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Sadly, quantity of Palin is inversely proportional to quantity of cowbell

Item the First:  Instant Karma: This is from a hard-copy of the Alaska 2008 state budget, procured by the Washington Post:

The slashed-down “Covenant House Alaska” runs a handful of programs receiving state funds, including “Passage House,” which is…

“…a transitional living program…[providing] young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives.”

Passage House “works with parenting teens to help them become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families.”  (More here.)  As you can see, Governor Palin line-itemed 20% of their budget out this year.  So roll out your schadenfreude for the trashy Us Weekly cover.

Item the Second:  If at first you don’t secede: Todd Palin, Alaska’s “first dude,” was registered as a member of the Alaska Independence Party between 1995 and 2002.  Sarah doesn’t appear to have ever been card-carrying, but she addressed their convention via video within the last year.  So let’s talk AIP:

“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.”

-AIP founder Joe Vogler

For real.  Too bad Michelle Obama has that patriotism problem.  Let’s look over the best of their current platform:

To amend the Constitution of the State of Alaska so as to re-establish the rights of all Alaskan residents to entry upon all public lands within the state, and to acquire private property interest there in, under fair and reasonable conditions. Such property interest shall include surface and sub-surface patent.

In other words, privitize (sell) all federally protected lands…

To prohibit all bureaucratic regulations and judicial rulings purporting to have the effect of law, except that which shall be approved by the elected legislature.

…and nullify all Supreme Court decisions.

To support the privatization of government services.

Fantastic.  Problem is, the petro-state of Alaska relies on Washington for their right-wing-socialist slush fund.  Peep their FAQs:

Q: If Alaska were independent, what would happen to my social security check, federal pension, or military retirement?

A: People receive these checks around the world, regardless of their place of residence. In most cases eligibility for such checks would not be effected by Alaskan independence.

So basically we privatize everything on Independence Day, but don’t worry because grandpa will still get his social security checks from Uncle Sam.  Except, of course, that grandpa would cease to be an American citizen.  Clearly they haven’t thought this out.

Or have they?

Q: Would I lose my U.S. citizenship?

A: Depending on the form of independence, several forms of citizenship would be possible, including the retention of U.S. citizenship or dual citizenship. However, considering the moral, educational, and economic decay of the U.S., Alaskans’ who hold themselves to a higher standard might very well decide to at least maintain an arm’s length distance from a country in decline.

“Depending on the form of independence?”  I’m sure the United States would gladly offer dual citizenship to the inhabitants of a state formed in response to America’s “moral, education and economic decay.”  In case you were wondering how far they’ve reformed from America-hating Joe Vogler, well, you can still buy the t-shirts.  Oh, and Pravda ran a great interview with AIP’s Chairman back in April in which the Chairman called the state “a colonial warehouse” on the order of French Algeria.  Because remember, Michelle Obama has a patriotism problem.

(They do have a beautiful logo.)

Item the Third:  Losing the Jews: We’ve heard plenty about Obama’s Jewish problem, especially considering it might be a unicorn.  Obama was up something like 60% – 35% among Jews against McCain back in the spring, so while Kerry won Jews 75%-25% it’s not like he has miles to make up; and I haven’t seen any Jews-only polling since he’s settled in as the nominee.  (Nor since he picked the Yiddishe Veep. )

So seeing Politico pick this up was nice.  Problem is, it may not get the traction it deserves.  Yes, Palin was in church when a visiting Jews for Jesus evangelist proclaimed terrorist attacks on Israelis to be God’s “judgment of unbelief” on Jews who haven’t embraced Christianity.  But I wouldn’t expect her to reject and denounce anyone any time soon.  (Bear in mind that Obama had to distance himself from not only Reverend Wright but Louis Farrakhan, a man who shares exactly zero of the Senator’s religious and political views; and it was the so-called “liberals” leading the charge.)  I guess the McCain campaign figures they’ve got all the Jews well-counted anyway…

Item the Fourth:  Is this thing on? CNN reports:

(CNN) – Prominent Republican analysts Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy became the latest victims of an open microphone Wednesday, caught after a segment on MSNBC trashing John McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Murphy wanted more of a centrist:

“I come out of the blue swing-state governor world, Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney,” Murphy said during the mishap which has since been posted on YouTube. Murphy later flatly says of the pick, “It’s not going to work.”

Noonan says “it’s over,” and continues:

“I think they went for this — excuse me– political bulls–t about narratives,” Noonan also said. “Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

Noonan genuflected in the Wall Street Journal, while never forgetting that critical deflection: “I am certainly sorry that someone abused my meaning in the use of the words, “It’s over.” Because you know, Noonan belongs to the “party of personal responsibility.”

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(Not in the order they went.)

