John McCain – Master Strategist

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Both the challenges of war and the challenges of politics are challenges of leadership. And both military strategists and political strategists agree that the most basic leadership challenge in both arenas is to know and understand yourself – your strengths and your weaknesses – and to know your opponents and their strengths and weaknesses. While this may seem like basic common sense, it is quite amazing to see how often it is ignored.

The rarity of this sort of strategic wisdom in the public sphere was brought to the fore this week in the political uproar generated by US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. McCain's selection of Palin was remarkable because in choosing her from the list of possible candidates, he made a decision that embraced rather than ignored this most basic challenge of leadership.

Given that the universality of the logic that informed McCain's selection of Palin is followed more in the breach than in practice, it is worth analyzing his choice, both for what it tells us about his leadership skills, and about the nature of his domestic opposition. But it is also useful to reflect on his choice of Palin to draw lessons that can be applied more widely by non-leftist political strategists and military strategists throughout the free world.

In the months preceding McCain's announcement of Palin as his running mate, his central challenges as the Republican presidential nominee came into focus. In Senator Barack Obama, McCain faces a young, vigorous and charismatic opponent who has successfully energized his supporters and the powerful US liberal media establishment. Owing to that excitement, Obama has raised unprecedented amounts of campaign contributions. He has also rallied tens of thousands of loyal foot soldiers who have volunteered to serve his campaign. Both the donors and the volunteers are essential for winning voters and bringing them to the ballot boxes on November 4.

Obama's velvet tongue is also a formidable asset. His ability to mesmerize audiences with soaring rhetoric is compared favorably to president John F. Kennedy's eloquence.

Obama's other massive advantage is the liberal media. Since he first launched his primary campaign, the liberal media – which include the major US newspapers, television news networks and two out of three cable news networks – have been actively advocating on his behalf while downplaying his opponents.

But all of these formidable strengths are matched by countervailing vulnerabilities. While Obama's supporters are energized, the drawn-out primary election battle with Sen. Hillary Clinton splintered the Democratic Party base. Whereas most of Clinton's voters will no doubt vote for Obama in the general election, their support is more tenuous in swing states where Obama's cultural cache is less appealing.

And while Obama is a stunning speaker, his record of actual accomplishments is all but nonexistent. The combination of his extraordinary speeches and his ordinary empty resumé engenders a sense that Obama suffers from extreme arrogance.

Then, too, while the media has done its best to project a positive and credible image of Obama, his past political associations with radicals such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayres and corrupt influence peddler Tony Rezko call both his patriotism and his honesty into question.

McCain's balance of assets and deficits is almost the polar opposite of Obama's. He has a wealth of leadership experience and demonstrable political accomplishments. His patriotism is massively recognized and respected.

On the other hand, McCain has been unable to generate excitement in his party. His reputation as a maverick has often been earned at the expense of his political base, which is overwhelmingly socially conservative and suspects him of being a closet liberal. This has made fund-raising a challenge, and raised concerns that many conservatives will simply not vote on Election Day.

Moreover, McCain has never distinguished himself as a great communicator. His war wounds, which prevent him from raising his arms above his shoulders, make him appear even older than his 72 years. When compared to the vigorous, handsome 46-year-old Obama, McCain tends to look and sound like an old man.

This age and rhetorical distinction is only magnified by the disparity of media coverage of the two candidates' campaigns. The media have a pronounced and documented tendency to play up McCain's weaknesses and Obama's strengths while downplaying McCain's strengths and Obama's weaknesses.

IN LIGHT of these realities, McCain's strategic challenge has been on the one hand, to transform Obama's strengths into weaknesses while bringing Obama's actual weaknesses to the public's attention in a persuasive way. On the other hand, McCain needs to unify his own party around his candidacy without alienating independents and Democrats whose votes can be won.

In recent weeks, largely through the well-conceived, satirical use of television ads, McCain sought to meet these basic challenges. By comparing Obama's speech in Berlin to Moses's parting of the Red Sea, he playfully yet effectively drew attention to Obama's arrogance and called the credibility of his rhetorical skill into question. Other ads effectively brought Obama's slim record of actual achievements into view. Still other ads sought to attract disaffected Clinton voters by using her own primary campaign denunciations of Obama's record and radical associations.

