McCain unleashes Sarah Palin, his bombshell of a VP pick (pun totally intended - love the beehive and naughty librarian glasses). The leftwing blogosphere shifts into warp drive: She faked her pregnancy; Trig isn't Sarah's baby... he's Bristol's! Frenzied Daily Kos diarists published reports with highly scientific evidence 'debunking' the pregnancy like tiny pixelated pictures of the governor wearing all black and *gasp* she doesn't look preggo at 5mo! Michael Moore demands DNA evidence. In his blog, Liberaland, Fox News commenter Alan Colmes (of Hannity and Colmes) becomes completely unglued and suggests that Palin is an unfit mother and second guesses her obstetrician. Bloggers and the commentariat all over the left have asserted that because she has five children she cannot possibly be a good mother and VP. The Democratic party supports working mothers, but only if they don't have too many kids or get too ambitious.
Next plot twist, the Republican campaign announces that, in fact, 17 year old Bristol Palin is pregnant. Without skipping a beat, lefty smears about the youngest Palin are dropped in favor of the McCain-didn't-vet-his-VP meme, quickly followed by odd fantasies that 'evangelicals' will reject her. Alan Colmes has to pile on one more completely original smear:
Alan Colmes: Conservative Family Values
In her speech in Dayton today, Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she and her husband are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, which means they were married on August 29, 1988.
On April 20, 1989 – less than eight months after they eloped – their first son, Track, was born.
I think I can guess the real reason why they eloped, and it wasn’t to save money on an expensive wedding.
Sooo ... Sarah Palin had pre-marital sex and then married the baby daddy? That's scandalous? What century is Colmes blogging from, the 1800's? Actually, marrying your high school sweat heart, finishing college, having five beautiful children, and celebrating a happy 20yr marriage, all while leading a blazingly successful career... those ARE conservative family values.
Interestingly enough, rap star P. Diddy offers by far the most balanced and least sexist commentary coming out of the left. Language alert, lots of f-bombs, it also might make you motion sick.
Diddy Blog #16 - "John McCain Is Buggin The F%^k Out'"!
Alaska, mother fucker? What is the reality in Alaska? There's not even no crackheads in Alaska. There's not even no black people. There's not even no, like, crime, or like foreign policies."
Yup. You heard the man correctly: reality = crackheads = black people = crime = foreign policy. That's Diddy's theory; not mine.
Whew. Did you get all that? I'm still soaking it up. I have to give a nod to Obama for doing the classy thing and issuing this statement:
I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president.
It sounds like, suddenly, the left is afraid, very afraid. Last night, we got a little taste of why:
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.
And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.
But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.
Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.
Jab. Jab. Right hook. Jab. Uppercut.
Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.
Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.
Congress spends too much ... he promises more.
Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.
The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses.
How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.
How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?
Personal disclosure: I was jumping on the couch and cheering about halfway through this speech. I was wondering what it was going to take to get me excited about the Republican ticket. Sarah 'Cuda just might be my hero.
Dangit! The P. Diddy video just disappeared from Youtube! Conspiracy!