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SUNDAY,  DECEMBER 13,  2009

GOP LOOKS TO GOVERNORS - AT 9:09 P.M. ET:  Superb political reporter Dan Balz, of the Washington Post, puts the spotlight on Republican governors as the presidential future of the party.  Republicans have had success in electing governors to the White House - Reagan and Bush 43 come to mind.  The last time a Republican was elected president directly from Congress was Warren Harding, in 1920.  That should be a hint:

The ranks of the Republican governors and former governors include savvy older pros, some celebrities, the biggest crop of prospective 2012 presidential candidates, bright young leaders on the rise and the possibility of enhancements to their ranks after the 2010 midterm elections that will draw even more attention to their work in the states.

And...

Haley Barbour is the one thread of continuity between the Republicans' restoration of 1994 and their comeback hopes in 2010. Then he was chairman of the Republican National Committee; today he is in his second term as governor of Mississippi and is chairman of the Republican Governors Association...

...The other older pro is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. He is the northern wing of the axis of experience the Republicans have within the gubernatorial ranks. Like Barbour, he is a former White House political director. Like Barbour, he is well-grounded in policy, having served as budget director in President George W. Bush's White House.

And the young ones coming up:

If Barbour and Daniels form the ranks of old pros, there are young pros rising within the ranks. The youngest is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been on a fast track all his adult life....

...Farther north is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is finishing his second term as governor while still in his late 40s. He is a conservative from a blue-collar family and narrowly won two tough elections in a state partial to Democrats. He has his eyes on a run for president in 2012.

There is the lady in red:

Former Republican governors retain national followings. One needs to look no further than the New York Times best-seller list to be reminded of that. Sarah Palin tops the list with her book, "Going Rogue," and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is on the list with his book, "A Simple Christmas." In March, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will test his book-selling skills with "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."

There are newcomers, and one could occupy the bottom half of a 2012 ticket:

By this time next year, Republicans may have new governors in some of the nation's biggest states. GOP leaders are bullish about the prospects of state attorney general Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, where Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term-limited. They see John Kasich, the former chairman of the House Budget Committee, as a threat to Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio. In California, Republicans have a three-way primary underway with the winner likely to face Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, the former governor and current attorney general, in November. Former eBay chairman Meg Whitman is the best known among the GOP contenders and a potential national figure if she gets elected.

All of these are reasons Republicans will be looking to the states as they continue rebuilding.

COMMENT:  The Republican Party has the talent.  But it's 20 political lifetimes between now and the 2012 race.  It's even too early for wild speculation.  The key point, as Karl Rove has pointed out, is to work on 2010.  Victory in 2010 will be the platform on which the 2012 campaign will be built.  If the GOP blows 2010, who will come to the altar in 2012?

December 13, 2009   Permalink

THE LADY HAS STYLE - AT 8:20 P.M. ET:  Sarah Palin's book tour is over.  She ends it in high style:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin has returned to Alaska to end her national "Going Rogue" book tour in her home state.

The former Alaska governor, who gained instant fame with her run last year as the Republican vice presidential candidate, is holding the final book signings at two Air Force bases on Sunday. The events are closed to the public.

Palin was to sign copies of her best-selling memoir at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, then at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks.

COMMENT:  Great style, ending the tour at military bases.  As we've said, Sarah must now study the issues carefully.  But she will be a major news story in 2010, as she campaigns for other candidates.  Her self-confidence is improving, she's endeared herself to growing numbers of people. 

What Sarah should do is give a series of policy speeches, each one packed with substance.  Then, she must answer press questions about the speeches.  One step like that can put her on the larger political map.

She should learn from the career of Ronald Reagan, called an "amiable dunce" or a "warmed over movie actor."  Reagan overcame the ridicule first by building a coalition and a political base, then by performance alone.  One thing he didn't do was let the pseudo-intellectuals and skeptical TV anchors get to him.  Neither should Sarah.

