Speaking of which, a note to Dylan: I visited the golfer last weekend and we took her out to dinner at Outback the first night. Guess what was on the menu: Newcastle Brown Ale. It was two for one night so I did the smart thing. "This is good," I said to Bern, "wanna taste?" She hefted it up and when she put it down the mug was half empty. "Don't you have a margarita to work on?" I asked, peeved. But it gave me an excuse to order another one. And maybe one more. I can't remember. It went well with the brown bread and bloomin' onion.
Last night, for the first time since the 1984 Reagan campaign, I watched a convention speech, the one delivered by Sarah Palin, you know, the woman who is completely unqualified to be vice-president because she's so inexperienced and has a large family which includes a pregnant teenage daughter and a Down syndrome child.
But before I get to that, let me tell you about my trip to the Huffington Post the other day. Like the email to Frum, such visits are exceedingly rare. I think it was the day after Mrs. Palin had been nominated, and I wanted to watch the leftwingnuts come unscrewed. Something in my gut told me that this woman was the worst thing that could ever happen to them. Here are some of the article titles that greeted me:
"2 Top Alaska Newspapers Question
"Most People Would Acknowledge...Palin Is Not Ready For The Top Job"
"It's Stunning That Someone With So Little National And International Experience Might Be Heartbeat Away From The Presidency"
"Do You Feel Ready To Be A Heartbeat Away From The Presidency?"
Palin: "Absolutely. Yup, Yup..."
"Forget Dan Quayle. Palin is more Harriet Miers -- chosen for all the wrong reasons, and glaringly not up to the task. Maybe an anxious nation can offer John McCain a do-over." - Arianna Huffington [Why? Would she vote for him if we did?]
"The VP Choice that Lost the Presidency..."
"What Sarah Palin shows is that once again, the right wing is adept at turning the women's movement upside down and offering us a woman who reinforces patriarchal power rather than challenges it."
"Palin: You're no Hillary Clinton"
"GOP Alaska State Senator: Palin 'Not Prepared To Be Governor. How Can She Be Prepared To Be Vice President Or President?' "
"Scholars: Palin Least Experienced Person On Major-Party Ticket In Modern Era"
"A Feminist Appalled by Palin":
'It's no rare thing for the right wing to use prominent women to keep the rest of us down. But just because Sarah Palin is a woman doesn't mean she's good for women. And female voters know that.' [I want readers to know that the sentence previous to the last is grammatically illiterate, but don't wish to take the time explaining why. I see so much of it in so-called professional writing that it exhausts me; plus, I'll get plenty of practice now that school's started.]
"Sarah Palin Vs. Polar Bears"
"Palin: From TV sports anchor to vice-presidential running mate"
"Sarah Palin: A Woman Who Forces Every American To Ask 'Why Aren't I Running For President?' "
That should do it. I'm not doing an analysis of the VP candidate or of her speech. I'll let others. Most, uh, pointed correspondence from a reader of this blog who was too shy to put it in comments:
I'd love to be a fly on the wall at that first Cabinet meeting when Vice-President Palin whips out the breast and starts nursing Trig...Pax Christi, Bob.Now, it's not entirely his fault. I have a history on this subject which probably provoked it.
hey dad, i just read the comments in your latest post - very entertaining...I love watching you work people with your reasoning skills...[That's my kid]. So, i was under the impression that McCain was pro-life - i heard him on tv the other day saying that he believed life began at conception...Why are you unsure if you will vote for mccain/palin? if they are both pro-life isn't it kinda a no-brainer?
i seriously fear for what would happen to this place should o'bama take over. Like Curly Bill once said, "Lord have mercy if Ringo ever gets ahold of this outfit!"
As for analysis of Palin's speech, I'll leave it to the same correspondent (who is unusually excited about this woman). No sooner had the speech begun than the text-messages started beeping in. I was outside exercising when the first one came, so my wife answered:
Bern: U watchin the convention?
Mom: Just got home. Dad's outside.
Bern: Palin is fixin to speak in 6 minutes. Tell Dad to get his head out of his (snip).
Mom: He will be in his chair.
Bern: Her hair is awesome!
Me: No answer.
Bern: She's pretty, graceful, passionate, classy, genuine, intelligent, and a mom - why isn't she running for president?
Me: You sound like Lydia and Zippy.
Bern: Should I be flattered?
Bern: It's funny how true compassion is so easily seen on the face of a mom.
Me: I'm going to use that on my blog.
Bern: Wish she had talked about her pro-life beliefs a little more.