HuffPo unhinged

I think it’s safe to say that HuffPo’s become just as unhinged as most of the rest of the leftosphere on the issue of the VP candidacy Gov. Sarah Palin. That said, this particular blogger (who is also a famous author, apparently) was complimentary of the Governor on one level:

I realized three things tonight. For one, if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in brain power. Two, she really is as ignorant as I feared. And, three, she really is kinda hot. Basically, I want to have sex with her on my Barack Obama sheets while my wife reads aloud from the Constitution. (My wife is cool with this if I promise to “first wipe off Palin’s tranny makeup.” I married well.)

The rest of his “opinion” on the Governor – and her supporters – doesn’t get any better. Basically it boils down to: She’d be a good lay, but a lousy veep. And judging by the comments section, which is up to 528 as a write this, it appears that most agree.

Gotta love those “educated” left wingers who, up until a couple of weeks ago, thought it was their duty drag conservatives – both male and female – kicking and screaming into the 21st century in terms of getting them to “understand” how a woman should be judged on her abilities and accomplishments … and not merely her looks and the very fact that she is a woman.

If hypocrisy was considered a disease, the left would easily lift its status to “epidemic.” And serious sufferers like Michael Seitzman would be immune to any attempts at a “cure.”

Obama’s position on equal pay for women: Just words?

Well … yep:

On average, Obama’s female staffers earn just 83 cents for every dollar his male staffers make. This figure certainly exceeds the 77-cent threshold that Obama’s campaign website condemns. However, 83 cents do not equal $1. In spite of this 17-cent gap between Obama’s rhetoric and reality, he chose to chide GOP presidential contender John McCain on this issue.

When Alaska governor Sarah Palin was named the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Obama told voters in Toledo, Ohio, on August 31 that “she’s opposed — like John McCain is — to equal pay for equal work. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”

Obama’s criticism notwithstanding, McCain’s payment patterns are the stuff of feminist dreams.

McCain’s 17 male staffers split $916,914, thus averaging $53,936. His 25 female employees divided $1,396,958 and averaged $55,878.

On average, according to these data, women in John McCain’s office make $1.04 for every dollar a man makes. In fact, ceteris paribus, a typical female staffer could earn 21 cents more per dollar paid to her male counterpart — while adding $10,726 to her annual income — by leaving Barack Obama’s office and going to work for John McCain.

Of course, this takes out of the argument the qualifications, background, and job performance of each individual … but then again, that’s not relevant to Obama, so these figures are based on his playbook in terms of how he views the “equal pay” argument, which is, in a nutshell, if a woman is doing the same job a man is doing she should get paid the same thing, regardless of the factors mentioned above.

This “Gotcha” moment brought to you by: NRO Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock.

Hat tip: ST reader Susan

Part 2 of the Charlie Gibson interview with Gov. Palin

It’s on now on 20/20 … I can tell by the early tone of it that it sounds like a hit piece full of Obama talking points. Excerpts are posted here. View a video clip here.

If you’re watching it, lemme kow what you think.

Update – 10:52 PM: The interview’s over, and now they are showing a panel that is essentially grading Gov. Palin on how she did?? You have got to be kidding.


Hey, Obama – here’s the main reason why McCain can’t send a damn email

Barack Obama, in an effort at getting more “aggressive” against John McCain, is running an ad accusing McCain of being so “yesterday” because, among other things, he doesn’t know much about computers and relies on aides to send his emails for him:

After a day of joint appearances and a respite from election ad wars in recognition of Sept. 11, Barack Obama and John McCain’s campaigns are back at it — firing ads at one another and preparing for the final 50-plus days until Nov. 4.

No sooner had McCain released yet another ad defending Sarah Palin than Obama fired off a new attack on McCain, paired with a commercial in which Obama speaks to the camera urging “real change.”

The one certain to grab most attention starts with a picture of a much younger McCain and says: “1982, John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years but McCain hasn’t.”

It proceeds to ridicule the Republican for his self-confessed inability to send e-mails and vague grasp of computers. And of course there is a picture of President Bush, looking a little goofy, standing next to McCain.

The two spots come as Obama campaign manager David Plouffe issued an e-mail in which he attacks McCain for having “shown that he is willing to go into the gutter to win this election.”

Here’s the ad:

Groovy, eh?

Well, let’s take a look at the main reason why John McCain can’t send emails (from a March 2000 Boston Globe article):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

Hat tip to Jonah Goldberg, who writes in response:

In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it’s like to navigate New York’s highways.

ObamaJust who is the genius who runs Obama’s campaign ad research department anyway? Does he even know? I have a possible answer: MSDNC’s Rachel Maddow, by chance? Furthermore, as TNR’s John B. Judis wonders, just who is Obama trying to influence with this ad? Does he believe that insulting the millions of Americans (including the senior citizen community) who also don’t know how to use a computer, much less send an email, is a way to win votes?

Via Memeorandum.

Update – 9:13 PM: Suitably Flip finds another article from 2000:

In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate’s savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. “She’s a whiz on the keyboard, and I’m so laborious,” McCain admits.

Smooth move, Obama.

Now, I just know that the MSM will be johnny on the spot interviewing senior after senior to find out how offended they are over Obama’s ad, just like they did to community organizers after Gov. Palin’s “insult” to them during her VP acceptance speech, right? Riiiiiight.

Related: Jimmie at the Sundries Shack unloads on Obama.

