And another Alaska blogger has climbed aboard what's becoming the world's most crowded bandwagon: the one led by Sarah Palin. Ash writes a piece titled: Guv Goddess 4 Prez 2012! He notes that: "Not only can she clean the clocks of corrupt lawmakers, but as a life long member of the NRA she cleans the A-K’s fish and game faster than Billary cleaning up evidence." You can find Ash's rollicking piece of Pro-Palin material at: http://ash1973.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/guv-goddess-4-prez-2012/
You meet some wonderful people on the Internet. One person worth knowing is Ron-Paul-fan and political intellectual
Laura Ebke. You can find her at the following. Let me just say that if you disagree with Laura, it might be a good idea to wear body armor. :-) She's tough.
A big salute for Eric Dondero, a libertarian Republican who worked in the past as a staffer for Congressman Ron Paul, for writing a strong endorsement of Sarah Palin for V-P. His piece appeared on 8/26/07 on: http://libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com/. I urge you to visit Eric's site and perhaps join in on the interesting debates that are taking place in the libertarian community. Eric supports Rudolph Giuliani for the presidential nomination.
You'll note that one libetarian commenter (and enemy of taxes) criticizes Sarah for Alaska's $6.6 billion budget. In fact, 90% of the revenues for that budget come from oil taxes, and each state citizen gets $1500-plus annually from the oil fund. Also, keep in mind that Sarah vetoed a billion-plus of the capital expenditures voted by the legislature. She said the expenditures proposed were "not a state function." Sarah, we've got your back!
Oops, we missed a fine pro-Sarah piece by earnestexpostulations, who expostulated without our eagle eyes picking it up. Earnest, welcome to the Sarah Club. We will teach you the secret handshake when there is little or no moonlight. EE's piece is at: http://earnestexpostulations.blogspot.com/2007/07/perfect-republican-vp-no-matter-who.html
Couldn't have said it better. "Perfect" no matter whom she runs with, and it begins to look more and more likely that Run She Will. (Since Sarah has run a marathon, she would have no problem out-running me.)
If you missed the following from race42008.com when it came out, it's worth reading.
Thanks to all those who are visting over Labor Day weekend. I'm communicating with several groups about building support for Gov. Sarah Heath Palin. As you'll note, there are a number (to say the least!) of articles about Sarah and the role she could play on the Republican ticket. I've also written recently about "Cobb" and Black conservative activists, as well as about Sen. Larry Craig and the apparent raw deal he got in Minneapolis. Regular columns will be starting no later than Tuesday. Adam has some great material about Sarah on his site: http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/. Also, see the fine new blog columns by Kazoo and David that endorse Sarah.
What I'd like to write about this week:
- 1) On the September 5 FOX debate: I'm especially interested on how the candidates answer questions about the sanctity of life issue. Much of the talk recently has centered around a constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe v. Wade. However, the chance of such an amendment getting 67 votes in the Senate, and 38 votes by states is probably zero. (The last time the Human Life Amendment -- Hatch/Eagleton -- got a serious vote in the Senate was 1983, and it fell 18 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.)
- 2)On Giuliani's plans about how to win the nomination: It's an approach that differs greatly from that of the other candidates -- and has little in common with the strategy pursued by any Republican presidential canidate since the "Southern Strategy" days of the 1960s. I have a strong hunch that Giuliani believes that if he can win either New Hampshire OR Iowa, as well as Nevada and Florida, where he's well ahead, Super Tuesday (Feb. 5) would be icing on the cake. Apparently, Giuliani believes the "singe-issue" (anti-abortion, pro-gun, anti-illegals, anti-gay-marriage) voters are essentially the same individuals. His campaign is one that emphasizes winning the center (and center-right) Republicans and basically cedes most of the right-wing (generally misnamed "The Base") to other candidates, including Thompson, Romney, and Huckabee. Giuliani apparently expects the other candidates (ones relying on "The Base") to cut each other to pieces.
The following is my quote of the week, reflecting a common them in my political writings:
If we become the Party of the "angry, old white guys," Heaven help us. We're headed in that direction, and we need to change course in a hurry. (As an occasionally cantankerous older white guy, I believe I can say that.)