And she should always remember that the purchase of Alaska in 1867 was called "Seward's Folly,"  for Secretary of State William H. Seward.  Some folly.  The visionaries are often the ones who get laughed at most.   

December 13, 2009   Permalink 

YEAH, RIGHT - AT 7:53 P.M. ET:  Another example of the old adage, "He who pays the bills, makes the rules."  Our friend, Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi, guiding light of the great Planet Iran website, refers us to a "survey" about Muslim attitudes in Europe and Britain, as reported by the Times of London.  And who financed the survey?  Why, you'll never guess:

Muslims in Britain are the most patriotic in Europe — but more than a quarter in some parts of the country still do not feel British, according to a new study.

The report, funded by George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, found that on average 78% of Muslims identified themselves as British, although this dropped by six points in east London.

Yes, all men are brothers.  And we're sure that the America-hating Mr. Soros commissioned a perfectly neutral and thorough survey.

This compares with 49% of Muslims who consider themselves French and just 23% who feel German.

The findings, based on more than 2,000 detailed interviews, suggest that Muslims may be better integrated in Britain than in other parts of the European Union.

The report will reopen the debate about the merits of multiculturalism, a policy that has actively promoted cultural and religious differences among minorities in Britain but has been criticised as a barrier to integration by Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

COMMENT:  The issue, of course, is not how many Muslims "feel" British, or anything else, but what a small number of fanatics are willing to do, say, to the railroad system, airliners, schools - targets like that.  We don't expect Mr. Soros to notice, or care.

December 13, 2009    Permalink


THE GUN IS SMOKING - AT 6:42 P.M. ET:  Once again a British paper has scooped the Americans.  The Times of London claims to have a document about Iran's nuclear program that surely is a smoking gun:

Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.

An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Times that his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on a neutron initiator.

The technical document describes the use of a neutron source, uranium deuteride, which independent experts confirm has no possible civilian or military use other than in a nuclear weapon. Uranium deuteride is the material used in Pakistan’s bomb, from where Iran obtained its blueprint.

Be careful of those who deride reports like this, smugly citing our failure "to find WMDs in Iraq."  What many of these people won't admit is that while, yes, we didn't find stockpiles of WMD in Iraq, we did find the WMD programs, ready to be restarted once UN sanctions on Iraq were lifted.  The failure to point this out is one of the great scandals of the mainstream media, and a classic example of media bias.

The fallout could be explosive, especially in Washington, where it is likely to invite questions about President Obama’s groundbreaking outreach to Iran. The papers provide the first evidence which suggests that Iran has pursued weapons studies after 2003 and may actively be doing so today — if the four-year plan continued as envisaged.

A 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate concluded that weapons work was suspended in 2003 and officials said with “moderate confidence” that it had not resumed by mid-2007. Britain, Germany and France, however, believe that weapons work had already resumed by then.

The individuals who wrote that 2007 NIE should be hauled, not invited, before a Congressional committee to explain their "work," which seemed to be political science, rather than real science.  It won't be done.  Too many vested interests.

December 13, 2009    Permalink


TO OUR QUESTIONABLE HEALTH - AT 12:16 P.M. ET:  The Senate plods ahead, or sideways, on the health "reform" bill.  The idea of the Senate leaders is to pass something, anything, just to show that they can.  Senator Joe Lieberman, one of the independent voices holding out for a sane bill, comments on the status of the legislation.  From The Politico:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Sunday the Senate can pass a health-reform bill this week with more than 60 votes if the majority agreed to take “a few things out of the bill as it is today.”

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Lieberman said Democrats should drop the public option, Medicare buy-in provisions and the CLASS Act.

“It doesn’t take much more than that,” Lieberman said.

He's asking the liberal Democrats to reject their religion.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, said huge cuts to Medicare would prevent his party from supporting the legislation even if those three provisions were cut.

The Connecticut independent also said the only way the Senate will pass health-care reform by Christmas is to bring “open-minded” Republicans into the fold, such as Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), sitting alongside Lieberman and public-option honcho Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), said “every landmark legislation has had bi-partisan support" and adding that that's what's missing in this bill."

