Thursday, September 4, 2008

Catching up

Sorry--it's been kind of hectic around here, so I haven't had a chance to post. The office was quite busy (yay!), so I've kind of had my hands full there. Hurricane Gustav has also wrenched things up a bit. We were all set to spend Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, but obviously that idea was quickly rethought. My mother is here with us, after making a rather tortuous journey last Saturday. At one point, she was actually aiming to evacuate to Covington or Pineville; fortunately, she came here, as neither one of those places fared that well. Word from N.O. is that her house is intact, but without power, so she will hang out here with us for a few more days. We had Biblical rains here, and a fair amount of wind the last 2 days. It is amazing to me how much power these storms are still carrying this far north.

I have to mention briefly Sarah Palin. I thought her speech last night was great; as a first "test," she did extremely well. There is a lot more ahead of her, though, and she will be under enormous pressure in the next 50 or so days. I think most people left and right agree that the attacks on her and her family have been ridiculous and contemptible. Some of the "charges" (more like rumors) are baseless. I keep hearing that she banned books in the Wasilla library, yet other than two unconfirmed lines in a Time magazine article, I can't find anything to back it up. Same thing with the creationist charge (see this for clarification). The other stuff--she's against women's rights (!!!), she's not really the mother of the Downs baby--is just absurd.

She's a political pick, no doubt; ALL, and I mean ALL, VP picks are (why do so many in the MSM find this one "insulting?"). But I think she is going to be a lot more popular and resonate with a lot more people than anyone thought. Is she up for the big job? That remains to be seen, perhaps, but at least at this point, I gotta agree with the following (from a commenter over at Althouse:

Given all the slime thrown at her over the last 5 days, I feel like I just watched one of those action films where the hero disappears in debris, smoke, and a roar, the music pauses, and the hero steps forward out of the smoke, samurai sword slung over his shoulder. The music swells.

Even better was this gem (same post):

From now on, when a Democrat says "But what if McCain drops dead on his first day in office?!?!?!" I'm going to say "dude -- don't tease me like that."

Hope to get to some Russia stuff over the weekend. My lovely, incredible wife has a few pics up. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I heart Sarah!!!

She so real. She makes Americans really feel like anyone can be President. I hope that her family is one of the last people to have this awful responsibility (even in cases of rape and incest if she has anything to do with it), and even though they made the right choice, scratch that... decision, that's the word -- God they almost made a choice. Man, that was close! I also love how rough and tumble those folks are up there (and so close to Russia that she can see in Putin's eyes). And to clarify: reformer means something different up there. Follow along if you can: it's from an old eskimo word meaning rugged individual who needs $4000 per year, per person from the federal government (Wasilla, AK) to survive.

She made a great speech, and somehow (and I never thought I'd say this) that's not a bad thing anymore. I'm off to field dress a moose and secede from the union -- later, tater...

Anonymous said...

Also, a little inside baseball for you -- I live near D.C. so I'm an expert on VP vetting: the short list ended up being between not Leiberman and Palin, but Pailn and the kid that played McLovin' in Superbad. Who knew?

Small Town Doc said...


you so funny.

Have you heard this one?

“What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?”

“One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let's be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.

“The other kills her own food.”

Dood--eye em in ur campane, stealin ur votz!