Thursday, September 11, 2008

Others Palin Comparison

From: The Mike Ford Perspective (Oklahoma Huckabee Blog)
By: Mike Ford (Oklahoma HuckPAC Unofficial Grassroots Leader)

WOW! What a move by McCain, huh? But what did you expect from a savvy old salt (military lingo) who forms strategy in his sleep?

I come from a military family and am also a decent chess player, so I love to watch and think strategy. And as many good chess players and military leaders will agree, you win by predicting the outcome of your decisions and the reaction of your opponent.

The strategy involved in the Palin pick goes much deeper than what is on the surface, and we will analyze this "A Game" of chess McCain is playing.

Like most successful strategies, this one involves much surprise and risk. And as I've said before, "if McCain picks a pro-life candidate, he will win in a landslide". Not because of Palin, necessarily, but she will help the margins widen and make the momentum happen quicker. This is a great investment for a candidate who has chosen to take public funding, because the free press and internet frenzy that surrounds her will save money.

More people watched Governor Palin's speech than did Obama's famous "I Have a Scam" speech last Thursday night. And in the following 24 hours after her speech, there were more internet searches for information about Palin than Obama, McCain, Michael Phelps, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton ... COMBINED!!!

Not only was this pick economical, but it also served as somewhat of a trap for the Left. And they took it, hook, line and sinker. Look at the result: A free media buzz, constant comparisons of experience among candidates and an infuriated female constituency.

The free media buzz has already generated the "celebrity" factor for the GOP ticket, but without promotion. This is brilliant because any and all support that she receives will benefit McCain, and at the end of the day, Democrats know they cannot afford to focus of the bottom of the ticket. This is a race between Obama and McCain.

By focusing on Palin, the Left has lost the public attention they had previously focused on McCain's age and similarities with George W Bush. Now, he is seen as a maverick again, who is not afraid to buck the Party and make a drastic ... "change". (CHECK)

The one big plus that McCain had over Obama was experience, which the selection of Joe Biden attempted to erase. However, because of the immediate negative response to Palin's qualifications and experience, it has reopened the debate.

What is so interesting is the comparisons are being made between Obama and Palin, not Biden and Palin. This is a Godsend for the GOP. It reiterates Obama's inexperience and makes McCain's superior qualifications a given. It subconsciously lowers Obama to a second tier level in the public eye, where it will be assumed on election day that if he can't hold his own against the newcomer on the bottom of the ticket, how can he ever compare with McCain?

Obama will seem less manly to male voters, and less female friendly to female voters. (CHECK)

Will those 18 million votes slide over to the right to support the GOP now? No. Realistically, social liberals, socialists and the rest of "Left Wing Nutjob America" will rabidly support the Democrats without compromise. After all, it is the only party that supports abortion on demand, gay marriage and gun bans.

But, while the Left is downplaying the defection of women to the Republican ticket, I'm going to tell you the truth:

Strategists and pundits repeatedly insisted that Hillary Clinton could win because of the "female factor". This by droves of first time female voters and a gravitational pull of female Independents and even Republicans to the Democratic ticket. All to support making history by electing a woman for the first time.

But now that the tide has turned, the Left has immediately circled the wagons and rallied around the talking point that, to expect women to flock to McCain because of Palin is simply sexist, and insults the intelligence of female voters.

So, which is it? There seems to be a double standard, and they can't have their cake and eat it too.

And speaking of a double standard, that is precisely what will turn a majority of women into the most interesting voting block the GOP has ever had, which may now even begin to affect the Congressional races that once seemed out of reach for the GOP to recapture.

The vast selection of left wing smears on the front pages of magazines has been noticed. (I learned that US Magazine is now suffering thousands of subscription cancellations a day as a result.)
The intros that late night show hosts, like Leno and Letterman, have been used to bash Palin, yet the crowd doesn't roar at the jokes like they do when Bush is being ridiculed. The liberal newspapers, like the New York Times, obviously have taken their usually biased stance, as have the major TV networks and formerly respected interned sources.

Governor Palin is an accomplished executive who inspires Americans to succeed. Her story is a good one. It revives the American Dream and epitomizes the American Spirit. Unfortunately, the qualities that she offers her country, including her objective and bi-partisan record, have been ignored by the Left out of pure political survival. Monica Lewinsky received more objective media coverage than Governor Palin has. I have never seen a more perfect example of sexism and intolerance in this modern era we live in.

This media witch hunt will prove two things:
1. The Left has never been concerned with the fair representation or advancement of women in general, just women who advocate or vote in support of far left agendas. (Use N.O.W. as a perfect example.)
2. Millions of American women will begin to reject their former habits of voting Democrat and trusting the mainstream liberal media(including Oprah), and begin to be more involved and objective when deciding who to vote for. (CHECK MATE)

And all of this is bad for the liberal movement and the Democratic Party. It is very good for the conservative movement and the Republican Party. And this conclusion brings me to a final thought provoking point:

The Left has not been unified by Obama, but rather by Palin. While the mainstream media and the Clinton wing of the Democrats have been loyal to Obama, they didn't show their teeth and howl for blood until after Palin came onto the scene. This primal instinct of vicious desperation and survival has opened a new chapter in this race for the U.S. Presidency of 2008. But it's not just about 2008 anymore.

There are several chess boards in play on the politiscape. Others include the national strategies of races for Governor, Senate and House of Representatives. Then there is public opinion, inter party issues and special interests. But check out the big board in the center of the stage. This one is the future defining struggle between the Republican and Democratic Partys for long-term supremacy. And the Palin move was followed by the announcement of, "Check."

If and when Obama loses to McCain, most of us will go on with our lives and politics will take a back burner to more important and personal issues. But both sides of this struggle will be entrenched in a constant struggle for 2012 and beyond.

The Republicans know that the 72 year old McCain will likely serve only one term. Preparations have to be made to evaluate the Vice President and determine who to groom for 2012.

Because Palin will increase in popularity and experience, she will likely be a shoe-in for an uncontested presidential bid to continue the GOP's reign to what could be a 20 year run.

Meanwhile, the Democrats will be assessing their loss and looking for the next challenger. Obama will get another look, but will likely be blamed for the losses of 2008. Much will depend on his success as a full time senator who is not missing important sessions and votes to run for president. Then there is Hillary Clinton, who will likely be favored over Obama because of the hindsight and "could have been" rhetoric we will see. Lastly, a brief look around at anyone they have with no baggage or sex scandals.

Hillary is the obvious choice, with star power. The only thing that makes her risky in 2012 is that Governor Palin makes her irrelevant. (Check Mate)

Hillary's resume will contain her "experience" as a sidekick and part time lover to husband Bill, her time as a senator in New York and of course, her failed presidential bid.

And contrary to conservative pundits, she does have some executive experience. We have learned from Obama's staff that running a nationwide campaign now counts, and she did run the "Bimbo Squad" during the Clinton years, keeping many sex scandals from coming to surface via the "vast right wing conspiracy." Don't forget her 1993 failure of leading a Democrat controlled Congress to pass a socialist health care plan. Throw in her impressive ability to swindle loads of cash from people with the Whitewater scandal and then cover her tracks with the Rose Law firm shredder, and she has some management experience.

Palin will have some experience as a mayor of a small town, but will be shrugged off because she caught their votes at a tough time when they were "clinging to guns and religion". However, being a governor has a huge variety of responsibilities, including the management of a state budget and the state congress. And while many may not know, there is some foreign policy and military experience that must be recognized.

Here's some info passed on to me by a friend and state legislator:

Subject: Important info re: Palin's Nat. Secur. Cred

Just picked up some little known info on Palin's National Security Credentials. Some have shrugged off her position as Commander of the Alaskan National Guard but see this:
"Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It's on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues,homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is."

George Faught
State Representative, OK House District 14

This resume of Palin's is a great foundation to build on, and if McCain is elected president, her 4 years of experience will trump Hillary Clinton's and at the very least match any other.

Should the economy recover, the energy crisis be properly addressed and more progress be made in the War on Terror, she will have the wind at her back.

Add the actual experience of a presidential administration (that exceeds being a Mrs. or a pastry chef), interaction with the House of Representatives and the foreign policy knowledge that will make her a well rounded candidate.

The female vote will be split in half, and so will the Independents. The Evangelical base will be energized, and the youth will rally. The Republican Party will be on the verge of history... again.

Hillary's chance to make history has passed her by, unless the Left can knock her out early. There will be no new messiah to compete with a victorious Palin. All others Palin comparison.

Mike Ford
Contributing to rare, conservative media

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