COMMENT:  The liberals would prefer to do it without bipartisan support, to keep their purity. 

Isn't it remarkable that it's the Republicans who are defending Medicare, once a Democratic program?

There are no certainties here, as Harry Reid doesn't have the numbers to pass the bill.  The country would be better off if the whole thing failed, forcing a new Congress, after the next election, to take another, hard look at health care, while taking into account the feelings of the American people.

December 13, 2009   Permalink 

UNBELIEVABLE - AT 11:06 A.M. ET:  More on the terror theme.  A story like this seems unbelievable.  You wonder how anyone can be this dumb.  And yet, before you condemn the British, think of Major Hasan at Fort Hood, a commissioned officer in the United States Army.  From The Times of London:

Ten members of a suspected Islamist terror cell, said by MI5 to be plotting to blow up a shopping centre and a nightclub in Manchester, had been granted permission by the Home Office to work as security guards in Britain.

The Pakistani students — who were never charged for lack of evidence — were arrested over an alleged plot to bomb Britain last Easter. Police believed they had conducted “hostile reconnaissance” of the Arndale and Trafford shopping centres and the Birdcage nightclub.

It has now emerged that in the months before the alleged plot, the men were given licences to work as security guards by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), a Home Office body that regulates the private security industry.

They all passed a vetting programme designed to bar criminals and undesirables from taking up sensitive security posts protecting airports, ports and Whitehall buildings from terrorist attack. When arrested, two of the students were working for a cargo firm which had access to secure areas at Manchester airport.

COMMENT:  Now, we all know that some "civil libertarians" would say that, since the men were never convicted, there is no issue here.  But there is.  There is no "right" to any of these jobs, especially jobs in sensitive areas.  Every precaution should be taken to exclude those about whom there is even a minimal suspicion. 

But political correctness apparently prevailed.  The result could have been a disaster.  Some day, that's exactly what will occur.

December 13, 2009   Permalink

AND NOW CANADA - AT 10:33 A.M. ET:  As readers know, we've been following the inordinate number of recent terror-related incidents in the United States, or involving American citizens abroad.  Now Canada is in the news.  It's a pattern we've seen here.  Five Somali men from Toronto have disappeared.  From the Toronto Star:

Their passports are missing and they haven't called home. The overwhelming fear is that – like at least 20 young Somali-American men in Minneapolis who have disappeared in the past two years, and others from Australia, Sweden and Britain – the young men are en route to Somalia to fight alongside al Shabaab, an Islamist youth militia aligned with Al Qaeda.

The Shabaab, which is fighting the government, is often called Somalia's Taliban. Its increasingly savvy online presence is being blamed as a possible reason for the disappearance of the five Canadians. And Somali community leaders fear other young people will be targeted as long as they feel alienated in this country, and embraced by another.

"These people can speak in their language and lure them from right under our nose," said Ahmed Hussen, the Ottawa-based president of the Canadian Somali Congress, adding people in the community have told him chat rooms were also used to lure the missing men. "We won't even know what's going on."

Yeah, we saw nothing.  We saw absolutely nothing.  There were just trains going by, heading east.  How many times have we heard this line?

And yet, I saw a CNN documentry on homegrown terrorism that reported that, in Canada, those convicted of planning terror incidents get comparatively light sentences.  And in the United States, we plan to try the mastermind of 9-11 in an ordinary civilian courtroom in New York, with all the uncertainties of a jury trial. 

It's time to get serious, both above and below the Canadian-American border.  There are too many warnings flying our way.

December 13,  2009   Permalink


CATASTROPHIC - AT 9:48 A.M. ET:  For the second day in a row, Mr. Obama's standing in Rasmussen's presdiential approval index has hit a new low.  This is getting serious:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Today is the second straight day that Obama’s Approval Index rating has fallen to a new low. Prior to the past two days, the Approval Index had never fallen below -15 during Obama’s time in office.

