First, there's this by Stephen Green at Pajamas Media, talking about Obama's bad start by picking unnecessary fights with allies and adversaries alike.
Obama doesn’t seem to have a clue on how to treat American allies. During the primary race, he threatened to crack down on major threats like Canada — a position he probably/maybe/sort of backed off from in backdoor talks with the Canadian government. In Europe, Obama is already to the left of most every major EU leader. Then last week, Obama told Poland one thing about missile defense in private and told Russia quite another thing in public. In other words, he’s doing his best to spoil relations with Poland, which will have repercussions throughout Eastern Europe, too. Our allies have got to wonder where Obama stands. I think we all do.
He's not even in office and already our allies are questioning his leadership. This is not a good sign.
Then neo-neocon lets us know thatnow it can be told, that is things about Obama's plans, taxes, voting irregularities, the bank and auto industry bailouts, and hoaxes about Sarah Palin the in-the-tank press failed to fact check and took as gospel, spreading them around the globe.
And last, but not least, Kyle-Anne Shiver explains how Sarah Palin nearly saved John McCain's campaign.
From the beginning of ‘08, the accepted wisdom was that no matter whom the Democrats nominated, they would deliver to the Republicans an ignominious defeat. But this year’s defeat was anything but the complete rout it was supposed to be.
And the person who nearly even saved the day — and the election — for Republicans was Sarah Palin.
This is not a minority opinion. When Rasmussen conducted detailed exit polling among Republicans, they found that a full 69% of respondents thought Sarah Palin helped — not hurt — McCain. Governor Palin has not garnered the status as America’s most highly regarded, most popular governor for nothing.
His failure to get elected wasn't her fault. Rather, he wasn't blown out in a landslide because Sarah Palin fired up many Republicans and got them out to vote. Unfortunately she couldn't carry the load all by herself. McCain's failure was his alone.
As Shiver says:
The woman, in my opinion, is a natural Patton. A fighter to the core. Palin seems to instinctively know that when one is hip-deep in a culture war and a fight for the survival of American exceptionalism, then one must do more than defend, defend, defend.
If one is not willing to attack in defense of one’s cause, then he ought to get out of the way at the very least — or consider joining the other side.
If she decides to run for President in 2012, this is one blogger that will support her.