From the instant of Palin’s designation on Friday, August 29, the American left went into a collective mass seizure from which it shows no sign of emerging. The left blogosphere and elite media have, for the moment, joined forces and become indistinguishable from each other, and from the supermarket tabloids, in their desire to find and use anything that will criminalize and/or humiliate Palin and her family. In sharp contrast to the yearlong restraint shown toward truthful reports about John Edwards’s affair, bizarre rumors have been reported as news, and, according to McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt, nationally known members of the elite media have besieged him with preposterous demands.
The Catholic vote has traditionally been a bellwether for presidential elections. Some new poll data shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has some work ahead of him if he’s going to woo white Catholic voters.
At the same time, more and more bishops are coming out with statements in response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent televised comments misrepresenting Catholic Church teaching on abortion.
In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a partial or manipulative fashion. While everyone could be expected to know the Church’s position on the immorality of abortion and the…
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Needless to say, when any new president enters the White House, things will change.
But that actually needs to be said, for three reasons. One, Barack Obama has owned the ‘change’ message and hung it all around the sites of his speeches and rallies on signs. Two, Obama has hung the message that McCain represents ‘more of the same failed Bush policies’ around McCain’s neck and tacked it onto nearly all media talking points for months.
McCain diagnosed the rot in Washington not as Bush policies, but excessive partisan rancor driven by people who “go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.” He used his personal narrative as his country’s “servant first, last and always” to argue that he’s the man to drain Washington’s swamp.
She did that — and after putting up with a week’s worth of insults, sexism and condescension from liberals who talk a good game about expanding opportunity as long as they get the credit.
Democrats in the media — oops, I mean, some in the Democratic Party and in the media — even went after Palin’s family. There are vicious street gangs that won’t even cross that line. Appropriately, the hockey mom threw off her gloves and gave her tormenters the rhetorical beating they deserved.
Such as when Palin said that, while Democrats say they’re fighting for you, “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you…in places where winning means survival and defeat means death. And that man is John McCain.”
Sarah Palin pulled off the perfect speech for the RNC to rally its base and re-launch the conservative movement. And she did it without a hitch. But the technical crew in the Excel Energy Center had major problems.
Did you know her teleprompter went out? Several times. You’re not seeing that in morning accounts of the ‘coming out’ speech. But the equipment kept failing, early on, and even after it was replaced. She had to wing it, though who knew, watching the barnstormer? More smooth than many veteran speakers could pull off. And natural. Prepared text down, she added personal improv to her credit.
So though Palin spoke clearly to the assembled convention crowd, without a prompter to follow she was able to look straight into the camera and squarely at the Americans watching. And she said she knew they expected leaders to govern “with integrity, goodwill, clear convications, and a…
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…will have seen nicely done video biographies of the major candidates for president and vice-president.
Except the one for Sarah Palin. The RNC has been keeping up with
changes on the fly ever since it opened on the day the Gulf Coast was
threatened with a major hurricane. One of those last minute changes was
the abrupt need to drop the video bio after earlier speeches ran long
and backed up the evening. The applause had barely settled after Rudy
Giuliani spoke - and the analysts in their news booths were just
starting to discuss it - when vice-presidential candidate Palin simply
walked out on stage and headed for the podium, startling everyone.
She’s the one candidate who didn’t benefit from the
buildup of a specially-prepared video.
Highlights from the RNC in full throttle. With energy from after-burners fired from launching in the face of a lynching.
It was Sarah Palin’s night. No vice-presidential nominee in history has faced this kind of pressure. All she had to do, pundits said, was (in baseball terms), hit a single. Surprise, it was a home-run.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came out swinging against her critics, defending her nomination for vice president by portraying her experience as governor as sufficient, her time as a small-town mayor as an asset, and the attacks on her record as the work of an elitist media and political establishment.
In remarks at the Republican convention Wednesday night, Gov. Palin directly confronted a grueling barrage of accusations that she’s not ready for the job.
Whether you’re reading this in advance of Sarah Palin’s acceptance
speech at the Republican National Convention or afterward, it adds a
lot of dimension. More than anything you’re going to hear in the wildly
out of control mainstream media.
Sheila Reports promises a perspective here that you may not be getting in mainstream media and the politically charged blogosphere. Don’t expect political correctness, because politics doesn’t determine what’s correct. This space is grounded in the natural law and moral order. And it expects civility, goodwill and an openness to truth and reason.