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Palin Derangement Syndrome

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It seems Sarah Palin was in town this week. I missed it – she spoke at the Old North Church in Boston and I was only informed after the event. So it goes. But it seems those on the Left have made a very big deal out of it. I’ve even seen people on facebook threatening to unfriend people in the wake of the event.

Let’s stipulate at the outset that I am not a supporter of Sarah Palin for president, and I very much hope she doesn’t run. I believe she is a flawed candidate as I posted here. I further will not under any circumstances vote for her in a primary (and her endorsement will carry no weight with me). Should she run however, and should it come down to voting for her or Obama, I will vote for Palin. Reluctantly.

At the same time, I have observed liberal friends treat her Old North Church impromptu remarks as some sort of disqualifier. Astounding. I listened to them (you can find them easily – I won’t link). She butchered the history here – but not the concepts. I am amused by the liberal reaction – Palin bungled her words and this disqualifies her from the presidency. Uh huh.

So Obama wasn’t disqualified by thinking there were 57 states. From thinking Austrian is a language. From thinking ‘corpsman’ is pronounced ‘corpse-man.’

I’m no Palin fan, but if the libs want to put up their guy versus her in who is more ignorant, I say BRING IT ON!

Sarah Palin does serve a worthy cause however. The inestimable Dr. Charles Krauthammer coined the phrase Bush Derangement Syndrome and it seems Sarah Palin has inherited that mantle. If she serves as a lighting rod for liberal insanity, then she serves the nation far better than she ever could as president.

At least it seems to pay well.

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Sarah Palin Resigns

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I had heard the rumors than Sarah Palin might not run for reelection as Governor of Alaska. I had even heard some rumors that she might resign. I discounted them all.

Well, it turned out to be the case. And now there are many speculating on what has motivated her. Let me, at the outset, dismiss the classless crowing of the democrats. It’s truly shocking how willing they are to kick someone when they’re down. They were afraid of her, and they’ve succeeded in removing her from the national stage.

I’m disappointed. Sarah Palin was a voice for reason in a culture of politics which is insane. She understood average Americans in a way which Obama – the One – will never. Her exit from the political stage diminishes us all.

We have a problem in our Republic. The right people are consistently driven from office or discouraged from running in the first place. The liberals have hounded Sarah Palin from the first, mostly because they feared her. They were afraid she would undermine their view of what America should be and for that reason they targeted her for destruction. Today, they succeeded.

I take Sarah Palin at her word, and accept that she was tired of the unrelenting liberal attack on her. An attack that saw at least fifteen ethics investigations – all of which found in her favor – which saw Letterman attacking her children, which saw her vilified in Vanity Fair. The latter mostly McCain operatives who having run the worst presidential campaign in memory wanting to blame Sarah Palin rather than themselves or their candidate McCain. The latter is the worst, since only McCain can be held responsible for the fact that he ran a pathetic campaign, and but for Palin would have been toast in July of ’08.

However, at the end of the day, Sarah Palin must face the music. No one can blame her for not wanting to subject her family to endless vituperation. No one can blame her for wanting to be free of baseless ethics investigations which have cost her serious money to defend. Money she likely doesn’t have because unlike most politicians on the national stage, she isn’t rich.

However, one cannot overlook the fact that she’s ducking the job. Quitting if one must say it. I don’t know if she has political plans in the future – some are saying it. But this conservative cannot support her in the future. Harry Truman said ‘if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.’ Well, Palin has gotten out of the kitchen. That means she can’t stand the heat, and can’t be president.

This conservative can no longer support her in any national political ambitions. I do that with sadness, as I considered her to be one of the bright lights of our political future. She is no longer so, driven from the scene by the relentless persecution of the liberal media. While I lament her lack of fortitude (guts which I do not personally possess), I also lament the damage to the Republic this day. No doubt liberals are rejoicing that Palin will not be a threat to Obama in 2012 and that’s what liberals do. Power is all they really care about. This can be seen in how they projected that Bush would illegally retain power in 2004 and 2008. It can be seen in how they respond to the democratic actions against the budding fascist Zelaya in the Honduras. Democrats don’t actually like democracy unless it produces the results they like. (Q.v. Gore’s attempt to steal the election on FL in 2000; Gregoire’s successful stealing the election in Washington in 2004; Franken’s successful stealing of the election in Minnesota in 2009.) Democrats have learned how to take power despite the will of the people. I hope to live to see the balance redressed short of revolution.

The threat of personal attacks, or endless wrangling about which votes are counted always benefits the democrats. It undermines public confidence in our elections. The democrats say they want every vote counted. Nonsense. When push comes to shove, they only want to count votes which put them in office. If it isn’t close enough to contest, and some republican shows some potential, then they seek to hound that person from office. Democrats at the end of the day are not fans of democracy.

Today, the liberals have succeeded from hounding Sarah Palin from office. I don’t buy the pundits’ line that she’s positioning herself for 2012 or 2016. She committed political suicide today and I think she knew it. I think she’s ok with it because her family came first. Indeed, Alaska came before her political ambitions, and it was clear the liberal attacks were making her ineffective as governor. That the DNC can’t be gracious in victory says a great deal about the democratic party. None of it good.

I’m sorry to lose Sarah Palin as a republican standard bearer. More importantly, I’m sorry to see that the politics of personal destruction have driven a fine public servant from office. Liberals, crowing today, should be ashamed of themselves. That they are not makes this a sad day for the Republic. I wish they understood that.

Update: Mark Steyn says it more succinctly.

