A pit bull (with lipstick)

Just about a week ago the entire country collectively exclaimed “Sarah who?” Last night we found out.

I thought Palin gave a great speech at the RNC last night. It was one that has certainly fired up the Conservative base this morning. Which is precisely what she was brought on the ticket to do.

The gloves are officially off. And I am frothing at the mouth in anticipation of that Biden v. Palin steel cage death match that’s coming up on October 2nd.

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41 thoughts on “A pit bull (with lipstick)

  1. hey someone else started the degrading in poor taste! let’s remember how her community isn’t big enough?
    it was so refreshing to see a strong conservative woman.

  2. I was very impressed by her having a hard time getting the hot librarian image out of my head but she did great….i hope she is serious when she said she wasn’t taking the position for the approval of the media but to do what is right
    I also thought Rudy was incredible and funny

  3. as far as her son and her daughter, yeah genious, we would have rather hear about her son who is doing something for our country which is much more relevant then her daughter’s sex life.
    and what was awful about the media the last few days is that they followed, we don’t even know this woman, with a million negative to say about her. if you don’t know her then shut your mouths and wait to know her. that article, shane, is insulting.
    i actually really hate how no ones words are enough anymore. they can’t just speak and let it be over. everyone has to give their two sense afterwards. from right to left, it is annoying.

  4. My favorite thing is to see people try and react to her without being sexist or at least trying to not be. People don’t know how to react to a person who they wouldn’t consider in the majority who isn’t complaining about it.

    Best thing up here lately on all the talk shows etc is how they basically have just dismissed her up til last night more or less because she is a little mom from nowhere. The tune will change though over the next few weeks as they see all the good and bad of this person who really just gets stuff done.

    As far as talking about her son and not her daughter well ohh no. I am sure no one has ever met a person who was 17 and had a kid. I am sure you all did what you parents taught you and nothing else when you were growing up but I certainly did not. I am pretty sure I did about everything in high school my mother wished I wouldn’t and sure I didn’t end up with a kid at 17 but would she have not been a good mother had I?

    This is the same reason btw why your Martin Luther Obama wont touch the subject is because when it comes to kids eventually they make their own choices weather or not you wish they would. He also is smart enough to realize that every single one of the people and families running for a very high office like this are in a way not being the best parents they could because of the simple fact they will have no time for the next however many years to devote to family. Now can some people manage time better than others with their families sure, but the amount of time you or I would spend with our kids compared to any of these folks when or if they get elected are not even close. Does that make them good or bad parents?

    In the end Shane the more the media talks down about her the better it is for my tax the poor to feed ourselves crew because you will get so many women fired up about how she is being treated they will come to her aid. Remember they will relate to a hard working mother across all demographics a lot more than a person like Hilary.

    The only thing better for politics than her would be if Mayor Bloomberg would put up a billion and run as an independent and actually offer everyone that seems to so clamor for it a third option.

  5. I think what republicans and conservatives are pissed about is how angry and condescending the democrats are. See any editorial from Jack Cafferty on CNN (which has unbiasedly given him regular posts in the last few months). He’s downright angry and insulting towards Bush and republicans.
    The idea from the Democrats (and the media) is to get people feeling stupid enough for voting for Bush that they’ll switch to voting Democrat. I read articles and think…”hmmm, I voted for Bush twice. And if he’s stupid and a failure, then that makes me…” For the record, I think the dude rocks….not perfect, but not nearly as evil and or as big a failure as he is portrayed. Time will tell. When Islam takes over the country and the West we’ll think, “well, maybe he wasn’t so bad.”
    So, for all those supporting Obama AND think that George Bush is a miserable failure AND think that those that vote republican are morons, ignorant and rich, I say “hello, my name is Jim. I’m white. I have a college degree in comparative religions. I’ve lived in the Middle East. I’m tolerant. I love all people. I qualify for WIC which makes me anything but rich. I read books. I don’t cling to my guns. And I’m sure as hell proud to have a man and woman running for office that will stand up for a stupid, ignorant, SOB like myself.”
    Oh yeah, one more thing. What’s interesting to me is that Democrats are always seeming to run around yelling and screaming with their hair on fire. Meanwhile, like the story in Palin’s speech, you have people like McCain (and many other Republican voters and officials) who will simply smile, give the thumbs up, and do what needs to get done. It’s my kind of guy.
    There, I’ve vented and will now return to my white supremacist cave of ignorance and wealth.

  6. god, i love my husband. 😉
    from now on i will just let him talk, it’s better! at least till next time i can’t keep my mouth shut! 😉

  7. one more thing. I have never heard Bush talk in the condescending and disrespectful tone that I’ve heard come out of the mouths of Biden and Hillary and the like. So to say that Palin’s speech was just like Bush’ divisive and confrontational speeches is comical to me.

