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Sarah Palin – Shock and Awe

Okay, this is way too much fun to not weigh in on!  Though the proof of the wisdom in the choice of Sarah Palin for a Vice Presidential candidate will or will not be borne out over time, you have to admit – the choice of Palin was a little bit brilliant on a couple of fronts . . .

Timing is Everything  So you have your 4-night Democratic National Convention, right?  The Dems are all fired up from their speeches about how out of touch the Republicans and their candidate are, Hillary gives up any hopes of an internal uprising and flawlessly gives Barak Obama her full endorsement in a memorable oration, and all culminates in an amazing spectacle on the last night with a colossal set in a stadium full of 75-80 thousand Americans settled in to hear an historic speech by the Country’s first black Presidential candidate.  Wow.  It really was something.  And as hard of a time as some give the Obama camp for the spectacle that it was, one does have to admit that it was fitting that so many should have the chance to witness the historical event for what it indeed was.  Too bad the Candidate’s speech was less memorable than was the setting.  (You can view Obama’s full speech HERE.)     Oh well . . .

Over 80,000 pack stadium for Obama’s acceptance speech

By Thursday night the fireworks had fired, the confetti had fallen, and the Dems and the Nation waited to see what the anticipated “bounce” in the polls would turn out to be and what the pundits would have to say about the convention’s overall effect.

Sarah Palin cartoon

Then came the announcement Friday morning of John McCain’s pick for his Vice Presidential running-mate:  Sarah Palin.  And you could almost hear the air starting to seep out of the Democratic Machine’s balloon on Friday.  Indeed, by Monday, the Machine’s behavior was more like a balloon that had been fully inflated and then let go abruptly and was wildly darting to and fro in space.  McCain’s timing was the hand that let go that balloon, and the actual choice of Sarah Palin is what caused its wild and erratic behavior.  And one could hardly remember the events of the week before – indeed even the events of the night before.

 And one more observation about Monday:  The McCain campaign decided to put the first day of the Republican convention on hold due to the forcasted impending doom of hurricane Gustav heading almost directly for New Orleans.  Monday was also the day that the announcement of Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy was made, the timing of which had the effect of diluting all three stories – the hurricane, (and the media’s incessant propensity of comparing it to Katrina and never failing to blame everything bad that happened then on the current Republican administration) the delay of the Republican’s convention and its possible fallout, and the pregnancy of Palin’s daughter.  There was simply not enough time for the mainstream media to do its usual saturation hit-job in all three areas simultaneously.  Brilliant.

Dilemma for the Dems  What to do with Sarah Palin?!  Her debut on the national stage was flawless . . . she’s likable, intelligent, witty, attractive.  And all the things the Dems hate:  Pro-Life, Pro-gun, fiscally conservative, and a Christian – to name just a few things, and worst of all, she’s not afraid of them. 

They’ve tried to impugn her for giving birth to a Down’s Syndrome child, having prior knowledge of the child’s condition, but the argument has fallen short because “Pro-Choice” has been exposed to be “Pro-Abortion” because Palin did make a choice . . . she chose to let her baby live. 


Palin and her family further infuriate the Left by sticking to their convictions in the case of daughter Bristol’s pregnancy, in that her baby will also be permitted to live.  Two choices for life with skin on . . . kind of makes abortion more real when you can see what’s birthed when an abortion is not chosen, eh?  Not all theory and conjecture and rhetoric anymore . . . we’re talking about living, breathing, squirming, soft and round babies, not just some unwanted chunk of cells needing to be “dealt with”.

And the whole issue of Palin being a woman!  How is a Dem to deal with that?!  How do you knock her down just because she’s not the right kind of woman?  Or, more accurately, not the Left kind of woman?  Just how do you pull that off without looking like a complete hypocrite to the public-at-large, who thinks you “progressive” on these kinds of issues?

 And what of the “experience” issue?  How, as a supporter of Barak Obama, do you point out Sarah Palin’s supposed lack of experience without exposing the gaping expanses of his inexperience in reality?!  Hee hee hee . . . yes indeed . . . this has been very fun to watch!