Most importantly, in the lead-up to Palin's selection as his running mate, McCain has successfully provoked a public debate about the fairness of the media's support of Obama.

McCain's selection of Palin as his running mate, then, came after he had set the conditions for a strategic assault on Obama by successfully weakening him and discrediting his support base. The surprise entry of a young, accomplished woman with a compelling personal story who was all but unknown to the national audience, placed the Obama campaign and particularly his media supporters in a state of shock. And in their shocked reaction to her selection, the liberal media destroyed their own credibility – not to mention likability – among the general public.

The media claimed that McCain's choice of Palin was ill-conceived for three reasons. First, they argued that the popular Alaska governor has no experience in foreign policy and with only two years in state-wide office, little demonstrable experience in governing. Yet their assertions merely highlighted Obama's own inexperience while amplifying McCain's wealth of experience.

Second, the media insinuated that Palin is unfit for office because she has an infant child with Down's Syndrome. Either she will be a bad mother, or she will be a bad vice president, they claimed. Yet in so arguing, the liberal media merely demonstrated their own hypocrisy. While claiming the mantle of feminism, the media commentators belittled Palin's right to choose – together with her macho, blue collar husband – to serve her country as a mother of a child with special needs. Their harping on her personal family choices angered the vital demographic of middle class working mothers who felt personally insulted by their attacks on Palin.

Finally, of course, there was the media circus generated by Palin's belated announcement that her teenage daughter Bristol is pregnant and engaged to marry her teenage boyfriend. The news of her daughter's pregnancy evoked the ugliest media assault on a teenager in recent memory. Here, too, the media's pillorying of Palin as a lousy mother and her daughter as morally challenged discredited the media while increasing Palin's sympathy with voters shocked by this scurrilous assault on her daughter and her family values.

At the same time as McCain's selection of Palin as his r
unning mate pushed the media over the edge, it profoundly rallied his own Republican base to his side. Palin's opposition to abortion, her membership in the National Rifle Association, her remoteness from Washington, her Pentecostal faith, together with the media attacks on her family gave social conservatives reason to be enthusiastic about the prospect of a McCain presidency.

IT BEARS noting that that the sight of Palin's pregnant daughter appearing happily with her clean-cut fiancé at the Republican Convention on Wednesday served to reinforce the fact that women who are "pro-choice" actually have the choice not to abort unplanned pregnancies. Their presence in the hall demonstrated that embracing the responsibility of parenthood even at an early age can be a source of happiness and personal fulfillment for both fathers and mothers. That image alone no doubt ensured that on Election Day, tens of thousands of volunteers will work to bring voters to the polls for McCain.

Indeed, the value of the image is so enormous that the possibility arises that using his understanding of the media as an adversary and his understanding of his own political base, McCain viewed Bristol Palin's pregnancy as an electoral asset.

In the midst of the maelstrom swirling around her in the days that preceded her address to the Republican Convention, it was noted repeatedly that Palin's performance Wednesday evening would make or break McCain's candidacy. If she failed to present herself in a compelling fashion, she would destroy McCain's chances of election because her failure would serve as an indictment of his judgment. But if she succeeded, she would advance significantly the Republican ticket's chances of winning on November 4.

Many argued that McCain took an unnecessary gamble by placing such an enormous burden on her shoulders. Yet the fact is that McCain no doubt knew precisely what her capabilities are as a speaker. Unlike the media, he claims that he has been watching her political rise for years. He knew that she was capable of rising to the challenge. Far from a gamble, his move was a stroke of brilliance that showed an acute understanding of who Palin is, how he himself is perceived, and what motivates both the media and his own party base.

McCain's undoing of the elite, leftist media provides a universal lesson for contending with the Left. At base, the Left's ideology, whether relating to women's rights, human rights, academic inquiry or war and peace is not universal but tribal. Moreover, when the Left is challenged on any one of its signature issues, because it cannot actually make a case for the universal applicability or even logic of its views, it tends instead to embrace the politics of personal destruction while ignoring the obvious contradictions between its stated beliefs and actual behavior.

