Smart choice

Palin has gained so much star-status that even Mr Obama has started directly attacking her!


Smart choice
by Ben Madadi

McCain's choice for VP was a very smart move. This presidential campaign will be something to remember and something quite interesting for future political advisors and analysts to ponder about. What Mr McCain did was to borrow almost everything Mr Obama was successful with, without giving up any of what he already had. McCain was known for a few things, whether true or not! He was, and is, quite an old man, a white Christian, which bodes well with most Americans (who are also white Christians), a known maverick among the Republicans and somebody who has some strong principles (sometimes more conservative, other times more liberal), and he usually acts according to those principles. He didn't have Obama's youth, and Obama's slogan of change, and these two went together. Obama got to be known as a young man who was capable of change, and change it was, beginning with the colour of the president! McCain didn't have these. Policies? Most Obama supporters are still perplexed about Obama's policies that may define change. McCain didn't talk about change, and he could hardly present anything related to change. What could such an old man say about change anyway? What could be expected of such an old man? Change, at seventy-two? A bit too late I'd say.

Then, Obama chose an old Christian white man, to present to the majority of the Americans, as his option for what he lacked, and he lacked the usual old white Christian man who is normally supposed to rule the country old white Christian men founded. What was his name? Joe something!?

McCain though, preserving his conservative status of the normal old white Christian man, came up with a move that has all the chances of being a beautiful and enjoyable (for the Republicans) check-mate against Obama camp! McCain borrowed almost everything Obama had an advantage on, and also what Ms Clinton had brought to the Democratic presidential battle. McCain chose a VP, a young woman, who has not only talked about change, but has actually implemented change, though somewhere few Americans have ever seen, Alaska. McCain stole the youth, and the femininity advantage from the whole Democratic camp, and became the sudden champion of change. He may have actually adopted a black young female running-mate if there was a capable one available, or maybe he thought that would be too much of an open, obvious and obnoxious copying to do!

McCain is now actually talking about change. He is repeating the word 'change' as if he is the one who came up with it in the first place! Everybody is now talking about McCain's VP, as everybody was talking about Obama when he started. The media hardly mentions Obama's running-mate, what was his name again? Anyway, what would be so interesting about the second white Christian old man of the same old race where numerous other white Christian old men have already been dumped? Obama is already OLD too, while Palin (everybody knows her name, including me) is really young. She is just two weeks old in the public (the whole American public) eye, and she will only be a couple of months old when the election-day comes.

Ms Palin has gained so much star-status that even Mr Obama has started directly attacking her! As far as I know politicians do not go after (do not verbally attack) smaller politicians, while small politicians always go after bigger politicians. It is all about gaining points. Somebody has more points, you attack them, to gain some of those points! Politicians don't bother mentioning someone in their verbal attacks for no reason! You don't attack somebody small because, by attacking them, you are making them important and big. Smaller politicians always attack bigger politicians (when they want to gain points) because they can show that they are big too. Although I think Obama is making a mistake by attacking Palin (therefore making her a bigger celebrity than she already is), and his doing so is actually showing that she is not small fish, and the Democrats are already feeling the really big risk of having a terrible McCain check-mate coming in the fall. And this risk is already making its appearance in many polls. My belief that McCain will win is getting closer to becoming reality!

This is the huge risk that Democrats took when they went along their sentimentalism and embraced so much change that was not really reflected in policies but only in the person of the presidential candidate. Obama's plans and policies are not change from the old Democratic mainstream. They are the same old policies of mild Socialism, with no change. Was the only genuine change only about the withdrawal from Iraq and foreign policy in general? Americans are not usually that much concerned about foreign policy and do not elect their presidents to be good abroad. That is a relatively minor issue. And Iraq is already a distant and somewhat unimportant case too. What about Afghanistan? Afghanistan is so distant many Americans have already forgotten they even have troops there!

The main issue for the Democrats to have the slightest chance of winning these elections is to emphasise on their policies and attack the usual right-wing policies of the Republican party. This way they can attract voters who are concerned about the economy, because the US economy is in trouble and many ordinary Americans are already feeling the pain.


Recently by Ben MadadiCommentsDate
Moving forward
Nov 06, 2008
Testing democracy
Nov 02, 2008
Playing dumb?
Sep 29, 2008
more from Ben Madadi

Irandokht jan, My friend at

by skatermom (not verified) on

Irandokht jan,
My friend at the University of Chicago sent it to me. I took the liberty of posting it here. I'm not sure who the original author of this brilliant piece is. Send away! I thought it was spot on. E-mail blast it! My friend won't mind. He probably stole it too. I'm sure it was the author's intent.


Skatermom (ba ejazeh)

by IRANdokht on

I took the liberty of copying your comment about the mind-blowing hypocrisy of it all and emailing it to my contact list outside

I hope you don't mind! and thanks so much!



Thanks Skatermom

by Anonymous-Zadeh (not verified) on

You have nailed it with the "If you"!