  8. i really thought a grizzled ol’ career politician like biden would embarass her like dan quayle, but she seems ready to go toe to toe. i didn’t watch, i can’t – all those people chanting “country first” scares me. but, i saw the “highlights” on cnn.

    a friend & i were talking about people equating her daughter getting pregnant with her not being able to hold the office of VP (nonsense AND a double standard – they wouldn’t say that if she were a he), and how it was annoying that we had to defend her. it’s like, hey, don’t make me defend this lady! 😉

  9. Holy effing anger and hostility Batman. That’s the last time I ever commend someone on the other team for a job well done. I can’t win for trying. 😆

    In my opinion most of the media scrutiny has been justified. To think they were just supposed to take what little information they were given when she was announced last week at face value, and then wait until her grand arrival at the RNC to “meet” her is asking a bit much. (I’d argue it’s unreasonable.) And McCain asked for that by picking a relative unknown.

    Come to find out she is, after all, under investigation in her own state for allegedly abusing the power of her office (a recurring theme in the current administration) to have her former brother in law fired. The charges could lead to her impeachment as Governor of Alaska. That raises ethics questions about Palin that should matter to voters.

    She also bills herself as a “reformer” who has vowed to put an end to Congressional earmarks. But yet she has requested more earmark dollars per person for her state than any other state in the union. That raises credibility questions for some voters.

    She proudly touts how she said “no thank you” to the “Bridge to Nowhere.” But yet, she supported it when she was running for Governor. Again, it raises credibility concerns.

    The fact that her husband was once part of a party who thinks that Alaska should secede from the union raises some security questions about a significant chunk of the nation’s oil supply.

    The only place I really feel the media has been out of line is concerning her daughter. Especially with the whole crazy pregnancy cover up, it’s not really Sarah’s baby, conspiracy nonsense.

    But, in fairness, for some voters, the fact that her teenage daughter is pregnant raises some red flags. Palin is a staunch supporter of abstinence only education in schools. Many people wonder why they should trust her to push that agenda, when it clearly didn’t work in her own family.

    Yep. Everyone has dirt. And when you run for office, it gets exposed. It’s a part of the vetting process. (Do we really need to rehash all that’s been said about Obama over the past 18 months?)

    The reason the media scrutiny of Palin seems to intense is because McCain picked an unknown, five days before she was to make her speech at the convention, with a mere two months left before the election.

    Yeah, the spotlight’s on her past, her record, and (somewhat) unfortunately her family. And that seems pretty intense right now. But she doesn’t get immunity for being “just a hockey mom.”

    Welcome to the big leagues.

  10. I am in so much shock from Tim’s post I can even get started on Shane’s.

    Keep bashing her please though for all things fair or not it will backfire because of our culture’s setup. (see tim’s post)

    We know how to pretend to not be racist but we do not know how to pretend to not be sexist.

  11. Can someone please explain to me how raising questions about her past rhetoric, stance on the issues, voting record, etc. is bashing her?

    I mean, these things are based in reality after all. And the Republicans are asking the country to make her second in command.

    Why is Palin above scrutiny?

  12. Tim shocked that you would come to the defense of Palin not the post after that.

    Shane she is not above the scrutiny for how she runs her state, runs her household, even runs her mouth. Its just great fun to see the same people that were ohh so upset with Clintons doing the same quick dismissive digging on Barack be all about it on Mrs Palin. Its ok though as you said before all is fair, except if its directed towards your favorite senator amirite?

    And Shane you don’t actually think she will be second in command now would you?

    McCain will kick the bucket on Nov 12th and she will be 1st in charge!

  13. “Welcome to the big leagues.”

    Case in point.

    Anyway, I never questioned the media questioning why Palin. What is irritating is the mentality that she’s from a small town so her leadership must be doubted. But, if she were a big, eloquent senator that’s experience enough for us.

  14. (Do we really need to rehash all that’s been said about Obama over the past 18 months?)

    thats just it. shawn freaking hannity had to jump start ANY media scrutiny of obama. the media was too busy worshipping to do any “vetting”
    the vetting only happened when right wing talk guys FORCED it…and then most of the coverage i saw was backpeddling on behalf of obama.

    palin wasn’t only blasted by air america…cnn..abc..cbs… msnbc…they jumped on this stuff IMMEDIATELY.

    in addition, the “ethics probe” was initiated by palin herself…and the facts of it are readily available.

  15. Let’s face it, there are many topics of interest regarding Palin but the ones that I’m seeing over and over are regarding her daughter’s pregnancy and her relatively short time as a politician (something also made much of with Obama)usually making fun of her home state.

    I’ve also seen references to her working when she has an infant at home…from progressives!

    Personally I was disappointed that Lieberman wasn’t chosen.