Although a necessary component of political warfare against the Left is the ability to expose its hypocrisy, exposing its hypocrisy alone will not bring victory. Leaders and policies capable of supplanting the Leftist elite and their failed ideas are also required. In the case at hand, had Palin been perceived as under-qualified to serve as vice president on Wednesday night, McCain's chances of winning the presidency would have been vastly diminished despite his successful unmasking of the Left's hypocrisy.

McCain's strategic grasp of the requirements for a successful presidential race provide an important lesson for policy-makers and political leaders. To win in politics and war you must be willing to acknowledge both your strengths and your weaknesses, and those of your opponent. It is never easy to look reality in the face. But unless leaders are willing to do so, they will never win. What's more, they will lose.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

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  • Marcel Cousineau 09/05/2008 at 16:58

    The politic’s of no hope,it’s a dead end although the idol worshipers of the Left and the Right are all quite energized at this time.
    Like so many,your hope and faith is greatly misplaced.
    You wrote about McCain’s closet liberalism but there is nothing closet about this anti-conservative Republican in name only and his openly globalist agenda. That he picked a good second fiddle to lure in the easily seduced right is just more of the same we had from the last R.I.N.O. con man who seduced the right for their vote.
    How easily the sheep headed for slaughter grab onto any false hope thrown them by those who are masters in the art of deception and doublespeak.
    Those who seek help and solutions from the political arena whether right or left are going down to Egypt for help and will be sorely displeased again, only this time unprotected from the catastrophic storm. Your man or woman will not save you.
    It does not matter who is elected in the U.S. because with Obama we are doomed and with McCain we are doomed.Sarah Palin will not stop God’s handwriting on America’s wall. The politics of false hope and no solutions or salvation lead only to futility and great despair.
    Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
    This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
    TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
    PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
    Daniel 5
    Those of you who wasted time and life in the empty politics of no salvation will cry the loudest because your hope was in lies and delusion.
    Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
    Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
    Isaiah 31
    Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
    Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
    From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it;but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment
    Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and [it is] desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
    And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
    Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
    Isaiah 1

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  • Marc Handelsman, USA 09/05/2008 at 18:45

    Now that the conventions are over, the real race to the White House has begun. Senator Obama’s choice of Senator Biden as his running mate is proof that Senator Obama is inexperienced. Conversely, Senator McCain’s selection of Governor Palin as his running mate shows that he has far more experience than Senator Obama. In November, American voters need to elect Senator McCain to the Presidency because he has the right stuff to be commander-in-chief. Let’s pray that the next US Administration is led by President John McCain.

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  • Chanoch Ne'eman 09/05/2008 at 21:33

    I am visiting my family in the US now, from Israel, and arrived here the day McCain announced his choice. It is refreshing to see a ticket which seems to not be tied to the oil interests like Bush is. They say M. Begin would have been a better PM if he was elected when he was younger, in his prime. I felt the same about McCain somewhat, but he’s a trooper and as Mrs. Glick wrote, it seems his political brain is still working well. I did not know about that thing with his injuries and raising his arms, it explains part of the impression he made on me.
    Gov. Palin is an admirable figure and should give conservatives in Israel inspiration to get more involved in politics.

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  • Fran Meaney 09/06/2008 at 4:46

    Brilliant! Extreme arrogance, for sure. Obama’s fixation on himself is evident in his only major achievements — writing two books about himself and convincing the Chicago Democratic machine, often termed the “corrupt” Chicago machine, to back him as its front man to gain national political power and all the riches that would flow from it. History has taught us what narcissism run amok can do. To suggest that the Republican and Democratic tickets are equally bad is nonsense. Every effort must be expended to ensure success for McCain/Palin.