Friday open thread

If you’re in the Houston area, you are in my thoughts and prayers right now as Hurricane Ike prepares to make landfall. Please be safe (hopefully, you’re already in a safe area).

I see gas prices have gone way up today in light of the news about Ike. A gas station close by where I live went up about 25 cents in one day. I got it this morning on the way in at a gas station that had it for $3.68. I’m sure it’s way up at that station by now.

I’ll be back later to catch up on blogging. TGIF.

Update – 4:33 PM: Houston blogger Jason Smith is staying put and is liveblogging the hurricane. Stay safe, Jason.

USA Today: Gov. Palin is not a ‘religious wacko’ and works well with Democrats

The USA Today does the heavy lifting that the WaPo, NYT, and other big media news outlets refuse to do on Gov. Palin regarding her religious views and how she governs:

ANCHORAGE — Weeks after taking office as Alaska’s governor in December 2006, Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that sought to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of state workers. It was unconstitutional, she said.

This year, she rebuffed religious conservatives who wanted her to add two abortion restriction measures to a special legislative session on oil and gas policy, even though she supported the bills. Former aide Larry Persily said she didn’t want to risk offending Democrats, whose votes she needed on energy legislation.

Since Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Palin as his running mate, much attention has been focused on her deeply conservative social views — including her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest and her attendance at a church that promotes the “transformation” of homosexuals through prayer.

But in her 21 months as governor, Palin has taken few steps to advance culturally conservative causes. Instead, after she knocked off an incumbent amid an influence-peddling scandal linked to the oil industry, Palin pursued a populist agenda that toughened ethics rules and raised taxes on oil and gas companies.

And she did so while relying on Democratic votes in the Legislature.

“She has governed from the center,” says Rebecca Braun, author of Alaska Budget Report, a non-partisan political newsletter. “She has in some small ways supported her religious views — for example, proposing money to continue the office of faith-based and community initiatives — but she has actually been conspicuously absent on social issues. She came in with a big oil and gas agenda, which really required Democratic allies to get through.”

John Bitney, who was Palin’s issues adviser during the 2006 campaign and later worked as her legislative liaison before she fired him, says, “She’s a very devout Christian. That’s a part of her core. But we never put those issues forward in the campaign. She takes the positions she takes because that’s who she is, but when she came into office, that wasn’t her agenda.”

Anyone with an open mind who reads that article will discover quickly that she’s not the ‘religious wacko’ certain folks on the far left have made her out to be. As I wrote last night, what Palin said about “God’s plan” and Iraq didn’t even come close to matching the over six minute prayer that FDR said before the nation the night D-Day started. Not only that, but presidents like Truman and JFK – and Lincoln, as she correctly pointed out in her interview with Charlie Gibson last night – weren’t ashamed to pray in public for guidance and clarity during tough times. That didn’t make any of them ‘religious nuts,’ and nor did Gov. Palin’s remarks in her former church make her out to be one, either.

On the reaching across the aisle front, Ed Morrissey responds:

[…] Her efforts to reform government and to ensure that Alaskans got their share of their mineral wealth may not meet with conservative approval — I think it was a mistake — but she clearly had to curb the influence of the oil companies in government. The Ted Stevens-Veco scandal proved at least that much.

Michael Reagan compared Palin to his father, and one can see at least some parallels with Ronald Reagan’s stewardship of California and of the nation here. Reagan fought a larger war for conservatism but didn’t mind allying himself across the aisle when he could reduce governmental power. He also gave tremendous personal support to religious values, but tended to shy away from government policies to impose them.

Now that the surprise of the Palin announcement has faded and journalists have recovered from being proven so hopelessly wrong on the veepstakes, we’re starting to see more balanced analysis of Palin’s track record. Unlike her opponents in this race, Palin has worked hard to create a “post-partisan” government model in Alaska, based on truly shared interests in reform. She has projected her values without radicalizing government to prove them.

Palin isn’t the frightening spectre her critics have claimed … and that makes her even more dangerous to them.


The far left – heck, for that matter, even some like Josh Marshall on the ‘mainstream left’ – have become completely unhinged over Gov. Sarah Palin, and – in concert with mainstream media outfits like the WaPo, are flinging whatever mud they think they can find on her in an attempt to make something … anything stick, in order to stop her momentum. It’s a clear sign of desperation on their part. As the polls tighten up and the enthusiasm increases for the McCain-Palin ticket, the more of this we’ll see. Not just from far left bloggers, but from the Obama campaign itself.

Man your battle stations, ya’ll.

Related 1: The Washington Post continues to do their part for the left by dredging up Cindy McCain’s addiction to painkillers in a five page article that begins … on page A01.

Related 2: Via Prestopundit: Palin rips Gibson for lying about her statements on global warming.

WaPo watch: Still getting Gov. Palin’s positions wrong

In a page 1 story on Gov. Palin, the WaPo headline reads: “Palin Links Iraq to 9/11, A View Discarded by Bush.”

Unfortuntely for them, they got it wrong – again – as Bill Kristol points out here.  Not only that, but in an update to that post, John McCormack writes that the WaPo tried to “correct” their error … and that they still got it wrong.  Bob Owens and Tom Maguire are both all over the Post for misrepresenting Gov. Palin’s remarks, which she delivered yesterday at a deployment ceremony for Alaskan troops who are getting ready to head to Iraq.

This makes, what, the 3rd or 4th time they’ve bungled the facts about Gov. Palin’s record, positions, and/or statements?  Sheesh.  Dare I say they’re getting as bad as the NYT?