Republican Convention 2008

Palin in Comparison: Republicans Love Her, and She Loves Ron Paul

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The most potent shot of snark over the Sarah Palin pick is that the conservative base is revealing how little it cared about the war on terror by rah-rahing and callooh-callaying the nomination of a 1/3-term governor of Alaska to co-lead the republic. Brookhiser:

Reader after reader said that the base was now energized. You would have thought the base was energized by being in a war. If not, perhaps we need a new base.

But au contraire! The base is excited by Palin's experience. After a screening of An American Carol (about which more later) I milled around with delegates and asked Idaho McCainie (and state representative) Marge Chadderdon if she liked the Palin pick. She did! Palin had gone to school in Idaho, and when she met Chadderdon she asked her: "Are you a Vandal?" She wasn't, but it warmed Chadderdon to her.

Was she confident in Palin's experience? "She's got more experience than Obama," Rep. Chadderdon said. "She's the head of the Alaska National Guard, and Alaska's the closest part of our country to Russia. She's dealt with them, and that's very important now." I was curious: How had Palin worked with Russia? What were the issues she'd hammered out with them. "The oil, I think."

In related, non-fetal Palin news, Ron Paul blogger Meli Oped re-uploads a Palin interview from earlier this year in which the gallopin' gov praises Dr. Ron "Ron Paul" Paul.

"He's cool! He's a good guy. He's so independent. He's independent of, like, the party machine? I'm, like, right on, that's, so am I. The party machinery, on both sides of the party, you know. It's—Americans are tired of the incessant partisanship that gets in the way of doing the right thing for this country."

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  1. What!?!? No comments about her unwed, 17 year-old daughter’s pregnancy and the announcement that she’ll marry the father?

    This race just keeps getting better. Did Rupert Murdoch buy the country and turn the presidential race into a reality television show without telling anyone?

  2. “”He’s cool! He’s a good guy. He’s so independent. He’s independent of, like, the party machine? I’m, like, right on, that’s, so am I. The party machinery, on both sides of the party, you know. It’s-Americans are tired of the incessant partisanship that gets in the way of doing the right thing for this country.”

    Wow, that had, like, all the eloquence and erudition one would expect of, like, someone with a bachelors degree in journalism from U of Idaho!

  3. I am so, like, ready to lead and, like, look forward to the day I assume the Presidency. It would be so, like, cool, for sure.

  4. I’m getting tired of people reporting that she loves Ron Paul. All she had was a few decent words to say about him. Just because none of the other Republicans had anything decent to say about him at all doesn’t mean she loves him.

  5. I see MNG’s displaying his educational bigotry again. Heaven forfend that someone have just a bachelor’s degree!

    So, MNG, when you called Rush Limbaugh a “fat faggot” and “fat pussy”, is that the level of erudition we can expect from assholes…despite your Ph.D.?

  6. How can she like Ron Paul and be McCain’s running mate? They are the polar opposites in the Republican Party. Well, at least she doesn’t think that Dr. Paul is a lunatic anarchist nut-job like all other Republicans.

    And she’s much prettier than Joe Biden–and Hillary Clinton.

  7. Far out, man. Groovy.

  8. Like, oh my god, she’s got, like, sooooooo much more experience than Obama. With, like, the oil, I think.

  9. “I see MNG’s displaying his educational bigotry again”

    Oh my, such sensitivity! Sorry the gal isn’t very good at schoolin’ TAO.

    You really are sore there, huh? Did you flunk out or not get accepted where you wanted? Don’t take it personally or as a measure of yoour worth, maybe it was just the liberal bias of your profs, or their educational bigotry?

    By the way Rush is indeed both “fat” and a “pussy.” Or, in Palin speak, “That Rush Limbaugh, he’s like, fat, and like, a pussy.”

  10. uh no, I’m not “sore”. I just think that it underscores assholery to be an educational bigot such as yourself.

  11. Oh my, such sensitivity! Sorry the gal isn’t very good at schoolin’ TAO.

    “You know, high school a PhD program is a lot like the slammer. The food sucks, they tell you where to go and how to do it. And if someone tries to make you their bitch, you just stick them with a shiv in the showers.”

