Sarah Palin

How Obama's Pulling His Punches
September 10, 2008

I just got the following statement from the Obama campaign “John McCain’s idea of changing is Washington is a vice-presidential candidate who, as Governor, requested more pork per person than any other state in the country. As Mayor, she hired a Washington lobbyist to get nearly $27 million in pork for her town.  The truth is, Sarah Palin is one of the most successful collectors of pork barrel funding in history, and she’ll fit right in with John McCain’s Washington herd,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.   The Obama campaign has clearly decided to go after Palin, which is good.

The Orwell Award
September 10, 2008

Just as the McCain campaign's vaunted "Truth Squad call was full of half-truths and statements that weren't true at all," its new "Fact Check" ad is made up of glaring factual errors. The attacks on Palin that FactCheck.org deemed "completely false" and "misleading" didn't come from Obama, as the McCain ad implies, but from "dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages." And that Wall Street Journal report about Obama "airdropp[ing] a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into" Alaska to dig up dirt on Palin that the ad cites?

Mccain Neuters His Press
September 10, 2008

In his dystopian novel The Time Machine, H.G. Wells describes how the Morlocks, who had originally evolved as a species meant to provide for the more elite Eloi, have come to subjugate the Eloi: The spoon-fed Eloi live up on Earth, separated from the subterranean Morlocks. Since no real tasks are available to them, they spend all day lounging around, feeble, listless, and ambitionless.

Your Views On North Korea, Ms. Palin?
September 10, 2008

The news that North Korean despot Kim John Il may be dying or dead is more than a little unsettling. The lines of succession in that desperate country, which has perhaps a dozen nuclear weapons, are unclear. US intelligence about the hermit kingdom is pitifully thin. In other words, this is white-knuckle stuff. And if I'm the Obama campaign, I'm pushing the media to envision how a President Palin might handle it.

On Palin's Critique Of The "sexist" Media
September 09, 2008

Republican campaigns have been bashing the press for much of the last half century, and so it was of no particular surprise that the McCain campaign turned on the media last week in Minnesota. The surprise came in the nature of the criticism--the press, Republicans argued, was sexist, demeaning and diminishing Governor Sarah Palin because she was a woman. This was a new one from Republicans. The GOP counterattack occurred at a critical moment. Just days after her selection, reporters in Minnesota traded in rumors that Gov. Palin might be dumped from the ticket.

Sarah Palin, Fascinating Person
September 09, 2008

At the risk of prejudging it before it's even happened, Sarah Palin's first interview--with ABC's Charlie Gibson--looks as if it will be more Barbara Walters's 10 Most Fascinating People than This Week with George Stephanopoulos. From Politico: Alaska Gov.

The Mommy Quotient
September 09, 2008

The ABC News finding that Sarah Palin dramatically upped John McCain's support among white women is one I'm not entirely convinced by, mostly because other polling by the same agency shows Sarah Palin performing worse among women than she does among men. One needs to remember that the margins of error are much higher for subsamples of the data than for the poll as a whole. That's why I generally don't spend a lot of time focusing on the demographics in individual polls.

Real Americans Have Big Families
September 08, 2008

This weekend, as a friend sat paging through the National Enquirer story about Sarah Palin, she noted that, these days, a stable nuclear family consisting of two parents with only one or two kids--once considered the traditional ideal--is now often regarded as elitist or blue-stateish.

Why Palin Scares Me
September 08, 2008

Before I get to that, let me explain what I'm not scared of, which is that Palin has somehow altered the demographics of the race. I have a hard time believing that female Hillary supporters, or Rust Belt men, are suddenly racing to support McCain because of Palin. For one thing, vice presidential nominees almost never attract demographic groups that the nominee can't attract on his own. People vote for the top of the ticket, not the bottom. More importantly, if that historical pattern somehow broke down this year, it would probably hurt the GOP ticket more than it would help.

Watch Out, Russia: Sarah Palin Is Coming!
September 08, 2008

Charles Homans is an editor at The Washington Monthly, and previously worked as the only reporter based in the Aleutian Islands. Two summers ago, I spent a week and a half on a Coast Guard ship that was patrolling the waters off Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The man who slept in the next bunk over from mine was the ship's Russian linguist, a Marine lance corporal; while other Marines he knew had been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, he was deployed to the Bering Sea. Every once in a while, a Russian fishing boat would appear on the boat's radar, and the Coasties would have to board and inspect it.

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