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The ‘Pre-Determined Order Of Things’ Was Upset By Palin

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Watching the “opinion elite” quietly, calmly go about their “business” after the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin is, unfortunately, just more of the same we have all come to expect of the impostor journalists that pass for what once was a noble profession, once upon a time.

Look at the carefully crafted headlines, served up for the morning spin:

It is quite apparent from those, and any other headlines you might search for on the Net, in relation to the just-concluded Biden/Palin debate, that the Pundit’s CW (Conventional Wisdom) sensibilities were mightily offended at Palin’s temerity at coming off as credible, and not as some (their words) “trailer trash” red-neck. The MSM / Bloggers simply cannot abide their pre-determined judgments being upset by anyone. Especially a conservative someone.

One might feel terribly out of place to point out to the media mavens what the Founding Fathers envisioned was not a ruling political class, but citizen politicians almost exactly like Sarah Palin, and not anything like Barack Obama, Joe Biden or even John McCain.  What matters most in our politicians is outlook and common sense, not an encyclopedic knowledge of who is President of every country on the planet, or even a working knowledge of the Monroe Doctrine.  After all, Monroe has been dead over one hundred years, hasn’t he?  It is highly doubtful any future President will invoke it as his justification for some unforeseen action.

Make no mistake about it, The Press is very much of and from our modern day ruling class.  They are no longer the watchers, but an integral part of “protecting” citizens from their own ignorance, by constantly preaching to us just what is needed in a plausible leader. This is only due to their unabashed, and undeniable liberalism, which they no longer bother to hide or apologize for.

I listened to the debate on the radio before watching the TiVo of it later. I thought Palin did a great job of softening up Biden, even using Obama as a club to beat the head of his running mate. Whenever she pointed out some instance where Biden and Obama disagreed, where she thought Biden was right and Obama was wrong, she sincerely congratulated his good judgment.  There was no knockout. But Palin has a good, steady (and deadly) jab.

Later, when I saw the debate on television, I was even more impressed. Palin loves the camera, and it loves her back. This is her medium, and debates are her forum. She’s a natural communicator, cut of the same cloth as Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton.

So, who won?  Palin, of course, you dolts!  She won the moment she decided to ignore Gwen Ifill and Joe Biden and do what Ronald Reagan was so hated by The Press and The Pundits, and beloved by the voters for so doing:  Talking directly to “the folks”. She reaffirmed their worst fear of fears, that of being superfluous, supercilious and completely unneeded, and I predict a new round of frenzied PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) in the final weeks of this campaign.

Bob Beckel huffed about how lacking in “stature” Palin was.  Excuse me?  Vice Presidents, historically, have been completely lacking in it!  Gravitas?  No Presidential candidate has ever been accused of seeking it in naming their running mates, that’s for damn sure. His talking points, furnished by the Obama campaign as their surrogate, are once again making the same old (and by now completely tired and pedantic) liberal mistake of being dismissive of anyone not sharing their left-wing POV.  Somehow, after being bludgeoned with Ronald Reagan for eight years in California as Governor, and again for an equally long period of time with President Reagan, one almost expects the liberals to have learned their lesson. It really does seem improbable they can be this obtuse, and actually keep repeating their mistakes, decade after decade.

The important thing is, “the folks” understood.  They know she is one of them, perhaps more so than any politician they can remember, since Ronald Reagan.  That is why Governor Palin is still the game-changer she first appeared to be. The more she is denigrated, marginalized, degraded and smeared, the more the people hate her attackers and are drawn to her, and by extension, John McCain.

Famously, years ago, in discussing the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers partnership, someone said she gave him sex and he gave her class.  McCain and Palin have such a symbiosis. McCain gives Palin his gravitas, and Palin gives McCain her unique connectivity to “the folks”.