    Palin isn’t above scrutiny. It’s just the current scrutiny is lame and sexist. If Obama is smart to pass this one by I think the rest of us can manage to hold ourselves back.

  16. its interesting i just got done reading lincoln on leadership and all the critic put on palin is similar to that put on lincoln, but he seemed to do an ok job.
    and I love jim first post…i am joining him in that cave, which is really hard to find in the bay area..i could go up in a tree with the wackos at berkeley i guess

  17. My two cents, the only reason people started diving into the background of Palin immediately is because we were all trying to figure out who in the world she is. We’ve had many years to “warm up to” the rest of the bunch. We were microwaving the Palin information.

  18. “Welcome to the big leagues.”

    Case in point.

    *Screeching halt.*

    Case in point, what? Care to clarify? Because I’m struggling to find context.

    Its just great fun to see the same people that were ohh so upset with Clintons doing the same quick dismissive digging on Barack be all about it on Mrs Palin.

    But that’s what is really irking me. Obama’s been smeared to Jupiter and back, and I don’t recall whining about it. In each case I said, “Ok, what’s this all about, where’s it coming from and what does Obama have to say for himself about it?” And in most cases I was satisfied.

    I’m interested in hearing Palin address these issues that have come up for her. Once she ever gets around to talking to the media.

    I certainly don’t recall ever whining about “my guy” getting the screws put to him, nor would my response ever have been “shut up if you don’t know him.”

    thats just it. shawn freaking hannity had to jump start ANY media scrutiny of obama. the media was too busy worshipping to do any “vetting”
    the vetting only happened when right wing talk guys FORCED it…and then most of the coverage i saw was backpeddling on behalf of obama.

    With all due respect, I think that’s total crap.

    The very first thing I ever saw in the media about Obama was Fox News doing a piece titled “Would you vote for a smoker?” on how utterly scandalous it was that he smokes. The second thing I saw was that he was a Muslim. Then the flag pin. Then the pledge, and the anthem. Then Resko. I think Fox News is still running Jeremiah Wright footage at the top of every hour, and EVERYONE else ran it ad nauseum too. Then Pfleger. Then Ayers. Then his wife wasn’t a patriot. Then his typical white grandmother. Then there were rumors of a video tape (which NEVER surfaced, yet were reported by Rush and Hannity)where Michelle allegedly called white people “whitey” (implying she’s a racist). And he’s smug. And he’s an elitist. And blah, blah, blah… ALL the networks reported on this stuff.

    Interesting side note… According to a study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the media’s coverage has been much more negative about Obama.

    If you want to talk about free rides, let’s talk about John McCain’s. Keating Five anyone? Haven’t heard much about that this election season, have we? I know, I know, he was cleared.

    its interesting i just got done reading lincoln on leadership and all the critic put on palin is similar to that put on lincoln, but he seemed to do an ok job.

    Thanks for making my point about Obama! 😆 Which is why the whole “experience” thing is a non issue for me, for both Obama and Palin. Although, I did think it was kind of ironic that Palin ridiculed Obama’s and Biden’s lack of executive experience. Uhm…. John McCain?

  19. mudpuppy hit it.

    no one has mentioned her being an older tina fey…that’s the real interesting stuff, no? 😉

    and i think the sexist thing pdog mentioned is true – we don’t like women in positions of power, which is just another part of our puritanical history.

    p.s. keep that chin up, butrose! you’ve got my left wing nutjob self on here to try and balance it all out 🙂

  20. my point is that if you disagree with democrats you get talked to like you’re an idiot. now, i know the same can be said for republicans (rush), but he is one of five voices as opposed to the other umpteen hundred opinions on tv.
    and the scrutiny does not bother me, she deserves it. but what irritates me is things like Jack Cafferty saying she is unqualified because her state consists of “13 people and a moose”. To steal a line from GOB Bluth, “I mean, come on!” It’s so ignorant and pompous it makes me crazy.
    And to say “welcome to the big leagues” to me seemed along the same lines of talking down to those in opposition.
    i know, we could go round and round. i apologize. i’m done posting…for now.

    and to tim regarding how i can like ron paul AND W at the same time. i think they both say what they think and feel (even if they are openly mocked and disrespected) and they keep on plugging away to do what they think is right.

  21. thats just it. shawn freaking hannity had to jump start ANY media scrutiny of obama. the media was too busy worshipping to do any “vetting”
    the vetting only happened when right wing talk guys FORCED it…and then most of the coverage i saw was backpeddling on behalf of obama.