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July 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

This Map Is a Lot Less Red than Last Time

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One of the more interesting bits of election analysis is to look at the results not at the state level, but the county level. It actually puts the lie to the notion that a ‘national’ poll means something. Behold:

2008_general_election_results_by_county

A few things stand out to me:

McCain carried just one county in New England.

Obama made serious inroads into the Bush counties from 2004, but interestingly, almost all in a largely contiguous fashion. Obama took Kerry’s counties and added adjacent ones.

Florida and Ohio can be carried by targeting a relative handful of counties.

The 2004 map is here.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

MartiniPundit Endorses John S. McCain for President

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It has been a long, strange trip. 

This election began, in some ways, even before George Bush took the oath of office for his second term. Unable to come to grips with a Kerry loss, many on the left went into permanent Bush Derangement Syndrome, and a number of would-be presidents started to capitalize on that almost immediately. Front and center was Barack Obama – barely into his first term as a US senator.

This is not the place – nor would it matter as this blog certainly lacks even the small readership it once had – to opine extensively on Emperor Barack’s lack of clothes, but I will say that P.T. Barnum is probably chuckling, wherever he is. If Obama wins, I’m sure there will be a little time to discuss it, at least until he figures out how to shut down conservative blogs.

Meanwhile, I have not been John McCain’s biggest fan over the years. I flat out said I would not support him in the primaries or the general election three-and-a-half years ago. I never envisioned his opponent would be Barack Obama. Indeed, I never really thought McCain could get the nomination.

But it’s now today, and while I was right about what I wrote then, I was wrong not to take into account the possibility of changing circumstances. 

This is an election for the soul of America. The left, aided and abetted by the MSM and useful idiots in and out of congress, have spent the last eight years convincing many people of an enormous lie. It has many facets: the war, the economy, the culture. The lie is that George Bush is the worst president in American history, and he has made everything worse. Nothing – nothing – else matters but the propagation of this lie. There is simply no more important objective to the left than this. Not the economy, not national security, not ethics, not truth, not anything. It may be that America has bought into this lie – we’ll see.

The left believes it has. They believe this is their moment, and that they will be able to implement long-thwarted goals they’ve had since the 1970s and 80s. Socialized medicine, greater unionization, muzzling conservatives on radio and elsewhere, packing the courts and enshrining moral relativism as the defining test of the judiciary, raising taxes so that they can better spend other people’s money, ensnaring enough people into the welfare state to assure the left’s political dominance, control of key industries, greater regulation of all the economy, gutting of the US military, withdrawal from international affairs, ceding control of US foreign policy to the UN and international elites, subjecting US sovereignty to international law (whatever that is), subordinating the US to the world court, etc., etc. These are their goals (to start), and Barack Obama is their messiah.

I want no part of it.

Today, the only person standing athwart this lefty apocalypse is John McCain. He has his flaws: he is somewhat soft on the notion of free speech (q.v. McCain-Feingold, currently hoisting one of its namesakes by his own petard), and has a shaky understanding of the economy. Still, on both these points, he’s far superior to Obama, who doesn’t actually believe in free speech for those who disagree with him, and who seems to think the economy is akin to sharing toys on a playground. So much for sophisticated nuance.

McCain is infinitely superior to Obama on foreign policy – a subject he knows well, on governing in wartime, and even in simple geography. To whit, McCain knows where places are and how they fit in with each other, Obama does not.

McCain owes no one anything. If he wins this, he’ll have done it without the help of the media, the GOP, or any third parties like ACORN, Moveon.org, the unions, or the like. He’ll be his own man; Obama will have a lot of people looking to feed at the trough.

John McCain is a man of honor. His public and private actions have demonstrated this conclusively for decades. His one scandal – the Keating Five – resulted in him being exonerated. Obama is a man who skulks in the shadows of creepy friends like Ayers and Dohrn the terrorists, Rezko, the thug, Wright and Pfleger the racists, and anti-Americans like his wife. Obama doesn’t seem to have a single associate who isn’t sleazy in some fashion. I was always taught you know a person by whom he associates with.

In short, John McCain is the only nominee qualified and worthy to be president in this race. It shouldn’t even be close. For me, it isn’t.

MartiniPundit proudly endorses John S. McCain for president in 2008.

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November 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Palin Won

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And by more than enough.

My initial impression of the debate was too many numbers. He said, she said, who knew, who cared? But over the ninety minutes, the impression grew that Biden was trying too hard to avoid being condescending to the little lady. As a result, he came across as milquetoast. 

Palin, on the other hand, was not a pit bull. Instead, she hit just the right not of aggressiveness while exuding homey charm with every answer. Her best moment came when she said that the Obama-Biden plan for Iraq was the “white flag of surrender.”

However, it remains to be seen how it will affect the race. To be sure, Palin shored up her credentials, put paid to the notion that she was somehow less ready that Obama or Biden (a laughable notion from the start), and established that a governor can actually know something about foreign policy.

Biden made no major gaffes, to his credit, but failed to ‘overawe’ the hockey mom with his accumulated acumen – such as it is. Let’s face it – Joe Biden is hardly an intellectual heavyweight. Palin proved she had a clue about pretty much everything. In the end, we’re left with the democrats arguing that we should believe they’re born-again tax-cutters, and that McCain and Palin will govern from the center. The first is believable only by the truly brainwashed, and the second is a leap of faith – but only for Palin. For this evening, Palin seized the Reagan mantle, and it’s clear will be a conservative in the Reagan tradition. It’s been twenty years, and not a moment too soon.

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October 3, 2008 at 1:08 am

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