September 03, 2008

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I want Palin to now tout herself and compare her experience, point by point, with Barack Obama's tonight. She almost certainly will not do this, as it's generally the person introducing the speaker who touts her accomplishments, not the speaker herself.

They really ought to change that up. No one will be listening to Palin's introducer. Or not as many. We need Palin to tout herself.

She'll have to disarm the public and let them know she realizes she's being a bit "braggy" but she has no other choice, given the fact her experience has been impugned, and her less-than-one-half-term senator opponent Obama refuses to even recognize her as the serving governor of Alaska.

And then compare. While Palin was exposing corruption in her own party and taking on the political establishment, Barack Obama was making shady deals with Tony Rezko and supporting mobbed-up candidates for state office.

While Palin was taking on oil companies who'd got a too-favorable deal from Alaskan politicians (most likely through corrupt inducements), Barack Obama was voting "Present" 130 times in the state senate to avoid any paper trail on difficult issues.

While Palin was negotiating the largest public infrastructure in American history -- the Alaskan pipeline -- and finalizing the terms of the multibillion dollar international project with representatives of the Canadian state, Obama was being given a made-up committee on European relations, simply to pad his nonexistent foreign policy resume... but he never called the committee into session. (Still lists it on his CV, I bet, though!)

And etc., and etc., and etc.

The main problem here is, again, it seems ungracious. She will put some people off by touting her own accomplishments. But it will be a home run if she does this. She just needs to explain she's as uncomfortable with this as anyone, but what's a gal to do once she's been demeaned?

This Had Better Be Expectations-Reducing! A "preview" of Palin's speech so spectacularly ill-advised I pray to Gaia it's spin and disinformation.

Posted by: Ace at 09:43 AM | Comments (35)
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1 I got a good feeling about the speech tonight.  Leg... Tingling...

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Posted by: The Chewbacca Defense at September 03, 2008 09:47 AM (nuuDA)

2

It's on.

Tonight the MSM will know that it is over.

My bet, SARAH is going to kick ass.

Oh, the whining and moaning we will here.  Polls next week, we are going to be up by 2.

OH, WI, PA, MI, all going our way!

 

Posted by: Kempermanx at September 03, 2008 09:50 AM (qvT/A)

3 Ace, you're right that touting yourself can seem ungracious, but given all the bullshit she and her family are facing, I think America will cut her some slack.

You're right, Palin should note a few of the attacks, and remark that she was surprised Obama has repeatedly skipped over the fact that she's a governor... a very popular and successful one at that, when comparing himself to a Wasilla mayor.  She has to go over her story.

The media has pretty much called her an idiot, and I'm expecting a performance that shattered expectations and arrogance.  Followed on most stations by 'fact checking' and Obama's talking points and negativity.  She needs to keep her chin up and give us a positive vision (of course she's a lot smarter than me and knows it).  That constrast between she and her detractors should have an impact.

Posted by: Shill at September 03, 2008 09:51 AM (8jYMc)

4 O/T (sorta): Just spoke with my stepmom who told me in no uncertain terms that Palin is in "huge trouble" if what CNN is reporting about her posing in Hustler is true. That's right: the working Moms of NH are now trading in rumors that Palin posed for Hustler likely based on the bikini 'scandal' and then twisted by the moonbat kid of someone in the office which, of course, was swallowed almost at face value. (fwiw, I told her she was, essentially, gullible beyond comprehension but this is the kind of stuff that is now circulating amongst the non-politically aware, i.e. those that get all their news from NPR, CNN, the NYT, etc.).

Posted by: ECM at September 03, 2008 09:51 AM (q3V+C)

5 Thank God Sarah doesn't have friends like Bill Ayers. The MSM would be all over that.

Posted by: demoncrat at September 03, 2008 09:52 AM (8nB5X)

6 I want to believe, but ... I've got worries that the bar has been set so high that not matching a Reaganesque speech will be seen as a failure. I still see a lot of risk. Maybe I should cut back on the AP 'eeyore' pills.

