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What about intelligence? Sure, intelligence helps — maybe. Quick, name one presidential decision made in the last 16 years, i.e., during the Clinton (Yale, Yale, Oral Roberts) and Bush (Yale, Harvard) years that you think was either right because the president was intelligent or wrong because he was not intelligent enough. Okay, take your time (oh, and sorry, I meant oral sex, not Oral Roberts).
Time’s up. Get the point? And remember what they said about President Reagan, who went to — how do you express a sneer in writing? — Eureka College? Now he’s widely regarded as the best president of the 20th century (Roosevelt only won a war; Reagan won a war and saved the economy).
Gov. Palin has a lot to say about the campaign: gracious words for Sen. McCain, and for some of the staff assigned to her. But clearly there was gross incompetence, followed by Super Bowl-sized blame-gaming by the grossly incompetent. When Palin tried to be Palin and do things off script, they accused her of going rogue. Next time the rule will be: Let Palin be Palin.
Why did she resign the governorship? Because the liberals mounted a campaign of nonstop harassment. They made governing impossible by filing hundreds — hundreds! — of spurious Freedom of Information Act requests, ethics charges, and lawsuits. The problem can be seen plainly on the Alaska state web page under the heading “Who can file an ethics complaint?” The answer: “Anyone.” From anywhere, which includes all the tutees of President Obama’s mentor, Saul Alinsky. And in Alaska, because the governor has to hire attorneys at her own expense, Gov. Palin ran up legal bills of $500,000. She came to the conclusion that she could no longer serve effectively. In Alaska.
Is she quitting? Not likely. As her father said, “Sarah’s not retreating. She’s reloading.” Praise the Lord. And pass the ammunition. “Reloading” would have been a good title for the book too.
Sarah Palin is still young, still blessed with the gifts of determination and resolve and true American grit. She has time to reload. And her best days, like ours, may be yet to come.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?