro life VP. So he picked a pro life feminist who by the way even on the issue of abortion would be suspect as I have read because the reason Sandra Day O’Connor was for abortion was for career. So if she wanted feminist judges they may turn out to be for abortion even though she may be against it but it seems feminism is more important to her then abortion when analyzing others. McCain I guess know many Jewish and Christian male leaders have a tremendous weakness when it comes to women and I can’t disagree with him on that. I have been ashamed at the so called “religious” have NO PROBLEMS with this pick which they can still mention the good points but mention the problems as well but they refuse to.
You now have Kathleen Parker saying Palin should bow out claiming that at this time her family and her newborn child comes first and nobody can really criticize her for that. Michael Savage originally said that as well when she was first picked that she feels she should withdraw for the reason’s above and I do think there is still time for her to withdraw and get a real VP in there especially McCain being 72 years old.

adam6275 on September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Debbie,
When I first ran across your comments about Gov. Palin earlier, I thought you were being a snob and found it annoying.
Now that I have read this particular post of yours, I am no longer annoyed — just fearful that Gov. Palin may prove to be a lightweight who may fold up under questioning.
I’m not sure which feeling is the worst of the two.
Anyway La Shana Tovah Teku Tavu, Debbie.

Underzog on September 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Enough with the Palin bashing. I guess Tim Pawlenty or Miss Lindsey Graham would have really been a huge dynamo. I do not believe in the purity of losing. Think about the first Marxist President that will be sworn in next January. I would rather my auto mechanic be President. Attitudes such as you are exhibiting is what gives the Democrats such great hope. I do not like McCain but I just wrote a $50 check to his campaign after spending an evening in NYC listening to some Marxist singer bash Bush, McCain, the GOP, etc.

Ripper on September 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Sometimes I wonder why I had to get A’s on most of my subjects. But given the current options, I’d prefer a “D” Palin to an “A” islamist or mozzie lover. Too bad we don’t have more options than that.
If you were standing for president or vice-president, Debbie, and I were an American citizen, I’d vote for you.
>> I thought I was listening to Miss Junior South Carolina–”U.S. Citizens, The Iraq, Such As. . . .”
She actually said “U.S. Americans”, which is even more stupid than “U.S. Citizens”!

anonymous twit on September 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

We don’t know what pain is until Obama/Biden get elected. I wouldn’t vote Democrat even if McCain, Palin and her hubby were filmed on national tv working a glory hole at a freeway rest area.
To steal another movie line: “This is one big shit sandwich and we’re all going to have to take a bite”.

Ron Taylor on September 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

So the gist of it is, that ….everyone hates Palin because she hasn’t given robotic, wonky answers to stupid questions ?
So, the standard is how well you can commune with Katie Couric …… that’s what determines leadership ?
From the garbled words of GWB, to the poor grammar of Truman, and they said Reagan was a no-nothing Dunce.
Sarah Palin is popular. Sadly, the campaign hasn’t been putting her out there on a consistent basis, and letting her work through mistakes that every politician must make.
Still, leadership and charisma is something far more than how you answer stupid questions from Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric.

