Saturday, September 06, 2008

"Oh, that mean, snarky, and divisive REPUBLICAN woman!"

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) competes for a loose ball as he plays in a 3 on 3 basketball game with Ja'Rob McCallum (L) and Kory McKay (R) during a campaign stop in Kokomo, Indiana, April 25, 2008.
REUTERS/Frank Polich


“I’ve been called worse on the basketball court,”
-Senator Obama in an 8 minute press conference Thursday, responding to ribbing he's received about being a community organizer


....and yet, the Democrat Who Would Be President seems to always feel the need to dignify any slights or insults with a response and with attacks of his own; even as he turns his nose up and puts on airs about being above partisan bickering and participation in the fray.

In wake of Sarah Palin's VP acceptance speech Wednesday night, the left is shocked! Shocked, they tell you, that the Republican VP nominee would dare attack "THE ONE", by supposedly slamming community organizers.

On the community organizer criticism:
"They [Republicans] haven't talked about the fact that I was a civil rights lawyer; they haven't talked about the fact that I taught constitutional law; they haven't talked about my work in the state legislature, in the United States Senate," he said. "They're talking about the three years of work that I did right out of college as if that's-- I'm making the leap from two or three years out of college into the presidency."
[Actually, Republicans have been mercilessly, attacking his Senate record, both state and U.S., as well as his time spent at Harvard Law the University of Chicago Law School:
A New York Times article on his years at Harvard Law, where he was editor of the law review, said, "In dozens of interviews, his friends said they could not remember his specific views from that era, beyond a general emphasis on diversity and social and economic justice." A similar piece on his years teaching at the University of Chicago Law School said he notably did not participate in its intellectual debates.]
But we digress....
Obama added though that his work as a community organizer was relevant to who he is and the kind of people he's "fighting for."

"Why would that kind of work be ridiculous?" Obama said. "Who are they fighting for? What are they advocating for? They think that the lives of those folks who are struggling each and every day, that working with them to try to improve their lives is somehow not relevant to the presidency? I think maybe that's the problem -- that's part of why they're out of touch and they don't get it 'cause they haven't spent much time working on behalf of those folks."


And more:
“What did you guys expect?” he asked, smiling, “This is what they do. They don't have an agenda to run on. They haven't offered a single concrete idea so far in two nights about how they would make the lives of middle class Americans better. They've spent the entire two nights attacking me or extolling John McCain's biography, which is fine. They can use their convention time any way they want.”
If it's "fine", then why'd you bring up the last points, Senator? That description could just as well describe what went on at the DNC which described the last 8 years as a failure, and attacked President Bush and Senator McCain, and slammed conservative-Republican ideology. So who's being divisive again?

Wednesday night on stage in St. Paul, both Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani belittled Obama’s work as a community organizer in Chicago in the 80s. Obama called the reaction “curious,” as if he were trying to jump from a post-college job to the presidency.

“The question I have for them is that why would that kind of work be ridiculous? Who are they fighting for?” he said. “I think maybe that's the problem - that's part of why they're out of touch and they don't get it because they haven’t spent much time working on behalf of those folks.”


What Senator Obama doesn't seem to get with all of this, is that it's not community organizing that's being attacked; it's

1) his beefing up his executive experience (he has none) resume by hawking out that he was a community organizer

and

2) a humorous response to the belittling of small towns by Obamapostles in order to diminish Governor Palin's role as governor of Alaska, and previously as mayor.

Obama and his supporters are oversensitive and knee-jerk touchy on the executive experience issue, because they know deep down despite the denials, that Palin has more executive experience and has accomplished more in her time in public office than Obama has.

It's amazing that when you Google check for Sarah Palin's zinger, what comes up on all the sites and articles expressing indignation, is this:

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities,”

But the greater context is this:
I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

"Progressive" liberals are comforting themselves with the smarting they've received by calling Sarah Palin a "cash cow" and "the gift that keeps on giving", as team Obama raised another $10 million after the night of Palin's speech.

