- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2008

Message to the elite

“Our base loves Sarah Palin because they know she has lived a rich, full American life. She has hundreds of people to vouch for it and for her, and the base is as angry as I’ve ever seen them at the blatant attempt to destroy Sarah Palin and her family. It’s a rallying point. …

“The base is tired of losing. Our base consider the Washington governing class, the Democrat Party, the Drive-By Media to be the enemy of the traditions and institutions that define the greatness of this country. They see these elements as out to destroy these things. They haven’t, up until this convention, seen the Republican Party defending them. But that’s all changed now. …

“This is a war over the future of our country. We … don’t want compromise, we don’t want bipartisanship, we don’t want getting along. … We want to refuse to accept the premises of the left and refuse to discuss things on their terms. … Our people look at Sarah Palin, and they see somebody that’s not going to accept the premises of the left, not going to sit there and take it, is going to fight back. …

“This is about Americanism triumphing over forces that are trying to redefine Americanism. Make no mistake, that’s what this election is about: Americanism, from our founding, triumphing over forces that want to redefine it.”

Rush Limbaugh, on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on Sept. 4

The Palin moment

“The fact that [Sarah] Palin struck a chord with millions is a positive sign. It is healthy that millions of Americans still respond to evocations of small-town life and the frontier, rather than evocations of victimization and shame in our past. …

“To be sure, none of this is a reason to vote for John McCain, a staunch advocate of global free trade, mass immigration, and a belligerent and reckless American imperialism. But it does, in an otherwise dismal political season, offer some reason for hope.

“Sarah Palin may well end up proving as big a disappointment as most recent Republican politicians have been, but the fact that millions of Americans responded so positively to the speech she gave and the image she projected suggests that, one day, there may actually be a political market for the ideas and policies that, unlike those advocated by McCain, will help in preserving the America Palin’s fans wish to preserve.”

Tom Piatak, writing in Chronicles magazine online Sept. 6

Buckley’s influence

“I waited and waited and waited here for the tribute. Shouldn’t William F. Buckley Jr. get a few words of thanks for his service to our nation, and for making the Republican Party a better party, through his writing, criticism, encouragement, debates, friendships, and example? …

“But even if they didn’t take the time to explicitly thank WFB, they did him a tribute all the same. The party was saved this year by his influence.

“Conservatives walked into this convention lackluster. There was a sense that even if John McCain were to win in November … conservatism would be entering a dark wilderness phase. When Sarah Palin was chosen as his running mate, that changed a bit.

“First of all, how can anyone forget that classic Buckley line: ‘I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two-thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two-thousand faculty members of Harvard University.’ …

“I have no idea what, in practice, the McCain-Palin administration might mean for conservatism. But I know what they say it will be is about Right. And, as John McCain said in his acceptance speech, ‘What you fight for is the real test.’ As we leave the Twin Cities, with a great love of country, the Right is fighting for what’s right. And that’s in no part because we’ve internalized Strictly Right and all the rest, to greater and lesser degrees of success.”

Kathryn Jean Lopez, writing in National Review Online Sept. 5

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