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Palin: the chink in the Dems’ armor

Posted: September 18, 2008 8:46 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

We are renovating our house. Any of you who have lived through this experience know what a horrible thing this is. What was once a nice, comfortable retreat from daily struggles is now a nightmare of dust, debris, and detritus.
Due to my wife's medical condition, I was ordered by her doctor to remove all of the carpeting in our home and replace it with something that does not collect dust.

I suggested that we cover it in wallets since the doctor seems to always have his hand in mine, thereby preventing it from ever collecting dust. Needless to say, my suggestion and sarcasm were properly ignored.

So my bed sits in the middle of a bare room with stripped floors and dusty walls. The teenagers sleep on mattresses thrown onto the floor of the loft. All of our worldly possessions are piled up in the dining room, porch and garage.

Needless to say, our life is rather higgledy-piggledy right now.

As I wax political on this idea, I began to realize that the disarray that I survey also applies to a national political party right now. A party that was once monolithic in nature, rolling forward and crushing all who stood in its way. A party unified in thought and purpose with the backing of many loyal followers.

Is this the GOP? Nope. I'm thinking about the Democrats.

The Dems had it all - immense amounts of cash, numerous foot-soldiers, and a messiah-like candidate who could electrify a crowd with his charismatic features and silvery tongue.

The Republicans were moribund and dispirited, with a right wing that was pining for a reason to jump on board.
Then something changed. In a brilliant political move that foreshadows brilliance in the White House, John McCain picked a little-known governor from the state of Alaska named Sarah Palin.

I was shocked. How could McCain do this to us? He chose a political neophyte from a backwater state to be his running mate.

But then I began to learn more about Palin and my opinion began to change.

Gov. Palin is the first female governor of Alaska. Sworn into office in December 2006, she has been a firebrand for change and innovation in her home state.

She created the Petrolem Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of Alaska's energy pipelines and delivery systems. Although she is publicly skeptical regarding mankind's impact on "global warming," she created the Climate Change Subcabinet to develop a climate-change strategy for Alaska. She is the chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state group that promotes conservation and efficiency for oil and natural gas resources. She is also the only candidate (from either party) with executive experience, having been both governor of Alaska and mayor of her home town. Obviously, the governor is no light-weight.

On a personal note, Palin is conservative Christian, mother of five, been married to the same guy for 20 years, and is an NRA member. There is a great picture on her Web site ( of her holding the head of a deer that she, presumably, shot.

To be the mother of five is tough enough, but throw on top of that a Down syndrome child and one begins to understand the depth of strength and character contained in Sarah Palin. Although the governor is a beautiful woman, underneath that exterior is a tough, remarkable, and formidable person.

And, let's face it: The joke about the hockey moms and lipstick was masterful for two resaons. It showed her sense of humor but it also showed that she "gets it."

She is not a Harvard-educated, East Coast elitist who thinks that lesser people take solace in religion and guns.
This is a normal person who lives in the real world. Someone we can all relate to.

I find it fascinating that a local columnist would criticize Gov. Palin for her readiness for the job due to her family situation. Would she have the time to do the job? Shouldn't she be tending her pregnant daughter? Shouldn't she be barefoot and in the kitchen?

Nope. We conservatives are not sexist. Liberals, on the other hand, talk a good game, but when it comes right down to it, they are the very thing that they rail against.

The disarray at the local level is also a reflection of the national Democratic Party. They were not prepared for a Palin candidacy.

As the Obama campaign reeled from the news, conflicting and confusing statements were made that showed how utterly flustered the Obama think-tank was and is.

Last week, the Democratic vice presidential nominee even went so far as to opine that Hilary was a better candidate than him (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 10), leading to conjecture that she would replace him on the ticket in response to the Palin nomination.

When Geraldine Ferraro was placed on the ballot by Walter Mondale in 1984, it was an act of desperation by a party that had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Palin's selection has galvanized the party faithful, pulled in the right, and shown the nation that the GOP understands the need for change and will send people to Washington that will make it happen.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right Here, Right Now" runs Fridays in The Signal and rotates among local Republican writers.


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