God bless Sara

by All is fine now (not verified) on

God bless the all american mother, Sara. She has more courage at the tip of her red high heel shoe, than Hussain Osama has in his entire body. I say great for the good old USA when Sara is the VP. She kicks butt and takes names later. She is what the Democrats, anarchists, God haters, America haters, terroists and all the liberal socialist press are affraid of. God bless Sara, and God bless USA. The heck with the rest of the world, and if you think you are not being treated right in this country, then you have the freedom to go back to your own country where you are loved and your rights including your right to speak is well respected.

Ben Madadi


by Ben Madadi on

Thank you for the comments! I must say that I don't like Palin persoanlly and all I have written is about what McCain did in response to Obama's popularity as a young reformer! I think it was a good move, by 'stealing' everything, almost everything, that Obama had an edge on. However Obama is no Palin. Obama is FAR above Palin, as a leader etc. That's what I think. But I do not like Obama's policies, which are not really much of a change, and left-leaning, which are usual Democratic policies.


Her approval rating in

by skatermom (not verified) on

Her approval rating in Alaska actually hovers at about 90%. It says to have dropped to 67% after the troopergate thing.


%75 of Alaska Democrats...

by IRANdokht on

Hmmmmm  I wonder how many that would be: 600,000 total population how many adults, how many registered, how many of them democrats? and what would %75 of that number be?  8-9000 people?

I am impressed! 

you forgot to mention that she won her first election by 900 votes. quite a victory I bet!



75% of Democrats in Alaska like Gov. Palin

by Anonymous on

This is a headline that you would not see in main stream media! As this blogger states, 75% of the opposition party in her home state think she’s doing a swell job. It's just amazing that you won't hear this fact in on any TV Channel.


* If you grow up in Hawaii,

by skatermom (not verified) on

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're
exotic, different.

* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, it's a quintessential American

"If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the
first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration
drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional
Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district
with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health
and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate
representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills
and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and
Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city
council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people,
20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're
qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and
next in line behind a man in his eighth decade.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising
2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left
your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're
a true Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no
other option in sex education in your state's school system while your
unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in
a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city
community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values
don't represent America's.

* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI
conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until
age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession
of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.


shooting star

by shirazie (not verified) on

Just watch her turn into dust.

Oh, Just saw her pole drop by 10 point. Say good night mary jane


Varjavand - clarification

by KB on

Apologies for the typo, spell checker ... You are correct, It should read  Rhodes Scholar, it was changed in the text twice.

As I have written, had Palin been a Rhodes Scholar like Bill Clinton... she clearly was not.

I think its fairly clear. 

Oh and if we are correcting one another, it KB not BK.





by varjavand on


Sarah Palin,  a Rhodes Scholar like Bill Clinton? You must be kidding. Where do you get that information? Can you clarify?

A “roads scholar” as you mention, may be but not a Rhode Scholar



McCain chose Palin because

by Tina Fey (not verified) on

McCain chose Palin because he saw despite his criticism of Obama he was walking away with the election.

So he chose Palin despite his own best judgments which proves Obama has the right message for the right time.

And both McCain and Palin are running away from media and not answering any questions.

So give it couple of weeks and a debate or 2 and see if your assumption holds any water.

This is like Bush saying "Mission Accomplished" and we know how that ended up.


Smart Choice for stupid people

by KB on

In life we will find that not so smart people do not want to have smart people amongst them or as leaders. It makes them uncomfortable and they resent them.

Had Sarah Palin been a Road Scholar to Oxford University, like Bill Clinton, or attended one of the Ivy League schools (or a decent university for that matter) like Obama or even Bush one would be willing to accept her lack of experience. Or had she spent years in the senate meeting different heads of states and government officials like Biden or McCain one would accept that she has an IQ of 12 but has bags of experience.

Instead what we have is a woman, who unlike Bill Clinton ( whose daughter was also a Road Scholar to Oxford University), has a teenage pregnant daughter, who got a dodgy BS in an unknown University. We have a VP candidate who unlike Biden has no foreign policy or Federal government experience but can give arousing speeches which are full of lies. Whenever I see her on TV or magazine covers, this phrase is automatically formed in my mind “ the lights are on but no one is home”.

Look at what has been done in the last eight years by some one who has the intelligence of ordinary people . It is time to elect more intelligent people than ourselves so that we can deal with situations that ordinary people can not deal with.


White privilege

by IRANdokht on

I meant to post the video but Sadegh was too quick and beat me to it! you snooze you lose :0)

Apparently this election is not about the issues, domestic or foreign. It seems like all people have been concerned with is race.

It's also very clear that some people including all the newly turned feminists on Fox Network are praising Palin and making a big deal out of her despite the "black dude".

It doesn't matter who the Black man is, how educated he is, what kind of track record he has or how he aces an interview with O'Reilly (of all the right wing nutjobs). They still would rather see an unqualified hocky mom who can't even answer Gibson's questions in a half-decent way without winking or smackin her mouth, win the election.

it's all about the race, they just don't have the sincerity or courage to admit to it openly, so they keep praising the Lipstick pitbull.




Palin lovers like Anonymous on

by choghok on

You and people like you are the exact reason for why McCain stab chose her. So why do you want to be hypnotized and controlled? Why do you want the fact that she is a hockey mom and looks like average white mom in america let you be fooled?