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Alaska Dems Delete Page Crediting Palin with Killing ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

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Barack Obama and Howard Dean, head of the Democratic National Committee

Barack Obama and Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC, Share A Laugh Over Burying Evidence

At the suggestion of the Democratic National Committee’s Chairman, Howard Dean, who discussed it with Obama and Obama’s campaign manager,  David Plouffe, a web page crediting Governor Sarah Palin with killing the “Bridge From Nowhere”, has been “memory holed”. The web site, paid for by the Alaska Democratic Party, said unequivocally that the state of Alaska officially abandoned the Bridge to Nowhere project, and credits Governor Sarah Palin.

Or … it used to say that, before the page mysteriously vanished some time since September 4th…putting the blame for the “earmarks” where it clearly should have been, on Senator Ted Stevens, since only Members of Congress can request them….

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Here’s the Google cache link from September 4th: Retire Ted Stevens » Blog Archive » Ted Earmarked Funds for Bridge that Goes Nowhere. And here’s the text that they consigned to the memory hole, because it’s embarrassingly off their false and misleading message:

Ted Earmarked Funds for Bridge that Goes Nowhere

* Stevens championed proposed bridge near Ketchikan that became national symbol of wasteful spending

* Sen. Murkowski’s family would benefit personally from the bridge

* State of Alaska killed bridge

The proposed Gravina Island Bridge, also known as the “Bridge to Nowhere,” became a national symbol of wasteful congressional spending and driver of earmark reform. On Sept. 21, 2007, the State of Alaska officially abandoned the controversial project.

The Gravina Island Bridge initially received $223 million in 2005 via earmarks by Alaska Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. The bridge would have connected Ketchikan, Alaska with its local airport on nearby Gravina Island (population 50). Congress stripped the earmark after a national uproar about it but appropriated the money anyway for unspecified transportation uses. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s administration set aside about $113 million of the appropriation for the Ketchikan bridge. However, Gov. Sarah Palin said the $398 million bridge was $329 million short of full funding, and only $36 million in federal funds were set aside for it. She said it was clear Congress had little interest in spending any more money for it and that the state had higher priorities.

On Oct. 20, 2005, Ted threatened to resign from the Senate if lawmakers took away money allocated for the Gravina Island Bridge and the Knik Arm Bridge and redirected it to Hurricane Katrina repairs in Louisiana. The attempt to redirect the bridge money was defeated, but Congress later removed the earmarks after intense public criticism.

If the bridge were built, the family of Sen. Lisa Murkowski would benefit. Murkowski’s mother Nancy, wife of former Gov. Frank Murkowski, is co-owner with her three siblings of a 35-acre parcel of land on Gravina Island. The plot is valued at $245,000 and is within a mile of the bridge’s western end. While critics charge that the bridge would increase the value of their property, the Murkowski family has taken umbrage at any suggestion of impropriety. Murkowski called her family’s undeveloped Gravina parcel “a worthless piece of property.”

Dean, Obama and Plouffe will undoubtedly deny and and all wrongdoing, and say they were not in touch with the Alaska Democratic Party.  What else would you expect?  It is certainly just a “mistake” or some routine house cleaning, yes?

Though Gov. Palin originally supported the earmark spending on the Ketchikan bridge (“to nowhere), she eventually killed the project, chosing to spend Federal money on other infrastructure programs, and suggesting in a public address that adding additional ferry service would be a better, and less costly use of public funds.

However, Senator Joe Biden and Senator Barack Obama both voted for funding the Bridge, even when given a second chance by Sen. Tom Coburn, who proposed shifting earmark funds to Katrina relief.

Sen. John McCain did not vote on the Coburn Amendment, though he is on record as opposing the Ketchikan bridge earmark.

Read More of Obama and Biden Voted for Bridge to Nowhere off-site…

This story was compiled by Ridgeliner, with additional materials gathered from: Little Green Footballs, Yahoo Message Boards and JBlog Central.

What About ANWR & Drilling?

