Monday, June 6, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 299

"Sweet Freedom" Edition

Frank Miele, at the Daily Inter Lake:
“Palin... is the very model of Tocqueville’s idealized portrait of the American woman, who even while a young girl, ‘already thinks for herself, speaks with freedom, and acts on her own impulse... The vices and dangers of society are early revealed to her; as she sees them clearly, she views them without illusions, and braves them without fear; for she is full of reliance on her own strength, and her reliance seems to be shared by all who are about her.’ Well, all except those who hate her, or mistake her twang for stupidity. She is not stupid. Whether she has read ‘The Art of War,’ or just understands its principles intuitively, doesn’t matter. Either she is a cunning genius or she has a stunning natural talent for being right. The ‘One Nation’ bus tour proves it. Certainly Sun Tzu would be proud of her for marching into the Northeast, where she is supposed to have no popular support, and taking it by storm. ‘Attack [your opponent] where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected,’ said the Chinese general.”
Charles Dunn, Distinguished Professor of Government, Regent University:
“Sarah Palin is in the driver's seat. Republicans need her more than she needs them. She IS the elephant in the room.”
Betsy M. Galliher, channeling Piper Palin, at American Thinker:
“I've met a lot of nice people who really like my mom. They thank her for not being afraid to defend real, American values. Maybe that's what the media can't figure out -- why so many people believe in my mom when the super-smart media tells them not to. It's kind of like my 4th grade class elections. My friend Sally was running, but a group of really mean girls made up lies about her because they wanted their friend elected, and then everyone turned on Sally. I don't think people even believed the lies, but they were scared those girls might say things about them, or make fun of them, so they just went along with it. Well, also Sally promised free ice cream to everyone in the lunchroom.”
Freedom Fighter, at Joshuapundit:
“Yes, as I pointed out earlier, she was right again, you betcha!”
Dean L, at Nonsensible Shoes:
“Oops...It's not the first time the left went off half-cocked on Sarah Palin. Remember the press being all up in arms about her telling the Tea Party not to party like it was 1773, because, as they all knew, the Boston Tea Party was in 1776. Except it wasn't. Meanwhile President Obama gets to skate through his errors... Remember his comment on 57 states? Remember his comments on Afghans speaking Arabic? Or how about his knowledgable point that Europe is a country? Of course that's not what the media will show you. Palin was wrong about 1773, wrong about Paul Revere according to the media at the time, and later, proven correct on both counts, there were no large scale retractions. You know why? Because it makes her look smart, in fact a lot smarter than a lot of the pundits. That's something they can't abide - not personally, and not politically.”
Mark in Spokane, at Ordered Liberty:
“Palin was right, her critics were wrong. I wonder how many of them will have the ethics & decency to admit it. I won't hold my breath waiting for any retractions, though.”
John Hitchcock, at Caffeinated Thoughts:
“Think Progress, Frances Martel at Mediaite, Crooks and Liars, Gawker, Greg Sergeant, Steve Benen, Tim Murphy, Digby, Ben Smith at Politico... Comments from Left Field, BooMan, Talking Points Memo, Rick Ungar at Forbes Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, ABC, USA Today, Salon, Alan Colmes, Dennis DiClaudio, New York Magazine. That’s just an incomplete listing of all the people who laughed at Sarah Palin’s supposedly false statement concerning Paul Revere. Let me add to the list Iowa Liberal, Delaware Liberal... Now that the historical record, Paul Revere himself, and historians alike agree Sarah Palin was right about Paul Revere warning the British, all those above linked folks will be in a hurry to retract their hate-filled attacks, right? Nah, they’ll either double-down on their falsehoods or they’ll memory-hole their statements. Because they cannot bring themselves to admit that once again, the schooled, knowledgeable, wise and wily teacher Sarah Palin set a trap for them and they stepped right in it.”
Jennifer, at In Jennifer's Head:
“57 states? Oh he’s just tired. Saying something true and verifiable? Proof that she’s so stoopid. Nah. No media bias at all.”
Ira Glickstein, at The Virtual Philosophy Club:
“Sarah Palin is mocked for the slightest error or apparent error. At the same time, our President, arguably the most academically intelligent leader we have ever had, can write ‘24 May 2008’ (a couple weeks ago in Westminster Abbey) as the date and year when it was actually 2011. The President forgets the YEAR, which is certainly more important for anyone to know than the story of Paul Revere, and Sarah Palin gets busted for her short-hand answer about the REAL story of Paul Revere warning the British and sounding the bells. Media bias? You Betcha!!”
William A. Jacobson, at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:
“The shutting of the collective anti-Palin mind is what we witnessed this weekend.”
Ann Althouse:
“Is there anyone else in American public life who is treated like Sarah Palin? Here's this historian, forced to say she wasn't wrong — after all the Sarah-haters have mocked her — and he instinctively grasps for a way to knock her down again... Andrew Sullivan: We must keep reminding ourselves... isn't that the attitude of someone with a clinical refusal to understand reality, to accept error, to acknowledge when the facts cited are not actually facts, but delusions. You have something you want to believe about Sarah Palin, and whatever new information you receive, you reflexively remind yourself that she is a farce. Applying your own standard, at what point would you be a farce?”
Peter Roff, at US News & World Report:
“Palin has read American history. The media must have only read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, which is no more the definitive account of Revere’s famous ride than Oliver Stone’s JFK is the true story of the Kennedy assassination.”
Jim Hoft, at Gateway Pundit:
“Well, I’ve faced a lot of nasty attacks from the left for my blogging over the years but this takes the cake. Far left crank Tommy Christopher, a writer at Mediaite website, attacked me this week for posting photos of Weiner’s tweet-hearts online For the record, the photos were already posted in Weiner’s twitter account, I just grouped them together in one post... Here’s a question for Tommy… If posting pictures of young girls on the internet is so offensive then why did you splash a ‘big’ photo of Willow Palin in one of your recent posts?”
Alex Salta, at OhMyGov!:
“Day in and day out, Palin leads the way in acquiring new followers on Facebook and Twitter, expanding her already sizable advantage in social media audience.”
Jordan Fabian, at The Hill's Ballot Box blog:
“As governor, one supporter recalls that Palin hung in her office a photo from the Frank Capra film ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ whose protagonist is a lonely political reformer... Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin frames Palin as the next Reagan, a conservative icon laying out an agenda for a new generation of the party. But the problem is that the GOP establishment views her with suspicion and is unwilling to defend her against liberal attacks, he claims. One of the most politically stunning moments of the film comes when Levin rails against the party establishment as images of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are flashed on-screen.”
- JP

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