Sarah Palin

The Mccain Bounce Or The Palin Bounce?
September 08, 2008

In sizing up yesterday's tracking polls, which show McCain getting a nice bump out of his convention, Nate writes that "we should probably expect this bounce to get bigger before it gets smaller." That's probably right. After all, tracking polls like Gallup typically combine three nights of polling--yesterday's number reflected Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

No "cat Fights"
September 07, 2008

I have been asked repeatedly over the last several days to respond to the idea that Hillary Clinton will soon be dispatched by the Obama campaign to "take Palin on." The questions are fair, but what undergirds them is an obsession in our popular culture with the "cat fight," an offensive term that describes the spectacle of two well known women fighting with one another.On the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth discuss punching and scratching one another.  Over the weekend it was Oprah Winfrey vs Sarah Palin.  Some are so eager for a fight that one well

A Star Had Already Been Born
September 05, 2008

The right-wing love affair with Sarah Palin, explained.

Today's Polls: Mcmentum-palindemonium
September 05, 2008

You can all stop hyperventilating now.After yesterday's polls showed little sign of Republican momentum, today's polls -- which incorporate reaction to Sarah Palin's speech for the first time -- now show some bounce toward John McCain.

Palin, Biden Less Popular Than Cheney
September 05, 2008

How popular is Sarah Palin? So popular that she's almost as well regarded as the original baller, Dick Cheney, at the time he was rolled out as the Republican VP nominee in 2000.There are three fresh favorability polls on Sarah Palin that were conducted in whole or on part since her speech to the Republican Convention on Wednesday. These are from Rasmussen, ABC News and Diageo/Hotline, respectively.

The Gop Wages A Two Front War
September 05, 2008

Alan Brinkley--who is the provost and a professor of history at Columbia University, as well as a National Book Award-winning author--will be writing for us throughout the Republican convention.     There was a back-to-the-future quality to this year's Republican convention, at no time more so than on the last night.

Post-convention Six Pack: Palin, Petroleum, And P.o.w.
September 05, 2008

1. No, You First. Did the Republicans benefit from having the last convention? It's not like their convention was responsive, substance-wise, to much of what the Democrats had to say. But, had the Democrats gone last, they would probably have had an easier time undercutting what the Republicans had to say, highlighting the lack of real policy meat (especially on the economy) and the lack of real differentiation from Bush.

Please God, Do Bless America And Rescue Us From These Swilly People!
September 04, 2008

The Republicans have always done well in the culture wars, and the Democrats have quite often been directly responsible for the dim and dreary consequences. But this is not at all the case during the current election season, and it has not been the case for years. The Democratic opposition has actually been quite modest in its economic proposals (much too modest, I believe) and it has retreated a bit from its isolationist and soft power fantasies (but not retreated enough).

On Sarah Palin: Colorful Life, Not-so-colorful Clothes
September 04, 2008

From the Department of Visual Studies: If your life is colorful, your clothing need not be. This was the message conveyed by Sarah Palin and her family last night. By now, the salient, fascinating biographical details are familiar: working mother; five kids; pregnant 17-year-old; baby with Down Syndrome; revenge allegedly taken, mafia-style, on a deadbeat ex-brother in law.

Sarah Who?
September 04, 2008

I've been as fascinated by the up-and-down (down-and-up?) Sarah Palin rollout as anyone. But Palin fan Ross Douthat has advice for the Democrats that is actually rather good: Stop referring to her as a just a small-town mayor and a neophyte governor who's unqualified to be President; in fact, stop referring to her at all. Attack John McCain, John McCain, and John McCain. Attack him all day, all night, and on weekends too. Behave as though Sarah Palin does not exist.