  12. But maybe you could start by using your lamentably unrecognized intellectual talents by answering the question: does Palin not have one of the lowest levels of educational attainment among state executives, or not?

    I have lots of friends with “just” bachelors degrees, with no degrees, and with terminal degrees. For many of them having a Masters or a JD or any degree would be silly for the interests they have or the work they do. Their fine people.

    But if I were hiring for an executive for a big enterprise and all other things being equal one person had a Phd or MD and the other had a bachelors degree from U of Idaho I know how I, and most other people, would choose.

    There is a reason why the more education a person has the more money they can usually command as salary. That’s the market speaking TAO baby.

  13. But if I were hiring for an executive for a big enterprise and all other things being equal one person had a Phd or MD and the other had a bachelors degree from U of Idaho I know how I, and most other people, would choose.

    yeah, I guess *sight unseen* I could see that. But what an idiotic and substance-less hypothetical. It would, of course, depend on the job, what it entailed, how much social skill is required, etc.

    does Palin not have one of the lowest levels of educational attainment among state executives, or not?

    I’m not the one who cares so much. You are…so you go figure it out.

    Their fine people.

    D’oh! Ph.D. isn’t in English, I hope…

  14. Epi
    “Blackman: [excusing himself from Jellineck’s bedside in the hospital] I’ve got to go see a student in the maternity ward. ”

    I think it was Palin’s daughter…

  15. I was curious: How had Palin worked with Russia?… “The oil, I think.”

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  16. Educational attainment is actually a very good predictor of a host of socially desirable skills, including intelligence. Have you not read, say, Charles Murray on this subject?

    I for one, other things being equal, want my potential President to be as smart as possible without picking someone who has policies that are horrible.

  17. Have you not read, say, Charles Murray on this subject?

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

  18. No wonder she had a Down’s baby — she’s a Paultard herself!

  19. Palin had gone to school in Idaho, and when she met Chadderdon she asked her: “Are you a Vandal?” She wasn’t, but it warmed Chadderdon to her.

    Let’s untangle the pronouns:

    Palin had gone to school in Idaho, and when Palin met Chadderdon Palin asked Chadderdon: “Are you a Vandal?” Chadderdon wasn’t, but it warmed Chadderdon to Palin.

    Ah, much better.

    I was only able to decipher this because, as a Vandal myself, this is relevant to my interests.

  20. “She’s the head of the Alaska National Guard, and Alaska’s the closest part of our country to Russia.”

    My nomination for the most pathetic “reach” this side of Hannity…

  21. Mr. Nice Guy | September 1, 2008, 1:20pm | #

    But maybe you could start by using your lamentably unrecognized intellectual talents by answering the question: does Palin not have one of the lowest levels of educational attainment among state executives, or not?

    I have lots of friends with “just” bachelors degrees, with no degrees, and with terminal degrees. For many of them having a Masters or a JD or any degree would be silly for the interests they have or the work they do. Their fine people.

    But if I were hiring for an executive for a big enterprise and all other things being equal one person had a Phd or MD and the other had a bachelors degree from U of Idaho I know how I, and most other people, would choose.

    There is a reason why the more education a person has the more money they can usually command as salary. That’s the market speaking TAO baby.

    If you are judging by salary, then a Masters degree or a professional degree is best. The salary gains from holding a Ph.D. verse a Masters is not enough to compensate for the lost years of work. Besides, if you read research papers from the 1890’s you’ll see that people with advance degrees can still have plenty of wrong ideas. A candidate’s voting record tells you much more about his intelligence than you can glean from his degree.

  22. “A candidate’s voting record tells you much more about his intelligence than you can glean from his degree.”

    Yes, let’s go by Palin’s voting record.

  23. “…both sides of the party”?

    So, would those sides be the Republicans and the Democrats? Whoops!

  24. “Yes, let’s go by Palin’s voting record.”

    What you do in the booth is between you and Uncle Sam only.

    (Not every VP is a Senator!)

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