Sep 04 2008

It’s A Brave New World This Morning

Good-bye glass ceiling. The Barracuda from Alaska is coming to tear you down. If there were any doubts about Sarah Palin (or women) they were shattered last night. Sarah Palin now stands astride both tickets, diminishing all those men with the exception of her Co-Maverick who had the guts to make history.

And now we have the shrunken Obama standing there hoping he never has to face the Barracuda alone. Obama is lucky he is not required to debate her, because his empty, lofty rhetoric would be blown away by the force which is Palin. Soon to be Vice President Palin, and very likely to one day be President Palin (and the first dude Todd) – it is amazing to think it is actually now happening.

The news media destroyed itself trying to stop Palin from ruining their coronation of The Messiah. It’s reputation and credibility all but gone, it is now a joke of pettiness. I suspect a lot of investors are going to be very upset as their portion of the Political Industrial Complex begins to lose viewers and customers. No one is buying into the old sewer-muck-way of personal destruction any more. 

And poor Joe what’s-his-name. We here in the Strata-Sphere had our jaws on the ground when Governor Huckabee noted Sarah Palin got more votes running for Mayor in her home town than Joe What’s-his-name got running for President. Sort of says it all, doesn’t it? As the old way retreats and shrinks, Joe is leading the charge. E.J. Dionne had another one of those arrogant liberal media pieces yesterday (sorry, not linking to it) about the GOP in the rearview mirror. What I see in my rearview mirror today is the gutter politics of the dying liberal elites.

What I see in front of me is a future of endless possibilities opening up. Palin has rocked this nation, rocked the world, changed humanity’s trajectory. Here is history folks. This is when the GOP righted itself again and looked outside DC – WAY outside DC – to become a party of the people. And this is the year the old-tired-cranky media and the old-and-busted liberal dogma began to recede for the last time. And the reason all of this is going to happen is because of The Barracuda – Sarah Palin.

Some of the zingers in her speech which had us howling in laughter tell the tale of this woman. Here is my list:

I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.

I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit.

You can read the entire speech here or watch it below. Last night history was made, even though it will take a few days for the polls to bear me out. And today we all woke up to a new world.

Update: I wonder how many mothers out there noticed the hidden connection in this line:

Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.

The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

This is the kind of populist message that flies right over the heads of the media elite. If you had a girl in The Girl Scouts, or a boy in The Boy Scouts and you participated as a leader you might notice the connection. LJStrata did – and had to remind this one-time Scout Master of it. What the left and elite will miss is all those deep connections to average Americans living their lives. As Jeff Foxworthy is fond of saying, Sarah Palin ‘are’ one!  One of us.

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “It’s A Brave New World This Morning”

  1. browngreengold says:

    I’ve never seen anything quite like this.

    What a breath of fresh air.

    Sarah Palin is like a cool breeze on a hot, humid summer afternoon in August.

    I’ll readily admit that I stood in my living room clapping as the tears filled my eyes.

    Only in America could an ordinary citizen have an opportunity to change the world.

    Only in America.

  2. archtop says:

    This Ph.D. mechanical engineer says:


    In addition to the political zingers, her impressive knowledge and experience with energy issues were on full display last night. If we ever are to become energy independent in this country, it will be she and President McCain who will get it done…

    Now excuse me while I go play “Barracuda” on Guitar Hero III…

  3. WWS says:

    I’ve mentioned my wife the life-long independant before, the one who’s never overly impressed with any politician of either party. Not only is she impressed by Palin, but she said that last night her estimation of John McCain has gone up dramatically, for the judgment and guts he showed in making this unconventional pick, even though he knew it would chap everyone in Washington and New York.

    She’ll always be a small town girl from Louisiana, and in Palin, for the very first time, she sees someone on the national stage who looks at the world from the same perspective she sees.

  4. gwood says:

    I would agree with all the comments thus far. McCain was absolutely brilliant to pick her.

    Just a thought. Is it just me, or is Sarah’s emergence on the scene just another huge black eye for Hillary? In watching Sarah deliver her speech, I had to think, what are most women seeing here? Women who backed Hillary, not for ideological reasons as much as for them they felt “the time had come”?

    Sarah exudes a refreshing aura chock-full of femininity, completely devoid of the smugness and seemingly testosterone-borne aggressiveness that would characterize Hillary.

    I think she’s Dorothy, and her house just fell on Hillary the wicked witch. Ding dong………

  5. dhunter says:

    Yes gwood, but more importantly she took down 0bama, Biden and their water carriers in the N.E. media!
    She will have to continue however as the left gets increasingly irritated and ugly and biased.
    Hows’ come we don’t hear about ANY 0bama success stories don’t community organizers accomplish something of valu?
    Apparently this one never did or we would have certainly heard about it multiple times by now.

    Thankyou AJ,
    for you service as a scoutmaster. My Eagle Scout is now applying to AFROTC as a result of caring leaders such as yourself!

