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posted by John Lott at 3:03 AM
Bill Whittle (as usual) penned one of the best essays on Palin I've ever seen.."At least fifteen ethics complaints had been leveled against Governor Palin, and all of them have been dismissed as baseless. But that’s beside the point, isn’t it? Decent people, like most of you out there, probably don’t appreciate just how easy it is to destroy someone of integrity if you have no integrity of your own.Here’s how it works. Fifteen assorted bloggers and miscreants of various stripes launch unsubstantiated ethics complaints against the Governor of Alaska, who, because of Alaska state law, is not immune from having to fight them. Fifteen charges of corruption – no matter whether they are true or not – means that the public hears nothing but the words “Palin” and “Corruption” being solemnly reported by the press. Even the phrase “cleared of corruption charges” makes that subconscious connection.And that’s all it takes: false accusations. Consider this:"To consider, see THE DESTRUCTION OF SARAH PALIN-
Actually Paul, Bill Whittle is incorrect. They have not been dismissed as baseless, though "baseless" in an interesting characterization since one of them was filed by Palin herself. The rest of Whittle's essay is filled with wild inaccuracies, hyperbole, and just plan nuttiness.John, please clarify "amazing"... did you mean "amazingly incoherent"? You are, as I understand it, a fellow teacher. How would you grade an essay as rambling, fragmented, and disorganized as Palin's speech? Though you and I disagree on many issues and I dispute the accuracy of many of your statements, I think you are a capable writer. Surely you see the significant flaws in Palin's speeches and writing?But then maybe Conan O'Brien is right and she is really writing free-verse poetry.
The rest of Whittle's essay is filled with wild inaccuracies, hyperbole, and just plan nuttiness.Nice try, kid.But, I've been reading Mr. Whittle's essays for almost two years now, and your description just doesn't jibe with what I've read.-
I thought Peggy Noonan had an excellent op-ed piece about Palin a couple of weeks ago on a Sat WSJ.
Sorry, Mark, but I thought Noonan's piece was lame and snarky. "She never learned how the other sides think, or why." Ugh? What is the evidence for that? One would think that she just goes along with people with whom she agrees. Yet, she has stood up to many people in the Republican party.Palin isn't smart? Noonan offers no evidence that Palin isn't smart. Presumably she could have picked a few answers to questions from reporters, though I don't think those were as bad as other made them out to be and what politician couldn't you do that for. Palin gave much more accurate answers in the VP debate than Biden. I will say this: Palin has remarkable political smarts. Just take the Letterman attacks. Name me one other national politician who would have hung in their until Letterman was forced to apologize.I think that Noonan is jealous of Palin.
She's a good speaker, but I've always felt that she needs to slow down, just a little. In this, if in nothing other (and that's an understatement that will do until another one comes along), she could learn something from President Obama. I've spoken before crowds. You know what you want to say, you just want to SAY it for God's sake, but Palin needs to learn to just slow it down. Just a tad. Then she'd be a great speaker.
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