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Politico’s Hit Piece on Palin August 30, 2008

Posted by geoff in News, Politics.

Hot Air linked to a Politico article, where “presidential scholars” are belittling Sarah Palin’s qualifications:

Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

That’s a nasty little soundbite, even with the qualifier “appears to be” included. But just for chuckles, let’s have a look at the sources* they consulted to arrive at that indeterminate, but damning, conclusion:

  • Joel Goldstein: former National Vice President and regional President of the American Jewish Congress
  • Matthew Dallek: former speechwriter for Dick Gephart
  • David Kennedy: “I’m a very active Democrat . . . I’ve been a delegate to the national convention. I’ve actively supported several presidential candidacies.”
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Democrat, former LBJ aide. Married to Dick Goodwin, LBJ speechwriter

Of course, Politico didn’t bother to mention any of these affiliations. Just like they didn’t bother to get a contra viewpoint.

Nice work, gents.

*Stephen Hess of Brookings was also quoted, but didn’t say anything about Ms. Palin

UPDATE: Slublog points out that Goldstein and Kennedy are both Obama contributors


1. eddiebear - August 30, 2008

The Deciders are doing their loyal duty to the Obama campaign.

He obviously was caught off guard by the pick, and is relying upon the MSM to do his work for him until he can get a talking point or two down.

2. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

“Scholar” = “Absolute Moral Authority.”

Don’t question a SCHOLAR! are YOU a SCHOLAR!?

No, I just read, and don’t think America is a cesspool filled with bowling ball baby’s and exploding feet. MY life is a cesspool, and it’s not the governments fault. It’s mine.

Welcome to the opinions of one of the people you think you are fighting for. My suggestion? Stop fighting for me, You’re a pussy, just get away and give me some time to stand up on my own, and all will be cool.

3. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur - August 30, 2008

The best part? I’m sure she doesn’t give a shit. It doesn’t do a thing to change her level of preparedness to do her job.

Waaaaaa!!!!! You aren’t our Mom!!!! You can’t tell us what to do!!!!

4. Pupster - August 30, 2008

If they are smart….they will completely counter the experience argument by co-opting Obambi’s “Change” meme.

Narrator: It’s time for a new perspective, a fresh face, a new way of doing things in Washington.

*cheesecake shot of S.P. in cheerleader outfit*

Narrator: Palin. For a change.

5. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

Where’s the cheerleader pic?
and it can be counteracted with the image of her pulling nets on a commercial fishing boat, that her husband owns and that she works on on weekends.

The Dem’s are screwed everywhich way, and Sarah CAN hammer both Joe “I’m from SCRANTON, you from scranton? I’M FROM SCRANTON!” story with the truth, as well as Obama’s “I’m the American dream!” with the “I FELL into politics.” argument.

Her biography, absent substance, will win, cuz all the Dem’s have is Image concerning a cut and paste biography, where as sarah has a real biography.

And on substance, she wins on ethics and energy, we have to see about the other stuff, but she has a very strong motivator to understand foreign policy because of her son.

There is no better student than a mother worried about her children. Sarah will become McArthur in the next few weeks, if she isn’t already, but really, she needs to become Butler, but hey, she’s in the boss’s office, can’t expect everything.

6. Muslihoon - August 30, 2008

Hah! I laugh at their puny efforts to oppose Palin, Super Mom, VP Candidate, She Who Makes Republicans So Verklempt That They Could Plotz.

7. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

It’s like butter.

8. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

Pardon, I’m not good at pronunciation of my yiddish.

“Ehit’s Loik BuddAh!”

Is that better?

9. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

Michael, or maybe it’s cathy,

Can you send me the recipe for that cranberry mustard compote, or whatever sauce that you had? The one that Mike basicaly FORCED me to try, while eating the roast?

Gonna visit ma’s boyfriends cabin in the next week or two, and I think it would be cool if I work wth ma’s boyfriends brother, on the grill and that we should make a roast, and that I should make that cranberry mustard sauce (which was surprisingly awesom) to go along with it.

I forget what it was called, but I think you recall it, if not, you can guide me towards the right recipe.

10. Lipstick - August 30, 2008

WP, is it this?

Cranberries Jezebel

Combine in a saucepan until dissolved and bring to a boil:

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

Add to boiling water:

1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries.

Return water to a boil, and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spoon into a bowl and cool to room temperature.

Stir in:

3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

11. Michael - August 30, 2008

Yes, that’s it.

Cathy’s recipe for Cranberries Jezebel was originally posted by Geezer here. The photos tell the whole story of how good Cranberries Jezebel is.