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  • Timothy Kriete FOR ISRAEL FOREVER AMEN 09/06/2008 at 8:19

    Caroline Glick My Precious Sister AMEN WELL
    WRITTEN SIS! I Pray Marcel Our Precious Brother
    Has Something POSITIVE He Can “Glean” From This
    Political MESS In The U.S.A.??? Sis You Are
    TRULY Gifted Of The LORD Our God DEFINITELY IN
    THE SAME HOLY GHOST ANNOITING AS SHULA COHEN
    AMEN, SAME REMARKABLE COURAGE AND INTELLECT AS
    DEBRA THE JUDGE OF ISRAEL. I Am Laughing At
    The LOST (NOT JUDGING) Followers Of Mr. HUSSEIN
    Obama The CLOSET SUNNI MUSLIM!!! Clearly The
    Muslims Know He Is “Faking The Funk” WHICH IS
    ALLOWED UNDER ISLAMIC TEACHINGS, THEIR “HUDNA”
    Even The Late Ray Charles, God Bless His Soul,
    Could See It And HE WAS BLIND!!! The Liberal
    Left And Their Baby Killing ABORTIONIST Machine
    In The U.S.A. Truly FEAR Women Such As Yourself
    And Sarah Palin Sis, NO Doubt About It At ALL!
    Check This Out, The Abortionist Whom Do NOT Want
    The Women To Make The EDUCATED CHOICE To NOT
    Kill Their Babies In The Womb (NOT Judging Just
    Noting That The “Pro-Choice” Movement Does NOT
    Want Women To CHOOSE NOT To Kill Their Babies)
    HAS ALREADY PLEDGED $30 Million Dollars To
    Defeat SARAH PALIN. How Bout That Sis??? This
    Bold Courageous Woman Whom Speaks From HER Heart
    WITHOUT FEAR OF THE LIBERAL LEFT MEDIA MACHINE,
    HAS ALREADY SENT THE PRO-ABORTIONISTS INTO A
    MAJOR STATE OF PANIC! I HAVE ALREADY WITNESSED
    THEIR T.V. AND RADIO COMMERCIALS CLAIMING THAT
    SARAH PALIN WILL CAUSE ROE V. WADE TO BE OVER-
    TURNED! THE LYING LIBERALS, GOD BLESS THEM AND
    MAY THEY ALL REPENT AMEN, ARE SHAKING IN THEIR
    BOOTS AT THE MERE THOUGHT OF THIS COURAGEOUS
    WOMAN SARAH PALIN BEING VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE
    U.S.A., THAT IS TRUE FEAR SIS! Why On GOD’s
    Green Earth The LORD Jehovah EL Shaddai Created
    (ELOHIM THOU ART FOREVER MORE OUR JEHOVAH EL
    SHADDAI-GENESIS 1:26-28 AMEN PRAISE THE LORD)
    Are The ANTI-Israel, ANTI-American, PRO-ISLAMIC
    TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR CO-HORTS SUCH
    AS “PLANNED PARENTHOOD” ETC. WHOM DO NOT EVEN
    WANT WOMEN CONSIDERING ABORTIONS TO SEE AN ULTRA
    SOUND OF THEIR BABIES, FEAR 1 WOMAN SIS??? I Am
    Truly Wondering Could It Be THEY DO NOT WANT
    Women To Make INFORMED Decisions NOT TO ABORT
    LIFE? BABIES WHOM DID NOT ASK TO BE BROUGHT INTO
    THIS MESS YET THE LORD OUR GOD WILL WORK IT ALL
    OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THIS SICK WORLD WE LIVE IN,
    FOR THE LORD OUR GOD’S PURPOSES TO BLESS THE
    LIVES OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN HOPELESSNESS AND
    DESPAIR??? It Is Written, “Children Are An
    Inheritance FROM THE LORD” OUR GOD THE LORD OF
    ALL FLESH AS IT IS WRITTEN JEREMIAH 32:26-27)
    BABIES, INFANTS, CHILDREN ARE NOT “BLOBS OF
    FLESH” OR “FETUS” LIKE THE ABORTIONIST CALL THE
    LORD’S CREATION ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN), I
    TRULY PITY THE FOOLISH MEN AND WOMEN WORLD WIDE
    THAT CALL GOD’S CREATION BY FALSE NAMES SUCH AS
    “BLOBS OF FLESH” OR “FETUS” IN A EVIL ATTEMPT TO