Maxine Weiss on September 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I for one have had it up to here with “intellectuals” and “professionals”. I count it as a double plus that Palin has not been cavorting with the international and economic policy wonks for the last ten years, and has actually concentrated during her time in politics at doing a good job at what she was elected to do, which is run the state of Alaska. Her ratings up there show she’s done that, and the fact that she probably has more enemies among her own corrupt party than the democrats is definitely in her favor.
Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama were all running for president from the time they joined the debate team in high school. Clinton’s Arkansas and Obama’s Chicago were both much worse off after their tenures there because they also didn’t really give a rat’s ass for their responsibility as governor and state senator. They learned how to be experts at self-promotion at the expense of learning how to govern. Since they knew what their real goals were, i.e., the next higher office up, they instead honed their talents towards the next campaign, not towards how to do their jobs properly. But some book learning about international affairs and/or the economy is no substitute for actually making decisions in those areas. Do you really think that either of the Clintons or The One is or was prepared for elevation to the presidency, or were they just good at debating and being interviewed? They may have been able to talk prettier and knew who the Asst Fertilizer Procurement Officer of Whocaresastan was, but so freakin’ what?
I worked in management positions at a number of prominent corporations for decades, including Northwestern Mutual Life and 20th Century Fox. I knew many executives like Obama and Billary. They never learned a lick about what the job they were in was all about, because they spent 24/7 sucking up to get their next promotion.
Palin, by contrast, had no interest in national office that I know of, certainly not at this level this fast. She probably didn’t consider herself among the top choices until the last moment. Do you expect she’ll instantly have these nebulous “qualifications” that you on this site and the media have come to expect based on past perceptions of what oft-corrupted politicians need?
Is being a great debater or an outstanding interviewee the type of qualifications that you think are necessary to be a good leader? How about having arcane knowledge of international affairs or complex economic statistics at the tip of your tongue? Once in office, she can surround herself with all the experts she needs to learn from and seek advice from.
Her handlers should just let her answer questions based on her underlying conservative principles. That’s what Reagan did; his responses flowed from who he was, not from a prodigious grasp of arcania. He didn’t need that. How to correctly deal with new situations or make decisons is not that difficult when you are basing them on solid values, and you have good input. Which is why Bush stumbles so much when speaking – he has no moral or ethical compass to draw upon.
I for one want people in office who could give a shit less what the media thinks, or what the democrats think, or what the lobbyists want, and hasn’t yet been bought or sold. I would like a real leader for a change. Palin may or may not be ready until 2012 or even later, but at least she has all the qualities I think are necessary to be a good leader.
Given the non-stop absolutely brutal, despicable and vile treatment she’s gotten by the entire media, academic and cultural left from day one, it’s to her everlasting credit she hasn’t had to be committed under heavy sedation yet. I challenge any one of the critics of Palin here, including you Debbie, or even any of the cretins on the left to say they could have dealt with this with the grace, courage and honor that she has consistently displayed.
I hate to sound anti-Semitic here (I am an atheist), but after 25 years immersed in the Jewish culture and business atmosphere in Beverly Hills, I think I have some clue. In my opinion, your disappointment in Palin is more based on an intellectual and cultural elitism that is endemic in the Jewish population. I heard all this worship of Harvard and PhD’s and image and having the proper connections when I lived in Southern Cal.
Fine kettle of fish that effete snobbish crap has gotten us into so far, eh?
[G: CONGRATS, YOU ARE NOW THE NEW PRESIDENT OF ANTI-SEMITES FOR IGNORMASUSES (PALIN) FOR VEEP. AND YOU ARE ALSO BANNED--YOUR FURTHER COMMENTS WERE MADE BEFORE THIS COMMENT. YOUR VILE HATRED--AND FRANKLY, JEALOUSY--OF JEWS HAS NO PLACE ON MY SITE. TRY PAT BUCHANAN. BUH-BYE. OH, AND BY THE WAY, SARAH PALIN COULDN'T EVEN TELL KATIE COURIC A SINGLE SUPREME COURT DECISION OTHER THAN ROE V. WADE WITH WHICH SHE DISAGREED. THE WOMAN IS FRICKING STUPID. DS]

geokstr on September 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I think Debbie is being much too harsh. Sarah Palin is the only reason I’m voting for McCain. She certainly is smarter than Biden, he with the hair plugs, bad plastic surgery and chiclet teeth.

lexi on September 29, 2008 at 9:48 pm

gokstr
“I think I have some clue. In my opinion, your disappointment in Palin is more based on an intellectual and cultural elitism that is endemic in the Jewish population. I heard all this worship of Harvard and PhD’s and image and having the proper connections when I lived in Southern Cal.”
I think you are on to something. I too am Jewish and have found that so many American Jews are so monumentally insecure and fearful that they latch onto snobbery as a self defense. The last 3 Presidents were all Ivy League – G.H.W. Bush sucked, Bill Clinton cavorted with interns, and the less said about W. the better. The late Bill Buckley once said that he would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the Boston phone book then by the faculty at Harvard.