  6. WWS says:

    I like the Dorothy analogy. Does that make Obama the Wizard, who after all is just a fraud hiding behind a big PR machine?

    and for DHunter, here’s Obama in his own words on his “success” as a community organizer:

    “I can’t say we didn’t make mistakes, that I knew what I was doing,” Obama recalled three years ago to a boisterous convention of the still-active DCP. “Sometimes I called a meeting, and nobody showed up. Sometimes preachers said, ‘Why should I listen to you?’ Sometimes we tried to hold politicians accountable, and they didn’t show up. I couldn’t tell whether I got more out of it than this neighborhood.”

  7. Birdalone says:

    I have finally succumbed to identity politics: a smart, confident, brown-haired, eyeglass-wearing woman who is not a lawyer. We have not much else in common, but Sarah Palin moved me to tears of joy last night.

    Please, now, start talking about what government should do, what it will cost, and stop the wornout ‘lower taxes/less regulation’ mantra that is one thing that really does need to change.

    Pragmatic, effective government that works, without the culture wars, PLEASE!

  8. Mike M. says:

    It’s not the Political-Industrial Complex.

    It’s the Political-Industrial Gang. The PIGs.

    And Gov. Palin has a recipe for Pork BBQ.

  9. gwood says:

    I like the Dorothy analogy. Does that make Obama the Wizard, who after all is just a fraud hiding behind a big PR machine?

    Yes, I think it does. Reverend Wright would have to be the scarecrow. Ted Kennedy the cowardly lion, and Dennis Kucinich the tin man?

  10. conman says:

    You folks are so predictable. After spending months claiming that Obama is not ready to be President because all he can do is give a good speech, you proclaim Palin ready based on a single speech in front of a friendly crowd. What a bunch of hypocrits!

  11. LJStrata says:

    Frankly one of my favorite quotes was:

    In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.

    And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

    I was not a McCain fan during the primaries, but his VP choice has sold me. Any man who is smart enough to choose a woman that may at times outshine him (and is) and not be intimidated, will get my vote.

  12. browngreengold says:


    You’re the one that is so predictable.

    What you fail to recognize is that Sarah has accomplishments and abilities in addition to being able to make a good speech.

    She even accomplished that without the uh, ah, eh TelePromTer.

    B-Rock, not so much.

  13. kathie says:

    Con, the other point that you missed, at least I think you did, is, is Sarah Palin running for President? We have a candidate for President, you have a community worker, and a not very effective one at that. And Biden a heart beat, blowhard, has been, nobody wanted for President, two times they voted enough is enough.

  14. Phil-351 says:


    I’d also like to point out that Sarah Palin is the running mate as VP, not POTUS. She has much more executive experience, and she’s not even the top of the ticket. He he he. Go back to your Kool-aid.

  15. momdear1 says:

    A community organizer is just another name for an agitator. He goes out into a community and bitches and gripes until he gets people riled up and then organizes them into a mob that will riot, demonstrate and/or demand regress and reparations for whatever grievances he has convinced them they have.

    I served on the Board of Directors of one of those national dissident (environmental) organizations for 5 years and we had 5 regional community organizers who did nothing but roam around their assigned areas looking for causes to stir up trouble over. The name of the game was to organize local “grass roots” groups to affiliate with the national organization that were expected to get out into the streets and back up each other’s causes on demand. Local groups also added membership numbers to the national organization which entitled them to bigger and bigger grants from Govt. agencies and big foundations.

  16. conman says:

    What experience are you all talking about?

    A mayor of a town of 7,000 people? Does that mean that EVERY SINGLE person in the country that has been a mayor of a town regardless of its size is now qualified to be POTUS? I guess so in your books.

    A 18-month govenor of a State of 670,000 people? Do you not realize that 80% of Alaska’s revenues are derived from petroleum and is heavily dependent on federal subsidize? How the hell is she going to handle the US economic issues in a recession when she can’t simply rely on the hand-outs from oil and federal subsidizes? Washington D.C. will eat up a rookie like this.

    Do you not realize that her foreign policy experience is so thin that she has had to lie about it to puff it up? She cites her Govenor position as head of the Alaska National Guard even though she has not issued a single order involving the National Guard. She cited Ireland as one of the 3 foreign countries she has visited in her entire life even though the “visit” was nothing more than a fuel stop for her plane on the way to Kuwait.

    Now that apparently only “executive” experience counts for you folks, aren’t you afraid of McCain who has had ZERO executive experience? But that is different right, because he was a POW 30 years ago.

    Yeah, you folks make a lot of sense.

  17. WWS says:

    you really don’t realize how idiotic an Obama supporter looks making that argument, do you?

    not to mention the typical liberal elitist condescension dripping from your post. “ewww, she’s from a SMALL town, she CAN’T be any good!”

  18. The Macker says:

    She is running against Biden, only a senator, from a state the size of Alaska.

    You should focus on decision making, not foreign policy. The wonks are the advisors. And by the way, Clinton was a governor of a small state and had no foreign policy experience.

    McCain forged coalitions in the Senate. Obama?