Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Palin can handle ‘the Left’

September 17, 2008


One question ABC's Charles Gibson neglected to ask Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during his interview with her last week was this: You are young enough to be John McCain's daughter. Twenty-eight years separate you. Will you be able to walk into the Oval Office and say, "Mr. President, you are wrong about this and here is what you should do instead"?

Palin says she will focus on energy, government reform and helping families with special-needs children if she becomes vice president but to what extent will she consult with McCain on other issues and how much influence will she have on his decisions?

Given that McCain has plucked her from relative obscurity, will she feel confident enough to tell a President McCain things he may not want to hear? There are already some issues on which Palin disagrees with McCain, such as global warming, drilling in ANWR and stem cell research. How hard would she push her own beliefs?

The last vice president to experience a large age gap between himself and the president was Dan Quayle, who was two weeks shy of his 42nd birthday when he was sworn in in 1989. President George H.W. Bush was 64. Their 22-year gap is close to the 28-year difference between McCain and Palin, but unlike the McCain-Palin relationship, Quayle had known his running mate for a number of years before he was selected. Quayle also had experience as a senator and congressman.

Quayle's youthful looks and exuberance at being selected invited the media to mock him, which they never tired of through his four years in office. In a telephone conversation, I asked Quayle if he thought Palin could deliver her own straight talk to McCain. He said, "I believe she can. She is strong and not reluctant to express her opinion." Asked whether he thinks Palin is prepared to be vice president, Quayle said, "By January 20, she's going to have a lot more knowledge than she has today. Every single day she will gain valuable experience working with John McCain."

Quayle also said every criticism leveled at Palin was leveled "almost verbatim at me." He said, "People who supported us were called by the media and our opponents 'dumb' and 'mean-spirited.'" He added, "The liberal media are scared of effective conservatives."

Recalling the "running battle (Michael) Dukakis and I had for two weeks in 1988," Quayle said, "I just hope they continue to go after her." He noted that when Dukakis kept attacking him, Dukakis' poll numbers declined.

The left is getting desperate. It thought this election was in the bag for Barack Obama and his legions of extremist acolytes, such as ACORN,, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers. Now, with some polls showing the public is paying attention and may not be as enamored with Obama and his far-left ideas and associations as in the early days of the campaign, when it was seduced by his rhetorical skills, people may be experiencing buyer's remorse.

The New York Times, which is declining in circulation, revenue and influence, is raging against the dying of its once bright light. On Saturday, it carried an editorial and two columns critical of Palin. On Sunday, there were two anti-Palin columns and one attacking McCain for "Making America Stupid." The week before, the Times carried five anti-Palin stories on its front page.

The left-leaning Huffington Post carried the rant of a blogger named Michael Seitzman. He mocked Palin for mispronouncing nuclear ("nucular," she pronounced it, which is better than Jimmy Carter's "nuk-e-yer"). Seitzman proceeded to call anyone who likes McCain, Palin and President Bush "an idiot ... mentally ill, mentally disabled, or mentally disturbed." Name-calling is the final refuge of the desperate.

This has been the Left's view of the Right since the Right decided it would no longer roll over and accept whatever the Left wanted to do. Anyone who doesn't agree with the Left's belief in higher taxes, bigger government, less personal responsibility and the use of the courts as a cultural wrecking ball is, by definition, qualified to be institutionalized.

The Left is concerned that all of its work to create a liberal version of "The Stepford Wives" may be unraveling. It doesn't know how to handle Sarah Palin, but that's OK. It has become increasingly clear that Sarah Palin knows how to handle them.

- Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.


Jennifer Forth 9 years, 9 months ago

"So what exactly was the problem with providing them with an address? Is that an issue only because it happened to you?" - only because I had just moved here and was staying in a hotel. A hotel is not an address. The executive apartment we later rented for a month was. No more information was needed for them, just more money. A key to a door is just a key. Money was all the difference. I could have told them a coworker's address and they would have been fine with that, as long as I didn't tell them it wasn't living there. Explain to me how someone who is new to an area and working in a less than high-paying job is supposed to meet the bank's demands. It is an issue to me because it is illogical and I can't believe it is a policy no one questions. "Terrorists never hijacked jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center until 9/11/01 either. Just because they haven't done something yet doesn't mean it won't happen." - Just because they did it once doesn't mean it will happen again either. Your point? Meanwhile thousands are dying in this country from inadequate roads and sh** health care. As long as they can keep texting while driving, everything's fine, but be sure to keep the populace paranoid about the "what if" instead of the "right now"."Seems to me like there's an awful lot of whining over nothing, except for the fact it's associated with the Bush Administration." - Nothing? Where have you been for the past 8 years? I won't cut and paste as many have before but there is a lot wrong with this country and the hope is we can fix it in time to still keep our heads above water. "I truly wish you folks would go live under a facist regime so you would know the difference." - and you have? Do tell us of the experience. I'm curious to know where in the world this fascist regime is hiding.

