But if Mr. Biden comes on too hard in the vice presidential debate, he'll look like a bully. And Alaska is littered with the bodies of those who tried to bully Sarah Palin and failed.
Scott at Powerline:
The experience question -- implicit in Kelly's concern about Palin's campaign performance -- remains a kind of trap door on her candidacy. Obama's endless parade of ignorant gaffes are walled off by a bodyguard of media fans. Governor Palin will have no such margin for error.
Mark Steyn in NRO's The Corner:
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.The Left/Obama Campaign/MSM does seem awfully proud of Obama's basketball skills: I've seen quips about Obama vs. McCain on the basketball court. Palin does have a state championship to match up against Obama's very nice (considering the pressure) 21 foot basket on his troop visit.
Whenever Senator Obama attempts anything non-political (such as bowling), he comes over like a visiting dignitary to a foreign country getting shanghaied into some impenetrable local folk ritual. Sarah Palin isn't just on the right side of the issues intellectually. She won't need the usual stage-managed "hunting" trip to reassure gun owners....
As for bowling, here's an old blurb I liked, but never published, from Thomas Sowell:
If Barack Obama had given a speech on bowling, it might well have been brilliant and inspiring. But instead he actually tried bowling and threw a gutter ball. The contrast between talking and doing could not have been better illustrated.
Sowell's observation occurred during my own hiatus from criticizing Obama. No such hiatus is in effect now!
You may find this shocking, but I keep the Obama criticism tamped down on the blog. I mean this: Barack is a gaffe machine and therefore there is immense volume of potential material for criticism. It may be hard to believe, but I imitate the MSM and ignore the vast majority of it. I blog for fun. Too much Barack criticism is no fun.
Two examples of Barack gaffes I've up to now ignored:
- On 8/21, Barack compared the immorality of Russia's invasion of Georgia to our overthrow of the Saddam government. link This one gaffe, in and of itself, shows sufficient lack of reason and wisdom as to properly disqualify anyone from serious candidacy for POTUS. When Barack goes extemporaneous - and his true thoughts and opinions come out - he is a disaster.
- Also on 8/21, Barack said:
"[China's] ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you're starting to think, "Beijing looks like a pretty good option."
Barack, when he looks at China, doesn't see oppressive forced labor by peasants. He doesn't see the Potemkin aspects of the Olympic charade. Instead, he sees the glorious triumph of strong centralized government. At his core, Barack is about the glory of strong centralized government.
In Iraq and Georgia, Barack didn't see humanity being oppressed by Saddam and now by Putin. Instead, he heard this refrain inside his head: "War is bad for children and all living things." The refrain is so loud inside his head that it drowns out his reason.