And yet, in overall approval, the numbers have hardly budged:

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

Rasmussen's report indictates that domestic issues are dominating public concern - anger over the Democratic health-care plan, which is profoundly unpopular, and opposition to extreme environmental legislation.  The president appears to be getting the blame for the out-of-control branch of his party, which plunges ahead despite public opposition.

American politics is normally played between the 40-yard lines.  If you stray, the American people push you back.  Some people have an image of Ronald Reagan as an ideological president, but, in fact, he knew how to maneuver politically, and governed center-right. 

I wouldn't be shocked to see the president move toward the center - we've made this point before - sacrificing his party's fringe in exchange for the much larger bloc of votes in the center.

December 13, 2009   Permalink

 

 

SATURDAY,  DECEMBER 12,  2009

A ROYAL MESS - AT 9:28 A.M. ET:  From London's Daily Mail:

The Queen is to hand over a substantial part of her public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day when he becomes King, according to a confidential document obtained by The Mail on Sunday.

Secret papers reveal that plans to ease the strain on the 83-year-old monarch and her 88-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are at an advanced stage.

The disclosures come despite months of denials from the Palace that the Queen was planning to step back from her official work in favour of her 27-year-old grandson.

You can be sure the White House is on the case, figuring out ways to snub Prince William. 

It is bound to lead to new speculation that when the Queen dies, the monarchy could skip a generation, with the Crown bypassing Charles and being handed straight to William, although Royal sources strongly discount this option.

What would happen to Prince Charles?  Would the new king name him Not Quite King, but Knows Alot?

There is speculation that Charles is reading the biography of Almost President Al Gore. 

What does a guy like Charlie say when his son gets the job, and he doesn't? 

Stay tuned.  The Brits know how to do these things.  They've even done abdications.

December 12, 2009   Permalink   

ANOTHER PHILLY CASE FOR THE OBAMANS - AT 8:47 P.M. ET:  They certainly botched the first one.  You may remember that, earlier this year, the Obama Justice Department dropped a case against the Black Panthers, who'd been charged with improper activity at polling places during the 2008 election.  The dismissal created an uproar because the case had been considered airtight, and there were suggestions of racial favoritism.

The Obamans will have a second shot:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A national Asian American advocacy organization says it plans to file a federal civil rights complaint against the Philadelphia School District after a series of attacks on Asian students at a high school.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday that it would accuse the Philadelphia School District of violating the equal protection rights of the students.

Dozens of students have been boycotting classes at South Philadelphia High School. They say that the Dec. 3 assaults were racially motivated and that the school hasn't done enough to prevent the violence.

COMMENT:  The alleged assailants were African-American, so once again the administration has a walk-on-eggshells case.  We'll follow it and see how it's handled this time.

December 12, 2009   Permalink

U.S. NOT HAPPY WITH IRAN NUCLEAR OFFER - AT 8:23 P.M. ET:  There was really nothing else the U.S. could have said.  From AP:

A senior Obama administration official on Saturday said the White House was unhappy with remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Manochehr Mottaki's remarks, who said Iran accepted the West's nuclear fuel proposal, but according to its own timetable.

"Iran's proposal today does not appear to be consistent with the fair and balanced draft agreement proposed by the IAEA in consultation with the United States, Russia, and France," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the US has yet to formulate an official response to the development.

In Bahrain on Saturday, Mottaki said that Iran is ready to exchange the bulk of its stockpile of enriched uranium for nuclear fuel rods - as proposed by the UN - but according to its own mechanisms and timetable.

COMMENT:  I'm getting a sense from the murmurs coming out of Washington that Obama has already decided on a tough line in January, in part, as we wrote earlier today, to buck up his image.  But the question is whether other countries will follow him.  That will be the key test of his diplomacy.

