Conservative Estimates

George Will (Washington Post):

Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.


It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

Original DVD cover.

Kathleen Parker (National Review):

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.


Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.


If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.


Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.

Philip Klein (The American Spectator):

On second thought, maybe it’s a good thing that the McCain campaign is shielding Palin from the media. Her interview with Katie Couric was absolutely painful to watch. She clearly stumbled twice — when asked how McCain has fought to reform Wall Street and about Rick Davis’s ties to Freddie Mac. Her answer that not supporting a bailout could mean a Great Depression was off message and irresponsible. For the rest of the interview, it was just lots of tired cliches, and random jargon that made it seem as if she was reading off of mental index cards. I know a lot of conservatives like Sarah Palin and always rush to her defense. But it’s absolutely not meant as an insult to say that she simply is not ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

David Brooks (The New York Times):

In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation’s founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.

I would have more sympathy for this view if I hadn’t just lived through the last eight years. For if the Bush administration was anything, it was the anti-establishment attitude put into executive practice.


Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

Ross Douthat (The Atlantic):

The most that can be said in [Palin’s] defense is that she kept her cool and avoided any brutal gaffes; other than that, she seemed about an inch deep on every issue outside her comfort zone. Yes, the questions were tougher than the ones that a Tim Kaine or Tim Pawlenty probably would have been handed, but they were all questions that a vice-presidential nominee needs to be able to answer. And there’s no way to look at her performance as anything save supporting evidence for the non-hysterical critique of her candidacy – that it’s just too much, too soon – and a splash of cold water for those of us with high hopes for her future on the national stage.

David Frum (National Post):

John McCain’s election campaign is all tactics, no message; all biography, no ideas. It’s a whirligig of devices and stratagems, all of which must have sounded brilliant at the expense-account lunch where they were concocted, but few of which make any difference to Americans hard pressed by the decline in housing values or the stagnation of middle-class incomes.


But other than on energy and national security, where McCain has won both the argument and the polls, McCain has done everything except articulate how a vote for him would make a difference in the life of any voter. He calls for “reform,” but does not explain what he would reform, or how, or why.
The dilemma of the McCain campaign was shrewdly predicted months ago by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe: “Their campaign is all about winning the news cycle.” What Plouffe meant was that the McCain campaign thinks that if they can somehow do or say something to gain headlines, that they must thereby gain votes.

But in a tough economic year like this one, voters are reading their mortgage statements more closely than the headlines, and are watching the net worth of their retirement accounts more closely than CNN. The American presidential election of 2008 is an election about big issues. It’s not going to be won by small manoeuvre.

Damned liberal media!


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17 responses to “Conservative Estimates

  1. Friend of the court

    good one, nonnie. Love the Barbie Doll.
    I hadn’t seen the Couric interview and when I saw the skit on SNL, I thought that it was a pretty clumsey send-up. Then, I read part of the transcript of the actual thing and realized that was what Palin had said. OMG!

  2. fotc,
    i just commented in the last thread that if anyone had not seen the couric interview and watched the snl takeoff, s/he would say that it wasn’t funny, because it was too over the top. the snl writers, as well as those for the late night talk shows, probably feel like princess is an early xmas present.

  3. We are about to elect a man with no achievements on his resume, a Chicago Machine politician posing as a reformer. We will not elect the man who called the Surge right all along and who authored legislation to clean up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about four years ago, along with other GOP. It doesn’t occur to you that this legislation was blocked by Obama and other Democrats. Obama sued banks (see 9/27/08) to make them give people mortgages who could not afford them. “As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority.” He looks in your eye and blames the crisis on the Republicans’ philosophy of liberty. CRA and ACORN caused the bad mortgages, but you will put him in the White House.

    McCain whom you will not elect also is widely knowledgeable about national and international affairs. There is no sign of his competitor’s being in his league on that score, but you thought he looked smooth enough, even if oddly angry, at a debate with McCain, so you count them even on knowledge.

    You believe that the GOP caused the current financial crisis by causing Wall Street “greed.” It doesn’t appear relevant to you that that the Democrats’ Community Reinvestment Act and their Fannie and Freddy caused the $2T in bad mortgages and the resultant housing bubble that would pop, exposing the rot.

    You are against the ticket with the reformer who straightened out a state on the bottom of the ticket, but you will support the ticket with the pseudo-reformer with nothing on his resume on its top. The VP candidate you disdain slashed earmarks and cleaned up the corruption in the state government caused by her corrupt co-partisans. The presidential candidate you prefer did nothing. He also mades tons of earmarks while McCain mades none, but you read where somehow Palin has her hand more in the earmark cookie jar than Obama if divide by the number of people in their respective states. Even though Palin slashed and Obama tucked in, you are satisfied that it was the reverse. And that McCain took none doesn’t matter to you. Yet, he is the one at the top of the ticket; not Palin.

    The McCain ticket VP has proven executive prowess: the power to make and execute the right decisions. The Obama ticket P has never demonstrated any of this prowess, although he did try once, frittering away $100M on nonsense for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

    You will vote for Obama because it makes you feel pleasure to think of him, see him, or hear him. McCain and Palin make you feel cold. You find them too religious, for example, when Palin hoped that her government was doing God’s will. Lincoln expressed this hope, but that’s okay since he wasn’t a back woods bumpkin who didn’t go to a good eastern college. Wait, he was. But never mind that. You’re in a stupor and lovingly dreaming that Palin’s Christian life is deranged. That Obama went to a sociopathic and racist church for 20 years doesn’t register with you.

