The Palin difference

Raymond de Souza:


She is Alaska’s youngest-ever governor. And she rocketed to the top of Alaska’s political scene by blowing the whistle on the corrupt, insider game that has long characterized the politics of Alaska -- which, aside from geography, is a small state with a lot of big resource companies.

She is something genuinely new. Unlike Senator McCain (22 years in the Senate) and Senator Biden (36 years in the Senate), she is not someone who has risen in politics by sheer longevity. Unlike Senator Obama, who accommodated himself to the seedy ethno-religious politics of Chicago’s South Side in search of political preferment, she challenged he own corrupt party machine to advance. And unlike Senator Clinton — who, with her husband, never quite exits the stage -- she achieved early success by defeating the old bulls who ran her state, not by marrying the hottest ticket in Arkansas.

She is a hockey mom who hunts and fishes. Her husband, Todd, is something almost unheard of in the monied politics of the United States — a genuine blue-collar worker. In his spare time he has won the Iron Dog championship four times -- the world’s longest snowmobile race. Of course she runs marathons.

Yet for all that novelty, Palin’s selection indicates that this election will be in large part about the culture wars, with abortion at the centre.

Governor Palin is pro-life, as is Senator McCain. Their political positions are dramatized in their own families. John and Cindy McCain adopted a sick Bangladeshi baby in 1991; now 17, Bridget McCain started life in an orphanage run by Mother Teresa’s Sisters. Cindy McCain met her on a trip to Bangladesh, and her heart was moved to take her back to Arizona for medical care, and eventual adoption.

Governor Palin and her husband have five children. The youngest, Trig, was born this past April. He has Down syndrome. Like most cases now, he was so diagnosed in utero. Unlike most such babies, he is still alive. Pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome is normally a death sentence. Abortion usually follows within days. The Palins chose life for Trig.

“I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection,” Palin said. “Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”


... The man of change, Obama, chose the safest, most insider running mate imaginable, Joe Biden. The old man, McCain, went with the groundbreaking outsider. It is all upside down, but the result will be a campaign quite familiar. In a culture war election, Governor Palin will be a not-so-secret weapon.
I particularly like his take on her climb to power by challenging the status quo. That is a sharp contrast with the candidates who want to be part of the status quo which fits Obama to a T.

Trig is going to be an embarrassment to the radical feminists who want to abort such babies, just as her son Track is a problem for the anti war left which likes to project Republicans as not willing to put their own in harms way. She is a problem they haven't figured out on the issues yet so expect them to attack her on other things.


  1. I enjoyed reading your post. I am so thrilled with the pick of Palin! She will be the winning difference and women will make it so.


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