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When Congress established the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, it set aside a very small fraction of the northern coastal tip for oil exploration and drilling.  Check the record, this is true.  So why hasn’t this been done, ten years ago?  Watch this video and understand more than perhaps you do now……

The Most Experienced Executive In History

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According to a news item this morning, George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was the worlds most experienced executive!  George Romney?  Yes, I kid you not.  His Chairmanship of American Motors, Governor of Michigan and several campaigns for the Presidency make it so. He is followed closely by those well-known titans of industry, Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.  You didn’t know Nixon and Humphrey were executives?  You thought they were well-known politicians/office holders?  Well that’s because you don’t believe in change!  You’re an antiquated relic from the past, perhaps…even…..perhaps even a distraction….

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The news item I spoke of above was an interview with Barack Obama. The  Chosen One.  On Anderson Cooper’s show @ CNN Mr. Obama made some pretty amazing assertions, after the obligatory Hurricane Gustav concerns:

Now the video, aside from proving the man cannot speak easily without a teleprompter, is to me, absolutely stunning.

Obama: Well, you know, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about 3 times that just for the month. So I think our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear…

Obama compares the size of his campaign to the small Alaskan town Governor Palin was mayor of and suggests that since his campaign has more employees and will spend more money, that he is then the more experienced and more qualified executive!  Stop and think about those exact words.

Obama apparently forgot that Governor Palin is also a governor. And perhaps he didn’t know (but of course he does), but the number of state employees in Alaska dwarfs anything his campaign could ever hope to hire. And the Alaska state budget is some 22 times higher than the budget of the Obama campaign. And the investment boards and total revenue invested for the Alaska Trust (these are the mandadated investment of all mineral revenues) is in the tens of billions of dollars!

Oddly enough, Obama doesn’t site his days as a “community organizer” or his service in the Illinois State Senate, where presumably he did have a staff, as part of his executive experience.

In his very own words, Senator Obama concedes that the only executive experience he has had is that of running his campaign for President, these scant past two years. He is actually suggesting that the experience he has gotten from running his campaign is a major part of what qualifies him to be president!

John McCain’s spokesman called the suggestion “laughable.”

“For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and its laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy as comparable to Governor Sarah Palin’s executive experience managing a budget of over $10 billion and more than 24,000 employees,” said spokesman Tucker Bounds.

This is the first that I could find, in hours of searching, of Barack Obama claiming to take a personal role in running his campaign, being in effect the CEO of it.  All previous mentions by Obama reference his campaign manager, media people, and all that.  I did find a video of him in his Chicago HQ remarking how he barely recognized the faces, the place had grown so. I have run some pretty large campaigns, and have yet to run across a candidate one could compare to a CEO/COO/Chairman.

Using only Obama’s standard, it is crystal clear Governor Palin has the far greater executive experience. She controls a budget of almost $10 billion and a state work force of some 20,000+ employees – ten times the number Obama employs in his campaign. And a budget some 20 times higher than anything Obama will manage in this year’s campaign.

Here are just a few of the duties a sitting governor deals with daily:

* Government administration
* Commerce, Community & Economic Development
* Corrections/Prisons/Criminal Justice
* Education
* Environmental policies
* Fish & Game
* Health and Social Services
* Labor
* Law
* Military and Veterans’ Affairs
* Natural Resources
* Public Safety
* Revenue
* Transportation and Public Facilities
* State College and Universities
* State Legislature/Approving or Vetoing Bills
* Court System Administration
* Fund Capitalization
* Public Education Fund
* Special Appropriations
* Retirement policies

While many on the left are busy denouncing Palin for not having enough executive experience, while noting Obama’s vast experience as a community organizer and a state senator, they overlook the following: that as the governor of a state, even a small  population state like Alaska, you confront issues and have responsibilities that are very much like those you will come into contact with in the White House.

I think it only logical to conclude that experience is even more relevant in Governor Palin’s case, as she is a politician used to being far closer, having more direct contact and feedback with her Constituents than Obama, who as a United States Senator and Illinois State Senator comes from a state with a compariatively huge population base that makes direct contact problematic.

What say you?