Sarah Palin cartoon

And Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention – wow.  (You can view Palin’s full speech HERE.)  Impressive in its content and delivery, even more so when you become aware of the fact that early on in the speech, the tele-prompter had not been paused during the lengthy periods of applause, and much of her speech was given from memory.  Her connection with the audience was impressive and her sense of timing in the delivery of the “zingers” in the speech were flawless.  She won the hearts of millions that night.  Including a handful or two of Dems, if I had to guess.

Time Will Tell  So is Sarah Palin a “shock and awe” choice for VP by McCain?  Time will tell.  We have nearly two months and three debates and a lot of campaigning to get through still.  As I heard Glenn Beck say the other day while commenting on Sarah Palin, “Oh please, please, please be who you say you are!” 

One thing’s for sure – a ho-hummer of an election for me where I was resigned to putting a clothespin on my nose and going to the polls and voting for McCain has surely gotten a LOT more interesting. 

It is said that a candidate can in part be judged by the campaign he/she runs . . . McCain has been doing a lot of things right for a good stretch of time now, even before the choice of Palin for VP.  Either he’s really smart or has gathered some really smart people around him.  Either way, he’s demonstrating administrative prowess which is serving him well.  And a lot of us out here are taking the clothespins off our noses and ordering our McCain/Palin yard signs and bumper stickers.

Sarah Palin cartoon



8 Responses

  1. Love the top pic! I’m stealing it. :) Great post, keep up the good work.

  2. Many of the pics aren’t showing… Are you saving them to your PC then uploading them to your blog? It’s more stable than hotlinking images directly to the source, if the source shifts then you’ll get a blank box.

    Though I don’t know why the images hotlinked to my blog are blank, I haven’t shifted them at all…

  3. kenamaddox – Thanks! It was fun to write =o).

    Scott Thong – Thanks for the tip . . . I have been putting them directly on the blog. I’ll look into it!

  4. Scott Thong – Thanks for the tip . . . ended up having to go to the original sources to keep a couple of the pics up. And for all to know . . . go to http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/sarah-palin-tribute-editorial-cartoons/
    for a HUGE collection of Sarah Palin cartoons! You rock, Scott =o)!

  5. Yeah, look how this has panned out.

  6. Ya win some, ya lose some. Now we pray lots.

  7. Did ‘they’ try to impugn her for having a down syndrome baby… seriously- did this happen?

  8. Hi ‘redbeast’ –

    The “pro-abortion” culture at large often impugns women for choosing life in the case of an “imperfect” or “unwanted” or “inconvenient” pregnancy.

    The abortion rate for Down’s Syndrome pregnancies in the US and UK is somewhere around 80-90%. Look it up. I can’t source the quote, but I remember one Liberal commentator referring to Sarah Palin’s baby Trig as “it”.

    Here’s an interesting article “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have” written by the mom of a Down’s Syndrome daughter. The subtitle of that article is “Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like “your duty” to abort a disabled child.”

    It’s an interesting article and gives one an idea of the impugnity that one potentially faces as they raise a Down’s Syndrome child.

    Some excerpts from that article: No, I’m pasting the whole thing. It has a lot of important things to say:

    The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have
    Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like “your duty” to abort a disabled child.

    By Patricia E. Bauer

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005; Page A25

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — If it’s unacceptable for William Bennett to link abortion even conversationally with a whole class of people (and, of course, it is), why then do we as a society view abortion as justified and unremarkable in the case of another class of people: children with disabilities?

    I have struggled with this question almost since our daughter Margaret was born, since she opened her big blue eyes and we got our first inkling that there was a full-fledged person behind them.

    Whenever I am out with Margaret, I’m conscious that she represents a group whose ranks are shrinking because of the wide availability of prenatal testing and abortion. I don’t know how many pregnancies are terminated because of prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, but some studies estimate 80 to 90 percent.

    Imagine. As Margaret bounces through life, especially out here in the land of the perfect body, I see the way people look at her: curious, surprised, sometimes wary, occasionally disapproving or alarmed. I know that most women of childbearing age that we may encounter have judged her and her cohort, and have found their lives to be not worth living.

