We threw them a curveball when they were expecting fastball. No fair! Now they’re trying to to stop a McCain/Palin grand slam by throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it. And they’re making themselves look like desperate freaks in the process.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air explains why:
The outrage has little to do with experience, and almost everything to do with being outfoxed by McCain. The media expected a staid, boring, safe white man that they could pigeonhole. Instead, they got a dynamic, successful, smart conservative “hockey mom” with a record of reform that Barack Obama cannot match and that is the antithesis of Joe Biden. They got knocked out of their lane, and now they have to figure out how to explain how they could possibly have overlooked Palin in their calculations. Presto! They overlooked her because she’s so inexperienced!
On the question of experience…do they really want to get into that argument?
On the question of foreign policy experience, The Mustache makes some great points:
“You know Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that what is critical to the success of our system of government is what he called energy in the executive,” Bolton said. “And she has been energetic on a range of issues, particularly on issues involving energy, energy security.”
Energy security may be thought of as a domestic issue when American’s fill up their gas tanks, Bolton said, but it also should be regarded as a national security issue.
“No ticket ever has every quality in both candidates that it wants,” Bolton said. “And the main thing is who’s going to be president on January the 20th, because I don’t think we can afford having somebody who’s not ready from day one.”
Bolton also argued that if the Republican ticket wins, Palin will have an opportunity in the administration to increase her knowledge and involvement in foreign affairs.
“I think you put your strength at the number one position and groom your successor in the number two position,” Bolton said. “You don’t do it the other way around.”
Also, be sure to read James P. Lucier, a former Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee writing for the American Spectator who compares the experience of Sarah Palin to the experience of Joe Biden.
It’s unbelievable to me that the Obama camp is trying to make this an issue. But their flailing is nothing compared to the MSM’s, and the MSM’s is nothing compared to the nutroots, who are in full, spittle-flecked, attack mode right now. To these mutants, this is war, and conventional rules concerning truth and fairness in political discourse don’t apply.
If some Kos Crank writes that Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy to cover for her daughter’s, the MSM breathlessly, and hopefully repeats the rumors. If some other crank says that Sarah was a member of The Alaskan Independence Party, the media breathlessly repeats the lie. If some other twerp says that Sarah Palin supported “Nazi sympathizer” Pat Buchanan, they breathlessly repeat that fallacy.
Then there are the sexist attacks on her “judgment” as a mother. All of a sudden, the left believes that a mother’s only place is in the home? Staggering Hypocrisy, that. As a former Democrat says:
…the party’s rediscovery of motherhood seems rather cynical in the current news cycle, while Democratic-friendly bloggers and media types bash Palin about her daughter’s pregnancy and her own busy schedule while bringing up children. How can a real sympathy for motherhood come from the same people who wrote a platform that hardens the party’s addiction to a phony right to kill the unborn?
And now, horror of horrors, we find that mother and daughter don’t agree on the wedding plans. This is any of our business, WHY?
Because the goal is to pile on, and “hope” for “change”.
The are hoping she changes her mind about being the VP, because they know a political dynamo when they see her, and she makes their candidate look weak in comparison.
Captain Ed concludes:
Forget the Eagleton option, people. That’s an option to salvage credibility for pundits who failed at political analysis. Palin’s not going anywhere, and her presence will continue to reveal the hypocrisy of these commentators.
My thoughts exactly.
One thing the media pigpile has managed to do quite well is “lower expectations” on how Governor Palin will perform as a V.P. candidate. All she has to do is get through her speech without having a meltdown, and it will be seen as a triumph. Thanks MSM!