Saturday, September 27, 2008

The "Bitter" Dems And Their Panic-Driven Smears

When Obama described small-town, working class Americans as "bitter" with "antipathy to people who aren't like them" (obviously referring to the "gun toting, clinging to their religion", conservative Republicans), he could just as well have been talking about liberal democrats. Antipathy to people who aren't like them? You bet. If you aren't an Obamaniac or tow the Democratic Party line, you will feel their wrath. Oftentimes, they look upon you as something to be pitied or abhorred, it depends on whether they happen to be friend or foe. I had dinner with an old colleague I hadn't seen in over 15 years, while on the west coast, recently. He's in the entertainment industry, and after a nice chat the conversation turned to politics. I had every intention of keeping my mouth shut, but when he started talking about how he feared this country would slip further into misery and hell (my words) if we were to have another 4 years with Republicans at the helm, I was unable to hold my tongue. We had a polite and civil discussion, but the fact that he felt the need to mention, at one point, he didn't choose his friends based on politics, was very telling. Point being, most liberal democrats do choose their friends based on politics, and if they do associate with non-liberals, they will inevitably find ways of belittling and making fun of these poor, ignorant creatures.

And bitter? Heck yes. Liberals are as bitter as they come, about everything, especially their country and particularly Republicans. We're already witnessing that bitterness and resentment, after a blow-them-out-of-the-water speech by Palin at the RNC. That rancor has taken aim at Sarah Palin, the breath of fresh air that is our Vice Presidential nominee, like a carrion its prey. Barack Obama, and the liberals of this country (including the mainstream media) are running scared, so they are doing everything in their power to bring the McCain/Palin ticket down, and it's started with the smears; lies and innuendos, many of which no-one bothers to verify. In Palm Beach County, Florida, a County School District library manager forwarded school librarians a list of books Palin allegedly tried to have banned (whilst mayor of Wasilla). As we all know, that was a hoax. Then we have the rumors that her baby Trig was actually her daughter Bristol's; there's the gun-toting picture of Palin in a bikini, which turned out to be photoshopped. We have troopergate, though getting a psycho cop who tasered his own stepson, among other things, out of uniform and off the streets should be commended, not censured. Then we have the rumor that Track Palin joined the military as a plea bargain to avoid jail for having vandalized some school buses. Not so, according to some pals who did.

Ronald Kessler of Newsmax debunks some of the Palin myths:

Myth: As governor of Alaska, Palin put the governor’s plane up for sale on eBay but did not really sell it.
Fact: After she did not find a buyer on eBay, she sold the plane eight months later through a broker for $2.2 million.

Myth: Palin did not really stop the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Fact: During her gubernatorial race in 2006, she endorsed the bridge but as governor rejected it, allocating the federal earmark money elsewhere. Meanwhile, in 2005, Barack Obama voted against a Senate amendment to stop funding for the project.

Myth: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin banned nearly 100 books, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “Death of a Salesman.”
Fact: Palin never banned any books. An emailed list of books she supposedly banned included Harry Potter books that had not yet been published when she was in office.

Myth: Palin fired her public safety commissioner because he would not terminate a trooper who was her former brother-in-law after he had been suspended for five days for misconduct.
Fact: Palin did want Walt Monegan to fire her former brother-in-law. But extensive emails from Palin and her aides show she was upset with him because he repeatedly defied her instructions on a string of budget requests. He was offered another job but declined to take it.

Myth: Palin cut funding for special needs education by 62 percent.
Fact: Funding for the program in question was actually tripled thanks to legislation signed by Palin.

Myth: Palin wanted Alaska to secede from the U.S.
Fact: A member of the Alaskan Independence Party incorrectly told the New York Times that Palin at one time had been a member. She later recanted this claim and issued a public apology to the governor.

Myth: Palin left Wasilla residents disenchanted with her.
Fact: In subsequent elections, Wasilla residents voted for Palin by 70 percent or more.
Myth: Palin has no experience.
Fact: As noted in the Newsmax article, “McCain Shows He Is the Genuine Article,” Palin has a string of accomplishments to show for her herself. As mayor, she cut property taxes by 75 percent and reduced her own salary by 10 percent. After joining the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003, she led an ethics probe of the commission's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, who also was the state GOP chairman. Facing conflict-of-interest-allegations, Ruedrich admitted ethics violations and resigned. Besides opposing the $400 million “Bridge to Nowhere,” Palin as governor used her veto power to cut nearly $2 billion from the state budget. She was successful in enacting ethics reform legislation. While pushing to develop more energy resources, she reformed the system for paying Alaskans royalties from oil production. That will enable her to deliver a rebate of $1,200 — in addition to $2,069 in dividends — to each resident of the state.

Now people (including some on the right) are criticizing Palin's interview skills. So, Palin doesn't interview well, neither do I. Does that make me any less equipped to get on stage? No, it does not. I'm also better at getting my thoughts on paper than discussing them, that doesn't mean I lack intelligence. Neither McCain nor Palin are great speakers, but we're not casting celebrities, or stars for the next Hollywood blockbuster movie, called "The Next 4 Years In The White House", we're electing the next President and Vice-President. And with the congress and senate as crippled and corrupt as it is, I think it's great we're getting 2 'mavericks' of sorts. McCain who is willing to put "country first", and Palin, a Washington outsider, which we desperately need.

But, you can count on the Democratic Party, and Obama-lovers nationwide, to ratchet up the attacks as election day nears, on both Palin and McCain. Obama doesn't have anywhere near the lead he wants or expected, so watch out.


frasypoo said...

Hi Incog
The dems dont realise how many scandals they have and Sarah Palin is the mildest one yet.
An email circulating shows her on a Harley and the Harley riders love it!!!
A friend went on a cruise to Alaska and went past her governers mansion and the cruise director was making digs about her and obviously there were a lot of republicans on board who were upset about it!
the entire world is not made of Democrats,like they believe.

Dan said...

I think it's a myth created and propagated by the media that Obama interviews well. One of the best interviewees that I've ever seen was Dick Cheney. If this is the new litmus test for presidential qualifications perhaps the left should nominate him. We all know though that what ever strengths, real or imagined, the Stalinist nominee possesses, these will become that year’s must have in electoral politics.

Troika said...

It's not a case of her not being a good interviewee - it's a case of her not being able to answer the simplest of questions.

And I'm sure you'll find that almost every single successful businessman/woman and every successful politician has been great at interviews.

The confidence to be interviewed well says something about a person. It shows they are confident in their knowledge, no matter what they may be asked.

Palin wouldn't have passed the simplest of job interviews with that performance.

If she's crap at interviews (IE SHE CAN'T TALK TO PEOPLE WELL)then she should just give up right now.

And you know it. She was brought in to win an election, not to be Presidemt - and she's going to blow it.


Troika said...

And just as a side to thism, I'd like to know what yuo guys think of the standard of interviewing and debate that leads up to the election.

I find the questions are very tame and if they aren't answered the interviewer tends to let the interviewee get away with it.

Why don't they really pin these candidates down?

There was a recent interview in the UK with the present PM, where 5 veteran journalists interviewed him, asking really demanding questions. Then the leader of the opposition went through the same grilling.

Why are hard hitting questions avoided, or at best, put across so lightly in debates or interviews.

Put Obama, McCain, or the two VP candidtes in front of Jeremy Paxman and they wouldn't stand a chance.

And giving blair a roasting:

I don;t think your guys would cope if interviewed properly. Bring out some harshness for god's sake, ask these guys tough questions and don;t let them get off so lightly.

AI said...

Nice blogging Incog!