Posted by: Maetenloch at September 03, 2008 09:53 AM (hn7Rm)

7 Actually after all the work the Dems have done and all they will do tonight all she has to do is walk on the stage without falling down.   She's going to be fine. The real question is how will O'Reilly handle Obama tomorrow night.  Will he give him a pass, as every other interviewer has done or will he be prepared on Rezcko, Ayers, US magazine, Jeremiah Wright, his lack of attendance in the Senate,  His failure to release his colleg grades, his totally non-existant legislative record and his flip flops on Jerusalem...

Posted by: The Obvious at September 03, 2008 09:54 AM (1g+FW)

8 If Obama actually has to answer questions on Ayers and his record and Rezcko he's done.  His task could end up being much harder than Palin's if Fox actually has O'Reilly prepare for an interview instead of bluster his way through it.

Posted by: The Obvious at September 03, 2008 09:57 AM (1g+FW)

9

Folks - you need to submit letters to the Editor for your local papers. Yes, I know this seems backwards and out of date, but consider: how many of your parents or grandparents are reading blogs? Precious few I'd venture. But many of them still read the letters section of the paper.And these folks vote.

It's doesn't have to be a literary work of art - just a few simply stated facts.

Posted by: TakeFive at September 03, 2008 09:57 AM (/3pxq)

10 O'Reilly may be the key.  Not this speech.

Posted by: The Obvious at September 03, 2008 09:57 AM (1g+FW)

11 She's writing her own speech, I hear.  I trust her to get it right.

Posted by: toby hussein 928 at September 03, 2008 09:58 AM (evdj2)

12 It wouldn't even be braggy if she did it correctly.  Make it into a girl-power thing, not a Palin-power thing.

Barack Obama seems to have a problem acknowledging the achievement of women.

He wouldn't acknowledge Senator Clinton's achievements.

And now he keeps referring to me as a "small town mayor," and won't acknowledge that I'm the governor of the biggest state in the Union.

Maybe he's ashamed that he doesn't stack up against strong women.

Well, he has reason to be ashamed...

When I was a city council member for four years... he was writing a book about himself.

When I was a mayor for X years running a city... he was a community organizer running a public housing project into the ground.

When I was on a state board overseeing energy production... he was on a board with an unrepentant terrorist...

etc.

etc.

Posted by: Guvnah at September 03, 2008 09:58 AM (Rg8DN)

13 Oh and retired people watch O'Reilly in droves.

Posted by: The Obvious at September 03, 2008 09:58 AM (1g+FW)

14

I'll bet big money she's NOT writing her own speech.  Or let's say, she is not going to give a speech not vetted by ALL.  Rewrites.

 

Posted by: Kempermanx at September 03, 2008 10:01 AM (qvT/A)

15 If Sarah disports herself well tonight it'll signal the (beginning of the) end of liberalism in the U.S.

THAT is the reason the left is sparing no effort (or embarrassment) in trying to trash Sarah into oblivion. It's their last gasp effort. They recognize if they're unsuccessful, they face the potential of 16 more years of Republican presidents.

Posted by: alwyr at September 03, 2008 10:02 AM (UYxsF)

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I'll bet big money she's NOT writing her own speech.  Or let's say, she is not going to give a speech not vetted by ALL.  Rewrites.

Yes, trust but verify and rewrite if necessary.

Posted by: Maetenloch at September 03, 2008 10:06 AM (hn7Rm)

17

The real question is how will O'Reilly handle Obama tomorrow night.

No real question there. O'Reilly will toss a few softballs, nod sagely at The One's answers, and then effusively praise his "courage" in coming on the show. Because, you know, not every one has the stones to face the intellectual behemoth and giant above men that is Bill O'Reilly.

Posted by: TiredWench at September 03, 2008 10:08 AM (Kx1hM)

18 Ace, I read the opposite this morning, that they said she's cutting down the bio stuff to go all-out on the accomplishments.

Posted by: someone at September 03, 2008 10:11 AM (2z2WN)

19 If Obama actually has to answer questions on Ayers and his record and Rezcko he's done.  His task could end up being much harder than Palin's if Fox actually has O'Reilly prepare for an interview instead of bluster his way through it.