    With all due respect, I think that’s total crap.

    with all double due respect, i think your analysis is total crap

    hannity was the guy that forced the discussion in 2007. i’m not a hannity fan, but he was talking about this stuff a LONG time ago on the radio and on H & C. (see his interview with Wright in 07) no one else would touch it, for whatever reason, untill the Rev. Wright thing gained steam through Rush, Hannity, Beck and O’Reilly’s constant “whining” about black liberation theology, shady real estate deals and connections to domestic terrorists. And THEN the alphabet soup networks spent most of their time explaining how Obama “wasn’t there” when it was said, wasn’t “too” connected to any of these shady guys and blah blah blah.
    Rezko has barely been mentioned outside of conservative circles….same with Ayers.
    wright was the biggest issue that obama dealt with in the media…and that was the first time he was seriously challenged.

    the REST of the time, the media has been head over heels in love with the IDEA of an Obama presidency.

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    But that’s what is really irking me. Obama’s been smeared to Jupiter and back, and I don’t recall whining about it. In each case I said, “Ok, what’s this all about, where’s it coming from and what does Obama have to say for himself about it?” And in most cases I was satisfied.

    (BTW, how in the world were you satisfied over the Ayers thing?)

  22. i’d say talk radio, with the exception of air america and npr, is much more right wing then liberal. goodness, even in BOSTON – the so-called “liberal capital of the universe” the sports radio guys are crazy right wing wackos (and i can say that, b/c i realize i’m a crazy left wing nutjob 🙂 )! i don’t know why, but righties love radio. and fixed news…i mean fox news 😉

    jim does bring up an intersting thing a few times in this thread (which i’d give a limb to have in my blog, shane, so revel in your criticisms!) about liberal bias in media. as a left wing nutjob, i don’t see it (and heads explode!). i see guys and gals who are certainly on the dems side, say anderson cooper for example, but i think all major news networks, with the exception of fox news, are middle of the road. i honestly think they present the news and that’s that. they have pundits from both sides yelling at each other, and they all drive the same stories into the dirt. i think the idea of a liberal bias in the media has some truth, b/c most journalists and reporters tend to be on that side, but i also think most of them present the news as news. but, if you’re an ardent naderite like me, you’d see more of “political status quo bias” then a liberal bias.

  23. Yeah, my head just exploded because in a matter of 30 seconds I heard Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, and Keith Oberman (sp?) all say that the 911 video had no place at the convention. Uhhh, it’s the Republican’s convention…not CNN’s, not MSNBC’s, it’s the Republican’s convention. They can show whatever they want, whatever they think will get them votes. If their constituents don’t think it’s wrong and, gasp, actually see the value of the video, that’s their choice, their opinion, their worldview, their vote.
    The point of news coverage is to cover the news…not hear Wolf’s or Keith’s opinion about the value of something.
    And take it from me, there are plenty of “regular Muslims” out there in the world that wouldn’t blink an eye if we were attacked again and again and again. And yeah, it scares me. So yes, fear works as a tactic to get my vote. Again, forgive me because I must be an ignorant war monger.

  24. tim, like it or not there are many many people in this world that would find joy in seeing you dead, purely because you are an american. i know, i have met them. and we should all thank george bush for keeping them from attacking us here in our homes. you could not do his job, nor could i and we as americans have lost common decent respect for people in authority.

  25. And to say “welcome to the big leagues” to me seemed along the same lines of talking down to those in opposition.

    The context of that comment was in regard to Palin facing criticism and scrutiny. National political arena = Big Leagues. She languished in single A for a while, but made the jump from AAA to the big leagues in record time. She should expect some fastballs high and tight. That’s all I was saying. Welcome to the Big Leagues.

    The point of news coverage is to cover the news…not hear Wolf’s or Keith’s opinion about the value of something.

    Not so much. That would be the job of reporters. The guys you’re taking issue with are all op/ed guys. Offering opinion and editorializing is pretty much their job description.

    tim, like it or not there are many many people in this world that would find joy in seeing you dead, purely because you are an american. i know, i have met them. and we should all thank george bush for keeping them from attacking us here in our homes.

    Wait. We have troops in Jordan now too? 😆

    I kid, I kid.

    (BTW, how in the world were you satisfied over the Ayers thing?)

    I’m not totally. I think he could have done more to distance himself, but at the same time, I’m not sure he really needed to.

    Obama was eight years old when all that stuff went down. And their connection is relatively flimsy. They live in the same neighborhood and served on a board together, which could mean anything from they’re best buds, to they see each other in passing at the grocery store, and once a quarter at the board meeting. Reality likely falls somewhere in the middle.

    Oh, and Ayers once gave him a whopping $200 for his State Senate reelection bid.

    Ayers wasn’t convicted and has been a good boy since. I think the attempts to attach his name to Obama’s reflects other Republican efforts to paint him as an Islamic extremist with ties to terrorism, and to frame him as “dangerous” and as someone who can’t be trusted.

    I think McCain’s connection to Charles Keading is more relevant, and far more dubious.

  26. BTW, unless something significant breaks (which it very well could), this will be the last post specifically pertaining to the election until the debate on domestic policy on September 26th.

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