Ripper on September 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Without doubt intellectional and cultural elitism exists in significant sections of the Jewish population, although not in all sections, by any means. However, this is different from saying that it is endemic in the Jewish population. A clearer distinction of these two concepts would weaken any charges of anti-Semitism.

c f on September 30, 2008 at 12:14 am

Ripper:
Buckley, when he ran for mayor of New York, was asked what was the first thing he would do if elected. He didn’t hesitate but said “I’d ask for a recount.”
The abominable treatment of Palin by an huge cohort of rabid, raving lunatic leftists makes me wonder why any decent, normal person would ever run for high office. You’d pretty much need to be a pathological liar, a certified sociopath with narcissistic tendencies, have no conscience whatsoever, lack a sense of shame or a shred of honor, and, if necessary, even be willing to throw your own grandmother under the bus.
Oh, wait…

geokstr on September 30, 2008 at 12:28 am

C F:
I’d be happy to nuance my judgment of the Jewish population had I experienced the non-elitist segment you speak of in two and half decades in Beverly Hills.
Sadly, I did not. Is that a geographical distinction?

geokstr on September 30, 2008 at 12:33 am

geokstar
“The abominable treatment of Palin by an huge cohort of rabid, raving lunatic leftists makes me wonder why any decent, normal person would ever run for high office. You’d pretty much need to be a pathological liar, a certified sociopath with narcissistic tendencies, have no conscience whatsoever, lack a sense of shame or a shred of honor, and, if necessary, even be willing to throw your own grandmother under the bus.”
You are a wise man/woman indeed. If you are a decent person and a Republican who wants to run for office – watch out! Consider how the media made Dan Quayle (who had far more experience tehn Barry Obama) into a laughing stock over ‘potatoe’ yet Barry hasd an uncle who helped liberate Auschwitz and Barry himself is campaigning in all “57″ states. Our so called “intellectuals” are really “pseudo intellectuals”. I am sick of the Palin bashing from our side. I think our side prefers the purity of losing.

Ripper on September 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Hi Ripper:
You and I are in agreement on almost everything.
The left has abandoned all semblance of honor, integrity and decency in a blind quest to win at all cost. All I can say is, how do you sucessfully compete with people like that without becoming just like them? It’s an age-old question.
But that old canard of Obama claiming there were 57 states is nothing but a myth. What he actually said before this was ripped totally out of context by the McBusHitlerites was that he had campaigned in 57 states, with just one more to go, not including Hawaii and Alaska.
Do the math – the Big O thinks there are 60 states. :-)

geokstr on September 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

This blog really seems to draw the anti-Semites like maggots. Whether it is the letter you posted yesterday, or whether it is pseudo-rationalistic trash like Geokstar’s garbage, it is the same anti-semitism. I’d prefer not to see it on this blog.

c f on September 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm

geokstr
IF Obama wins, which looks increasingly likely, our side will engage in Obama bashing just as virulently as the Bush bashing we had to endure for 8 years. Part of this will be for retaliation for all we had to go through, and part will be that Obama will be so incompetent and out of his depth he will do real damage to the nation and the world. However Obama will have unlike Bush, the media, Hollywood, and academia behind him. If McCain had the killer instinct he would remind the nation every day of Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis, and all the loons at Daily Kos who are pulling for Obama but no, Maverick prefers to run a gentlemanly campaign – the problem is that he is not running against a gentleman. Alas most of my fellow American Jews would vote for a head of lettuce before they would pull the lever for a Republican.

Ripper on September 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Ripper:
I hope we still have the capability to investigate Obama after the election. As conservatives, we have only had the ability to learn the alternate side to the media’s slant and communicate effectively with each other since the genesis of talk radio and the internet. Our ability to halt amnesty for illegal aliens, stop this socialist bailout in its tracks and have a powerful effect on other events is that now we can mobilize resistance. Prior to that we had to accept what the media fed us and felt powerless and impotent. No longer. Now congress hears us loud and clear.
However, Obama and Pelosi and Reid have made no secret of their plans to re-enact the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” which will shut down talk radio. They are already moving to regulate opinion on the internet through threats of lawsuits, the perfection of astroturfing of rumors and falsehoods, suppression of critical video ads by leftwing friendly IP providers and sites like google, yahoo and YouTube, deletion or closing down of unfriendly sites, revision of sites like Wikipedia, formation of internet goon squads that inundate sites critical of Obama, and other methods. If we lose those two means of communication, we are toast.
Clinton even misused the power of the IRS to audit every conservative magazine and bimbo that erupted. This ominously has already been threatened by leftwing groups. If they get that, they can also put pressure on our few traditional news sources like National Review, the American Spectator and eventually Fox.

