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Archive for February 8th, 2009

Page suggests this GOP figure will complete party’s ticket

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

WND WorldNetDaily
Is mysterious website tipping off McCain’s VP?
Page suggests this GOP figure will complete party’s ticket
Posted: August 18, 2008
9:58 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Could this sign become familiar soon?

Alaska’s Sarah Palin is a bold, first-term Republican governor, a former beauty pageant winner, a mother of five and, if a website of mysterious origin proves prophetic, she could be Sen. John McCain’s choice for vice presidential running mate.

Scouring the Internet for possible presidential and VP combinations, most websites – such as, or – turn up as domain names for sale or general information sites.

Then there’s

The page displays paid political advertising and the statement, “Welcome to–the best source for information on the John McCain – Sarah Palin 2008 Republican Presidential Ticket. Stayed (sic) tuned for important announcements.”

Despite a report by Washington D.C.’s Roll Call last week that Palin had submitted paperwork to the Republican national office, her press secretary, Bill McAllister, told WND that McCain has given no indication of choosing her as his running mate.

“The governor will play some kind of unspecified role in the convention,” McAllister said, “but the only contact with the McCain campaign has been a request for her to participate in a national conference call on energy issues. There has been no outreach or vetting regarding the vice presidency.”

Gov. Sarah Palin

Palin has drawn attention as a potential running mate because of appeal to the Republican base. She has personally demonstrated pro-life beliefs and a willingness to tackle tough issues, including an incident in which she took on Republican leadership in her state for ethics violations.

Editor Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard last year called Palin “a politician of eye-popping integrity.”

“Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle – especially to transparency and accountability in government – can produce political success,” Barnes wrote.

Who then, created the website and asked readers to “stay tuned” for an announcement?

Several websites and blogs are promoting Palin for the GOP ticket, including Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President, and My McCain Blog, which created the campaign sign pictured above. Palin’s press secretary acknowledged to WND that these sites have been in existence for several months and are consolidating their resources to rally Palin supporters.

Supporters and bloggers that WND was able to contact, however, denied any knowledge of who created

Adam Brickley, founder of Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President, told WND he thought it was created by a supporter, but he really didn’t know.

“It has been up for a while and used to be a fully functional webpage with newsfeeds, bios, etc. However, the ‘stay tuned’ message is new,” he said. “I really have no idea who runs it.”

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Is Alaska big enough for celebrity Palin?

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009
Is Alaska big enough for celebrity Palin?
Fresh off campaign trail, Palin is juggling book, TV and film offers
The Associated Press
updated 10:09 a.m. ET Nov. 22, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Oprah Winfrey wants her, and so do other U.S. TV show hosts.

Fresh from her political defeat, Sarah Palin is juggling offers to write books, appear in films and sit on dozens of interview couches at a rate that would be astonishing for most Hollywood stars, let alone a first-term governor.

The failed Republican vice presidential candidate, who is still Alaska’s governor, crunched state budget numbers this week in her 17th-floor office as tumbling oil prices hit Alaska’s revenues. Meanwhile, her staff fielded television requests seeking the 44-year-old Palin for late-night banter and Sunday morning Washington policy.

Agents, including those from the William Morris Agency, have come knocking. There’s even been an offer to host a TV show.

“Tomorrow, Gov. Palin could do an interview with any news media on the planet,” said her spokesman, Bill McAllister. “Tomorrow, she could probably sign any one of a dozen book deals. She could start talking to people about a documentary or a movie on her life. That’s the level we are at here.”

McAllister said he had “multiple conversations” with producers for Winfrey as well as some late night TV hosts and other shows.

Asked whether Winfrey was pursuing Palin for a sit-down, Michelle McIntyre, a spokeswoman for Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc., said she was “unable to confirm any future plans” for the show.

New unofficial title
Palin may have emerged from the Nov. 4 election politically wounded, with questions about her preparedness for higher office and reports of an expensive wardrobe, but she’s returned to Alaska with an expanded, if unofficial, title — international celebrity.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain plucked Palin out of relative obscurity in late August and put her on the Republican ticket. They lost to President-elect Barack Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden.

Now, Palin has to decide how and where to spend her time, which could have implications for her political future and her bank account, with possible land mines of legal and ethical rules.

Palin is considering about 800 requests for appearances from December through 2009, with 75 percent coming from out of state. A year ago, just a sprinkle of requests came from beyond Alaska’s borders. They range from invitations to speak at The Chief Executives’ Club of Boston to attend a 5-year-old’s birthday party, from a prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a business conference in Britain.

Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor who wants to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, is seeking face time.

She has invitations to make appearances in 20 foreign countries, typically with all expenses paid, McAllister said. She has more than 200 requests for media interviews, again from around the globe.

“She has to pace herself,” suggested veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman. “She wants a career made in a Crock-Pot, not a microwave.”

Dictating terms
In her two months on the national stage, Palin energized the Republican base but turned off moderates and independents, according to some surveys. Flubbed answers in national television interviews raised questions about her competence. She was embarrassed by the disclosure that the Republican National Committee spent at least $150,000 for designer clothing, accessories and beauty services for her and her family.

The right book or movie deal could help Palin reintroduce herself to the nation, on terms she could dictate.

While books and movie deals could be worth millions of dollars, it’s not clear if Palin would be able to legally earn it. State rules say she cannot accept outside employment for compensation. But there appears to be little in the way of precedent left by former governors to judge if book deals or lucrative speaking appearances amount to “employment.”

Palin has sent unmistakable signals she is open to running for president in 2012, but to advance her political ambitions she must stay in the public eye nationwide. As with any celebrity, there is the risk of overexposure. At the same time, she’ll be under pressure to attend to governing her home state, which is thousands of miles from the rest of the nation.

“She has to deal with the perception that she bobbled her debut,” said Claremont McKenna College political scientist John Pitney. “She needs to stay home for a while. If she wants a future in national politics, her No. 1 job is doing a good job as governor.”

Just this week, shortly after conducting a string of national TV interviews and skipping a state education conference, she was scolded by the Anchorage Daily News. “There are … low graduation rates, plummeting North Slope oil prices, proposals to build alternative energy projects, the gas pipeline,” the paper said in an editorial. “It’s time for the governor to refocus on Alaska’s needs.”

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In era of Obama, no new Reagans allowed

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

In era of Obama, no new Reagans allowed
Posted: December 06, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
© 2009
I have noticed a common theme in the media lately: Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate is being portrayed as the bane of the GOP – the single-handed destroyer of the McCain campaign who should retire into political oblivion.

Why is this an ongoing message, with even some so-called Republicans pushing it?

I believe it is because Gov. Palin resonated with conservatives nationwide in a way that caught the mainstream (read: not-so-clandestinely liberal) media completely off guard. They don’t want her, or anyone like her, to rise up as the exciting future of conservative politics; they want no new-generation Reagan gaining steam in the era of Obama.

So what’s the problem with Mrs. Palin in the eyes of the media? I believe she has intimidated them. She’s young, she’s an unashamed Christian, and she resonates with countless women as a working mom who embraces pro-life and pro-traditional family positions.

This is not the accepted dynamic of the modern political woman – certainly not the type the mainstream promotes. And therein lies the allure of Sarah Palin to conservatives. She is the embodiment of the political nonconformist – the outsider who has a history of being not only a maverick (and not simply as a catchphrase) but an effective reformer.

As such, she will continue to face what I see as an intentionally deceptive depiction from the mainstream media that she is a lightweight, a political pretender whose supposed ambitions outweigh her capabilities.

And to such criticism, I hope she continues to say, “So what!”

Who cares what the media and the left think, anyway? Gov. Palin’s values are not going to be accepted by Big Media or by Capitol Hill’s entrenched insiders who seek out yes men to carry out their tired political visions. I would suggest that she shouldn’t even try to make inroads into those shallow worlds. (She’s done pretty well on her own, anyway.)

It’s time for real change. As such, it is time for conservatives to join together and redesign their playbook so that it hearkens back to the days of Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” Sure, they’ll be scoffed at, but that will be the price of standing up to the fashionable left.

As Christians living in an increasingly secular world, we face these types of challenges every day. You see, the very foundations of what we believe – from our conviction in how the world was created to how it will one day end – are constantly disputed by the purveyors of accepted “truth.” Even in the Republican Party, we – the religious right – are often covertly whispered about and laughed at (until election time, conveniently).

But conservative people of faith continue to be the solid backbone of the Republican Party, whether some of its leaders want to admit it, or not.

“Conservatism, real conservatism, resonates with heartland America, and wins elections,” said Christopher G. Adamo in a GOPUSA commentary this week. He added, “The people of this country have little interest in a Republican Party that seeks to define itself as a milder and cheaper version of the societal dissolution and erosion of American greatness offered by the opposition.”

