Sarah Palin

What Sarah Palin Needs To Accomplish Tonight
September 03, 2008

Nothing Sarah Palin says tonight ought to have much bearing on the question of whether she's qualified to be vice president. But as a political matter she does have the ability at least change the mocking media dynamic around her selection, which is currently being shaped by bloggers and TV pundits. Above all, Palin must seem confident. Life is in many ways a confidence game. It's like the old rule of getting past an intimidating doorman--acting like you belong inside is half the battle.

The Bushification Of Sarah Palin
September 03, 2008

It seems like only days ago--and, indeed, it was--that the folks close to Sarah Palin were downplaying her Troopergate scandal back home as a minor conflict that would be amicably resolved. Palin had agreed to cooperate fully with a probe being conducted by the state legislature, and things were proceeding smoothly enough that it appeared subpoenas wouldn't even be issued. The whole issue was being framed less as a scandal than as a misunderstanding everyone wanted to get to the bottom of. Not any more.

Palin's Handling Of Other People's Pregnant Teens
September 03, 2008

Obviously, from the perspective of a progressive, there is much to dislike about Sarah Palin's politics. But this tidbit in today's WaPo strikes me as particularly offensive: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live. After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed.

Are The Attacks On Palin Sexist?
September 03, 2008

As criticism around the Sarah Palin pick grows, Republicans and their allies have launched a concerted counter-offensive designed to delegitimize attacks against her. What's fair? Carly Fiorina's attack on the Obama campaign for raising questions about Governor Palin's experience was off-base. The McCain campaign has been criticizing Senator Obama's experience for months; shouldn't the Obama campaign be able to raise similiar questions about Gov. Palin?  Experience was a major issue in this race long before Gov. Palin was selected.

A Wasted Day: Gustav 1 Mccain 0
September 02, 2008

Some were speculating that Gustav might give John McCain an opportunity to appear Presidential and in charge on the first day of his convention. Nonsense. Yesterday was a wasted day in Minneapolis. Instead of attacks on Barack Obama and praise of John McCain the American people heard weather reports and news of Sarah Palin's family. Conventions are four part acts, carefully scripted and plotted to tell a complex story. Yesterday the GOP had to throw out Act 1, and readjust acts 2-4.  The news today is filled with questions about McCain's judgement in picking Sarah Palin.

Why Experience Matters, Cont'd
September 02, 2008

Republicans are still making the argument that Sarah Palin has the necessary experience to serve as vice president she has spent less than two years as governor of Alaska--er, sorry, I mean Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard. After careful consideration, I've decided not to rebut this argument, lest I lend it even a shred of credibilty. Instead, I'd like to dwell on why experience matters in a vice presidential candidate, perhaps even more than it matters in a presidential candidate.

Exit Palin?
September 02, 2008

Our colleague Tom Edsall has an interesting piece surveying GOP attitudes towards Sarah Palin. My reading: This talk of Palin exiting the tickets is way overblown. But he does have one juicy anonymous quote: "Of course people talk about it [pulling Palin off the ticket] over a drink or at breakfast. Everyone agrees that it's not in the cards now, but it's crazy to tell you animals [reporters] that there is a total vacuum of thought."  --Franklin Foer  

The Elite/grassroots Divide On Palin
September 02, 2008

I was at that same pro-life event Mike mentioned earlier. I should thank Laura Ingraham, who spoke a little before Gary Bauer, for really distilling the case for Palin for me. It basically comes down to the intersection of two grievances: The attack on Palin because she's a woman, and the attack on Palin because she's a social conservative and ordinary American (which social conservatives see as synonymous). As Ingraham put it: "All these journalists are ... all for equal rights for women... for women succeeding in a men's profession. Oh really? Then why are you treating this woman like dirt?

Alaska Republican Sen. President: 'it's Just Surreal'
September 02, 2008

Among the numerous Sarah Palin mini-scandals that have trickled into public view in the last few days, one of the more disturbing is Palin's appearance last January on the Bob and Mark Show, where she sat back and listened to the DJs describe Republican State Senate President (and cancer survivor) Lyda Green, whom Palin had bumped heads with in the legislature, as "a cancer. She is nothing but a very jealous woman.

What Bristol’s Baby Tells Us About The Christian Right
September 02, 2008

Alan Wolfe is a TNR contributing editor and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. When John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, he was thinking only of short-term advantage.

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