    The intellectual fabric of this political body has become so thin that the republic is in danger. Even the perceptual faculty called “the press” has gone dim, infected with leftwing and Democratic bias, and becoming largely an arm of the Democratic Party. There is still some good press, but it’s survives amidst this widespread propaganda that merely passes for press.

    You didn’t even notice that I didn’t mention Biden. That’s another manifestation of the disease. Not only is your favored ticket without anyone in the P slot, but also it has no one in the VP slot. Without noticing, you proceed.

    We have somehow lost our ability to elect good leaders, and we detest this situation but we don’t see that we are the ones electing bad leaders because we have been spoiled, misinformed, and hypnotized into a stupor which enables us to accept that falsehoods are true and truths false. The moral fiber of the republic is still there. But it’s been stricken with disease. It’s up to Americans to lift themselves out of the funk.

    In short, you have a possible depression looming and you have witnessed certain American leaders try to get America to accept a defeat in Iraq and turn Iraq over to al Qaeda, rather than go for the victory which we just achieved. You will vote for the man who was on the wrong side of both of these crucial issues and against the man who lead the way on the right side.

    Just trying to heal your illness 🙂

  4. trm,
    if you want to just quote other bloggers, then allow me to do the same. this was posted in february of this year:

    McCain’s speech given at CPAC almost made me want to vomit. He mentioned G-D, conservative values, Ronald Reagan, taxes, illegal immigration (he apologized), and his absence at last year’s conference (apologized again). In my humble opinion it was one of the most pathetic attempts to pander I have ever seen. The only time I became more violently ill is watching Queen Hillary do it, at least she doesn’t try as hard to hide her socialist leanings. He was booed, jeered and met with silence a few times, and this idiot is going to be the nominee!? A little bit of southern knowledge to share with you all, if he were the real deal, he wouldn’t have had to spend all the time he did at the convention “telling” us how much of a conservative he is. It would be obvious were he the real deal.

    it was posted by someone writing under the name, trm. would you like me to find some other posts by trm about capt underpants? just say the word.

    heal thyself. 😀

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie, the founders of this country didn’t want regular folks to vote, let alone hold office. voting was for white free land-owning men.

    the original movie looks like it was as horrid as the mccain palin tik.

    and damn, i am so tired so early. and i was headache free for most of the day too. yawn, and sweet dreams.

  6. Got a Grip

    TRM! No time, no spew, baby. I see you’re just as full of $hit as you always were. It’s good to see you haven’t changed much. Love that new user name, though. It suits you, it really does…. 😉

  7. jenn,
    nothing stops the rethugs from trying to rewrite history. in fact, they want to rewrite it before it’s even written! 🙂
    hope you feel better tomorrow. sleep well.

  8. Got a Grip

    nons, I think the next wave of Captain Underpants’ wealth will be made in the conservative Barbie industry. He’s got Cindy to model for Percocet Barbie and Sister Sarah for Carabou Barbie. And what was the name of that little vixen he was cavorting with on lobbyist money, flying around alone with her on private jets? Whatever her name is, she can be Lobbyist Barbie. I see a whole new line of plastic, cheap Barbie’s on the horizon.

    Of course, I won’t let any of my granddaughters play with any of them. I’m sure all the new CU Barbies will be made in China and tainted with something toxic.

  9. gotta,
    i was wondering when you were going to head back home and find our little pet had returned. i think he only comes back here for hugs from you. 😀

  10. gotta!!!
    ssshhhh!!!! don’t give away the topic of the diary that i will be posting within the next few days!

  11. Got a Grip

    Oops! My bad. Mum’s the word from now on, I promise.

    Sorry I missed the last couple of days. I’ve been sidetracked in that project that I keep saying I’m going to leave and never actually wander away from. And it’s been kicking my root-canaled a$$ One of these days, though, one of these days…..

    That TRM, he’s such a little stinker, but he’s our little stinker… 😉

  12. jeb

    “We have somehow lost our ability to elect good leaders, and we detest this situation but we don’t see that we are the ones electing bad leaders because we have been spoiled, misinformed, and hypnotized into a stupor which enables us to accept that falsehoods are true and truths false. The moral fiber of the republic is still there. But it’s been stricken with disease. It’s up to Americans to lift themselves out of the funk.”

    Buffoon/TRM – Amen Brother! Now explain the last eight years to me please?

  13. Now I’m going to have to watch the SNL and Couric Interview to see which is funnier. I’m going to guess not SNL.

    Found an interesting site that has some interesting data trends

    I’m sure others are floating around that are similar. But I think we can thank Caribou Barbie for a lot of solid downward trend 😉

    I’ll say it again, they must have the lamest campaign people working on the CU campaign…

    Great DVD Cover too!

  14. 😆 jeb! when you use trm’s own words against him, he gets confused. just a few months ago, he couldn’t stand capt underpants, and he hated that religion had any part in politics. he is singing a different song now.

  15. sandy,
    you really should watch both. they are hilarious! i don’t know if the people working on the campaign are really bad. they certainly aren’t ethical, but sometimes that’s a plus in a campaign. i think the real trouble is with capt u and princess. there is just so much you can do when you have a senile hothead and a vapid bimbo on the ticket.

  16. trm- calling the surge right in no way justifies the huge mistake of invading in the first place

    i cant even comment on the rest
    it is making me vomit

  17. dcAp,
    i cannot understand the surge argument. it’s like applauding the doctor who saves your life after he almost kills you because of his negligence.