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September 04, 2008

AP: "Palin Delivers Star-Turning Performance at RNC"

Powerline with the quotes:

The Associated Press, a solidly Democratic institution, can't deny that Sarah Palin socked it to the Dems tonight, as they headline: "Palin delivers star-turning performance at RNC." The AP begins: "Sarah Palin delivered." From there, they go on to do all they can to mitigate the basic point, describing Palin as "embattled," and a "novice" who "lacked the soaring oratory skills of Obama."

Which raises an interesting point: I really don't believe the Republicans are smart enough to pull this off, but how can it be bad that our Vice-Presidential candidate is constantly being compared to the Dems' Presidential candidate? More on this later.

The AP still holds out hope: "One speech does not a campaign make. ... Even as she spoke, airplanes in Alaska were unloading reporters and political operatives sent to pore through her personal and public life." It's interesting, isn't it? Where are the planeloads of "reporters and political operatives" poring through Barack Obama's "personal and public life?" Those poor newspapers and other media organizations have been strapped for resources for so long that they just haven't been able to look into Obama's career and associations. Now, thankfully, planeloads of reporters have become available. Maybe when they're done investigating Sarah Palin's daughter's boyfriend, do you think they will turn their attention to the Democrats' nominee for President of the United States?

That was just a rhetorical question, of course. After all, news organizations have to have priorities!

The AP continues:

A big test comes at the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate with her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden.

Fortunately, Biden is an idiot. Sarah Palin is pretty sure to disappoint the AP once again.

How did this happen? How was even the leftist AP left fumbling for talking points?

The media of course gets its talking points from the DNC. They get half of their stores from the DNC, and all of their analysis.

The media trusts the DNC. They like the DNC. The DNC are nice people who do all of their actual work for them, leaving them free to to snort coke and pursue their hobbies of functional alcoholism and sleeping with each other's spouses; why shouldn't they like the DNC?

So the DNC and the Obama camp told the media that Palin was stupid and a bumpkin and all of that and the media got ready to write the stories, and analyze the speech, as they had been previously instructed by the DNC and David Axelrod.

And then the speech happened.

And the media was baffled, befuddled, and bewildered -- the DNC and David Axelrod had given them the wrong script entirely! Even they could see that somehow their helpful friends in the DNC had badly erred.

But they had nothing to say, because the DNC and David Axelrod hadn't prepared them for "Plan B" (as the snide/sarcastic line is now being called).

So the media just sat there in stupefied silence wondering what it was they were supposed to say. And not having been well prepared, they could only manage to do the easiest thing possible, which is to say the purely obvious.

And the obvious, as it turns out, was that it was a hell of a speech, and that she hit a grand slam, and certainly seemed ready for high national office, at least, that is, by the criteria established by David Axelrod and the DNC (to wit, that one is ready for high office if one can deliver a hell of a speech).

So why did David Axelrod and the DNC let down their nice friends in the media and leave them with nothing to say?

They just didn't see it coming, either.

But they can see foreign threats coming. Apparently the Iranians and Russians are easier to read than a bumpkin beauty queen from Wasilla.

Yeah, you guys are real fuckin' scholars, eh?

Ya fuckin' dumb humps. Ya blithering ninnies.


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