12. Dave in Texas - August 30, 2008

let me know if you want to make some chili

13. Michael - August 30, 2008


Bite me. Cathy actually made Dave’s Afterburner Chili, because she likes and trust you. We ate it! Jeez it was awful. I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone likes you.

14. Dave in Texas - August 30, 2008

I can’t believe you ate that stuff.

15. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

Thanks, BTW I hate! HATE cranberry’s, thats why mike had to damn near FORCE me to try it, and he was right to do so, IT’s NUMMY!!!

Thanks, Hope ma’s and her boyfriend, and his family like it.

16. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

“it’s good” Mike says
“I really hate cranberry’s”
“try it.”
“I’ll try the brie”
“No, Try it.”
Mikes a big guy, and as a big guy, I know what a big guy is, so I decided that mike was speaking from wisdom, so I tried it.


17. Cathy - August 30, 2008

Dave, I love you, Bro.

But your chili recipe needs tomatoes. Just sayin’

*Yep… we ate that stuff*

18. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

No reason to get fancy with chilli.

Beef/sausage, tomatoes, chili’s, and water, maybe with corn starch as a thickener.

Embellish, but I agree, Dave’s chilli recipe is good, but just a bit too much.

19. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2008

OH! wait!!!!

Dave was making Texas chili.

Texas chili is almost all beef, and sauce, so, thinking about it, Daves chili is suitable for those used to a “red chili” recipe. I’m not, and I guess that mike and cathy aren’t.

20. Michael - August 30, 2008

WP, Dave’s chili recipe was a joke, and we fell for it.

21. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

I make the shit I make.

You mean the one from like 16 months ago?

22. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

I’m tired.

23. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

I think we are talking different chili’s

Are you guys talking about daves 3 meat chili, that he posted in the post before my grilled cheese sammich recipe’ was included?

Member, I’ve been gone for about a year, in fact, almost exactly.

24. Dave in Texas - August 31, 2008

WP, it was an actual recipe but I threw in a bunch of shit to make it sound all Texas tough and super hot.

Here’s the link


Cathy called me when I was on the way to the IBSBP and asked me if it was ok to add some tomatos to my “recipe”, and I was like “what recipe?”, and she said “your afterburner chili recipe”, and I replied “holy shit you actually want to eat that stuff”? and she said they had already tried it once.

I felt kinda bad. After laughing for 4 miles.

25. Anonymous - August 31, 2008

I’m up in northern-ish MN at the moment and found some cranberry/honeywine. Definitely yummy!

Just thought I’d add something.

26. TattooedIntellectual - August 31, 2008

Damned dial-up. That anon is me.

27. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

Yeahp, same one, I was thinking of. probably all the spicey shit that fucked it up.

Chili is like a hamburger, kinda hard to make a bad one. I thought it was, I thought it was you, a recipe that had beef pork and chicken in it, and it was a red chili recipe.

I never would have made that, largely cuz I’m not a “recipe” guy, unless it’s sauces. Sauces are different.

28. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

I have a confession to make.

I’ve never eaten chili.

29. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

*stares stunned*

30. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

I don’t like beans or hot foods.

31. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008


32. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

Heck, I didn’t eat pizza till I was 21. Hated the idea of tomato sauce and was forced to try it while traveling in Italy. (Versus starving)

Eating Italian food for the first time in Italy was like hearing the angels sing.

33. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

Eating Italian food for the first time in Italy was like hearing the angels sing.

Well, DUH!

Try some chili, not some resteraunt bullshit, try some home made chili packed with love. (btw it doesn’t have to be spicey, I make three batches of chilli, I do the stewing in one pot for the basic, then I seperate and finish MY chili (spicey) in another pot, and then I put my condiment chili (chili dogs, chili cheese FRIES, twice baked potates covered in chili and CHEESE!) in another pot, it doesn’t have to be spicey.)

Please, find a friend, I know, you are an unpleasent person but someone MUST like you. . . . .somewhere, who makes chili, and try their chili.

It’s chili.

(no pizza till 21? This world is screwed!)

34. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

For the good of the Country, and your children, and your children’s children, try chili.

35. mesablue - August 31, 2008

Beans in chili?

Who would do that?

36. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

You can take a plate of raw maggot asses, cover it in chili and Cheese, and it will be AWESOME!!!

37. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

Will Velveeta work?


38. Barry in CO - August 31, 2008

I’m sure they didn’t think the same of 1 term Senator/trip n fall lawyer John Edwards in ’04.

39. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

Lipstick? Are you TRYING to piss me off?

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