December 12, 2009   Permalink

OBAMA - THE POLITICAL LEDGER - AT 11:24 A.M. ET:  Ron Brownstein, in National
Journal, has a solid piece sizing up Obama's political position, a year before midterm elections:

As 2010 approaches, President Obama is displaying a familiar strength, a familiar weakness, and a new vulnerability that could tip next year's midterm election.

The familiar strength is his standing among racial minorities. In the 2008 race, Obama won four-fifths of nonwhite voters. Nearly three-fourths of nonwhites still approve of his performance, the latest Gallup weekly polling average shows...

...This takes us to Obama's familiar weakness: his difficulties among white voters without college educations. He's not the first Democrat with that problem. Although such working-class whites anchored Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal coalition, no Democratic presidential nominee since 1988 has carried more than 44 percent of them, according to exit polls; Obama captured a meager 40 percent.

One problem Obama has with working-class whites, Brownstein says, is that he has an intellectual, rather than a personal, problem-solving manner.  But there are other issues:

The president's difficulties extend beyond manner. Polls show most working-class whites doubt that his flotilla of federal initiatives will help them. In a recent survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, only one-third of noncollege whites said that their families would be better off if health care reform passes. ...

The bottom line:

Like all downturns, this recession has hit hardest at the most economically vulnerable, particularly racial minorities. But this storm has been unusually egalitarian, battering those at the top too. Since 2007, median incomes have plunged more for white families headed by men with a college degree than those headed by men with only high school educations, the Economic Policy Institute reports.

That widening distress changes the political equation. A possible Republican surge next year in blue-collar "beer track" districts remains the biggest threat to the Democrats' House majority. The Democrats' vulnerability will deepen, however, if they cannot hold the line in "wine track" districts whose education levels exceed the national average. That's one way a difficult 2010 election for Democrats could turn catastrophic.

COMMENT:  There's been a remarkable role reversal in American politics.  At one time Republicans wrote off "beer track" districts and Democrats wrote off "wine track" districts.  Now the situation is flipped.  Those of us brought up in the liberal politics of the 40s and 50s never thought we'd see the day when the GOP could seriously claim that it was the "party of the people."

Democrats, to win, might have to introduce themselves to working people again.

December 12, 2009   Permalink

WELCOME TO THE CLUB, FELLAS - AT 10:53 A.M. ET:  Remarkably, both The New York Times and the Washington Post, the pillars of journalistic liberalism, have major stories this morning on the danger of homegrown Muslim terrorism in the U.S.  Congratulations, guys.  What took you so long?  From the Times's story:

WASHINGTON — As the years passed after Sept. 11, 2001, without another major attack on American soil and with no sign of hidden terrorist cells, many counterterrorism specialists reached a comforting conclusion: Muslims in the United States were not very vulnerable to radicalization...

...But with a rash of recent cases in which Americans have been accused of being drawn into terrorist scheming, the rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., last month and now the alarming account of five young Virginia men who went to Pakistan and are suspected of seeking jihad, the notion that the United States has some immunity against homegrown terrorists is coming under new scrutiny.

That's a relief.  But you can be sure that some, including members of our own Justice Department, will stick with the old dinner-party narrative - no threat, no threat, just friends and neighbors. But there's been a disturbing series of incidents:

There were the November shootings that took 13 lives at Fort Hood, with murder charges pending against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Muslim and an Army psychiatrist.

There was the arrest of Najibullah Zazi, born in Afghanistan but the seeming model of the striving immigrant as a popular coffee vendor in Manhattan, accused of going to Pakistan for explosives training with the intention of attacking in the United States.

There was David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American living in Chicago, accused of helping plan the killings in Mumbai, India, last year and of plotting attacks in Denmark.

There was Bryant Neal Vinas, a Muslim convert from Long Island who participated in a rocket attack on American troops in Afghanistan and used his knowledge of commuter trains in New York to advise Al Qaeda about potential targets.

And others are listed.

There's no silver lining, but maybe a bit of one:

Yet amid the concern about the five Virginia men and the impact of the wars on Muslim opinion, Audrey Kurth Cronin of the National War College in Washington said she found something to take comfort in.