geokstr on September 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm

cf:
So I’m an anti-Semitic maggot because I have some criticisms of Jews, am I?
I spent 15 years living on the estate of a leading figure in the Beverly Hills Jewish community, his son-in-law was my business partner for 5 years, and I was invited to celebrate many of the religious holidays with them. I was the sole Gentile at a number of seminars of prominent Jews and Arabs in the early 1990′s where they discussed how to improve relations between the two groups. I am a ardent supporter of Israel, and whatever they need to do to survive. And yes, I even believe that the Holocaust happened.
I did not realize that this was a site for Jews only, and sycophants willing to toe their line uncritically. Geez, what was I thinking when I only agreed with 98& of what Debbie writes, that a goy like me could be accepted here?
Please tell me why Jews are as dependable a bloc for the democrats as blacks, when the left now owns the democratic party, and they are all in the thrall of the diversity and tolerance that allows virulent REAL anti-Semitism to be spewed on our university campuses, and in every Mosque in the world. Is their visceral hatred of McBusHitler so strong they consider Islamists the enemy of their greater enemy, and therefore their friend? Jews regulary even trash fundamentalist and other Christian groups (read Palin here), who are in fact Israel’s greatest supporters in this country. If not something inherent to the Jewish faith or culture, then pray tell, why?
If you choose not to notice one of the elephants in your own room, don’t smear me if it steps on, or poops on, you.
If Debbie tells me not to show up here again, I will accept her decision. Until then, screw you.

geokstr on September 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Deb! . . . Wipe that bit of foam off the side of your luscious lips and give the girl a break. . . G

gregoryp on September 30, 2008 at 11:20 pm

My ex got A’s and B’s in school. She tutored her dad through an engineering degree as well. She got side tracked with the blow and works at Lowes.
My childhood friend Jeff went to special ed for some classes and still can’t put together a decent letter to save his life. He is an electrician by trade and owned a home 8 years before I did.
Moral of this story is that just because somebody gets a degree doesn’t mean they are driven to success or a somewhat moral life. Just remember the islamic jihadist doctors from the U.K. and all the islamists that go to the U of M, especially in Dearbornistan.

samurai on October 1, 2008 at 12:59 am

I still believe a true right wing christian would have their husband run and not themselves and this role reversal is not biblical in any way. Her church supports female clergy. Would she like Orthodox Judaism in Israel where all the Rabbi’s are men or she would only support Jewish organizations that support feminism. She has said she is a feminist and is a member of feminst for life. (although the Rabbi’s treat other men like crap but that is another story).
McCain pulled a good one. He though he needed a pro life VP so he picked a feminst otherwise liberal pro life VP.

adam6275 on October 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Yes, many Jews (/those of Jewish descent) currently support the Dem party & harmful liberal philosophies – in spite of abundant evidence that there is a threat to all Americans, including & especially to them (& to Israel). This is a sad state of affairs (with possible causes too complex to go into here). It is difficult for conservative Jews to explain this to others, when asked – which I am frequently! Let’s hope we win this election & then hope for a serious “realty check” about this.

crazycatkids on October 2, 2008 at 7:54 am

I don’t really care about Palin’s inexperience. When you compare hers to Obamas, her inexperience gets my vote every time. Obama’s inexperience is dangerous because of the people he’ll look to for advice: Rev. Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers, Rezko, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, etc. Palin will look to people with America’s best interests in mind. As for military experience, she’ll let the Genreals on the gorund call the shots. Obama has, and will continue ignore the advice of the Generals.
This is really a no-brainer for a pick of a no-brainer.
But let’s not forget one important thing: McCain will be the President, not Palin. Palin will be a more competent VP than Global Warming alramist Algore.

you are right on October 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

With either winning it is up to US, the people to Just say NO. No to paying any higher taxes, no to allowing the Government to Nationalize any business, no, to turning the people in this nation who actually create jobs IE the Ceo’s and business owners into slaves for the state.
We need to refuse to pay, If necessary we need to shut the doors of our business’s and factories until the government and these idiots realize that it is the business owner and tax payer who are in charge not the “Community activists” and wannabe future Fascist Dictator like Obama, Gore, and Clinton.