Thankfully, there are people who still understand this, and Sarah Palin is one of them. There are other rising conservative stars on the horizon (Reps. Mike Pence of Indiana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Eric Cantor of Virginia, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and others) who can communicate economic and social solutions that counter the policies of the left. Our friend Mike Huckabee is also telling everyone that the November losses by Republicans mean that the party must return to its conservative roots.

I believe millions of Americans are anxious to find vocal leaders to usher in a new day for conservatism.

However, the conservative leaders who do come to the fore must realize two important facts: 1) they are going to be the black sheep of the political world, and 2) the similarly outcast religious right is one of the big keys to a conservative revival.

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In a League of Her Own, Palin Swings Away at Couric, Fey and Kennedy

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

New York Times 

January 13, 2009


In a League of Her Own, Palin Swings Away at Couric, Fey and Kennedy



A modern film version of “The Women,” Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play about class distinctions and resentments, came and went in New York a few months ago, leaving a trail of unflattering newspaper reviews.

Now we have a real-life update involving some of the city’s most prominent women: Caroline Kennedy, Katie Couric and Tina Fey. A central role is played by an outlander named Sarah Palin. Somehow, we suspect that the critics would be equally underwhelmed.

If you happened to be preoccupied over the weekend with lesser matters — war in the Middle East, the crumbling economy, the New York Giants’ collapse — you may have missed clips from an interview with Ms. Palin that made their way to YouTube. No one can accuse her of going gentle into that good Arctic night now that she is back on her regular job as Alaska’s governor.

Ms. Palin talked last week with a conservative filmmaker, John Ziegler, about bias that she perceives in the news media. She seems convinced that it explains why her campaign as Senator John McCain’s running mate failed. She bristled with resentment, some of it rooted in what she saw as class-based favoritism. This is where Caroline Kennedy comes in.

Ms. Kennedy, of course, has offered herself as a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton once Mrs. Clinton gives up her Senate seat to become secretary of state. Senate hearings on the State Department appointment are scheduled to begin Tuesday. Short of Mrs. Clinton’s testifying that she really did run a serpentine course to avoid that nonexistent sniper fire in Bosnia, she is probably a shoo-in for confirmation.

It means that Decision Day on picking a successor is fast approaching for Gov. David A. Paterson. No name on his list looms larger than Ms. Kennedy’s.

Enter Ms. Palin. She was asked if she thought that a news media “class bias” had created a double standard in how she and Ms. Kennedy were being treated.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope also,” the governor replied. “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out. And I think that as we watch that, we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Let’s leave aside an obvious difference between the women. One is looking to become a backbencher in a 100-member club. The other wanted to be the proverbial heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear launch codes.

Sticking to the class issue, it’s hard to imagine that the born-to-privilege Ms. Kennedy feels that she has received kid-glove treatment from reporters. Her qualifications for the Senate have been sharply questioned. And she has been pounded, you betcha, for the scores of “you knows” that rendered her inarticulate in recent interviews. To rework a line used by The Daily News in a different context years ago, it seems that with Ms. Kennedy, the syntax of the father has not been visited upon the child.

THAT Ms. Palin was unaware of the Kennedy coverage makes one wonder how she gets her information. Articles about Ms. Kennedy’s stumbles had circulated for a week before the Ziegler interview. What newspapers and magazines does she read?

Hold on. Isn’t that what Katie Couric asked in her CBS interview with Ms. Palin during the campaign? It was a softball question, hardly a gotcha moment. But the governor turned this, too, into a class issue. “To me,” she said, “the question was more along the lines of, ‘Do you read? What do you guys do up there?’ ”

She gave Ms. Couric the back of her hand. “Katie,” she said, “you’re not the center of everybody’s universe.” You almost could hear those words coming from one of Clare Boothe Luce’s characters.

Ms. Palin was similarly peevish about Tina Fey’s impersonations of her on “Saturday Night Live.” There was “some, perhaps, exploiting, that was done via me, my family, my administration,” she said. Yet she was more than happy to have done some, perhaps, exploiting of her own. She did, after all, do a star turn on what she referred to familiarly as “S.N.L.”

All this brings to mind another women-focused film, “A League of Their Own,” about female baseball players during World War II. In it, the team manager played by Tom Hanks chews out a fumbling player so harshly that she is reduced to tears. “Are you crying?” he asks in outrage. “There’s no crying in baseball.”

He might well have added as a corollary: “Are you whining? There’s no whining in politics.”