    To them, Margaret falls into the category of avoidable human suffering. At best, a tragic mistake. At worst, a living embodiment of the pro-life movement. Less than human. A drain on society. That someone I love is regarded this way is unspeakably painful to me.

    This view is probably particularly pronounced here in blue-state California, but I keep finding it everywhere, from academia on down. At a dinner party not long ago, I was seated next to the director of an Ivy League ethics program. In answer to another guest’s question, he said he believes that prospective parents have a moral obligation to undergo prenatal testing and to terminate their pregnancy to avoid bringing forth a child with a disability, because it was immoral to subject a child to the kind of suffering he or she would have to endure. (When I started to pipe up about our family’s experience, he smiled politely and turned to the lady on his left.)

    Margaret does not view her life as unremitting human suffering (although she is angry that I haven’t bought her an iPod). She’s consumed with more important things, like the performance of the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs and the dance she’s going to this weekend. Oh sure, she wishes she could learn faster and had better math skills. So do I. But it doesn’t ruin our day, much less our lives. It’s the negative social attitudes that cause us to suffer.

    Many young women, upon meeting us, have asked whether I had “the test.” I interpret the question as a get-home-free card. If I say no, they figure, that means I’m a victim of circumstance, and therefore not implicitly repudiating the decision they may make to abort if they think there are disabilities involved. If yes, then it means I’m a right-wing antiabortion nut whose choices aren’t relevant to their lives.

    Either way, they win.

    In ancient Greece, babies with disabilities were left out in the elements to die. We in America rely on prenatal genetic testing to make our selections in private, but the effect on society is the same.

    Margaret’s old pediatrician tells me that years ago he used to have a steady stream of patients with Down syndrome. Not anymore. Where did they go, I wonder. On the west side of L.A., they aren’t being born anymore, he says.

    The irony is that we live in a time when medical advances are profoundly changing what it means to live with disabilities. Years ago, people with Down syndrome often were housed in institutions. Many were in poor health, had limited self-care and social skills, couldn’t read, and died young. It was thought that all their problems were unavoidable, caused by their genetic anomaly.

    Now it seems clear that these people were limited at least as much by institutionalization, low expectations, lack of education and poor health care as by their DNA. Today people with Down syndrome are living much longer and healthier lives than they did even 20 years ago. Buoyed by the educational reforms of the past quarter-century, they are increasingly finishing high school, living more independently and holding jobs.

    That’s the rational pitch; here’s the emotional one. Margaret is a person and a member of our family. She has my husband’s eyes, my hair and my mother-in-law’s sense of humor. We love and admire her because of who she is — feisty and zesty and full of life — not in spite of it. She enriches our lives. If we might not have chosen to welcome her into our family, given the choice, then that is a statement more about our ignorance than about her inherent worth.

    What I don’t understand is how we as a society can tacitly write off a whole group of people as having no value. I’d like to think that it’s time to put that particular piece of baggage on the table and talk about it, but I’m not optimistic. People want what they want: a perfect baby, a perfect life. To which I say: Good luck. Or maybe, dream on.

    And here’s one more piece of un-discussable baggage: This question is a small but nonetheless significant part of what’s driving the abortion discussion in this country. I have to think that there are many pro-choicers who, while paying obeisance to the rights of people with disabilities, want at the same time to preserve their right to ensure that no one with disabilities will be born into their own families. The abortion debate is not just about a woman’s right to choose whether to have a baby; it’s also about a woman’s right to choose which baby she wants to have.

    The writer is a former Post reporter and bureau chief. Her daughter, Margaret, is a student in the post-secondary program at the Riverview School in East Sandwich, Mass., from which Margaret received her high school diploma in 2004. She also takes classes at Cape Cod Community College.


    So whether or not Sarah Palin was directly impugned for having a Down’s Syndrome baby was not my point . . . The point was the pro-abortion mindset in relation to the pro-life mindset, which in this case boiled down to the Liberal attitude toward the conservative Palin in a real-life application of a pro-life choice. Get it?

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