Robert Marble 9 years, 9 months ago

looks like the lefties are getting desperate. rioting at the rnc, exploiting racial divisions, extending voting rights to convicted felons- now hacking emails? no wonder hussein obama has slipped so far. those are rather extreme tactics, even for a democrat.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 9 months ago

logic,I agree there are things worth fighting for in principle. I've certainly fought my share of those battles. My belief about the Patriot Act is that the only people who fear it are the one's who should. Having said that, I understand you have your reasons for opposing it, I haver mine for not. So, as stated here by others before, we shall agree to disagree.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 9 months ago

Tell me logic, how many of your phone calls have been tapped by the feds? How many times has your life been disrupted by the Patriot Act? Which is more important to you, obtaining information that could save the lives of who knows how many soldiers or innocent civilians or making sure some gutless murdering terrorist, who made conscious choices in his life, gets treated with kid gloves? Facist? Riiiiiiiiiight!

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 9 months ago

So, on your logic, banks don't follow the Patriot Act rendering it useless anyway. Too bad I wasn't illegal or I could have gone to one of them instead.

budwhysir 9 years, 9 months ago

I cant understand what everyone is talking about. I tuned into her speach the other night and I think she is going to be the next princes diana. Maybe none of you have seen this interview. I think it was Satruday night on SNL

kansanjayhawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Palin is twice a experienced as Barack Obama and I think that is the critical point. Mr. Obama is not at all qualified to be the President of the United States!

repaste 9 years, 9 months ago

cal - coo-coo The right now has socialized our investment banking, our mortage market, tripled the size of government and brought the strongest economy in the world to it's knees - good job now get a life.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

Good thing Palin can handle the Left, because John McCain couldn't even handle the ladies on The View.

jhwk2008 9 years, 9 months ago

madmike says:"I agree Asbestos, also i see that some leftist hacked into Palin's personal email account."The same one she was using for official state business? Hope there's nothing too confidential in there.

ASBESTOS 9 years, 9 months ago

She does fine with the "left" is it she in that tank MSM and all their "sliming" and unequal scrutiny on Obama that is the Problem.Look at CNN again: Martin and MIke Toobin the CNN version of Oblermann and Matthews are totaly in the tank. Martin says "lies" about 28 times in a 5 miunte monolouge on McCain, and Campbell Brown that transparent airhead states this:"Martin continued to use the "lie" term as he sparred with Castellanos until the end of the segment. In a move of honesty, host Campbell Brown stated at the end of the segment that "just in case anyone was unclear on this, Obama -- Roland is supporting Obama now. Alex Castellanos, obviously, a McCain supporter.""Here is Toobins lame excuse for getting caught on not fact checking:"MADDEN: Well, the first thing you have to remember about that charge is that I think it even came up during the Democrat primary, and secondly, Byron York had a very lengthy examination of that charge today in the National Review that documents entirely what is in that bill, and it would be troubling to a lot of Americans to see that Barack Obama supported that.Toobin brushed off the charge in response: "It was a bi-partisan, non-controversial program.""How About Kansas Gov. Kathy and here racist comment on voters:"Asked at a brown-bag lunch at the local library why the campaign is neck-and-neck, Sebelius said "code language" raising doubts about Obama is invalid because his life experience "has a lot more to do with me and my family.""I think that the notion that, 'By the way, have any of you noticed that Barack Obama is part African American?' I think that is for a number of people difficult," Sebelius said. "I think we need to talk about the fact that that is a real issue.""So basically Kathy if Obama loses that means AMericans are a bunch of backwards racists?Good Luck on that one and promoting a forward looking political future, Kathy you idiot.Does this Kansas Airhead think she is getting elected to anything in Kansas after that stupid statment?

denak 9 years, 9 months ago

What a sad piece.The first paragraph or two I thought Cal Thomas was doing ok with his article but halfway through, he started to attack "the Left." If he wanted to promote Sarah Palin he should have just left out the middle part and just had the first and last half of the article. Then it would have made sense.But no he goes off on this tangent about "the left," without even defining just who or what "the left." is.I'm kind of getting tired of people saying that Sarah Palin can handle "the left" or hearing her make comments about how she is different from Washington's "elite." It is just a bunch of political hooey. If McCain is elected she is going to half to work with the so-called "elict" and "the left" in order to get things done.All this blustering on her and the Republicans part, is just annoying.Dena

Jim Phillips 9 years, 9 months ago

logic---Given the nature of the beast we are dealing with, yes.