I think that Obama will have a bunch of canned answers ready for these issues. If he doesn't, he's a fool. The trick for BO'R will be to ask the questions in such a way that the canned answers are obvious and unflattering.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at September 03, 2008 10:12 AM (Ds4I5)

20 I think Allah has got a good take on this too. I think she needs to say alot about what she's done and what she will do. If by short they mean less than 30 minutes I think they are crazy. More than any other candidate in recent history this is literally an on stage job interview. She needs to sell herself as there are too many people in the personnel dept, the MSM, cutting her to bits before she  has even spoken to the boss, Us-the people.  That's why too short a speech is bad. It's like saying  "cause this is a cool place" when asked why you want the job.

The MSM and the left are in panic mode, she needs to give them there. Panicky people make mistakes which is good for McCain/Palin. Just stay at the eye of the storm where is calm.

Posted by: Rocks at September 03, 2008 10:13 AM (7rbe9)

21 Does anyone still believe that O'Reillly actually asks hard questions of anyone? When he does, it's an accident and, even then, he's more prone to cut them off mid-sentence in order to fan the flames of his own, overweening, self-importance.

Posted by: ECM at September 03, 2008 10:16 AM (q3V+C)

22 Is Obama going to be live or will it be taped earlier in the day as has been done with McCain?

I think it would be pretty crass for Obama to be on camera live dissing McCain during the convention. Wouldn't that amount to the campaign malpractice the Dems were going on about with McCain's VP pick release?

Posted by: Rocks at September 03, 2008 10:16 AM (7rbe9)

23 The Other, Tired Wench,

I assume that Obama refused to meet with O'Reilly without those preconditions many politicians insist on (such as: don't ask about Rezko or Ayers).  Has Bill O'Reilly even denounced that kind of interview?

I sincerely wonder if anyone will ever demand that Obama tell us about the Annenberg Challenge, how he and Ayers (the founder) had a working relationship with Obama (the chairman) on this monumental failure, and where that $160 million went.  But given that FoxNews refused to air that advertisement about Ayers, I have little faith in them.

The Other, Obama did graduate high in his class at Harvard Law (the toughest law school in the nation in my opinion).  I think he's a royal scumbag, and extremely dangerous, but I think he's smart or somehow got AA help with his grades.

Posted by: Shill at September 03, 2008 10:18 AM (8jYMc)

24 Why should we believe anything Time says? It's not like they don't have an agenda or an axe to grind. Why would Maverick's staff even talk to anyone from Time?

Posted by: Laddy at September 03, 2008 10:18 AM (fOChA)

25 I think it would be pretty crass for Obama to be on camera live dissing McCain during the convention. Wouldn't that amount to the campaign malpractice the Dems were going on about with McCain's VP pick release?

Back in the day, there used to be this unspoken agreement between the GOP and the Dems that they each would STFU and stay out of sight during the other's convention week.

Bill Clinton's campaign ignored this agreement during the 1992 election cycle and was all over the media 24/7 during the GOP convention week. the GOP was furious, but what could they do?

This was bad faith politics from the Democrats, but they won, so that apparently justified it.

So if they're complaining about McCain's timing of the announcement of his VP pick to suck air from the Obama campaign, well, payback's a bitch, ain't it?

Posted by: OregonMuse at September 03, 2008 10:28 AM (FO+YO)

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Posted by: Rocks at September 03, 2008 11:09 AM (7rbe9)

27 Ace, you're right that touting yourself can seem ungracious, ...

Seems to contradict  one, everyone saying she must tell people what she has done, and two, everyone moaning about all the bipartisanship and shoutouts to donks. 

Posted by: grc at September 03, 2008 11:14 AM (PF/ZE)

Posted by: Michael K. at September 03, 2008 01:58 PM (H6VxR)

29 If she did that you will see all the news talking heads explode. They will not be able to handle it. An outsider, from Alaska, blowing their guy out of the water and she attended the University of Idaho no less. They fucking can't stand her, they can't stand the average American.  

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