Actually, what I think that shows, is what gullible cash cows Obama disciples are, as they got milked by David Plouffe in a late night e-mail expressing feigned indignation over the community organizer zingers by Palin and Giuliani.

Michelle Malkin:
Apparently, the jibes rendered Obama's advisers sleepless. In a crack-of-dawn e-mail to Obama's followers hours after Giuliani and Palin spoke, campaign manager David Plouffe attempted to gin up faux outrage (and, more importantly, donations) by claiming grave offense on the part of community organizers everywhere. Fumed Plouffe:

"Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed. Let's clarify something for them right now. Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies."

Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors' lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Obama's brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan nonprofits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.

What deserves derision is "community organizing" that relies on a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people to vote, shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.

As I've reported previously, Obama's community organizing days involved training grievance-mongers from the far-left ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The ACORN mob is infamous for its bully tactics (which they dub "direct actions"); Obama supporters have recounted his role in organizing an ambush on a government planning meeting about a landfill project opposed by Chicago's minority lobbies.

With benefactors like Obama in office, ACORN has milked nearly four decades of government subsidies to prop up chapters that promote the welfare state and undermine the free market, as well as some that have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and voter fraud. Since I last detailed ACORN's illicit activities in this column in June (see "The ACORN Obama knows," June 19, 2008), the group continues to garner scrutiny from law enforcement:

Last week, Milwaukee's top election official announced plans to seek criminal investigations of 37 ACORN employees accused of offering gifts to sign up voters (including prepaid gas cards and restaurant cards) or falsifying driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers or other information on voter registration cards.

Last month, a New Mexico TV station reported on the child rapists, drug offenders and forgery convicts on ACORN's payroll. In July, Pennsylvania investigators asked the public for help in locating a fugitive named Luis R. Torres-Serrano, who is accused "of submitting more than 100 fraudulent voter registration forms he collected on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to county election officials." Also in July, a massive, nearly $1 million embezzlement scheme by top ACORN officials was exposed.

ACORN's political arm endorsed Obama in February and has ramped up efforts to register voters across the country. In the meantime, completely ignored by the mainstream commentariat and clean-election crusaders, the Obama campaign admitted failing to report $800,000 in campaign payments to ACORN. They were disguised as payments to a front group called "Citizen Services, Inc." for "advance work."

Jim Terry, an official from the Consumer Rights League, a watchdog group that monitors ACORN, noted: "ACORN has a long and sordid history of employing convoluted Enron-style accounting to illegally use taxpayer funds for their own political gain. Now it looks like ACORN is using the same type of convoluted accounting scheme for Obama's political gain." With a wave of his magic wand, Obama amended his FEC forms to change the "advance work" to "get-out-the-vote" work.

Now, don't you dare challenge his commitment to following tax and election laws. And don't you even think of entertaining the possibility that The One exploited a nonprofit supposedly focused on helping low-income people for political gain.

He was just "organizing" his "community." Guffaw.
And what does Gerald Kellman, the community organizer who interviewed and hired a young Barack Obama in 1985, have to say about Obama's experience and effectiveness?
It is clear that the benefit of those years to Mr. Obama dwarfs what he accomplished. Mr. Kellman said that Mr. Obama had built the organization’s following among needy residents and black ministers, but “on issues, we made very little progress, nothing that would change poverty on the South Side of Chicago.”

When he ran for the Senate in 2004, Mr. Obama told members of the community organization that had employed him that “when I left to go to law school, I couldn’t tell exactly whether I had gotten more out of this than the people I was working with.”
Read the rest to the end.

It's quite amusing that the current narrative has been shaped to be "Palin vs. Obama", rather than "McCain vs. Obama" and "Palin vs. Biden".

I found nothing at all mean-spirited in Sarah Palin's one-line and multi-line zingers. It was just spirited ribbing, brought on by Democratic criticism, to which she hit back, above the belt. Rather than admitting to the bruising they received, Democrats would do well to simply smile and not draw more undue attention to Senator Obama and his paper-thin resume. And the Senator himself would do well to not making this presidential race about skin.....


