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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Political pause

With the Democratic and Republican conventions now over, I'll be taking a much-needed break from blogging about the candidates and the upcoming election.

It's been a fun two weeks, but now I need to get away from writing about this stuff - Did I really post seven items yesterday? Yikes! - and even from thinking about it during my time at home in the morning (which is generally when I post).

The election is still two months away. The campaigns will march merrily on regardless of whether I comment about them, or even pay attention to them. And I'm sure my loyal readers - I honestly don't know whether there are six, 60 or 6,000 of you - will find a way to get by without my political commentary.

Of course, the run-up to the election will continue to be part of my daily routine as the Freeman's city editor - it's kind of hard to ignore when you put out a daily newspaper for a living - but, at least for a while, my blog will feature lighter (and more local) fare.

Unless another one of the Palin girls becomes pregnant.



Blogger The Adjunct Professor said...

It certainly has been fun following all the political news, reading your posts and having the opportunity to enter some of my own blog posts over the past few weeks. Let me first state that I do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be VP, let alone President of the United States. Still, following your entries, I have been amazed. Let’s look at some comments, as well as the current situation.

First off, in a previous post, you suggested that this could not end well for McCain and that he should at least end it quickly. Give McCain and Palin some credit. McCain has stuck with her and despite a number of issues, she does not seem to be hurting his chances. (I recognize that conventions are one-sided and it could still have an affect but so far it has not caused the embarrassment many had expected (and some had wished for). Moreover, now the talk is the Democrats have a problem as to how to go after Palin, or handle the situation. It is suggested they cannot go after her the same way they might if it was a male at the top of the ticket and that to point out her lack of experience would also highlight Obama’s lack of experience. In essence, she has gone for a potential McCain liability to a McCain asset.

In terms of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy (and I do think it is an issue because, as you point out in another previous post, Sarah Palin does have a political philosophy and record on this issue), you suggest that by not mentioning it, it comes across as a cover-up but that Palin should in no way make mention of it in her acceptance speech because that would be turning it into a campaign issue and not keeping it as a private matter, which the Palin family, and other Republicans, have said it is. It seems to be you are trying to have it both ways, saying they should tell the people about it but not talk about it. Moreover, it was not Palin who turned this into a campaign issue and once it came out, certainly the best political thing she can do is try and take a negative and turn it into a positive (which she effectively did).

By the way, the claim about putting her on at 10:38 (or whatever the exact time was) as an attempt to hope few people watched, is absurd. That is still during primetime and the day’s highlighted speaker (for both conventions) typically spoke during this time.

There is much to dislike about Sarah Palin. Her lack of experience and her record are two of those issues. Certainly the fact that she has flip-flopped on some issues, yet she criticizes Obama for doing it is another issue. The Bridge to Nowhere, which she initially supported and only opposed after she and the project were ridiculed, is one example. I would argue that those are the issues on which we should focus.

September 6, 2008 at 9:07 AM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

Two quick replies:
The "Don't go after Sarah Palin because she's a woman" argument went out the window the moment she said the only difference between her and a pit bull is "the lipstick." In essence, she was saying, "Bring it on. I can take it." I hope she can.
As for the pregnancy, Sarah Palin turned it into a campaign issue the moment she let Levi Johnston stands on the stage in St. Paul and wave to 40 million viewers. I mean, think about the absurditiy of that: The ONLY reason he was there was because he got a 17-year-old girl pregnant. Sarah Palin made it a campaign issue, and a campaign issue it shall remain.

September 6, 2008 at 9:39 AM 

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