No issue as potent as the Sarah Palin nod can be put to bed until Mark Steyn gives us his take (does this tiny article signal the end to his summer hiatus?).
Here’s excerpt and link to Steyn in today’s NRO…
First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, “all-American”, but hyper-American. What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I’m not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities. And for the gun-totin’ Miss Wasilla then to go on to become Governor while having five kids makes it an even more uniquely American story. Next to her resume, a guy who’s done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of “community organizer” and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy
Read it all…
What Palin Does by Noemie Emery…
1. Steps on the story of Obama’s speech (and convention), and possibly the bounce coming from them, and wipes them off the news cycle. The Sunday news shows will be all-Palin, all of the time.
2. Sends Republicans into their convention on a huge head of steam.
3. Wipes out the image of McCain as the crotchety elder and brings back that of the fly-boy and gambler, which is much more appealing, and the genuine person.
4. Revs up the base AND excites independents, which no one else in the party, or perhaps in the world, could have accomplished.
Read the rest at The Weekly Standard.
And what an incredible speech it was!
When we find a good embed, we will put it here. In the meantime, click here for video at Breitbart
We haven’t read her bio yet (Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene Johnson) but we did find a good review at Beldar Blog. Check it out!
Congrats to Sarah on having been selected and to John McCain for making a great outside-the-box decision!
Click the pic to read reviews on Amazon…
Here’s how Sarah Palin is described by Fox (read the whole story at link)…
Sarah Palin, the first female governor of Alaska and a potential vice presidential pick for John McCain, is seen as a rising star within the Republican Party.
She became the youngest person to assume the top office of the 49th State in 2006. Her anti-abortion stance is certain to appeal to evangelicals, while her views on the threats of climate change mirror those of Senator McCain.
“Palin is becoming a star in the conservative movement, a fiscal conservative in a state that is looking like a boondoggle for pork barrel spending,” Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway has said. “She’s young, vibrant, fresh and now, and a new mother of five. She should be in the top tier. If the Republican Party wants to wrestle itself free from the perception that it is royalist and not open to putting new talent on the bench, this would be the real opportunity.”
UPDATE 10:35 AM:
It’s official–from the Campaign–IT’S PALIN!!!
UPDATE 10:30 AM:
Fox’s Bill Hemmer is saying its Palin…but I think it’s still all based on reports from unnamed sources.
We’ve got our ears to the track but nothing yet.
The DrudgeReport is saying no Romney and no Pawlenty but that is just speculation of course.
UPDATE: 10:00 AM:
Per WaPo, it was Marc Ambinder that made the Palin connection…
Atlantic blogger Marc Ambinder noted this morning that a private plane connected to a McCain fundraiser had traveled to an airport near Dayton yesterday from Anchorage.
The plane’s flight information and registration can be found using freely available flight tracking tools on the Internet. They show that the plane, a Gulfstream IV, landed at Hook Field municipal airport about a half-hour outside of Dayton at 10:07 pm last night.
UPDATE 9:27 AM:
Some sources say it’s Palin because it is rumored that her plane landed in Middletown, Ohio this morning. Middletown is about 20 miles SSE of Dayton, where it is said McCain will announce his Veep at a rally.
Obama is a strange one…and his campaign is all about him.
He has no record to speak of. No paper trail. No witnesses (except for those now, as Charles points out, resting uncomfortably under the bus).
As it was in the beginning, it still is now. It’s all about Obama yet we don’t know who he is.
Here’s Krauthammer’s opening volley in Real Clear Politics today…
Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.
Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States. A leap of such audacity is odd. The air of unease at the Democratic convention this week was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments — bearing even fewer witnesses.
Read the rest…