What the Democrats are afraid of

Sarah Palin showed America she is real. She’s not a power hungry Washington insider looking to do the business of some special interest group. She’s a working mom raising a family with problems and concerns just like the rest of us. As she stated, she isn’t poll and focus group tested. She is who she is.

Republican’s view: Sarah Palin proves she can deliver

By Chris Ingram

Sarah Palin delivered an out of the park speech last night. And John McCain can be proud of his selection and ignore the personal and political attacks the media and the Obama campaign have smeared her with over the last week.

Palin introduced herself to voters by giving a speech that was thoughtfully delivered; she demonstrated compassion, integrity, a sense of humor, and the ability to go on offense against Barack Obama and Joe Biden. She stated last night that the only difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom is lipstick. The obvious inference is she is both.

Sarah Palin showed America she is real. She’s not a power hungry Washington insider looking to do the business of some special interest group. She’s a working mom raising a family with problems and concerns just like the rest of us. As she stated, she isn’t poll and focus group tested. She is who she is.

Despite what people tell pollsters (and what the Democrats are afraid of), in the subconscious mind, voting for a particular candidate over another is really about personality and likability. And this gal is very likable. For whatever a vice-presidential selection is worth in terms of adding value to motivate voters to support the candidacy of the presidential nominee, John McCain has served himself well.

My Democrat friend Elan Barnehama writes in his column that Palin simply, “…repeated…Republican talking points that want to turn her few accomplishments into a career. Her speech was simply conventional. What we really need to know is what are her beliefs and how will she act on them.” I’m not sure where Elan has been the last week but here is what I know about Sarah Palin and her beliefs:

She has been an aggressive government reformer having taken on the good old boys and corrupt politicians in Alaska – including several Republicans.

She is not an eletist, having rejected many perks of office normally provided to the governor (private jet, private driver, and personal chef).

She supports expanded oil drilling as a measure to reduce our dependence on mid-east oil.

She has worked for lower taxes and smaller government and will continue to do so.

She will be an advocate for women’s rights and children with special needs.

She has been a successful manager of her town as mayor, and a state as governor. In the latter position she oversees a multi-billion dollar budget and manages tens of thousands of state employees. And let’s not forget, she was once the president of the PTA – a job that is probably a lot like herding cats – not an easy task.

What we know about Barack Obama on the other hand is he has managed nothing. He’s been a state legislator and U.S. Senator. As Rudy Giuliani pointed out last night, he voted “present” over a hundred times when he was a state legislator, and can’t point to a single significant piece of legislation as an accomplishment while in the U.S. Senate. If Obama wants change, why doesn’t he start by changing himself by doing something more notable than giving an eloquent speech?

On the issue of “change,” Mrs. Palin stated, “In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.” Well stated.

I liked what I saw in Sarah Palin last night and I have confidence in her abilities.

And while I don’t know what my Democrat friends are looking for other than “change,” we’ll get change no matter what come January as the presidency of George W. Bush thankfully comes to an end. But as Rudy Giuliani pointed out, “change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.” We need change from someone who can deliver. And as Sarah Palin eloquently pointed out, the person who can make that change is John McCain. Because he has delivered before. And he will deliver again.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.

3 thoughts on “What the Democrats are afraid of”

  1. What I like about Palin and what she demonstrated last night is essentially the same message the Barack Obama has been delivering. But the message has nothing to do with the economy, freedoms, or the Iraq war.

    The message is that there is a revolution taking place in America, and it’s being led by ordinary people like Barack Obama and Sarah Palin within the major political parties. Both of their stories are simple and ones that we can all relate to. None of the candidates on either ticket were raised to be President of the United States (like GW, Al Gore, Mitt Romney and most Yale and Harvard grads), but hard work and dedication to service has brought them to the door step of the highest office in our country, and seeing Palin speak about the PTA and being Mayor of Wasilla gave me faith that we are taking back our country.

    After hearing Sarah Palin talk, even though I may not agree with all of her political views, I believe that for the first time in decades, we may not be voting for the lesser of two evils, but instead for improvements in a political system that has been broken and band-aided far too many times.


  2. Sarah Palin does scare democrats because it’s frightening to think of her near the oval office. She gave a great speech the other night in terms of firing up the Republicans. But that’s because she twisted facts and used smears to attack Obama instead of sticking to issues. She delivered low blows that were comedically timed just right. She nor McCain offered anything to the American people. No plans for the future were given. She went for negativity and that unfortunately has worked with voters in the past. Republicans are brilliant when it comes to attracting voters by mean-spirited emotions. Aside from Palin’s thin resume for VP, Palin is a woman who as mayor, bullied a librarian to take certain books off the shelves in a public library, not one in a school although that’s not right either. Palin tried to fire her but didn’t when the city rallied behind the librarian. What kind of person picks on a librarian? That’s pathetic. That’s the sign of a control freak. Censorship is a threat to our democracy. Anyone who advocates censoring books, no matter which party, does not belong in any position as an elected official in the United States.

    And on abortion, Palin is pro-life to the degree of opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest. That’s an extreme position, and certainly not how the majority of women feel about abortion.

    She describes herself as a Pitbul with lipstick. Pitbuls aren’t very smart animals, but they become fierce and brutal if trained to act accordingly.

    Democrats should be scared and start getting some new tactics because the smear campaign has begun. Logic and authentic debate goes out the window when this occurs. That;s what the Republicans want because they can’t defend the last 8 years logically. And they have no clear plans for the country that’s good for the average American

    Debra Cole


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