Problems with Palin. Reagan vs. Obama. Republicans and repeal and more.
IN A HEARTBEAT
Re: Quin Hillyer’s The Problem With Palin:
It’s always a pleasure to read Mr. Hillyer’s columns, filled with
insight and commanding respect and attention given his able
research and rational analysis. His “The Problem With Palin”
invites sequels on other political figures and, were I to do one
on say, President Obama, it would contain a near infinite number
of problems and be book length. A gifted journalist of Mr.
Hillyer’s caliber should research, analyze and opine while us
readers need to absorb all rational opinion and make our own
decisions, in the voting booth for instance. Faced with few
options or choices unless one is a party apparatchik, we often
find ourselves having to pick between 2 or 3 negatives. Even if
one assumed all of Mr. Hillyer’s commentary on Governor Palin to
be accurate, and the presidential election were to be a contest
today between Obama and Palin, I would “in a heartbeat” and
without hesitation, vote for the governor……
— A. Corey
Quin Hillyer replies:
I appreciate Mr. Corey’s compliments, and entirely share his conclusion about voting for Ms. Palin in a heartbeat if the final choice were between her and Mr. Obama. Other letter writers seem, unfortunately, to miss the point that my piece was hardly a full-out attack against the admirable Ms. Palin, but an analysis of her strengths and weaknesses of the kind I do frequently in my columns. My article should indeed, however, be read as an implicit criticism of all political boosters who look at any questions about their favorites as if the critic is an utter apostate — rather than as an opportunity for the political figure to take stock, to learn, and to improve. If we don’t criticize ourselves constructively, our political adversaries will blind-side us with far harsher criticisms based on the same evidence, twisted around into ominous warnings, that are far more destructive to the conservative cause than any honest self-critiques ever could be.
Good points, Quin. And I too, am uncomfortable with Palin 2012
for the reasons you cite. But I believe, with just a little more
seasoning, she could be ready much sooner than 2024. A little
observation, though. Why did John McCain choose her as a running
mate, and what does that say about HIS “experience”? Hmm, perhaps
Palin has a point after all, “government experience doesn’t
necessarily count for much.”?
— Mike Showalter
I thought there was something curious in this month’s TAS.
You have Quin’s deconstruction of Sarah Palin juxtaposed to Tyrrell’s new book excerpt where he points out that “conservatism” isn’t so much an ideology, as much as a disposition.
Sarah represents that conservative disposition.
And why the ink spilled on comparing the Republican Vice
Presidential candidate with no contrast to the Democrat’s
Presidential candidate? We (ostensibly, the Republican Party as a
collective) were not putting
Sarah Palin up to run against Barack Obama.
Who, exactly, are you, Quin Hillyer?
A TELL SIGN
Re: W. James Antle, III’s Crying Hate, Suppressing Debate:
Anytime Bill Clinton furrows his brow, you can rest assured that
he’s about to lay another whopper on you. That’s true whether
it’s about “protesters rudely demonstrating their ingratitude to
benevolent old Uncle Sam,” or “that woman,” or “I didn’t inhale,”
or anything else coming out of the man’s mouth. My poker-playing
acquaintances would shake their heads and call it a blatant
— Rush Elkins
Dear Ole Bill Clinton…yes, I recall this president, the draft dodger, the guy who chased Hillary..or did she chase him?
Bill is a “coward,” although after all these years of learning how to prattle for cover, he still can con many into believing his dreamy pictures of what reality ought to be.
As with all narcissists, we must do their bidding, must follow their dreams, and must never question their decisions — especially as it relates to what we need to do for them!
We citizens should spend more time reading about true and great leaders before the next election. I doubt such will occur, therefore, we will wait until after the smoke clears from the forthcoming calamity.
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?