Saturday, October 18, 2008

Powerful Thomas Sowell column on Palin

I think Thomas Sowell nails it pretty well in Record vs. Rhetoric. For instance:
The issue that is raised most often is her relative lack of experience and the fact that she would be "a heartbeat away from the presidency" if Senator John McCain were elected. But Barack Obama has even less experience-- none in an executive capacity-- and his would itself be the heartbeat of the presidency if he were elected.

Sarah Palin's record is on the record, while whole years of Barack Obama's life are engulfed in fog, and he has had to explain away one after another of the astounding and vile people he has not merely "associated" with but has had political alliances with, and to whom he has directed the taxpayers' money and other money.
"Engulfed in fog" is right. Two weeks from the election, and there are countless unanswered questions about 0bama, questions the MSM (surprise!) has no interest in pursuing. (They're too busy trying to find Joe the Plumber's date to the prom back in the '80s, to see if he got fresh with her.)

To say words I never thought I'd hear coming out of my mouth: Hillary! Clinton was right. (I hear my dear wife saying, "Who are you, and what did you do with my husband?") Hillary! observed that Obama brings that he gave a nice speech in 2002, and that's about it. McCain brings deeds and achievements and experience.

The same could be said of Palin: deeds, achievements, experience.

PS on Joe and the MSM — want to listen to a guy who gets it, and gives it at about 90mph, making me sound like a sleepy, uninterested chit-chatter? Fasten your seat belt and check this.


Anonymous said...

Thomas Sowell is brilliant.

He said whole years of Barack Obama's life are engulfed in fog to which we could add up to his ears in the blood of murdered babies.

donsands said...

Great post. And thanks for the warning to fasten the seatbelt.

That guy was great. I feel like him sometimes, but can't seem to express it quite like him.

It's amazing that this man will prolly be our next president with all the fog and everything else. I just don't get it. Except that it's the people. They must all be Socialists, or Marxists.

Mx5 said...

Wowza. You weren't kidding when you said to "buckle your seatbelt" on that video. The guy is right. I feel like I need to do some of my breathing exercises from childbirth class.

Of course, I feel like that often with politics these days. 'So glad God's sovereign!

Mike Westfall said...

A little off topic, but yesterday we received an email invite to a Barack Obama "Potluck Tailgate Brunch (Early Voting Event)" -- how the heck did we get on their mailing list? -- with a pointer to the details, straight from the Obama campaign's website.

The event is to be held in the parking lot of a local fire station, which is hosting voting booths for early voting (which will be going on at the same time as this event).

Consequently, the Obama campaign gives the disclaimer, "Because of the proximity to the voting booths, this is a non-partisan event."

Wow. If I'd have been alerted to this "non-partisan event" sooner, I'd have notified all my republican acquaintances of the invite to this party!

Do you suppose an Obama supporters' event can really be non-partisan?

I need to alert our local republican part about this!

CR said...

Check your credit card statements and make sure you're not being charged for a campaign contribution. Seriously, there were a few people that were charged on their credit cards campaign contributions without permission.

candy said...

I really like the passion of Bob, but not sure I would want to go drinking with him! (

I feel as frustrated as he does.

Rachael Starke said...

"deeds, achievements, experience"

All true, but what guys like Joe and Bob highlight is an all-important element - the ability to Clearly Communicate, with words and images, and using all of the avenues both new and old media provide. I'd argue that in the 21st century, where truth and objectivity are taking a back seat to pragmatism and personal subjectivity, it's the most important factor, and why Obama is winning, and why McCain supporters are geting angrier and angrier.

Obama knows that probably 85% of voter aren't going to go online to look at voting records or bills or any of that boring stuff. They're going to watch T.V. and YouTube and glance at ads while they're playing video games. They're not even going to wonder what kind of worldview he has because they don't have one either and what does that matter anyway?

We know it does matter, but it takes, again, a Gifted Communicator to explain Why it matters, and How it matters, and to take that message not just to the people who already know it, but to the people that don't, or that don't agree, and in a way that the MSM can't manipulate.
McCain's not doing it. Palin isn't doing it (Peggy Noonan's column this morning is sadly right re: her fading star).