    DECEIVE THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN YET TO BE
    BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD FOR GOD’S PURPOSES AMEN.
    I Personally Have WITNESSED People Whom AFTER
    SEEING AN ULTRA-SOUND OF THIER BABIES, AND
    HEARING THEIR TINY HEARTS BEATING, CHANGED
    Their HEARTS AND MINDS By The GRACE Of The LORD
    Our God And NO OTHER REASON, Found HOPE AND
    TRUE HAPPINESS Raising These BABIES And LOVING
    Them. LIFE IS SACRED, THE LORD OUR GOD DECLARES
    CLEARLY IN HIS WORD, “I SET BEFORE YOU LIFE AND
    DEATH, THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE!” or WORDS To That
    Effect AMEN Sis??? I Surely Am NOT In Favor Of
    JUDGING ANYONE For ANY Reason, I Am Merely
    Stating What I Truly Believe Is BLATANTLY
    OBVIOUS FOR ALL TO SEE AND HEAR: The LORD Our
    God Clearly States REPEATEDLY IN HIS WORD TO ALL
    “Fear NOT” So My Question To All The “Genius”
    Horses’ Behinds (I Am Attempting In Good Faith
    To Be TACTFUL AS POSSIBLE AMEN) Is This SIMPLE
    Question: Why Does ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN FEAR
    WOMEN Choosing AGAINST ALL ODDS NOT TO ABORT OR
    MURDER THEIR UN-BORN CHILDREN??? They Often Use
    The Term “FETUS” Instead Of BABY Or INFANT To
    “FAKE PEOPLE OUT”, Sort Of Like The “LAND FOR
    PEACE” LIES THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL HAVE BEEN
    REPEATING FOR DECADES NOW, Sort Of Like Another
    BLATANT LIE “ARAB/MUSLIM MODERATES”, LIES AND
    MORE LIES! I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE ANY OF THESE
    PEOPLE ON JUDGEMENT DAY THAT IS FOR SURE AMEN!!!
    It Is Written, “We Have ALL SINNED And Fallen
    Short Of The Glory Of The LORD Our God” Or WORDS
    To That Effect, I Pray That The TRUTH To Be
    RELENTLESSLY SOUNDED BY THE SHOFAR IN ZION FOR
    ALL NATION’S AND PEOPLE’S SAKE AMEN. STAY
    STRONG CAROLINE GLICK AND PLEASE NEVER EVER
    STOP OR EVEN PAUSE FROM SOUNDING THE SHOFAR
    FOR ZION’S SAKE THAT ALL NATIONS SHALL KNOW
    THAT THE LORD OUR GOD HAS WRITTEN HIS NAME IN
    JERUSALEM AND IT IS THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF HIS
    ETERNAL COVENANT PEOPLE ISRAEL THE APPLE OF HIS
    GLORIOUS AGAPE’ LOVING MERCIFUL NAME AMEN :):):)
    I Love You ALL, Jew & Gentile, Man & Woman, Free
    And Slave, ALL Tribes, Tongues, Nations, Peoples
    AND YOU CANNOT DO A THING ABOUT IT AMEN :):):)
    Stay Strong All My Precious Brothers And Sisters
    And NEVER EVER SURRENDER FOR ZION’S SAKE AS IT
    IS WRITTEN GENESIS 12:1-3,ISAIAH 62,HAGGAI 2:8,
    AMOS 3:7,HABAKKUK 2:1-3,NUMBERS 6:24-27 AMEN πŸ™‚
    P.S.-Here Is The Article From AOL Political
    Machine Sis, God Bless You Eternally Caroline πŸ™‚
    Abortion Rights Groups Target Palin
    By Liza Porteus Viana
    Sep 5th 2008 3:29PM
    Filed Under:eJohn McCain, Featured Stories,
    2008 President, Abortion, Sarah Palin
    We knew this was coming.
    A number of pro-choice groups are targeting
    Sarah Palin, spending a TON OF CASH in an
    effort to make sure women – particularly
    undecided voters, no doubt – don’t take too
    much of a liking to the feisty Alaska governor
    and cast their vote for John McCain in November.