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Gov. Palin unveils ‘SarahPAC’

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

Gov. Palin unveils ‘SarahPAC’
Is Alaska chief planning 2012 presidential run?

Posted: January 27, 2009
8:05 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has started a new political action committee – in a move that many are seeing as a precursor to a possible run for president in 2012.

The organization now has a website,, registered to a post office box in Arlington, Va. The PAC is scheduled to post on the Federal Elections Commission website tomorrow.

While the FEC website now lists Palin as a 2012 candidate, FEC representative Judith Ingram told WND the Alaska governor is not officially registered to run for the presidency, and the entry is only the FEC’s technical placeholder for the time being.

“Somebody is getting organized,” she said.

However, the committee has been registered. Palin is listed as the official chair of SarahPAC, and the website states it is “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”

A SarahPAC spokeswoman told Christianity Today it was launched today to assist Palin in keeping her connections across the nation. She said it was too soon to know whether Palin will run for president in 2012.

“SarahPAC is a federally registered political action committee that supports Gov. Sarah Palin’s plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century,” its website announces. Registration of the committee comes after former presidential contender Mitt Romney announced his formation of Free and Strong America PAC and former candidate Mike Huckabee started HuckPAC.

The organization claims contributions will be used to support “local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin’s ideas and goals for our country.”

The PAC supports priorities Palin has had as Alaska governor, including: resource development, education, health, transportation and infrastructure development and reform and transparency in government.

The committee encourages citizens to stick to their values as President Obama takes charge of the nation.

“As a new president takes office and begins to lead our country, Gov. Palin believes that every one of us has a duty and responsibility in this time of economic crisis and international challenge. Each one of us must step up to the plate, get involved in the spirit of renaissance and renewal that is critical to America’s success,” it says.

News of the PAC comes on the heels of a Los Angeles Times report indicating Palin may have enlisted Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer, in her pursuit of a book deal. Barnett has also assisted President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in garnering multi-million dollar book contracts.

The website promises to support Palin’s “plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century,” and it features a large portrait of Gov. Palin smiling in front of Alaska’s mountains. Next to the committee name is an outline of Alaska centered on a map of the United States.

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Gingrich: Palin won’t be future GOP leader [little does he know!]

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

Gingrich: Palin won’t be future GOP leader
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 11/16/08 01:05 PM [ET]
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) tapped her as his running mate and she has tried to preserve her high public profile since Election Day.

But Gingrich, an architect of the Republican revolution of 1994, took Palin down a notch, asserting that she would not become the party’s leader, as some have predicted.

“I think that she is going to be a significant player,” said Gingrich during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. “But she’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’s not going to be the de facto leader.”

Since the defeat of the GOP ticket, Palin has pursued an aggressive media strategy, scheduling a full slate of interviews to keep her face on television.

CNN aired a lengthy, wide-ranging interview between Wolf Blitzer and Palin on Sunday. Palin has also sat down for interviews with CNN’s Larry King, Fox New’s Greta Van Susteren, and invited Matt Lauer of the “Today Show” to Wasilla for dinner.

Palin refused to rule out a presidential bid in 2012 during her interview with Blitzer, which aired on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Some political analysts, citing her high name identification and loyal following among the base, say that Palin will be a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2012.

Palin dominated media coverage at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami last week. She grabbed the spotlight at a Thursday press conference, answering reporters’ questions while a dozen other GOP governors stood awkwardly behind her on stage.

Crowds of reporters and cameras chased Palin in Miami while ignoring more experienced colleagues from other states.

But Gingrich on Sunday sought to divert some media attention away from Palin and to other governors such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Utah Gov. John Huntsman (R).

“She’s going to be a much bigger story in the short run,” said Gingrich, explaining Palin’s higher media profile compared to other GOP governors. “But, I think, as she goes back to being governor and as she works in Alaska, you’re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin.”

Gingrich said Huntsman and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) may emerge as political leaders on the economy while Jindal could claim the mantel on healthcare reform.

“I would say, for example, to Republicans who are about to face this question of how do you get the economy growing again, bring in Gov. Daniels and bring in Gov. Huntsman….”

“If you want to understand healthcare, you can do a lot worse than to bring in Bobby Jindal who may well know more about health policy than any other elected official in America and is doing an extraordinary job in Louisiana.”

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Clinton Backs out, now Palin disinvited to NYC rally

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first political event to feature both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin will now have neither.

Organizers of a rally next week in New York City against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Thursday that no politicians will appear at the event.