.....as in: being too thin-skinned to take a joke. It's a way of vetting him for late-night comedians, should he become, God-forbid, 44th president of the U.S...not that he has anything to fear from them, anyway.

Obama's apostles would do well to read this post to the Obamessiah, for his own good. That shouldn't be too hard to do. After all......


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), listens to cheers welcoming him at a rally at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind.
Alex Brandon - AP


He's all ears!


Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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12 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

LOL, what a great blog!

Saturday, September 06, 2008 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Wordsmith, great blog. Love the "he's all ears" picture.

Wonder if he whines as much on the bb court as he does when mean ol Sarah is picking on him.

Saturday, September 06, 2008 5:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word:

I've been withholding comment because I realized my skin becomes blotchy, my mind becomes addled and my digestion volatile when I read conservative blogs. It's not you so much, because, despite your puzzling conservative leanings, you seem to be a decent bloke. But the howling banshees that blather comments cause me to consider stereotyping conservatives. I believe there is no more secure refuge for the indolent and angry person than stereotyping. So, I must say farewell...for now. If the results in November boost my spirit, I may be back to you.

Rockybutte

Saturday, September 06, 2008 9:58:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Rockybutte,

I'm sorry to see you go. I agree that the blogosphere (and internet in general) can be a toxic environment. I just left the CodePink blog, and the level of vitriol coming from those on "my side" was embarrassing; not that I wasn't a bit abrasive myself. But I do recognize much of the flippant, hyperbolic demonization of the other side. I don't know how often you visit/read lefty sites, but the same kind of "hate"-spew comes from "your side" of the political aisle as well.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back. I think both the alternative media as well as the mainstream media play an important role in information dissemination. You just have to know how to wade through the crap to get to the useful stuff.

Anyway, hope you'll visit back soon. Just ignore my "amen chorus" if they drive you batty. I may or may not have something cooked up for a 9/11 post.

Saturday, September 06, 2008 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

The popularity and surpirse pick of Plain by Mccain as well as a united GOP ready to fight for the tivket is something that Obama and the Dems were not prepared for.

The assumed that McCain would take the safe road with Romney or someone else and would have to spend as much time shoring up the base as well as trying to get independants.]

They never expected whet they has seen and it is a blow they are still trying to figure out a strategy for. That is also why Obama is running on the defensive and trying to tout his community organizer experience asa preparation for the Presidency because he knows that he actually has to try and show SOMETHING now that the GOP has such s strong ticket. The Dems really don't know what to do and it shows!

Sunday, September 07, 2008 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

The popularity and surpirse pick of Plain by Mccain as well as a united GOP ready to fight for the tivket is something that Obama and the Dems were not prepared for.

The assumed that McCain would take the safe road with Romney or someone else and would have to spend as much time shoring up the base as well as trying to get independants.]

They never expected whet they has seen and it is a blow they are still trying to figure out a strategy for. That is also why Obama is running on the defensive and trying to tout his community organizer experience asa preparation for the Presidency because he knows that he actually has to try and show SOMETHING now that the GOP has such s strong ticket. The Dems really don't know what to do and it shows!

Sunday, September 07, 2008 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger Pinky Pinkster said...

I agree with you that every "one-liner" and "zinger" shouldn't require a response. However, you're not noticing something Gov. Palin has done which is very disturbing to me. There have been, since she last gave birth, weird rumors swirling around the internet that she is not actually the mother of her latest child -- that actually her teenage daughter is the mother. This kind of rumor is clearly the type of thing that should be ignored. If any response is required at all, it should be something like a snicker and a "Well, if I didn't give birth, then why did the epidural help so much?"

But she and the rest of the McCain camp thought these crazy rumors deserved a response. The response was "My teenage daughter couldn't possible have given birth in April because she is 5 months pregnant now." This has to be the cruelest response to a worthless rumor I've ever heard. She used her daughter as the "fall guy" for these rumors. She pulled her daughter, who is currently in an uncomfortable dilemma, into the limelight. She, quite simply, made her daughter into a public figure. Any unscrupulous media outlet can say anything about this daughter, lie or truth, with impunity. What kind of parent does this to a child?

