Jul 04 2009

On Palin, I’ll wait and see: so should you

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 9:59 am

The news that Sarah Palin will resign as governor of Alaska is a huge surprise, of course, but the rush of the mainstream media to put a negative spin on it and the willingness of Republican talking heads (who support other candidates) to help the media continue the anti-Sarah barrage is laughable.

Palin’s stunning announcement raised more questions than it answered: Is she bowing out of public life? Is there a more nefarious reason for her resignation after only two-and-half years in office – yet another G.O.P. scandal in the offing? Or is the woman who tops most G.O.P. 2012 shortlists to challenge Barack Obama stepping down to get a head start on her next presidential campaign? Palin took no questions after her unscripted, rambling address, and her comments seemed to hint both ways: that she’s “passing the ball” of elected office, and that she plans on working for all Americans, not just Alaskans.

It’s especially funny that the article constantly quotes Republican “experts” and “seasoned pros” who think Palin’s decision was a poor one, and the choices of “top Republican advisers” for this article were the ones guaranteed to get a negative reaction.

If they were so smart, maybe we’d have a Republican president and/or congress right now. John McCain would not have been our candidate for president.  The national Republican party apparatus wouldn’t be acting the same old way, as if it learned nothing from recent debacles.

What’s telling, and typical: not a single person could be found by Time to say anything positive about the resignation, excepting a very tepid Schlafly comment.  And a “local Anchorage talk show host”?  His 15 seconds of fame, for sure.  And he has to have known that if he said anything positive about Palin, his quote would be edited out of the final article.    He’s a PBS kind of guy, and probably didn’t have that inclination in any case.  Another instance of shaping the story by whom you ask for quotes.

The national political/media establishment just can’t wrap its head around someone who actually feels honor bound to do the job she is elected to do, or resign if she can’t.  Plainly, it has become impossible for Palin to do that job, in her judgement.

I hope she is merely regrouping to run for national office.  But if she isn’t, it’s our loss.

In the meantime, expect the major media to add “quitter” to the drumbeat on Palin, and to mention that in every single story on her, as she pursues her plans.

Ignore it.  It’s probably wrong.

Jul 04 2009

Winning friends and influencing people… in all the right places

Category: abortion,Obama,religionharmonicminer @ 9:13 am

I’ve referred in earlier posts to the strange phenomena of Christians who voted for Obama, and continue to support him, on the theory that while Obama is not himself pro-life, his policies will lead to less abortion.   By now, it should be clear to anyone that Obama’s policies will increase abortions, yet many of his ostensibly pro-life supporters continue to support him, surely a case of refusing to see what must be painful to acknowledge.  And now, it’s difficult not to wonder if one of Obama’s chief “pro-life” supporters has been rewarded for his loyalty.

Professor Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine has been appointed by President Obama as Ambassador to Malta

Douglas Kmiec, the conservative Pepperdine University law professor and prominent supporter of President Barack Obama, is likely headed to the Mediterranean.

The White House said today that Obama has chosen Kmiec as the new ambassador to Malta, the archipelago nation south of Italy. Though originally a supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Kmiec has been a high-profile defender of the Obama administration and its personnel choices. He recently has come to the defense of Dawn Johnsen, nominated to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, even as Republicans have held up Johnsen’s nomination because of her views on abortion and national security.

I don’t know the professor, but it seems to me that if he wants to preserve his credibility as a “pro-life Obama supporter,” then he needs to turn down this appointment.   Otherwise, whatever the truth of the matter, he appears to be one more Obama supporter getting a payoff.   How can he serve in any way as a figure of conscience on the abortion issue for the Obama administration, when he works for them directly?

I hear that the going rate for state dinners in Malta is 30 pieces of silver.


UPDATE:  It would seem the Ambassador Kmiec didn’t quite fit the bill.  I wonder what his opinion is NOW of Obama’s governance…..