-A lot of good things are being said about Hillary the other night.  I will admit I didn’t care for it the first time, but on second viewing she made a better impression. She certainly had the ratings (26 million says Neilson,) and conservative columnist John Fund called it “the best speech of her career.” And, as Mireille noted, they handled the rollcall just fine.

-Governor Warner was terrible. I have to agree with Pat Buchanan on this one (!) – All that post-partisan talk is fine for governing but not for getting elected. For four days, expect the GOP to slander Barack Hussein Osama (oops!) while trashing elitist liberals, limousine liberals, latte-drinking liberals, effete liberals, coastal liberals, Ivy League liberals, I can go on but you get the point. At the same time, Republicans have controlled the White House for the last 7 years, the House for 6 of those and the Senate for 4, and finally scored a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court. So yes, it does matter whether an idea comes from right or left. Yes, it does matter whether you call someone a Democrat or a Republican. As cute as it may be to govern by consensus in Virginia, it amounts to unilateral disarmament in a national campaign. Warner certainly didn’t help his 2012 credentials with his combination of Yaaaay hard-working Americans, non-partisan pablum, and weird Olympic-themed China-baiting. Bad on Warner, though I’m sure he’ll make a fine, technocratic Senator.

-Bill, well, here’s the beginning of Bill’s transcript as published in the non-partisan Congressional Quarterly:

CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen…


Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. You all sit down. We’ve got to get on with the show here. Come on.


Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here tonight.


Sit down.


Thank you. Thank you very much.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


I am honored to be here tonight. Please, stop.

AUDIENCE: Bill! Bill! Bill!

CLINTON: Please stop. Sit down. Sit down. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Bill! Bill! Bill!

CLINTON: Please sit. Please sit.

You know, I — I love this, and I thank you, but we have important work to do tonight. I am here first to support Barack Obama.


And, second — and, second, I’m here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden…


Bill was the Big Dog last night. We progressives may dislike Penn, McAuliffe, government by focus group, the DLCers, a track record of burn-it-down campaigning, you name a problem and the Dean/Pelosi wing of the party has it with Bill. But man can he preach it. “People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”  That’s the best of Bubba.

-Beau Biden, Captain Beau Biden, made the first of what promise to be many appearances on the national stage. Introducing his father, Biden delivered populism (“…turns down some fancy cocktail party in Washington so he won’t miss my daughter Natalie’s birthday party”), pathos (his mother’s death,) and policy (from the Violence Against Women Act to the Balkans.) For a six minute introductory speech, it was pitch perfect.  Right-winger Michael Barone called him “genuine and moving.” Beau Biden is your Democratic front-runner for 2028, you heard it here first.

-Joe followed with a substantially negative speech. It was time for someone to attack, and that’s Biden’s strong suit. He opened with the expected complements of his Senate colleague, and then proceeded the stick the knife in. Full transcript and video here. Shorter version: John McCain is a friend of mine; John McCain is wrong about everything.

-A note then on Brian Schweitzer, the bolo-tied teddy bear. Schweitzer went on before Hillary on Tuesday, a choice designed to maximize his exposure to a national audience. Following the tepid Mark Warner, the Democratic Governor of Montana grabbed the crowd with his High School pep rally enthusiasm. Schweitzer focused on energy issues, dropping rhymes like “coal gasification with carbon sequestration.” David Sirota collected the approving reviews:

“The Los Angeles Times said Schweitzer “was the surprise hit of the party’s national convention” garnering “rave reviews for [the] rousing speech.” Newsweek called him the “highlight” of the night. And the Denver Post reported that CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin declared “Schweitzer the night’s real winner, the Barack Obama of ’08, for his impassioned speech.”

(Video here.)  Schweitzer’s Montana is 58%-29% “right-track,” and with approval ratings consistently hovering around 70% his November re-election is a lock. Schweitzer support for gun rights leads moderates to claim him, but his ideology is old-school populist left — complete with tent-revival style:

Before nearly any professional politician had done so, for instance, Schweitzer organized the first bus trips to Canada to help seniors purchase lower-priced prescription drugs. Invited to Washington for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser, Schweitzer stood up at the event, broke Washington’s unspoken protocol, and ripped into drug industry lobbyists, many of whom were in the room. While Sen. Bob Torricelli (D-N.J.) immediately tried to apologize to the crowd, Schweitzer’s rant became the stuff of legends back in Montana.

(Sirota has the rest here.) Schweitzer is pro-choice, strong on energy issues, a winner on civil liberties, an epic winner on civil liberties, and wants his National Guard back. There’s a reason I tossed his name at people for Vice President, and the cats over at Fivethirtyeight had similar things to say.

So Obama tonight, no pressure. And please, please, his campaign people can’t be this stupid, can they? (You’ll also get President Gore for the price of admission.)

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