The fact that Gov. Palin's daughter is unmarried and pregnant would certainly have come out sooner or later. But she actually made her daughter's pregnancy an issue. It now seems more than a little disingenuous to tell everyone to lay off her daughter because it's a "family matter."

What does this say about Gov. Palin's character? I think it speaks volumes.

Sunday, September 07, 2008 8:56:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

But she and the rest of the McCain camp thought these crazy rumors deserved a response. The response was "My teenage daughter couldn't possible have given birth in April because she is 5 months pregnant now."


pp,

I think your take speaks volumes about you, more than it does about Governor Palin's character. If she weren't running as a conservative, would Sally Quinn have expressed outrage? Would political opponents? Would you? As MataHarley might say, "The straws are in the kitchen drawer to the left. Take as many as you need."


You are spinning a perfectly reasonable defense when your reaction should be to simply "let this one go."


Bristol's pregnancy wasn't a secret; the McCain campaign essentially beat the MSM to the punch, who would have eventually made a non-issue into an issue:

Although, the National Age of Majority is 18 years, all 50 States have age of consent laws that vary between 16 and 18. Twenty-nine states have laws specifying 16 years old as the age of consensual sex. Seven say it's 17 years and 11 States say 18 years old is the legal limit. And we decry the rate of teen sex and childbirth. Sheesh!

Care to guess the Age of Consent in Alaska? It's 16. We don't have to guess at the ages of the couple in question, we already know. We also don't have to guess how old the fetus is - 5 months in August. That puts conception in the 3rd month, March.

The Daily News reported that Levi and Bristol were already engaged when teammate Jade Johnston, no relation, saw the pair together at a hockey game in January 2008.

So, let's review:

* Alaska age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16 years of age;
* Bristol Palin was 17 yrs old;
* Levi Johnston was 18 yrs old;
* the couple were already engaged to be married in January;
* she is 5 months pregnant with conception in or near March.

Laws broken: 0
Social mores violated: 0, maybe debatable due to religious leanings.
Babies dead from abortion: 0
Anything wrong or out of the ordinary for 21st Century America: 0

TIME magazine's Nathan Thornburgh wrote from Wasilla, AK, "...the details [of Bristol's pregnancy] I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that."


Barack Obama:“I have said it before, and I will repeat again,” he said, “People’s families are off-limits. And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know, my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics.”

Sunday, September 07, 2008 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Pinky Pinkster said...

Wordsmith,

Thank you for your compliment. My post does speak volumes about me. I have been and will continue to voice my outrage at such questionable behavior, regardless of what "party" the person belongs to.

Your response to my post also speaks volumes about you and your supposedly reasoned reactions to events. You may be a smithy of words, but you are not a reader of words. My point has nothing to do with teenage pregnancy or the morality of sex outside of marriage or the age of consent or whether anybody broke the law. It has to do with Gov. Palin's reaction to an obviously ridiculous allegation that did not even make it off of the internet into respected media. She decided to sacrifice someone who has no power to defend herself -- she put her own flesh and blood in the line of fire -- rather than just laugh this one off or use one of her "barracuda" lines. More than that, she opened her daughter to ridicule from tabloid press for which she has virtually no hope of successful redress.

Her reaction indicates that she may do anything to protect herself, even if it means the downfall of someone or something she should hold dear. How, then, would she behave as the leader of our country? It's certainly worth exploring.

I am not a liberal, I am not a Democrat, I am not a Republican, I am an American. I would be saying the same thing if Obama (whom I don't care for), Clinton, Paul, Biden, McCain or anyone else that might eventually have an impact on my life, behaves in such a terrible fashion.

Sunday, September 07, 2008 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

pp,

You misinterpret my compliment.

My post does speak volumes about me. I have been and will continue to voice my outrage at such questionable behavior, regardless of what "party" the person belongs to.


I'm not referencing your willingness to vocalize your outrage. I'm accusing you of judging Palin because of her political affiliation (regardless of how you perceive yourself as "not a democrat, not a republican").

Your response to my post also speaks volumes about you and your supposedly reasoned reactions to events.

Thank you for the compliment.

You may be a smithy of words, but you are not a reader of words. My point has nothing to do with teenage pregnancy or the morality of sex outside of marriage or the age of consent or whether anybody broke the law.

Actually, I understood that your point of argument wasn't in challenging the "morality" of Bristol's personal decisions. But since I hadn't blogged on the "scandal" myself, I wanted to be thorough in referencing others who had. It's as much for my personal reference as for any readers out there.

It has to do with Gov. Palin's reaction to an obviously ridiculous allegation that did not even make it off of the internet into respected media.

It's an attempt to put out embers before they catch fire. You don't think that the internet rumor aside regarding giving birth to Palin's baby, the story of Bristol's pregnancy wouldn't eventually appear in the mainstream press? C'mon...

It was only a matter of time. Palin and McCain made the time and place of disclosure to be of their own choosing. So?


She decided to sacrifice someone who has no power to defend herself -- she put her own flesh and blood in the line of fire

You're trying to shape the battle space by saying she decided to sacrifice her own daughter. It's the polar opposite, had I said her motive was out of a selfless interest in serving a cause (her country) greater than herself (family).



she opened her daughter to ridicule from tabloid press for which she has virtually no hope of successful redress.

Anyone in public office is open to ridicule and scrutiny by tabloid press. And the moment she stepped into the limelight as a conservative VP nominee, the can of worms is open. Do you think the press would have laid off pointing out 17 year-old Bristol's out-of-wedlock pregnancy? They're scraping the bottom of the barrel for any dirt they can get on her. Did you know Sarah Palin was caught without a fishing license? That she offended a librarian? What's next? That she got a jaywalking ticket when she was in high school?

Her reaction indicates that she may do anything to protect herself, even if it means the downfall of someone or something she should hold dear.

This is why I think you are looking at things through tinted lenses.

Sure, anything is possible. Unless one can peer into a person's soul, motives can only be guessed at.

Your assumptions and conclusions though, leads you to believe the worst about her because why? Like I said, your words speak volumes.

I am not a liberal, I am not a Democrat, I am not a Republican, I am an American.

Oh, brother! We all identify ourselves as Americans. But we're also human beings, and we also fit into different categories, however generalized. You have a political identity. You have a job and trade identity. You have a hobby identity.

Your statement is as meaningless as saying, "I'm not a tennis player. I'm not a son/daughter. I'm not a New Yorker. I'm not Hispanic. Im not a chess player. I'm an American."

I would be saying the same thing if Obama (whom I don't care for), Clinton, Paul, Biden, McCain or anyone else that might eventually have an impact on my life, behaves in such a terrible fashion.

Maybe. Since I don't know you, I only have your word on that. But CodePinkers, if I can generalize here, don't seem to have any love for any politician, unless it's someone like a Kucinich, since no politician seems pacifist enough to the organization.

But really, I think the outrage is feigned outrage over the political orientation of Palin. If not you, then those others who are on the attack.

Sunday, September 07, 2008 1:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Do you know what I think "speaks volumes"?

Palin ran for school board because she wanted to improve PUBLIC EDUCATION. Now, her daughter, who attended public schools, not private schools, is pregnant.

Some Liberals say this is proof that abstinence education doesn't work. This, of course, is prepostorous. If she had abstained, there is 0% chance she would be pregnant today. Therefore, it wasn't abstinence education that failed, it was failure to practive abstinence.

On the other hand, public schools don't teach abstinence unless it is a small part of an overall sex education program that also teaches "safe sex". If any oputside influence is to blame for her daughter's pregnancy, it is public education.

If anything Sarah Palin ever did was a failure, it would obviously be her failure to improve public education, at least as far as sex education is concerned.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Sorry for the use of caps, Smithy. I still don't know how to insert italics into the comment form.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:53:00 PM  

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