"We should be grateful to the Palin family. They are allowing us to ponder and to wonder at everything we all thought we always knew," writes the The Anchoress in a brilliant essay gently calling to task "all of you people howling at the Palins and at those of us in the same tribe, you who only know a caricature, you know a template that is extremely outdated; you cannot believe that a conservative woman can be a true feminist; a woman in full." McCain Blogette photo of the First Dude, Governor Palin and Nana McCain Thursday night during John McCain's acceptance speech. "I felt like my heart was going to explode with pride for her and for him," says McCain daughter Meghan of her father's announcement that Sarah Palin would be his running mate.
"When are the media elites going to read their own polls and discover the American people are antiabortion (with very few exceptions) and pro-creationism (in that they believe in a Creator)," asks Lucianne commenter DocH, responding to Times business columnist David Carr's unsourced reference in his otherwise excellent "Drawing a Bead on the Press" yesterday to Sarah Palin's "antiabortion, pro-creationism politics." Antiabortion she is, but her views regarding the teaching of creationism in schools are another question. If you define pro-creationism as DocH does as belief in a Creator, fine, but that is not what is meant by Carr or others like Charles Johnson and ourselves, who have been following the Intelligent Design movement's insidious campaign to incorporate religious teachings into public school science curricula. As Johnson explained the other day regarding disingenuous leftists' quoting out of context of Palin's statements regarding creationism:
So I was disturbed to learn of Sarah Palin’s apparent support for creationism. However, as I posted in a comment earlier, she does not appear to be the fanatical type who wants to force or sneak the teaching of creationism into public school science classrooms.
But this is going to be a point of attack for the left.
We're still waiting for a reputable journalist to delve into original sources and write a definitive piece on where Sarah Palin stands on the issue. How about it, Mr. Carr? Enquiring minds want to know, and you're off to a flying start in your Times article, a self-acknowledged stranger in a strange land trying to understand the tribal customs of the locals:
Her cultural resonance is familiar to anyone who’s ever read a fashion makeover article or clipped “Lose the Baby Fat in a Month!” But it is fundamentally different from what we’ve come to expect from women running for higher office …
But while Ms. Palin may be unfamiliar to the hosts of Sunday morning political shows and to readers of the letters page of The Washington Post, to readers of a whole other kind of media — particularly women’s magazines — she represents the ideal blend of femininity and toughness, mother and mayor, good girl and governor. As the saying goes, “She’s just like us.” Only better …
Like a lot of delegates at the Xcel — and the woman whom they nominated as John McCain’s running mate — Ms. O’Hara was fired up by all the sudden energy, but a bit suspicious of those who were there to cover it.
“Conservatives have a bad history with The New York Times,” she said, looking at my press ID, still smiling and still very friendly. “How can I be sure that you won’t take my words and twist them to suit some agenda that you already have?”
Her friends from Montana leaned in and enjoyed the spectacle as I stammered my way through a response. I’m working on an answer because I don’t think it is the last time that question is going to come up.
Don't stop now, Mr. Carr. You're on a roll.