Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gotta Love Sarah Palin

Palin Contradicts McCain On Pakistan, Seems To Back Obama’s Position - From The Road

She's doing so much to help the Obama campaign.
(PHILADELPHIA) Sarah Palin told a customer at a Philadelphia restaurant on Saturday that the United States should “absolutely” launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan in the event that it becomes necessary to “stop the terrorists from coming any further in,” a comment similar to the one John McCain condemned Barack Obama for making during last night’s presidential debate.

During Friday’s debate, Obama criticized the Bush administration for sending billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan without ridding the border region of terrorists.

“If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out,” Obama added.

McCain fired back hard, arguing that newly elected Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has had his “hands full” and suggesting that Obama’s tough talk was na├»ve.

“You don’t say that out loud,” McCain said. “If you have to do things, you have to do things, and you work with the Pakistani government.”

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin's Christianity

Palin the Christian - The Brody File: David Brody Blog - CBN News
Here's the interesting part. Sarah Palin is showing that just because you're a born-again Christian doesn't mean you can't talk intelligbly about other issues. In a way, Sarah palin's high profile is putting Evangelicals in the spotlight. Palin believes in teaching creationism and believes that the Bible is the innerant (sic) Word of God. Does that make you crazy or not fit to be vice-president? I would suggest that millions of Americans out there think that world view is extremely lacking in Washington
David Brody, an otherwise rational journalist, falls over himself to defend Sarah Palin from the secular criticism she's bound to receive once her fundamentalist beliefs get significant airplay.

Brody commits the classic Christian sin, however, in misrepresenting the basis for such criticism. It's not anti-religion so much as anti-superstition. "Palin believes in teaching creationism and believes that the Bible is the innerant (sic) Word of God." This makes her superstitious, much in the same way Mitt Romney's magic underwear makes me doubt his grip on the reality lever. "Teaching creationism" is merely another dishonest attempt to foist a private religious view onto a public school system that already has enough problems producing educated graduates, whereas the "Bible is the inerant (sic) word of God" is just insincere manipulation aimed at securing continuing influence and revenue. I'll take that claim seriously when one of our modern day godmen stones a disobedient child to death.

I agree Palin's religion should not be an issue, however, it has been the Republican campaign and enablers such as Brody himself who fuel this particular fire. Whining a priori about the reaction of the secular majority to Palin's off-center religious views only serves to solidify support from the same reality-impaired core group that the Republicans have so successfully exploited over the past 15 years.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Palin Continues to Not Answer Questions

Political Punch
September 07, 2008 9:41 AM

Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself to any tough questions from reporters "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."

Davis assailed the way the media had discussed Palin and her family in the last week and said the campaign would wait until a less hostile media environment.

So when will she subject herself to questions?

"When we think it's time and when she feels comfortable doing it," Davis said, praising a Fox News Channel profile of Palin that ran last night.
This strategy seems riskier as each day passes. Without Palin available to the press the McCain campaign is forfeiting a valuable means of controlling the election narrative. Only a visible, accessible VP candidate can guide the press coverage.

The longer she stays underground, the more afield the press reports will become. Is this a gamble McCain should accept?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Heartbeat Away

Having played the inexperience card against Obama for months now, the McCain camp now shields its new attack chick in a Cheney-like undisclosed location for intense briefings on her campaign partner.

The rampant hypocrisy aside, will this two week tutoring actually prepare this journeyman pol to assume the office should a certain 72 year old heart stop ticking?

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