mfee01 on October 2, 2008 at 9:15 am

Debbie – You are such an elitist at times. I can’t believe your Palin bashing. Thanks for nothing.
geokstr – Good for you. Your comments are right on the mark.
[W: YOU ALSO DEFENDED SEAN VANNITY FOR HOSTING ANTI-SEMITE PAT BUCHANAN AND PRAISING HIS PRO-HITLER BOOK. THERE IS A TREND I'VE NOTICED. THE PALIN DEFENDERS WHO RESORT TO INSULTING ME AND USING THE TERM "ELITIST" ARE ANTI-SEMITES. AT LEAST, GEOKSTR ADMITS IT. YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO BEING BANNED.
GET A CLUE. ELITISM IS SNOBBERY OR AN ASSERTION OF SUPERIORITY, USUALLY BASED ON CLASS. BEING AGAINST COMPLETE IGNORAMUSES AND DUMMIES RUNNING THE COUNTRY IS NOT ELITISM. IT'S HAVING COMMON SENSE.
WHAT I CAN'T BELIEVE IS SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVES WHO NORMALLY ARE AGAINST IDIOCY AND DUMBING DOWN, GUSHIN OVER A GIANT IGNORAMUS-ETTE, JUST BECAUSE SHE'S LEARNED--SORT OF AND IN A VERY STUMBLING WAY--TO REPEAT THEIR VIEWS, LIKE A (VERY POORLY) TRAINED MONKEY. PROOF THAT CONSERVATIVES ARE DUMBED DOWN, TOO. AND NOT AFRAID TO DISPLAY ANTI-SEMITISM. DS]

Woodstock on October 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

Per your definition, and from your writing, I stand by my calling you an elitist. I definitely am not one. I am also definitely not an anti-semite at all!! You have that wrong. I am an American who is very afraid of ANY liberal administration. I feel as a Conservative Republican, we need to win this election at all costs. I am sure I am not as book/school smart as you, however, I do have common sense. I know you will laught at that, but that’s okay! You are also very quick to ban people because they disagree with you. You’ve always seemed tougher than that. Oh well – so be it! Have a nice day.
[W: THERE ARE PLENTY OF COMMENTERS WHO DISAGREE WITH ME. THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE BANNED ARE THOSE THAT PERSONALLY INSULT ME OR DISPLAY ANTI-SEMITISM. THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE POLICY. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, GO COMPLAIN TO THE FUHRER OR HERR PAT. THIS ISN'T A DEMOCRACY. IT'S A BENEVOLENT DICTATORSHIP. CONSERVATIVES HAVE NEVER BEEN FOR ANOINTING DUMMIES . . . UNTIL NOW. DS]

Woodstock on October 2, 2008 at 11:18 am

Can we agree to disagree? I have always read your columns, and have referred them to many others. I learned about Bridget Gabriel from you and I thank you for that. I wouldn’t do that if I hated you and your opinions. I generally agree with you. I only at times have disagreed, and I get bashed for that? I know – it is your column and your rules, but come on . . .

Woodstock on October 2, 2008 at 11:45 am

Debbie,
I usually agree with you but on Palin, you are acting like a jealous teenager! Agreed, Palin didn’t do well at all in her interviews but your sarcastic, acidic comments don’t help anyone but Obama. Given a choice between Joe Biden or Sarah Palin – give me Palin any day!
What Palin should have said to Couric is, no Katie I don’t know one thing about foreign affairs and neither did Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, or George Bush but I can certainly learn as quickly as they did, plus I’m not running for President right now anyway. Would you give me two weeks on the job???
Enough Debbie. With conservatives like you spouting off, Obama will surely be our next president and with him comes Socialism and the “brillant” Joe Biden. Please, give me a break Debbie.

c crow on October 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Thank you c crow – exactly what I am thinking also. We don’t need the bashing from “our side”!

Woodstock on October 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Debbie, you wrote:
“WHAT I CAN’T BELIEVE IS SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVES WHO NORMALLY ARE AGAINST IDIOCY AND DUMBING DOWN, GUSHIN OVER A GIANT IGNORAMUS-ETTE, JUST BECAUSE SHE’S LEARNED–SORT OF AND IN A VERY STUMBLING WAY–TO REPEAT THEIR VIEWS, LIKE A (VERY POORLY) TRAINED MONKEY. PROOF THAT CONSERVATIVES ARE DUMBED DOWN, TOO. AND NOT AFRAID TO DISPLAY ANTI-SEMITISM”
I could be wrong, but I don’t think that is what is happening. I believe that McCain wanted to choose Lieberman as his VP, and the right wing rejected him because of his stance on abortion. Instead they got Palin who is pro-life and anti-Establishment on her own and that is why they are gushing. I think they do realize her intellectual capabilities, and have come to the conclusion that it does not matter. After all, wasn’t Jimmy Carter a “genius”? How could Palin be any worse if she tried?

I_am_me on October 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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