Some key (AKA "clarifying") quotes from today's National Review Online on why Sarah Palin has such appeal to conservative voters:
Millions apparently like Palin's atypical 19th-century profile.
She finds snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and living in small-town America not as a wasteful use of carbon-emitting fuels, cruelty to animals, gratuitous depletion of our resources, or proof of parochial yokelism. Instead it is a life of action in an often harsh natural landscape, where physical strength is married to intelligence to bring us food, fuel, and progress.
[She is] a rare politician who is unapologetic about America's past achievements ... and who reminds us with pride that a muscular world of action, not community organizing, creates the bounty that others use and take for granted but so often sneer at the methods of its acquisition.
My, my, my! Granted -- it IS the National Review -- but it's also an interesting window into the values that Sarah Palin has been tapped to bring home from the so called "Values Voters." ("Muscular action" vs. "community organizing"??? Why does that sound like Bush/Cheney all over again? Oh yeah ... because it IS!!!)
But wait ... there's more!
From MSNBC's Michael Levine: Palin on "God's will"
Then there were these quotes from Gov. Palin in a June speech to the graduating class at her former church in Wasilla, Alaska.
- While describing her family, Palin told students about her oldest son, 19-year-old Track, who is set to be deployed to Iraq this month with the U.S. Army. She urged students to pray “that our leaders -- that our national leaders -- are sending [soldiers] out on a task that is from God.” She added, “That's what we have to make sure that we are praying for: that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan.”
- I can do my part in working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline, about a $30 billion project that's going to create a lot of jobs for Alaska. … [but] I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.
- I can do my job there in developing our natural resources, in doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded. But really that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's hearts aren't right with God.
Maybe someone could explain to Governor Palin the difference between a theocracy and democracy. Or maybe that's a conversation the McCain folks should have had with her before they announced her addition to the Republican ticket.
Of course we'll be watching tonight to see what she has to say at the Republican convention but don't expect to be surprised by any of it.
What you see with Sarah Palin is, I believe what you get. And it's not what we want a heart-beat away from the Oval Office.
It is sadly symptomatic of the systemic sexism that is so pervasive in this still-working-on-its-issues country of ours that questions about how Governor Palin will "mother" her children and be Vice President are dominating the media.
If those are valid questions they should be being asked of Barack Obama as the father of young children as well. And they aren't being asked of him. And they shouldn't be asked of her.
Because the question is not what kind of mother Sarah Palin is ... the question is what kind of VP will she be.
And the answer is, if you want a country led by a man who voted with Bush 95% of the time and thinks it would be swell to be in Iraq for another 100 years with a woman VP who is anti-choice, pro-gun and a Creationist, then McCain/Palin is just the ticket for you.
Or ... if you want to see a new direction in Washington focused on hope rather than on fear, on building bridges rather than blowing them up, on economic policies that give all Americans the chance to achieve the American Dream rather than continue to pander to the oil industry and give tax breaks to the richest among us and on a commitment to liberty and justice for ALL ... not just for some ...then Obama/Biden is probably your cup of tea.
If the National Review is correct and there are indeed voters out there attracted to a "19th century profile" then it's up to the rest of us to get out there and elect a team ready to lead us into the 21st century.
Because like it or lump it, Sarah Palin is doing the job she was tapped to do: mobilizing the social conservative base. And the stakes are too high for us to be complacent about that reality. Change we can believe in will only happen if we make it happen. So figure out what you're going to do to make it happen and get busy -- the election is only 62 days away!