    Three major advocates of abortion rights are
    planning to spend nearly $30 million to defeat
    John McCain’s run for president, CITING HIS NEW
    RUNNING MATE AS “THE CORE REASON”, The Hill
    reports.
    NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood
    and EMILY’s List plan to spend $30 million,
    combined, to defeat McCain’s presidential run,
    citing his anti-abortion running mate as the
    MAIN REASON.
    “This is the most anti-choice ticket in history
    of the Republican Party,” NARAL Political
    Director Beth Shipp told the paper. “McCain put
    someone as outside the mainstream as you can on
    his ticket, which is Sarah Palin.”NARAL says
    Palin is especially troublesome for the
    Independent and Republican pro-choice women in
    suburban and exurban swing districts who may
    play a pivotal role in the election. The group
    will reportedly spend $10 million to target 34
    to 35 congressional districts in battleground
    states.
    NARAL also points out that Palin, a member of
    the anti-abortion group Feminists for Life,
    said during her campaign for governor that she
    is opposed to abortion, even in cases of rape
    or incest. But she also said she would support
    abortion only if the mother’s life was in
    danger. But when it came to her daughter, she
    said, “I WOULD CHOOSE LIFE.”
    The Planned Parenthood Action Fund says of
    Palin: “This selection may satisfy the right
    wing of the Republican Party, but it will
    further alienate mainstream women voters.” This
    group is also spending $10 million to reach out
    to pro-choice voters in battlegrounds.
    EMILY’s List, which supports female Democratic
    candidates who support abortion rights, will
    spend a similar amount. This group on Wednesday
    released a new poll on what women voters,
    including Sen. Hillary Clinton supporters,
    think of Palin and the McCain-Palin ticket as
    compared to the Obama-Biden ticket.
    Of the 800 likely Democratic, Republican, and
    Independent women voters, the poll found, among
    other things:
    -Palin’s background and personal narrative are
    not particularly appealing to women voters
    -Several of Palin’s positions on issues,
    including that on abortion, alienate large
    segments of the women’s electorate and add to
    the perception that the GOP ticket is out of
    step with women voters’ views and priorities.
    -Women voters conclude that the Obama/Biden
    ticket is more in step with the issues and
    concerns that are important to women than is
    the McCain/Palin ticket.
    “With the most important decision of his
    candidacy, Senator McCain managed to appear
    politically expedient, reverse his advantage on
    experience, damage his potential for growth
    among independents and undecided voters, and
    turn off the women who supported Senator
    Hillary Clinton,” said EMILY’s List President
    Ellen Malcolm. “If Senator McCain thought that
    putting Governor Palin on the ticket would be a
    game changer, he may have been right, but not
    in the way he intended. Senator McCain has
    seriously misjudged women voters if he thinks
    he can win them over simply by putting a woman
    on the ticket.”