Centerville 9 years, 9 months ago

She can handle "the Left" because they mean nothing to her. She has a real life. And it shows.

JohnBrown 9 years, 9 months ago

In Palin's 1st interview she said she didn't hesitate when asked to be VP. In her interview on Fox News her reply to the same question was she called a family meeting and took a vote before deciding. So, which is it?

slang4d 9 years, 9 months ago

Tom Shewmon (Tom Shewmon) says:I have an idea:::but I can't say it, like most things I can't say in the confines of this dynamic reader comment forum.Are you crazy liberals loaning your paranoia-inducing kool-aid to the republicans? Stop that.

ASBESTOS 9 years, 9 months ago

BTW, LJWOrld, why was there no coverage of Kathy's stupid statment?Media Bias comes home?

ASBESTOS 9 years, 9 months ago

"One cannot open a bank account without an address, even if one is trying to open said bank account to transfer money and get a mortgage. No address, no account."NOt true, illegal aliens get them all the time from banks that cater specifically to illegal aliens.Yes it is against the law and for good reason.Lots of people got these loans for houses with NO documentation, again illegal.The banks did not care then, and the CEOs got their golden parachute, and the taxpayer citizen gets screwed.

ASBESTOS 9 years, 9 months ago

Be, the ladies on "The View" all had wet panties over Obama. I saw a side by side of what the ladies attitude was wehn Obama was on the show, they actually "cooed" and told him how sexy he (Obama) was.When McCain showed up so did the PMS B*647s! What a bunch of angry women they were when they actually "confronted" McCain.This was nothing more thatn another liberal Media SHow in the tank for Obama. Thew were just plain rude ot McCain.

repaste 9 years, 9 months ago

Don't let her exx, say no. sarah couln't, she was preggo when she was married,

LiberalDude 9 years, 9 months ago

Cal Thomas is all that is wrong with this country. He is on the same level as Limbaugh in my book.

Orwell 9 years, 9 months ago

"Name-calling is the final refuge of the desperate," says Cal Thomas thereby proving his own desperation.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 9 months ago

logic- "... I have a hard time taking such complaints seriously considering the amount of demonization of liberals that comes at the hands of "The Right". Terrorist sympathizers, unpatriotic, unamercian. These are all terms that have been leveled at the left for failing to agree with many of the facist-like tactics and policies of the right under George Bush."Apparently you don't have that much difficulty in taking these complaints seriously. Why else would they bother you so much Then, after all of your ranting and raving about labels, you do exactly the same thing with your facist statement. Hypocrite!

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 9 months ago

Having moved here from out of town, I can share a story about the Patriot Act. One cannot open a bank account without an address, even if one is trying to open said bank account to transfer money and get a mortgage. No address, no account. Period. No account, no address was my argument. Is this logical to you Guardian? That's you Patriot Act in action. Providing patriots with more red tape.Is it logical for small children to have to remove their shoes when going through airport security? Homeland Security thinks so. How many terrorists have smuggled a bomb inside the sandal of a five-year-old? Fascist indeed.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 9 months ago

So what exactly was the problem with providing them with an address? Is that an issue only because it happened to you? Terrorists never hijacked jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center until 9/11/01 either. Just because they haven't done something yet doesn't mean it won't happen. Seems to me like there's an awful lot of whining over nothing, except for the fact it's associated with the Bush Administration.I truly wish you folks would go live under a facist regime so you would know the difference.

feeble 9 years, 9 months ago

hacked. right.They guessed her yahoo mail password. I don't know how they discovered her email address (, probably by doing some kind of query on addresses containing palin, but discovered that she had two security questions (what is your birthday, what is your zipcode) which can easily be discovered by a quick google search or trip to wikipedia. They guessed correctly that Palin's password was her Wasillia, AK zip code. Her zip code.I'm sorry, but if you think using your zip code as a password is a good idea, you have no business being on deck to POTUS. Even my 85 year-old grandmother knows better.The icing on the cake is that she was using a personal account to hide official state business. That's corruption of the highest order.

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 9 months ago

The next Princess Diana? Are you kidding? When was this country interested in royalty being in charge? Perhaps you are suggesting she photographs well and lets people forget about the troubles her country is facing while they dream of getting their hair cut to look like hers. Of course for Palin it is the $375 Japanese eyeglasses.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

Gaurdian: "My belief about the Patriot Act is that the only people who fear it are the one's who should."And those people are called "Americans."

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