Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Dealbreaker: Why Sarah Palin’s Apparent Belief in Young Earth Creationism Makes Her Unfit to Be A Health Crisis Away from the Presidency

I’ve heard some people say (and I’m paraphrasing), Sarah Palin may prove to be, not just someone who believes in God, or someone who believes that God plays a role in evolution. She may, rather, be someone who reads Genesis … Continue reading

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Once: The Number of Times Sarah Palin Has Travelled Off The Continent of North America

According to Salon.com, Palin got her first passport in her forties: Palin . . . applied for her first passport less than a year ago, in 2007 — and then only to make a routine visit as governor to Alaska … Continue reading

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Ten Million: The Amount of Money That Obama Raised in the Hours After Sarah Palin’s 2008 Republican Convention Speech

Evidence that Sarah Palin polarizes the electorate: ten million dollars flowed into the Obama campaign via the Internet after her speech. Ouch. And focus groups of Michigan independents appear distinctly under-enthused about Palin’s convention debut. Here’s two focus group participants: … Continue reading

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Is Elitist Code for Uppity?: On the Last Day of the 2008 Republican Convention, a Georgian Congressman Hits the Obamas with the U-Word

The Hill reported today that a Republican congressman, bluntly and without apology, used the “U-word” to describe the Obamas: Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.   Westmoreland was … Continue reading

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Ecstacy of the Demagogue: Is VP Pick Sarah Palin America’s New William Jennings Bryan?

Like the early 20th century populist William Jennings Bryan, Sarah Palin is also, apparently, a young earth creationist, and her 2008 Republican Convention speech shows that she has an unusual gift for stirring populist emotions.   A quote from William … Continue reading

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Experience is Humanity’s “Least Fallible Guide”: Conservative George Will Makes a Conservative Case Against McCain’s VP-Pick, Sarah Palin

George Will of the Washington Post says that the Palin VP pick is not in accord with traditional conservative sobriety and caution. Money quote: The word “experience” appears 91 times in the Federalist Papers, those distillations of conservative sense and … Continue reading

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Unwarranted Palin Belief: Conservative David Frum Suggests That If Palin Proves to Be a Plus For McCain, It Will Be the Result of Luck, NOT the Product of a Measured, Rational Decision

David Frum of National Review, on Sarah Palin the day after her 2008 Republican Convention speech: From the beginning, the internal controversy (such as it is) over Sarah Palin has been a controversy not about Palin herself, but about John … Continue reading

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Cindy McCain’s $300,000 Heartland Outfit: Alex Koppelman of Slate Ironically Skewers the Faux Populism of the Republican Convention

Alex Koppelman of Slate on the third night of the 2008 Republican convention: You know, when the days get darkest for me, when it seems like there’s no hope left in this country, I’m always cheered by the fact that … Continue reading

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Off-Script: Conservative Ben Stein, On CNN, Offers a Contrarian and Hilarious Send-Up of the Palin VP Pick

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Shock and Awe: Sarah Palin Invades America’s Consciousness With No Timetable For Occupation Withdrawal!

As a liberal, Sarah Palin’s performance at the 2008 Republican convention scared the crap out of me. Like the Iraq war, Palin as VP was poorly thought out in advance, and accompanied by denial, but man, what an opening spectacle!  And … Continue reading

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