Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Little Too Honest

Admittedly, Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention accepting her nomination for vice-president was very well crafted and well delivered.

The small town folk threatened by the big, bad city was especially effective, with these references:

We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity. I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman. I grew up with those people.....They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. (not like that Michelle Obama, I guess.)

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.

It's the journey of an upright and honorable man — the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country....

But someone didn't get the memo mandating subtlety. It seems Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R.-Ga.), according to,

was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.
"Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity." Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Asked about the quote, the Obama campaign avoided referring to race, with spokesman Tommy Vietor responding “Sounds like Rep. Westmoreland should be careful throwing stones from his candidate's eight glass houses.”

During the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the media was infatuated with allegations of racial predjudice made against the Clinton campaign. As I write/type this, it is less than 24 hours after this remark, more brazenly racially-inspired than anything which came out of the Clinton campaign, was made. If the mainstream media picks it up, I'll acknowledge that this is not an instance in which it ran interference for the Republican party. But I think I'll be waiting.... waiting.... waiting....

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