The collection of American Jewish groups putting the rally together angered Clinton aides by not telling them ahead of time that they also planned to have Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Clinton backed out late Tuesday, as soon as she learned of the pairing. The National Coalition to Stop Iran Now said in a statement Thursday that they would have no “American political personalities” at the rally to keep the focus on Iranian threats.

Casey Sanders, a spokeswoman for the organizers, did not have an immediate answer when asked if the decision to proceed without Palin was made by the governor or the groups. Nor could she give a reason for the initial misunderstanding with Clinton.

Clinton, whose historic bid for the presidency came up short, has sought to avoid a public face-off with Palin, the new female face of the campaign.

The New York senator had agreed weeks ago to attend the rally, but abruptly canceled on

Tuesday after learning Palin was also supposed to attend. Aides to the senator said she was never told Palin would be there.

The Palin camp criticized Clinton for backing out, saying all parties should rally together in opposition to the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

A Clinton-Palin double billing at such an event would have been awkward.

The Republican ticket of John McCain and Palin is working hard to win over disappointed Clinton supporters, particularly women voters. And Barack Obama, who beat Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, has been trying to assure Jewish voters that he is firmly committed to Israel’s security.

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Back home, Palin outlines concerns over stimulus package

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

Back home, Palin outlines concerns over stimulus package
by Jill Burke
Sunday, February 1, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov, Sarah Palin is back in Alaska after spending a few days in Washington, D.C.
Palin says she was monitoring the Mount Redoubt situation and had a travel plan in the event of an eruption: Fly to Seattle and finish the trip via automobile.

She returned home Sunday afternoon and said she used her time in Washington — including at Saturday night’s exclusive black tie Alfalfa Club dinner — to talk up the ways Alaska’s energy resources can help the nation and to make the case for federal assistance in doing that.

Palin says she’s dead set on proving Alaska can develop its resources responsibly and ethically.

On Monday Palin and state lawmakers will send a joint letter to Congress detailing their concerns about the economic stimulus package.

“We have to make sure that the nation’s deficit for this year and our long-term debt is not just growing to create more social programs, and to pay for some programs that states will inherit through a basically unfunded mandate,” Palin said.

She supports investment in infrastructure and wants to see Alaska get its share of those dollars, but wants a cautious eye out for proposed federal programs the state may have to fund on its own in the future.

Contact Jill Burke at

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An Instructive Candidacy: What Sarah Palin taught us about ourselves.

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 8, 2009

October 24, 2008
In today’s NRO, stating the obvious

An Instructive Candidacy: What Sarah Palin taught us about ourselves.
Victor Davis Hanson,

Soon this depressing campaign will be over, and we can reflect on what we learned from our two-month introduction to Sarah Palin.

Clearly, it is more than we would have ever wished to know about ourselves.

First, there turns out to be no standard of objectivity in contemporary journalism. Palin’s career as a city councilwoman, mayor, and governor of Alaska was never seen as comparable to, or — indeed, in terms of executive experience — more extensive than, Barack Obama’s own legislative background in Illinois and Washington. Somehow we forgot that a mother of five taking on the Alaskan oil industry and the entrenched male hierarchy was somewhat more challenging than Barack Obama navigating the sympathetic left-wing identity politics of Chicago.

So we seem to have forgotten that the standards of censure of her vice-presidential candidacy were not applied equally to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. The media at times seems unaware of this embarrassment, namely that their condemnation of Sarah Palin as inexperienced equally might apply to Barack Obama — and to such a degree that by default we were offered the lame apology (reiterated by Colin Powell himself) that Obama’s current impressive campaigning, not his meager political accomplishments, was already an indication of a successful tenure as president. The result is that we now know more about the Palin pregnancies — both of mother and daughter — that we do the relationships of Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, and Father Pfleger with our possible next president.

Indeed, the media itself — in private, I think — would admit that while have learned almost everything about Tasergate and the Bridge to Nowhere, we assume that at some future date a publicity-starved, megalomaniac Rev. Wright will soon offer his post-election memoirs, detailing just how close he and a President Obama were. Or we will learn Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, as long-time friends, in fact, did communicate via phone and e-mail well after Ayers had told the world, about the time of 9/11, that he, like our present-terrorist enemies, likewise wished he had engaged in more bombing attacks against the United States government. And the media never wondered whether a Palin’s falling out with those who ran Alaska might have been more of a touchstone to character than Obama’s own falling in with those who ran Chicago.

