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Old 09-07-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Notice how he manages to dissect the pick and it's fallibilities, but also commends the braveness of the risk, and how it might actually work.

Better than the mypic blind hate of many on this board, because it actually engages in synthesizing knowledge and actually formulating some interesting observations, other than just tearing her down...

http://www.ohio.com/editorial/commentary/27966314.html

Will Palin perform an Obama? Published on Sunday, Sep 07, 2008
There are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, ''Who is this man?'' and ''Can we trust this man with the presidency?''
Fred Thompson on John McCain, Sept. 2.
WASHINGTON: This was the most effective line of the entire Republican convention: a ringing affirmation of John McCain's authenticity and a not-so-subtle indictment of Barack Obama's insubstantiality. What's left of this line of argument, however, after John McCain picks Sarah Palin for vice president?
Palin is an admirable and formidable woman. She has energized the Republican base and single-handedly unified the Republican convention behind McCain. She performed spectacularly in her acceptance speech. Nonetheless, the choice of Palin remains deeply problematic.
It's clear that McCain picked her because he had decided that he needed a game-changer. But why? He'd closed the gap in the polls with Obama. True, that had more to do with Obama sagging than McCain gaining. But what's the difference? You win either way.
Obama was sagging because of missteps that reflected the fundamental weakness of his candidacy. Which suggested McCain's strategy: Make this a referendum on Obama, surely the least experienced, least qualified, least prepared presidential nominee in living memory.
Palin fatally undermines this entire line of attack. This is through no fault of her own. It is simply a function of her rookie status. The vice president's only constitutional duty of any significance is to become president at a moment's notice. Palin is not ready. Nor is Obama. But with Palin, the case against Obama evaporates.
So why did McCain do it? He figured it's a Democratic year. The Republican brand is deeply tarnished. The opposition is running on ''change'' in a change election. So McCain gambled that he could steal the change issue for himself a crazy brave, characteristically reckless, inconceivably difficult maneuver by picking an authentically independent, tough-minded reformer. With Palin, he doubles down on change.
The problem is the inherent oddity of the incumbent party running on change. Here were Republicans the party that controlled the White House for eight years and both houses of Congress for five wildly cheering the promise to take on Washington. I don't mean to be impolite, but who's controlled Washington this decade?
Moreover, McCain was giving up his home turf of readiness to challenge Obama on his home turf of change. Can that possibly be pulled off? The calculation was to choose demographics over thematics. Palin's selection negates the theme of readiness. But she does bring important constituencies. She has the unique potential of energizing the base while at the same time appealing to independents.
This is unusual. Normally the wing-nut candidate alienates the center. Palin promises a twofer because of her potential appeal to the swing-state Reagan Democrats that Hillary Clinton carried in the primaries. Not for reasons of gender Clinton didn't carry those because she was a woman but because more culturally conservative working-class whites might find affinity with Palin's small-town, middle/frontier American narrative and values.
The gamble is enormous. In a stroke, McCain gratuitously forfeited his most powerful argument against Obama. And this was even before Palin's inevitable liabilities began to pile up inevitable because any previously unvetted neophyte has ''issues.'' The kid. The state trooper investigation. And worst, the paucity of any Palin record or expressed conviction on the major issues of our time.
McCain has one hope. It is suggested by the strength of Palin's performance Wednesday night. In a year of compounding ironies, the McCain candidacy could be saved, and the Palin choice vindicated, by one thing: Palin does an Obama.
Obama showed that star power can trump the gravest of biographical liabilities. The sheer elegance, intelligence and power of his public presence have muted the uneasy feeling about his unreadiness. Palin does not reach Obama's mesmeric level. Her appeal is far more earthy, workmanlike and direct. Yet she managed to banish a week's worth of unfriendly media scrutiny and self-inflicted personal liabilities with a single triumphant speech.
Now, Obama had 19 months to make his magic obscure his thinness. Palin has nine weeks. Nevertheless, if she too can neutralize unreadiness with star power, then the demographic advantages she brings McCain appeal to the base and to Reagan Democrats coupled with her contribution to the reform theme, might just pay off.
The question is: Can she do the magic unteleprompted extemporaneous magic, from now on for the next nine weeks?

Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist. He can e-mailed at letters@charleskrauthammer.com.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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I agree with this 100%. My prediction is that she can't do it, but my vote only counts as "1".
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Notice how he manages to dissect the pick and it's fallibilities, but also commends the braveness of the risk, and how it might actually work.

Better than the mypic blind hate of many on this board, because it actually engages in synthesizing knowledge and actually formulating some interesting observations, other than just tearing her down...
"many on this board"? count and list them....

this article in itself had enough merit w/o tugging at heartstrings. instead of coming neck and neck with a 3rd party candidate, mccain has solidified his base.

c'mon revs, even you know the myopic blind hatred has been much more vocal towards obama on this board. its not the dems fault that obamas lack of experience still trumps bush's "success" (and bush has more experience 'governing" than mccain
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Most of what I've seen from those who oppose the Palin pick has been knee jerk...how could it be otherwise, since nobody knew anything about her before the pick and all that's been disclosed since is what the media has dug up (i.e. husbands 22 year old DUI and the like)?

It will take a while to fully understand her positions on every issue. Much of what I see I DON'T like, but I'm willing to give it some time and see what develops, let her speak some more, and all that.

One thing I know WON'T happen...she's not going to be changing her positions the way Obama has. It's too late and would serve no purpose. So she's going to also at least have the advantage of consistency over Obama.

Still think it's funny that it's Obama versus Palin, too.
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Obama isn't running against Bush, so your point is moot.
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Still think it's funny that it's Obama versus Palin, too.
i still find it funny that the rookie obama has shown he can surround himself with qualified people (although not the people my biased self woulda prefered) whereas the veteran politician mccain failed miserably.

thats about all i need as a "1st test".

mccains focus is shortsighted and clearly more on winning an election (solidifying his shattered base) as opposed to leading a nation.

again, "many on this board" dont stand up in defense of obama. it doesnt exist, so your claim is false.
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Obama isn't running against Bush, so your point is moot.
my point is a bit deeper than that but then again you root for the browns so your point is moot.

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I can't even follow what you are talking about anymore. And I'm not really that interested in arguing with you, since half your arguments don't make sense.

Let's just leave it at this: You ain't voting for McCain, and I've been "voting" for McCain since 2003...I'll support my candidate, and you do what you do, and we'll just steer clear of each other in the political forum.
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I can't even follow what you are talking about anymore. And I'm not really that interested in arguing with you, since half your arguments don't make sense.

Let's just leave it at this: You ain't voting for McCain, and I've been "voting" for McCain since 2003...I'll support my candidate, and you do what you do, and we'll just steer clear of each other in the political forum.


yes, you can steer clear of me if you wish.

you live in ohio. how exactly have you been "voting" for mccain since 03?

talk about arguments not making sense....
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I've supported McCain since he hinted he was going to run against Bush in the last election. That makes sense to you, doesn't it?

I'm a HORRIBLE selection to try and hurl the "all or nothing" or "straight party ticket" or "blind hate" argument at...
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