Last week I picked up Sarah Palin’s already-a-best-seller-before-hitting-the-stands autobiography “Going Rogue”. I liked her before the 400+ pages; I like her even more now. Certainly I’m not blown away thinking she is the greatest person to walk the face of the earth. But holy cow she is an incredible woman with an incredible journey.

I wrote up a quick review on a book site I participate in. After reading all the scathing reviews from a number of Sarah-bashers who probably couldn’t identify the first six presidents of the US on a multiple-choice test (and probably didn’t actually read this book), I couldn’t help myself with a little tongue-in-cheek yet honest critique on Ms Palin’s runaway hit.

Here it is if you’re interested:

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I don’t think I’m going to cause any surprise coronaries by stating there is a vast difference between the way government works and the way private industry works. The same can be said for the mindset and culture of those who work in the public sector versus those who work in the private sector.

For example: If a guy running his business needs a new printer, he goes down to Wal-Mart, pays $150 and walks out with a new printer. If a fed needs a new printer, he has to go get four bids from five separate contractors, pays them $1,000 and ends up with a printer built by the lowest bidder only to find out the toner cartridges have to be purchased under a separate contract.

The pathetic part of the story is that the fed thinks he got a great deal and saved the taxpayers some money.

As a general historical rule, most Presidents have filled a good sized chunk of their cabinet with people who had some sort of experience in the money making private sector of the economy. The chart below* shows the percentage of cabinet officials with private sector experience dating back to Teddy Roosevelt:

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The One keeps harping about the “unprecedented” nature of nearly all the challenges faced by his rudderless administration. He keeps using that word. I do not think it means what he thinks it means. Perhaps, dear reader, these challenges seem “unprecedented” to Team Obama because so few members of the brain trust (including The One) have ever actually held a job in the private sector.

Still wondering about the difference between a government and private sector mindset? Here’s a video scenario which might help you better understand. Watch and ask yourself, “what would The One do?”

*HT Nick Schulz from AEI

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Not everyone at PD may be a fan, but when it comes to supporting the spirit of Christmas Jars, there might not be a bigger believer. Here’s last night’s clip, in case you missed it.

It has been our pleasure over the past three years to take the occasion of this blessed national holiday to award a person or persons with the PoliticalDerby Big Turkey Award. Our previous winners have been pairs, triplets, and large groups. But this year the arrogance, ignorance and idiocy that symbolize the Big Turkey Award have been found to land and bubble over in a single sole in such a way as to put our previous winners to shame.

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It is our honor to announce the winner of the 4th Annual Big Turkey Award. Insert drum roll. And the winner is…envelope tearing…Mark Sanford!

The current and most likely future-x Governor of South Carolina captured the hearts and minds of the conservative movement. In the dark days of post November ’08 (y’know, before they got really dark!) many conservatives looked at Sanford as a future standard bearer. Instead of embracing their love, Mr. Sanford went looking for love in all the wrong places: South of the border! Well, the Argentinean boarder that is. Here Sanford found his soul mate.

Today, the LuvGov finds himself accused of violating 37 ethics violations. Among the numerous complaints are the charges that he four times extended trips to Brazil, at taxpayer expense, so he could salsa with his soul mate.

Sanford has brushed off repeated calls from his own party to step down and in the past month scored a political victory by helping land a Boeing Co. assembly plant that is expected to bring thousands of jobs to North Charleston. Meanwhile, the first lady and their four sons moved out of the governor’s mansion. While the Sanfords have said they were trying to reconcile, Jenny Sanford more recently has described the two as separated. She is writing a book about the experience.

Ay carumbba. Enough already. This goose is cooked.

One of the many holiday traditions at Cordeiro Manor is the tradition of going around the Thanksgiving Day table and having each member of the assembled hoard explain a few things said hoard member is thankful for.

As getting the PD hoard around any table is not possible (I’m pretty sure Whodat would eat and drink me out of house and home) I’ll rise to a point of personal privilege and share with you one of mine.

