Aug 31, 2008 2:13 pm


I am thrilled. John McCain demonstrated that he, still, has courage and is capable of making bold strategic decisions. In other words, he remains young in heart. He also demonstrated that he gets all the American people, not only 48% of them.

True, Sarah Palin was not on my list. Kay Bailey Hutchison was. The trouble is that her appearance on Larry King left too much to be desired. The other two women had never run or served in office. Palin simply has not occurred to me. Having seen her eloquent acceptance speech, I could not be happier with the choice.

It is true that she is not experienced enough to be president but she is more experienced than Obama and I would rather have an inexperienced person a heart beat from the president than president. I know that John McCain is 72 but given his good health he has as good a chance to complete two presidential terms as a 60 year old had just a few decades ago. The bottom line, if worse comes to worse, given her background and record of accomplishments, I would rather see her president than Obama for he has none.

Finally, my feminine heart cannot but sing. As Sarah said:

It turns out that the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.

Yes, we can, provided women demonstrate they can be half as gender conscious as Blacks are race conscious.

In the meantime,

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E. Simon - 9/1/2008

as well as her sources. The McCain campaign is, on its face, not an objective one.

Palin's endorsement and support of Buchanan in 1996 is the primary source of contention.

It's also a date more contemporary to the era of Buchanan's most contemptible anti-Semitic remarks.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer - 8/31/2008

"The McCain campaign says that instead of supporting Buchanan -- or even McCain -- in 2000, Palin actually supported Steve Forbes.

And indeed, another AP story from August 7, 1999 -- one month after the Buchanan trip to Wasilla -- states that joining state sen. Mike Miller of Fairbanks on the Forbes campaign's Alaska "leadership committee will be Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin, and former state GOP chairman Pete Hallgren, who will serve as co-chairs."

E. Simon - 8/30/2008

Oh, and "young at heart" is only half-correct. From the videos of him leering at her rear during her acceptance speech it looks like he's been feeling pretty young somewhere South of his waistline. But whatever. Good pick. I look forward to the GOP losing big in November.

E. Simon - 8/30/2008

Uh... yeah. I got it. I linked it. Actually, I was the one who linked it first in the comment above. Thanks. Not very reassuring, as important as words from a community of 6,000 must surely be.

Palin SUPPORTED BUCHANAN. THIS WAS DURING A PERIOD OF TIME EVEN CLOSER TO HIS ANTI-SEMITIC PAST THAN THE PRESENT. For you to not acknowledge the significance of that says a lot. I can see you looking past the moral dimension of it. For you to ignore the political dimension of it is what surprises me even more.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer - 8/29/2008

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E. Simon - 8/29/2008

I realize that I just referred to the Not So Honorable Patrick J. Buchanan as a "former" Nazi sympathizer. I realize that the statement was in error. There is no evidence of which I'm aware to suggest that Patrick Buchanan has renounced the Nazi sympathies of his past. Knowing Buchanan's recalcitrant penchant, though, for never changing a position to which he formerly held - no matter how ludicrous - I think it's safe to say that he stands by his statements and sentiments even now.

Time for a "thrown for the bus" metaphor.

E. Simon - 8/29/2008

"John McCain's decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for President in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans. Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympathizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel, even going as far as to denounce bringing former Nazi soldiers to justice and praising Adolf Hilter for his "great courage."

At a time when standing up for Israel's right to self-defense has never been more critical, John McCain has failed his first test of leadership and judgment by selecting a running mate who has aligned herself with a leading anti-Israel voice in American politics. It is frightening that John McCain would select someone one heartbeat away from the presidency who supported a man who embodies vitriolic anti-Israel sentiments."

This makes all your attempts to link Obama to Hitler, etc. as ridiculous as can be. Not that those attempts weren't already ridiculous on their face.

Good Luck! It will be lonely for you as one of the few right-wing Israelis to support someone who assisted a former Nazi sympathizer politically.

Nice call. This development calls into question every one of your political instincts. Slicha.

E. Simon - 8/29/2008

As an Israeli you must be thrilled with Palin's support of Pat Buchanan as a presidential candidate!