“To me, the most interesting thing about the five guys is that it was their parents that went immediately to the F.B.I.,” she said. “It was members of the American Muslim community that put a stop to whatever those men may have been planning.”

Oh, no, no.  It was the Pakistani government, joined by our FBI, that put a stop to that.  Even at the National War College we see political correctness.  But, true, the parents did go to the FBI, and that is a good sign.  Trouble is, it's one of the rare good signs.  We may not be that lucky next time.

December 12, 2009   Permalink

IRAN MAKES A CONCESSION, KINDA SORTA, NOT REALLY - AT 10:35 A.M. ET:  Right on schedule, and as expected, Iran has made a bit of a concession on the nuclear issue, just before Barack Obama's end-of-December deadline:

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Iran is ready to exchange the bulk of its stockpile of enriched uranium for nuclear fuel rods -- as proposed by the U.N. -- but according to its own mechanisms and timetable, the foreign minister said Saturday.

The minister's remarks come just days before an expected meeting between the U.S. and allies to discuss new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The offer, however, falls far short of the conditions set by the international community.

Speaking to reporters at a regional security conference in Bahrain, Manochehr Mottaki said Iran agreed with a U.N. deal proposed in October in which up to 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms) of its uranium would be exchanged for fuel rods to power its research reactor...

...The deal would leave Iran -- at least temporarily -- without enough enriched uranium to produce a bomb. However, after signaling in October that it would accept the proposal, Iran has since balked, giving mixed signals over the deal, including several statements from lawmakers rejecting it outright.

COMMENT:  Oh, come on.  The clear purpose of this is to stop the clock.  You know, let us negotiate further.  How dare you Americans talk about more sanctions when we're being so reasonable?

The sad fact is, though, that some Western nations may buy the Iranian line...because Iran is buying their product lines.

So now the test will come for Obama.  Will he stand firm and move forward with a drive for tougher sanctions, or melt once more?  My guess is that he'll go for the sanctions, if only to continue the campaign, begun at West Point, and furthered at Oslo, to prove that he isn't a weak pushover.  After all, elections are coming up in 2010. 

December 12, 2009   Permalink

POLL STUNNER - AT 10:25 A.M. ET:  Rasmussen this morning reports the lowest rating ever recorded for President Obama in Ras's presidential approval index.  That measures the gap between those who strongly approve of the president's performance and those who strongly disapprove:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.

The 25% who Strongly Approve matches the lowest level of enthusiasm yet recorded. That’s partly the result of declining enthusiasm among Democrats. While Democrats continue to offer their approval, just 43% Strongly Approve.

COMMENT:  The decline in Democratic support has to be looked at closely, since it's come after the West Point speech.  Part of this polling was also done after the president's centrist speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.  Are some Democrats jumping ship because they think the president is drifting toward the center?  That may or may not be true. 

But it would still be good strategy for Mr. Obama to move toward the middle.  That's where the real bulk of the votes is.  The hard left may be able to elect a multicultural studies director in San Francisco, but that's about it.

It's well known that the White House has a meeting every Wednesday to go over poll numbers.  This Wednesday's meeting should be marked by indigestion.  But don't sell these guys short.  Politically, they're sharp.  They'll come up with a strategy.  They were damned good in 2008.

December 12, 2009   Permalink

TERRIFIC - AT 10:14 A.M. ET:  Andrew Malcolm, at Top of the Ticket, has the video of Sarah Palin's surprise visit to Conan O'Brien.  Watch the whole thing.  She's terrific. 

Palin has just ended her book tour, during which she reconnected with the American people.  She's developing more confidence.  She got cheers at O'Brien's show, which has a young audience.  She's already said she'll be making a number of campaign appearances next year, which is all to the good.  Her job now is to study, study, study, and be ready to take on any issue. 

Hey, you never know.

December 12,  2009   Permalink

 

 

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