I’m thankful for Mike Spann – and guys like him.

You may (or hopefully may not) be wondering just exactly who Mike Spann is. I’ll be happy to fill you in.
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I’m surprised this hasn’t hit the PD front page until now.

Lou Dobbs weighing White House run in 2012

Can Lou Dobbs make the leap from the anchor desk to the Oval Office?

(CNN) – Can Lou Dobbs make the leap from the anchor desk to the Oval Office?

A radio interviewer on WTOP joked Monday about the “crazy” idea that the former CNN host could mount a White House bid in 2012 – but Dobbs wasn’t laughing. “What’s so crazy about that?” he responded in the interview broadcast on the Washington, D.C. station.

“Well, I’ll tell you this much: it’s one of the discussions that we’re having,” Dobbs said. “For the first time, I’m actually listening to some people about politics.”

Dobbs, who amicably parted ways with the network earlier this month, also told former Sen. Fred Thompson that he was definitely weighing a run.

I’ve been singing it since Day 1. Governor Mark Sanford (R-Argentina), avid hiker and world traveler, needs to resign. But it seems he’s dug a line so deep in the sand that it will take someone forcibly dragging him from his office in handcuffs to put an end to this embarrassment. Hey, handcuffs, there’s an idea.

South Carolina panel hits Sanford with 37 ethics charges
Posted: November 23rd, 2009 05:53 PM ET

From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Sanford is also facing a possible impeachment effort.

(CNN) – The South Carolina Ethics Commission has charged Gov. Mark Sanford with 37 counts of violating state ethics laws, according to a complaint released by the commission on Monday.

The complaint follows a three-month investigation into Sanford’s use of taxpayer money.

Sanford is accused of using tax money to purchase business-class airfare on domestic and international flights, flying on a state-owned aircraft to political gatherings or events “which involved no official business,” and spending campaign funds for personal use such as purchasing a ticket to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January.

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Just when you thought SNL couldn’t go any farther left they start slamming The Obamanation. I think it has something to do with Tina Fey no longer being the head writer.

Well it’s not just the Republicans eating their young when it comes to moderates, as apparently the Democrats feel the same way about their own moderate wing, the “Blue Dog” Democrats. Here’s the intro to a recent post on Democrats.com:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with “Blue Dog” Democrats.

They claim to be “fiscal conservatives,” but they voted for George Bush’s trillion-dollar tax cuts for the rich, which turned President Clinton’s $6 trillion projected surplus into Bush’s $5 trillion added debt.

They voted for Bush’s trillion-dollar invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and spend billions more every month getting our soldiers killed to protect dictators.

And now they’re blocking healthcare reform that would save billions for taxpayers and patients.

Are you kidding me?

Stupid is as stupid does, and the Democrats who think that this is a good idea are pretty stupid. Both parties want to marginalize the middle, but its risky, because both parties need the middle.

Liberals and conservatives can crow all they want about RINOs and Blue Dogs, but in the end, if they take moderates for granted, it can be a losing proposition. Where the middle votes, be it moderate Democrats and Republicans or independents, is where elections go.

So go head Donkeys and Elephants. Marginalize away.

We’ll be watching.

Thanks to everyone for nominating and seconding a great group of candidates for the first PD Viewer’s Choice Power Rankings. Here is the slate of candidates that you all get to vote on. The top three vote-getters will be featured in a post, and the person who nominated them will get to write the blurb supporting their nomination.

Here is the list:

Mitt Romney, Glen Beck (?!?), Tim Pawlenty, Mike Pence, Jim Demint, Joe Wilson, Tom Coburn, Eric Cantor, Rick Santorum, Peter King, and Sarah Palin.

Please vote for one (1) person only in the comment section below. All votes will be tabulated at the end of next Wednesday and the folks who nominated the top three will be contacted to write their blurb.

Best of luck!

RCP ran a story today on the guys we may be hearing a lot more about over the next year: the fresh faces and possible “dark horse” candidates for 2012 – provided the Mayans don’t kill us all with their calendar, that is. In light of our power rankings and first-on-the-scene derby rankings and people’s choice rankings, I thought it’d be good to throw a few more names into the blender known as the run-up for the 2010 mid-term elections. Some of these guys could have some serious traction and face-time between now and then, so pay attention when you see or hear them in the near future.

I know some of you have been pining away like Whodat for someone other than the same-old-same-old retreads from ’08 (cough, cough…Huckabee, Ron Paul…cough, cough), so here’s a first crack at a new class of possible leaders of the free world. If Barack “165 total days in the senate, including Saturdays” Obama can fly out of nowhere to capture the Lib nomination, then anything is possible these days. And these guys are a whole lot more credible, talented, and experienced than the junior senator from Illinois.

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Remember all the pomp with which The One announced that one of his first acts as POTUS would be to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay? Well, that much heralded appeasing promise just reached its expiration date.

Saith The One:

Guantanamo — we had a specific deadline that was missed. We are on a path and a process where I would anticipate that Guantanamo will be closed next year.

People, I think understandably, are fearful after a lot of years where they were told that Guantanamo was critical to keep terrorists out. [Closing the facility] is also just technically hard. (Emphasis Added)

There is, dear reader, a “strategery” at work here. Bear in mind this announcement was made during a flurry of fast moving interviews at the tail end of The One’s Asian junket. In other words, it was thrown in with the rest of the trash in hopes that it might slip through with little notice.

As for the “technically hard” part of closing Gitmo, the reason we put these thugs on that island is because of all the issues bringing them anywhere else would raise. I guess governing really is harder than campaigning after all.

*Apologies to Jim Geraghty for the shameless theft of his trademark.

Life here in the Arizona 15th district is great! We have swimming, shopping, great schools, quaint neighborhoods full of charm and class. You should even see the High School’s Mixed Lawnmower Drill Team, they’re fantastic!

Oh, and the jobs created by the Obama stimulus are incredible. Why, just last week little Freddie Smith’s paper route was saved by an infusion of cash and Sally Brown’s lemonade stand was saved in the Great Lemon Bailout of ’09. This Hope and Change is really working out!

Oh, wait, what’s that you say, there is no Arizona 15th Congressional District?

Virginia there might be a Santa Claus, but there is no Arizona 15th, there have been no jobs saved or created there, and the White House continues to operate under the delusion that we will take whatever information they put out hook, line and sinker, without question.

The latest from the White House is that they only publish the information that they are given. To which I say, how can you get information from a place that does not exist? And why are you not FACT CHECKING every last post it note to cross your desks?

This housewife has to wonder, what in the name of transparency will they think of next?

The decision by Eric Holder to try the 9/11 defendants in New York City is puzzling on several counts. It certainly isn’t clear who is supposed to benefit from this, in either practical or political terms. The decision does not appear to have been thought through with any substantive analysis.

First of all, it’s been presented to the public as having been “Eric Holder’s decision.” Really? Why is that? This is arguably among the highest-profile legal proceedings in the country’s history, with far-reaching implications as to how we’ll conduct similar future terror trials. Public safety, national security, and America’s world image are all impacted directly. However, the decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to NYC for civil trial has been put forth as coming not from the President himself, but from his top legal officer. President Obama is sending the message that either he couldn’t make the call himself, or that he was unwilling to take the political backlash if such a decision proved unpopular. For those who view the President as weak and indecisive on terror, outsourcing the decision to Holder just makes Obama look that much weaker, with no discernible political upside.

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Not much to be happy about here:

It’s been a long time coming but the uncounted ballots cast by delegates at last year’s Republican state convention in Reno were finally counted on Oct. 30. The ballots had been locked in a safe at the site of the convention.

The reason? If the powers that be in the Nevada GOP didn’t shut down the vote the three delegates (which received far more votes then anyone else) going to the national convention would have been Ron Paul supporters.

Pat Kerby – Pahrump would have announced the vote and while the National GOP told the delegates that they had to vote for McCain Kerby said, “I wouldn’t have done it,” who planned to say, in part: “The great state of Nevada casts all of its 34 votes for the Thomas Jefferson of our time and a president we can be proud of for a change, Dr. Ron Paul.”

It makes me wonder which other states might have been close to voting for Ron Paul if it wasn’t for these tricks.
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European wars over ethnic and nationalistic rivalries have been the norm for centuries, yet, we get lectured to about racial issues and “diversity”. HAHAHA!!

Check out this news tidbit…

Couples Retreat

I guess they LOVE Barack Obama as long as he isn’t running their country and as long as he isn’t in their movies.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours [sic] over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

Seriously, unions oppose volunteerism? Isn’t it enough that many people perceive union members as lazy, having no incentive to be high achievers? Now the SEIU is openly opposing working for free for the good of one’s own community. What is this world coming to?

The Obama Administration has now determined that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four others, are to be brought to the United States to face trial in New York City for the carnage they perpetrated against the innocent people of that city. In response to this abysmal decision Attorney General Eric Holder said “To the extent that there are political consequences, I’ll just have to take my lumps”. Unfortunately, Mr. Holder, so will the American people, the families of the victims, and the people of New York City. I won’t attempt to reargue the minutia of why this is the worst, among many, of the Obama Administrations poor judgment calls; the pundits are doing a great job of that. My concern is with complete naiveté and heartless logic that the President exercises in an attempt to appease others around the world above the people for whom he was elected to serve.

Debra Burlingame , whose brother, Charles Burlingame piloted American Airlines flight #77 that was hijacked and flow into the side of the Pentagon on Sept. 11 , said this decision will result in exulting “the suffering of (the) families, ridiculing the judge, his lawyers and the American justice system, and worst of all, rallying his jihadi brothers to kill more Americans.”

Judea Pearl, the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, said this decision by the Justice Department made him “sick to his stomach”. Daniel Pearl was beheaded and slaughtered at the direct hand of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

A Mighty Heart

A statement released by the Pearl family’s foundation said:

We are respectful of the legal process, but believe that giving confessed terrorists a worldwide platform to publicize their ideology sends the wrong message to potential terrorists…

Indeed, it does.

Yet, this President and his administration are hell-bent on following through with a policy that will bring emotional anguish to thousands of families, provide a world-wide platform for calls of “jihad”, and potentially lead to NYC becoming at greater risk of targeted attacks.

It is often easier to simply scoff at President Obama as “The One”, “The Massiah”, “TOTUS”, etc. etc. but the reality is that he is the President of the United States. As such, his actions have serious consequences on millions of people and a Constitution that he swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” to the best of his ability. What we have been witness to thus far from President Obama is not a man that is enlightened or worldly but a man that is aloof to the world around him and aloof to the consequences of his actions.

Additional Reading
The Washington Post

I am shocked and filled with hope after seeing this Hillary blog.

If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of “Dubya” nearly every day…parroting the same comedic bits we heard in our Democrat circles, where Bush is still, to this day, lampooned as a chimp, a bumbling idiot, and a poor, clumsy public speaker.

Oh, how we RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.

We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster. President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it. ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.

Well, we told you before how much the current president, Dr. Utopia, made us realize just how wrong we were about Bush. We shudder to think what Dr. Utopia would have done post-9/11. He would have not gone there with a bullhorn and struck that right tone. More likely than not, he would have been his usual fey, apologetic self and waxed professorially about how evil America is and how justified Muslims are for attacking us, with a sidebar on how good the attacks were because they would humble us.

Some of the comments are interesting reading. The majority are supportive of Bush. Maybe not for his policies, but for how he presided as President.
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