Friday, February 11, 2011

Video of panel on Sen. Dole with Michael Glassner, Palin's new COS

PLS2010Dole2.wmv (video/x-ms-asf Object)

Glassner discusses something interesting at about the 27 min mark. He describes how Sen. Dole's "exit from the Senate" was particularly graceful as he became the party's nominee. He remarks that more recently (John) Kerry and (John) McCain's returning to the Senate [after their losses] made for less grace, and presented a whole host of awkward moments that was avoided by Dole's more graceful exit. [And getting awkwarder, in McCain's case.] Interesting for someone who worked in the McCain-Palin Campaign, suggesting a clear-eyed view of that campaign.

He also [at about the 60 min mark] describes how Dole as senator and on the campaign trail went to an unusual number of town hall meetings and how at these local meetings Dole would often ask the veterens to stand and be publicly recognized. Glassner observes that the recognition may have been the only time that neighbors and friends would learn that these Kansans were veterans and the only time they were publicly recognized before their neighbors and friends.

Glassner sounds like a guy with unusual attention focus on big issues and to detail.

Gov Christie in bed with the enemy

Governor Christie's Hamas Pick for Superior Judgeship - Atlas Shrugs

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Mama Grizzly and the Gipper - HUMAN EVENTS

The Mama Grizzly and the Gipper - HUMAN EVENTS

Liberterian Const. Law Professor at Georgetown calls Palin speech Reaganesque

Instapundit blogs:

I DIDN’T SEE SARAH PALIN’S SPEECH LAST NIGHT, but Randy Barnett saw it, and emailed:

“I must admit it was an impressive speech. The first I have heard her give since she accepted the VP nomination, only much better. Reaganesque even.”
When Sarah Palin is getting that kind of praise from Georgetown law professors, it suggests that there’s something missing from the narrative.

h/t C4P's Ian Lazaran and Glenn Reynolds

Byron York on Exceptional Palin Speech

Invoking Reagan, Palin says 'this is a time for choosing again' | Byron York | Politics | Washington Examiner

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

James Taranto on "Death Panels"

Excerpt from Taranto's excellent Best of the Web column today:

"Government takeover," like "death panel," is a true description of ObamaCare's essence. These phrases are "inaccurate" only in that they cut through formal distinctions designed to deceive the public. (We wish we could use a barnyard vulgarity in place of the unwieldy clause "formal distinctions designed to deceive the public," but The Wall Street Journal is a family newspaper.)

"Death panel" was especially effective at cutting through the hockey. Lots of people warned about rationing, but, as PolitiFact grudgingly acknowledged, it was Palin's vivid language that "launched the health care debate into overdrive. The term was mentioned in news reports approximately 6,000 times in August and September, according to the Nexis database. By October, it was still being mentioned 150 to 300 times a week."
Many of these media mentions were disparaging, "raising issues," as PolitiFact prissily puts it, about "the bounds of acceptable political discussion." In other words, Palin's statement was widely propagated by journalists who thought it "unacceptable." Americans recognized the essential truth of Palin's words and strongly opposed ObamaCare.

Palin got the truth out with the help of journalists determined to bolster the deceptions at the heart of ObamaCare. She was instrumental in winning the political argument that looks increasingly likely to render ObamaCare's legislative victory a Pyrrhic one. Sarah Palin outsmarted the formerly mainstream media simply by being blunt and honest. That is why they burn with a mindless rage against her.

geoff [and others] are confused by Sarah's smile... [UPDATE]

I've long felt that much of the underestimation of Sarah Palin--given her impressive record as an executive as governor of Alaska--is really more about her deep personal happiness (blared out by the elated smile that serves as its public avatar) than about how she tackles policy. In our diminished postmodern world, a smile is a yellow warning light to many. 

So for geoff and others suffering from any of the above why don't we cut to the chase regarding questions of policy and check out this excerpt from Cashman and Nelson's Sarah Takes On Big Oil [STOBO].  Since the question isn't really is Palin smart or even is she secretly, beneath the freakin vernacular, a policy wonk, but is she an effective executive?  And this book answers that question.

Cashman and Nelson offer a slightly technical and politically detailed report from their vantage point as oil industry newspaper editors and in doing so show Palin's unusual gift for grasping a complicated, gordian knot type issue and slicing into it by recruiting and assembling uniquely insightful experts that are willing (that's the rub, since most experts are invested in outcomes, some legit some less so) to actually solve a politically calcified problem.

Cashman and Nelson are senior editors at Petroleum News, an Anchorage oil industry newspaper whose subsidiary published their book.  Petroleum News has an interesting website that explains its philosophy:

Petroleum News' editorial objective is to provide readers with solid, trustworthy and timely information about the oil and gas industry. The news bulletin service and Petroleum News are frequently the first publications to break significant stories from Alaska and northern Canada.
Our news staff does not rely on press releases for information. Rather, we keep abreast of permit filings, lease reports and interactions with government agencies that often prove to be the forerunner of major happenings.

So geoff, go at it. Invest in a copy of STOBO.  The link is to the publisher, who's electronic version is cheaper than the Kindle version of the book.  Or at least read the 9 page excerpt.

h/t Conservatives4Palin

Must see video from the 2008 campaign, featuring a Lloyd Marcus cover of Sarah Smile: