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Questions and Observations #3

For new readers, the title is what the shortened “QandO” means.

  • Whether you love her, hate her or really don’t care, it is hard too argue against the assertion that  Sarah Palin effectively ended any national aspirations she might have had by announcing her pending resignation (assuming there isn’t some extremely compelling private family reason for doing so). The first thing any political opponent is going to say is “she quit on the citizens of Alaska, will she quit on you?”
  • The story about the Washington Post selling access to the Obama administration isn’t just about the WaPo. Seems to me there had to be some a) knowledge of the plan and b) cooperation from the White House for it to have been as far along as it was. After all, the first “salon” was scheduled to be held at the publisher’s home in 2 weeks. Is anyone exploring that angle?
  • How concerned is Saudi Arabia with the probability of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons? Apparently enough to make it known they’ll turn a blind eye to any Israeli incursion which crosses the kingdom in order to strike Iran.
  • Apparently the scales have finally fallen from Colin Powell’s eyes concerning Obama and the direction he’s taking this country. Formerly Powell’s message was that American’s wanted more government and were willing to pay for it. He now says he’s concerned with the number of programs, the legislation associated with them and the cost of the additional government they’ll entail. “We can’t pay for it,” he’s now saying? Better late than never, I suppose, but this just underscores my disaffection with Powell politically.
  • Speaking of Sarah Palin, apparently the federal investigation rumors (FBI looking into irregularities concerning the sports complex in Wasilla, etc.) and pending indictment are false. An FBI spokesman in Alaska has said there is no pending indictment or ongoing investigations of her. Concerning the ongoing rumor he says, “it’s just not true”.
  • The after effects of the recent “election” in Iran continue to eat away at the foundation of the “Islamic Republic”. The Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum split with Ayotallah Khamenei declaring both the election and the new govenrment “illegitimate”. That is a very public and unprecedented challenge to Khamenei’s power. Additionally Moussavi’s campaign has released a report that outlines the election violations in detail. These are very serious challenges to the regime’s legitimacy.
  • Speaking of Iran, it appears that while the world is ready to ratchet up the pressure on the regime in light of its brutal put down of pro-democracy protesters, the Obama administration is apparently prepared to block any sanctions agreed upon at the G8 summit. I swear I can’t figure that bunch out – support the dictator in Iran and mischaracterize a legal use of constitutional power in Honduras in support of another would-be dictator there.
  • The law of unintended consequences continues to operate unabated. Governments, desperate for revenue, have raised property taxes all across the country. Homeowners, knowing their home values have plummeted, are filing an unprecedented number of appeals. Those appeals are costing the governments huge amounts of money in refunds and attorney’s fees. However, homeowners should note that if they don’t appeal, the government will gladly screw them to the wall with an unjustified tax increase. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?

~McQ

33 Responses to Questions and Observations #3

  • Speaking of Sarah Palin, apparently the federal investigation rumors (FBI looking into irregularities concerning the sports complex in Wasilla, etc.) and pending indictment are false. An FBI spokesman in Alaska has said there is no pending indictment or ongoing investigations of her. Concerning the ongoing rumor he says, “it’s just not true”.

    So, any lawyer types want to opine on how this would play in a Sullivan claim?

  • Whether you love her, hate her or really don’t care, it is hard too argue against the assertion that  Sarah Palineffectively ended any national aspirations she might have had by announcing her pending resignation (assuming there isn’t some extremely compelling private family reason for doing so). The first thing any political opponent is going to say is “she quit on the citizens of Alaska, will she quit on you?”

    I think you underestimate the ability of the Republican Party establishment to select uninspiring and unpopular candidates.

  • Whether you love her, hate her or really don’t care, …
     
    You know, there are people who think that Elvis is still alive.
     
    Cheers.

  • “Whether you love her, hate her or really don’t care, it is hard too argue against the assertion that  Sarah Palin effectively ended any national aspirations she might have had by announcing her pending resignation (assuming there isn’t some extremely compelling private family reason for doing so). The first thing any political opponent is going to say is “she quit on the citizens of Alaska, will she quit on you?”

    Don’t think that will be problem, even if they say it, because it can also be said about others. Now, Mitt Romney, that SOB would throw you in jail for not buying health insurance. I’d take Palin anyday over that bastard.

  • Instapundit suggests she may be gearing up to try to turn the Tea Party into a reality. This is the first suggestion I’ve heard that makes sense. I’m not saying it’s correct, it’s just the first I’ve heard that makes sense. Especially from her point of view, which when it comes to figuring out what her motivations are is the point of view that matters. Most people are simply telling us why they think she should disappear or whatever with no thought for whether that reason would make sense to Sarah Palin.
    Especially if she herself doesn’t run for any office in 2010 but just leads the party, I think America will not hold it against her if she succeeds, and creating a viable third party in this timeframe will certainly be the sort of thing I look for in my President. And if she fails… honestly, would she really be that much worse off? The reward payoff is huge and I’m unconvinced the costs are actually all that big, relative to the status quo.

  • I’m basically stunned by the ho-hum status quo expressed by some libertarians. It seems they are so used to compromise and politically cautious speech, as deemed acceptable by the “current powerbase”, that they have become frozen and ineffectual. News flash; the elite, the illustrious, the “educated” and the brilliantly well spoken, have brought us to total failure. It didn’t work, it doesn’t work, and it won’t work. They are all criminal zeros, worshipped by people who are less than they.

    Some of the opinions rendered here about Palin are a regurgitation of the Government news as expressed by its pundits, dating back to the Couric interview, a set-up. If I’m right, Palin and family are pissed and they are going to war.  They’ve been attacked personally and I think they are going on the offense. God bless them for that, it’s about time somebody did. I personally, hope they destroy the Republican Party who has betrayed, their constituents, worse that any party in American history. I would almost guarantee you that most people on this board would shoot dead anyone who walked into their house and tried to do to them and their families what these politicians are trying to do to them from DC. And, there isn’t a local court in the land who wouldn’t acquit on grounds of self-defense.

    It would be very cool to actually have a two party system in the USA, where a real conservative party goes for the jugular and means to win. If this is what she’s doing, I’ll send her money.    

  • Wow that bomber is magnificient

  • At this point only the Left has the power to make Sarah Palin run.
    All they have to do is not leave here alone

  • Wait till the argument, that the “government as insurer” (who can make healthcare decisions) abrogates the “keep government off our bodies” justification for “legal abortion” as spelled out in <i>Roe v Wade</i>, kicks in.
    And here nobody thought that those “conservative judges” were helping to pave the way for “Obama-care”

  • nnmeehhhh, might be better to wait awhile and see how things sort out for palin before you write her off. as about half the blogosphere has noted, newsweek wrote off ronald reagan in 1971: pretty much called him washed-up toast.  then they did it again in 1976. love her or not, palin is still the only republican who’s caught fire with the base/public since reagan; and she obviously terrifies the left. it took GW bush a couple of years to earn the furious lies, acid, and hatred they wheeled out on her *instantly*. it’s always a good idea to pay attention to your enemies – they’ll usually let you know, in one way or another, what they fear most.  here’s how it’ll end up: if she wins in the end, it’ll be a stroke of genius. if she doesn’t, she’ll be a moron.  either way, she’s free from having to defend herself against the swarm of lefty mosquitos and their bullsh!t charges; and she’ll end up very rich.

  • The first thing any political opponent is going to say is “she quit on the citizens of Alaska, will she quit on you?”
    I know that will be the criticism.  The problem I have with it is that Obama quit at his job of being Senator in order to run without the decency of vacating the seat.

  • The first thing any political opponent is going to say is “she quit on the citizens of Alaska, will she quit on you?”

    That is such bunk. It will only resonate with those that would not vote for her in the first place. But to hear that kind of horsesh!t coming from the right “chattering class” makes me want to puke.
    If anything, her announcement helped shine the light on even more squishy RINO’s than we once though existed.
    –Campaign for others in 2010
    –Fine tune her message for 3 years
    –Build very large warchest
    –Run for president.
    –Go Sarah, go.
    P.S. I hope she takes some of those punka$$ lefties to court for libel/slander too….give em a taste of their own medicine.

    • How’s it “bunk” other than you trying to hand-wave it away?

    • It will only resonate with those that would not vote for her in the first place.

      • Whoops — hit the submit too soon:

        It will only resonate with those that would not vote for her in the first place.

        What happened to all the Republican criticism of Obama that he didn’t have enough experience? Now you want to argue that a person with only a couple of years experience as governor of one of our less populated states who quit before finishing her term is going to be the best pick for president? That’s a great argument!
         
        P.S. Most of us don’t claim to be “Republican.” In fact, the vast majority of the population doesn’t claim to be “Republican.” So I’m not sure why you would think Palin is going to generate a huge following, especially if you show contempt for people who do call themselves “Republican” even if it’s in name only. That doesn’t sound like very good strategery.

  • i myself would say it’s ‘bunk’ in the exact same way hillary turned the opposition claims of “lowlife inexperienced carpetbagger who’s never held any elected office anywhere” during her first senate race into bunk: she won that election. as for claims she quit on her constituents’ while she ran for prez, just like bambam did, that turned into ‘bunk’ by the simple expedient of ignoring the critics who said it.  yeah, it’ll be harder for palin to do that, since she doesn’t have a pet media cheerleading for her 24/7. but then neither did the last guy who resonated with the base/public the way she does, and he ended up ok.

    • So you think she can successfully point to Hillary and Obama and claim that quitting office 18 months before her term expires is a similar thing and shouldn’t be held against her?

      Heh … good luck with that.

      • Bob Dole is another one. But, all that aside, you are right. The left (including many Republicans) will pound this point over and over. I don’t think it will be very productive for them but they will certainly do it. What’s overlooked in all this, is the very large number of people that think politicians should quit the office they were elected too if they are going to seek higher office. I’m one of those.  

        • She’s not running for higher office right now. That makes her just a plain ol’ quitter.

          • Time will tell. One thing’s for sure, the left fears her like they do no one else.

          • Which is one reason why what she’s done is so disappointing. She certainly exposed the left for what it really is. And frankly I wouldn’t blame her if she said “enough is enough, this just isn’t worth it.” But that certainly doesn’t make what she did something other than quitting and it also isn’t a positive for her if she does indeed have national aspirations.

          • I think your take on this is encompassed into a very narrow corridor, let me rephrase that. I think the standard you are saddling her with is not evenly distributed. If it turns out that she’s not in the hunt and is just quitting, then I would agree with you. If however, she is in the hunt and moving forward, then I see her actions as more honorable than Obama, Clinton, Dole…etc. She clearly stated the waste of taxpayer money as one of her prime motivators for taking this action.

          • That’s a nuance that just isn’t going to sell over the meta-story of “quitter”. And it is the meta-story (which will seem self-evident) vs. the nuance (which can be made to seem contrived as an “excuse”) which will get all the play.

          • I can’t agree with that. It’s an unorthodox approach for sure, but far more honorable than the norm by my assessment. Instead of using her constituent’s tax dollars to finance her while not doing her job she’s opting for a different financial path to meet her goals and giving up her job is in the best interest of her constituents. Obama, Clinton and others blatantly lie to their constituents about serving out their terms and then run for higher office anyway, taking a paycheck for a job they aren’t doing. The only reason they do this is to protect a job in case they lose. To me, Palin’s got the high road on this one, saving taxpayer’s money from continuous litigation and not taking a paycheck for work she’s not going to be doing. I would be very interested to know how the constituents would react to a question where the above distinction is clearly made.

            Of course, this wouldn’t hold true if she just goes home and takes care of the kids, but she didn’t say that, did she? She said she was going in a more effective direction to meet her political goals.

          • Well, we’ll have to disagree then. Politics ain’t bean bag and “honorable” to some who want to believe that is nothing more than “being a quitter” to others – most others – when they consider what she’s done. Like we’ve agreed, we’ll see.

  • no, i’m saying politics is a fluid and extremely difficult-to-predict environment. everyone knew nixon was finished in 1961. everyone knew the same thing about reagan in 1971. everyone knew thatcher would never get the big chair at 10 downing; and when she did, everyone knew she’d be a monumental failure.  EVERYone knew hillary would be the democrat presidential nominee in 2008 – she had a zillion dollars, and there were no viable challengers anywhere to be seen. see also: marion berry; daniel ortega; edwin edwards; post-chappaquiddick ted kennedy; post 1988 flopped-speech bubba…..
    and here you are, *knowing* that palin’s done. heh…good luck with that. might not want to bet the *entire* house on it, though.

    • This isn’t ’61 or even ’71. This is a highly-partisan, highly poisonous political atmosphere driven by a 24/7 news cycle and a media with much more vested interests now than then. Palin isn’t playing in the same arena that Nixon and Reagan played. She’s done politically on a national level (Berry, Edwards and Kennedy wouldn’t have any more of a chance on a national level than Palin).

  • “She’s done politically on a national level.”
    We’ll see.  I hope not.  There’s a reason she drew those crowds.  If she still draws them, she’s not done.
    Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp

    • Of course, we certainly will see. But it should be remembered she drew crowds in a losing cause, she was hammered for her lack of experience and she’s now quit her job in Alaska. The latter doesn’t exactly add “shine” to a resume that wasn’t quite good enough last time.

  • Is the “comment” work around not working anymore?

  • Yep.