04 September 2008

Sarah Baracuda

So this being a blog about Tiffany & Albert I would be amiss not to mention the Republican National Convention which has become an almost all consuming aspect of our lives. We love politics and although we enjoyed watching the Democratic Convention, we now have on our "Republican hats" and are in celebratory mode with our fellow conservatives. We loved the speeches last night so if you missed them I'll give you a little summary of the best quotes.

-- Michael S. Steel --

Chairman of GOPAC, former Lt. Governor of Maryland.

"Do you want to put your country first?"

"Drill baby drill, and drill now!"

-- Mitt Romney --

Former governor of Massachusetts

"For years now the Washington sun has been rising in the east...but if America really wants to change its time to look to look for the sun in the west because its about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska."

"We need change all right - change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington - throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain."

-- Linda Lingle --

Governor of Hawaii, introduction of Sarah Palin

"Put simply, Sarah is a leader and a winner. Like all governors she is dealing with issues that members of congress talk about like health care, education, economic development, energy, and the environment. But mere words, no matter how eloquently delivered, will never replace the decisive actions of a governor that produces real results."

"I find it especially amusing that the other party says Governor Palin lacks experience when their own candidates for president and vice president have no executive experience. Zero!"

"Neither Senator Obama nor Senator Biden have ever managed a multi-billion dollar budget or have been a chief executive of any city or state of any size or of anything for that matter. As President Lindon Johnson said, 'When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself, it could be worse, I could be a mayor.' Mayors like Sarah Palin are CEOs. Governors like Sarah Palin are CEOs. That's why I think it is so beneficial to have a governor on the ticket and Sarah is a great choice!"

"Senator McCain decided to look north to the future...to find a truly transformative leader. The other side has made the point that Alaska is a small state, but the last time I checked it had the same number of electoral votes as Delaware. And not only does it has the same number of electoral votes, but you can fit more than 250 states the size of Delaware within the boarders of Alaska."

-- Rudy Giuliani --

Former mayor of NYC, keynote speaker

"Even his adversaries acknowledges; Democrats, Republicans, everyone acknowledges that John McCain is a true American hero! He loves America as we all do, but he has sacrificed for it as few do."

"Then he [Barak Obama] ran for the state legislature and he got elected. And nearly 130 times he couldn't make a decision. He couldn't figure out whether to vote 'yes' or 'no'...it was too tough. He voted present. I didn't know about this vote 'present' when I was mayor of NYC. Sarah Palin didn't have this vote 'present' when she was mayor or governor. You don't get 'present,' it doesn't work in an executive job. For president of the United States it's not good enough to be 'present.' You have to make a decision."

"He is the least experienced candidate for President of the United States in at least the last 100 years. Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barak Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada."

-- Sarah Palin --

Governor of Alaska, GOP VP Candidate

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."

"But listening to him [Barak Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it."

"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.

They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals."

There were lots more funny zingers and interesting facts about Gov. Palin, but those were ones that stood out to me. Sarah Palin is much tougher and smarter than anyone gave her credit for, making her speech all that much better. Even CNN reporter Anderson Cooper pointed out that no one asked who was Senator Obama's speech writer when they were asking that about Gov. Palin. Like they can't believe a woman from Alaska would possibly be able to give a decent speech and the only reason she would ever be able to would be if she had substantial help from a professional.

I am so proud that there is someone who graduated from a western state school who has made it so far. In this town it's hard to get anywhere without a degree from an ivy league school. I love that she is so tough. I was a little scared that the Dems would try and push her around, but now I am confident that she can take it.

I am really disappointed in how sexist people have been saying she needs to stay home with her kids (no one ever suggested Sen. Biden give up his political career to take care of his two boys after his wife's untimely death nor did they say the Bushes were bad parents when the Bush girls were off partying). I really hope they can start treating her like any other politician. Perhaps now that she's shown that she isn't going to fold at their lame attempts to discredit her via her family, they will back off.

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