You should look at the Agenda of Republicans guide you the way. Are you pro NRA, against health care for all, pro war, pro giant petroleum and medical companies sucking your money then vote Republican.

Russia has started a new round of hardball with Georgia in the middle, do you want a woman that has seen russia from alaska as her only russian experience being second in command? How much is her word worth then in foreign policy? You have then voted on someone who is going to be told what to do and what to say.

Do not be fooled by political games.. Look at what they do and plan to do not on what they say or show in public. 

It does not matter on how many kids she has or the color of her lipstick if US decides to bomb some country or have diplomatic talks.

/Bidar bash ke ma bekhabim


this puts that theory to bed...

by sadegh on


Ba Arezu-ye Movafaghiat, Sadegh



McCain walked the talk while Obama still is talking

by Anonymous on

Obama lectured us about "change" , "hope" and McCain delivered it with Palin pick.

As a working mother of 3 sons, I identify with Gov. Sarah Palin 100%. Governor Sarah Palin is authentic and "real" which is what Hillary try so hard to be, therefore, she never were able to connect with average moms.

I like the fact that Palin is a Maverick and she actually went after corrupt Republican senator and brought him to justice.

She is a tough woman with femininity! I was not going to vote this year, but after Palin pick my whole family is going to vote Republican for the first time!

Here is a great site for 24/7 news about Palin.


David ET

By Deepak Chopra (about Palin)

by David ET on


Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin's pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other." For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don't want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin's message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.

Look at what she stands for:
--Small town values -- a denial of America's global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
--Ignorance of world affairs -- a repudiation of the need to repair America's image abroad.
--Family values -- a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don't need to be heeded.
--Rigid stands on guns and abortion -- a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
--Patriotism -- the usual fallback in a failed war.
--"Reform" -- an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn't fit your ideology.

Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from "us" pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of "I'm all right, Jack," and "Why change? Everything's OK as it is." The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.

Obama's call for higher ideals in politics can't be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow -- we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.

Ben Madadi

Re: varjavand

by Ben Madadi on

Hello! Thanks for your comment! It's all my opinion. And I respect yours too.



by Zion on

It was a very smart move. I agree.


Here we go again,

by varjavand on

Mr. Madadi,

I have to copy my comments about your earlier article in this site since you did not respond to it, you can see it below. Your analysis is again erroneous:

 And Iraq is already a distant and somewhat unimportant case too” are you kidding? Iraq is either #1 or #1 issue according to most polls. Same goes for Afghanistan.

“Americans are not usually that much concerned about foreign policy and do not elect their presidents to be good abroad. That is a relatively minor issue” wrong again, tell that to your beloved republicans who keep criticizing Senator Obama for lack of foreign policy experience. “This way they can attract voters who are concerned about the economy, because the US economy is in trouble and many ordinary Americans are already feeling the pain” Us economy is not in trouble, it is in disarray. How many more giant financial institutions should file for bankruptcy? How many more peaces of bad news should come out every day? You probably don’t remember one the most famous political phrases in this country that helped Mr. Clinton to win the 1992 election was, ans still is,  “it is the economy stupid”. It is the economy that is #1 issue with every voter, and you made it sounds as if it won’t matter to American voters. As long as the economy is in such a dismal condition created by and sustained  under a Republican administration, Republicans have a slim chance of winning this election.

 So keep shouting as much as you want, but no one is going to be swayed by your empty rhetoric.

My Earlier comment:

Your article reminds me of a Farsi expression “yeki be naal (horse shoe) mizaneh yeki be mikh (nail)”. You praise everything; Republican, American democracy as a prelude to ridicule the democrats at the end and to label them as even socialists. Your biasness for a black man who has worked hard to earn his way up inch by inch, and destined to become the next US president, is clear from your skewed opinion of Republicans and is utterly unfair. You state that republicans are better for the economy. Whom are you kidding? May be because you don’t live in this country, you have not seen what this country has gone through under the Republican administration and as a result “trickle down” ideology. Of course Republican administration is better for the economy, look at the following evidence:

Unemployment rate nearly 6.1%, a loss of more than 1.8 milling jobs during the last year alone Overall Inflation rate of 5.6%, with escalating cost of energy, basic industrial materials, and food stuff Nearly $400 billion annual deficit and mounting national debt, currently 9.7 Trillion, more then 70% of our GDP, and rising. 45.7 million 15.2.% of population cannot afford to buy health insurance, not counting the elderly who are on Medicaid or those who lose their insurance temporary Falling consumer spending for the first time since 1990-91 recession mainly due to deterioraring consumer confidence and pessimistic outlook for the US economy 17% of US population lives below 50% median income, highest among developed nations and 12% of population living under poverty line (less than $20,000 annual income for a family of four) Deeply in crisis housing, mortgage and possibly banking industries

Only the US government has the power and the resources to fix the monumental problems like these, no it is not liberalism, nor socialism, it is the mandated function of government.

With all due respect, as I stated in one of my earlier comments you are a good writer but a shallow analyst. Please you worry about the country where you live in, and let those who know what is going on make judgment about economic condition in this country.