While Gov. Palin’s frequent college transfers and Idaho degree are an item of snickering among pundits, none of them can claim to care much about Barack Obama’s own undergraduate career. To suggest that he release his undergraduate transcript is near blasphemy; to scribble that Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome child was not her own is journalism as we now know it. To care that Joe Biden is vain, with bleached teeth, the apparent recipient of some sort of strange facial tightening tonic, and hair plugs is deservedly mean and petty; to sneer that the Alaskan mom of five bought a new wardrobe to run for Vice President is, of course, vital proof for the American voter of her vanity and shallowness.

Second, there does not seem to be much left of feminism any more. Of course, feminists once gave liberal pro-choice Bill Clinton a pass for his serial womanizing of vulnerable subordinates, and Oval Office antics with a young female intern. But they gave the game away entirely when they went after Gov. Palin for her looks, accent, pregnancies, and religion, culminating in assessments of her from being no real woman at all to an ingrate — piggy-backing on the pioneer work of self-acclaimed mavericks like themselves.

Feminism, it turns out, is no longer about equal opportunity and equal compensation, but, in fact, little more than a strain of contemporary elitist identity politics, and support for unquestioned abortion. Had Gov. Sarah Palin just been a mother of a single child at Vassar rather than of five in Alaska, married to a novelist rather than a snow-machiner, an advocate of pro-choice, who shot pictures of Alaskan ferns rather than shot moose — feminists would have hailed her as a principled kindred soul, and trumpeted her struggles against Alaskan male grandees.

So there was something creepy about droves of irate women, in lock-step blasting Sarah Palin from the corridors of New York and Washington, when most of them were the recipients of the traditional spoils of either family connections, inherited money, or the advantages that accrue from insider power marriages. Indeed, very few of Palin’s critics on their own could have emerged from a small-town in Alaska, with an intact marriage and five children, to run the state of Alaska.

We have come to understand that — for a TV anchorwoman, op-ed columnist, or professor — it would be a nightmare to birth a Down Syndrome child in her mid-forties, or to have had her pregnant unwed teen actually deliver her baby. In the world outside Sarah Palin’s Wasilla, these are career-ending blunders that abort the next job promotion or book tour— or the future career of a prepped young daughter on her way to the Ivy League.

Third, from the match-up of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, we discovered that our media does not know anything about the nature of wisdom — how it is found or how it is to be adjudicated. For the last eight weeks, Palin has been demonized as a dunce because she did not, in the fashion of the class toady with his hand constantly up in the first row, impress in flash-card recall, the glasses-on-his-nose Charlie Gibson, or clinched-toothed Katie Couric.

Meanwhile Joe Biden has just been Ol’ Joe Biden — which means not that he can get away with the occasional gaffe, but that can say things so outrageous, so silly, and so empty that, had they come out of the mouth of Sarah Palin, she would have long ago been forced to have stepped aside from the ticket.

Factual knowledge? Biden, in the midst of a financial meltdown on Wall Street, apparently thinks that the last time it happened in 1929, we heard FDR rally us on television. And such made-up nonsense came in the form, as many of Biden’s gaffes do, of a rebuke to the supposedly obtuse George W. Bush.

Sobriety? Biden now admits that dangerous powers abroad will immediately test a President Obama. He warns that the results of such a crisis will be very disappointing to the American electorate, and thus Team Obama/Biden will need loyal supporters to rally as their polls sink. Yet remember that Biden himself has been a fierce and opportunistic critic of Bush, who despite a frenzy of congressional demagoguery, initiated the successful surge and ignored the very polls that the for-the-war/against-the-war Biden so carefully tracked. More importantly, if an Ahmadinejad, Chavez, or Putin ever had any doubts about carving out new spheres of uncontested influence, they may entertain very few now.

Veracity? If one were to think that Biden’s past brushes with plagiarism, inflated bios, and falsehood were exceptional rather than characteristic, the last two months confirmed otherwise. For all the false recall, it is hard to remember anything he said in his Palin debate that was true, whether describing the status of Hezbollah in Lebanon or his own past remarks about the wisdom of burning coal.

Silliness? Imagine the following outbursts, mutatis mutandis, from the mouth of a Sarah Palin — “John McAmerica,” “a Palin-McCain administration,” “Senator George Obama,” “Congressman Joe Biden,” who is both “good looking,” and “drop-dead gorgeous.” Or “I guarantee you, John McCain ain’t taking my shotguns. . . . If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. I like that little over and under, you know? I’m not bad with it. So give me a break.”

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