If McCain has any brains (and money) left, he will do what Obama is doing - buy up several large block of time - 30 minutes to an hour - and do just talk to America about what America used to be, and what it is now, and what it could become if Obama wins, or if McCain wins, and why. He'd need an army of people to help him write it and learn how to deliver it, but unless about 15 other Joe the Plumbers appear, it's the only chance he's got. Barring, of course, God's gracious intervention for the sake of His yet-to-be-born children...

Oh, and Mike, I say don't just make a phone call. Go out there, and take a video camera....:)

DJP said...

Well, Rachael, now I have this against you: you forced me to read Noonan's effete whine in full, after I'd dismissed it by a partial read. Such is my respect for you. (c;

But not so much for Noonan. Don't let her discourage you. She's wrong. Noonan has grown to love the sound of her own voice, her self-image as the deep, angsty, touch-feely "conservative" all the liberals love. And they do love her, because she helps them stab her own in the back on occasion. Like this time.

Read about the crowds who still pour out to hear Palin, filling to overflow at every stop. Listen to what she actually says. If Noonan can't figure her philosophy, that's on (the jealous?) Noonan, not Palin. Sarah Palin connects very effectively, and in a non-whine-n-cheesy, Noonanesque way. More like a neighbor-over-the-back-fence way.

The polls are trending McCain, and that's good. Palin still drives her enemies barking-mad, and that's good - and she gets the message to the headlines. Which is also good.

Note: Noonan has bought the MSM's line that THEY are us. That if a leader wants to talk to us, he has to talk to them. You may recall that I argued at length that that is not the case.

Don't be down, sister. I'm afraid our state is lost, but the election isn't. If you can give $, consider that. Use your own God-given eloquence and persuasiveness, as I'm using my widow's mite. It's a fight worth fighting, imho.

DJP said...

Doesn't sound very failin'.

CR said...

Yup, absolutely right about Noonan. She's been a real disappointment and it's part of the living in DC syndrome for conservatives. Conservatism is absolutely despised of and disparaged (esp. social conservatism) and they want to be accepted.

I mean think what happens to us. Public opinion is very strong and wanting to be liked is very powerful. And sadly, some conservatives and it affects everyone including people I admire, like Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, are affected by this syndrome of not wanting to be despised and disparaged for their conservatism.

DJP said...

Rachael, if I may:

KLo offers good thoughts on Palin love and hatred

Even better, Steyn, here and here

Carol Jean said...

Did anyone catchThe Secrets of Body Language on the History Channel? They've been running it the past week and it has mostly focused on celebrities -politicians in particular.

It's very revealing to hear their comments about Obama. They compared him to Baptist preachers who use a rhythmic and almost "hypnotic" style of speaking. They concluded that his style of speaking was such that it didn't really matter what words he used - people were going to be drawn to him and persuaded by him simply by the cadence of his voice. There were three experts who were all saying basically saying the same thing. Very scary, but not surprising.

I'm guessing that Sarah Palin would probably have some of the same characteristics, judging by the frenzied crowds chanting her name. I guess I sort of understand the pep-rally atmosphere at those events, but it sometimes seems to cross the line into worshipy-ness IMO. But at least with Palin, I don't abhor nearly everything she stands for.

The show is worth watching if only to see the analysis of the wrestling match between Arafat and Ehud Barak at Camp David over who goes through the door first.

Also, their assessment was that although McCain was neither the most elegant nor the most engaging speaker on the earth, he was a straight talker and generally meant what he said.

CR said...


Noonan did not like Palin right from the beginning of the announcement by McCain of his selection. She was caught using profanity on a hot mic of McCain's selection of Palin and tried to explain herself the next day in her column. It was pathetic.

Maybe just watch an hour of news (Special Report with Brit Hume is good) and stay away from looking at other media until election day so you don't get really discouraged.

Rachael Starke said...

Awww, you guys are so nice. :) I did indeed take a break yesterday - took my two older girls to the SF Palace of Legion of Honor for a little artistic "truth and beauty" break. Then today was spent with people from my first citizenship. Really great time.

Dan, I read those two articles and they did indeed help. And yeah, you all may be right about Ms. Noonan and the white-wine-and-brie factor. She may have Palin envy; I prolly have a little writer's envy. :)

And I actually am working on the writing thing. Prolly going get me hated on, but if Sarah Palin is willing to put up with people making a profit out of calling her the vilest of slurs to stand up for what she believes in, surely I can at least stand next to her.

Mike Westfall said...

>but if Sarah Palin is willing ...
> surely I can at least stand next to her.

Unlike Tina Fey.