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  • Jay 09/07/2008 at 1:53

    Sen. McCain made an amazing choice with Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Given the fact that George Soros had a hand in selecting Joe Biden as Obama’s VP pick, it shouldn’t surprise us that the mainstream media would attack Gov. Palin as much as they do. The question that no one is asking in the mainstream media is who vetted Obama? If the media can find fault with what they perceive to be a lack of experience with Sarah Palin, why can’t they do the same for Senator Obama? What’s more Gov. Palin is very pro-Israel, as opposed to Senator Biden, who clearly is not.

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  • SurferDoc 09/07/2008 at 10:13

    I linked to your excellent analysis at the Net Cafe:
    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2008/09/john_mccain_master_strategist.asp
    You saw it clearly and explained it masterfully.
    Many thanks!

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  • Marcel Cousineau 09/07/2008 at 15:08

    ‘I Pray Marcel Our Precious Brother
    Has Something POSITIVE He Can “Glean” From This
    Political MESS In The U.S.A.???’
    Yes I do ! It’s positivly corrupt beyond repair and those who sit at this table of vomit do not sit at the table of the Lord.
    You can’t serve two masters my deceived Timothy. Choose one or the other.
    Here’s a video of Sarah talkng at her Assembly of God Church in Alaska.
    It’s amazing how apostate and without salt the church has become.This vain and sugar filled religion is ‘cool’but dead and Palin will only accomplish to lead the dumb sheep to more false hope as we had with the other false peacemaker,deceiver Bush who has successfully done what Israel’s enemies could not do in five wars ,carved up what little land she has and given it to Islamic terrorists.
    “There is no political salvation coming to America without repentance and the false political road bypasses repentance and is all about the worthless power of the flesh,it’s not in the bible this false religion of God’s people in bed with corrupt,filthy politics”
    And one cannot “do the will of God” if one does not fall into true repentance as this video of Mrs. Palin claims no approach to repent or perish, no born again transformation, no blood of Jesus mentioned here at all, only political efforts by the hand on man again failing to do things God’s way.
    That is why the Road Map has failed ,it’s not God’s way !!!!!
    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1766638341

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  • 8 My Foot 09/07/2008 at 19:48

    What an excellent assessment. Love the article.

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  • Grace 09/07/2008 at 21:26

    Dear Caroline:
    Great assessment, although I believe Mrs. Palin is no longer a member of the Pentacostal church, having determined that that is too extreme a form of Christianity.

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  • Fueled By Randomness 09/07/2008 at 22:15

    Two thumbs up!!!!

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  • Timothy Kriete FOR ISRAEL FOREVER MORE AMEN 09/08/2008 at 1:22

    STAY STRONG Caroline Glick My Precious Sister,
    PLEASE ALLOW THIS POST CAROLINE MY SISTER πŸ™‚
    MARCEL, MARCEL, VERILY VERILY I SAY TO YOU I
    SERVE ONLY 1 MASTER=ELOHIM WHOM IS FOREVER MORE
    MY JEHOVAH EL SHADDAI THAT WATCHES OVER ISRAEL
    THE APPLE OF HIS EYES FOREVER MORE AMEN. I Pity
    You My LOST Brother, Your Anger And Despair Is
    TRULY SELF-IMPOSED. It Is Written, “The Joy Of
    The LORD Is Our Strength” AMEN. Based On Your
    Chronic NEGATIVE POSTS Where Is Your JOY Marcel
    Marcel??? Indeed There Is Corruption As The
    LORD Said Would Be So, Always Has Been Until The
    Return Of The HEBREW MESSIAH THE HEBREW RABBI
    YESHUA To Set Up HIS Kingdom On Earth As It Is
    In Heaven Marcel. Perhaps You Could Reference
    What The Blood Of Jesus Christ Does My LOST
    Brother, If You Truly Are COVERED In The Blood
    Of The LAMB OF GOD YESHUA Then Why Are You Soo
    Chronically ANGRY And Hostile MARCEL MY LOST
    BROTHER??? You Seem To Always Find Something
    To WHINE ABOUT LIKE A LITTLE BABY WHOM DROPPED
    HIS BOTTLE OF MILK, No Disrespect Or Offense
    Intended Marcel. Perhaps Your CHRONIC Hatred
    Of WOMEN In Positions Of AUTHORITY Rubs You
    Wrong Marcel, A Burnt Chicken Fears FIRE Huh?
    JUDGE NOT LEAST YE BE JUDGED IS WHAT OUR LORD
    SAID REPEATEDLY MARCEL, SO WHY ARE YOU BEING
    SOO CHRONICALLY JUDGEMENTAL WHEN THE LORD JESUS
    CHRIST CLEARLY SAID, “LOVE YE ONE ANOTHER AS I
    HAVE LOVED YOU ALL” Or WORDS To That Effect AMEN
    Marcel??? Mrs. Sarah Palin AND Mr. McCain BOTH
    OPENLY Spoke Of The LORD’s Blessings On THEIR
    Lives And THEIR GRATITUDE FOR THOSE BLESSINGS.
    Did YOUR SUNNI MUSLIM Boyfriend Mr. HUSSEIN
    OBAMA AND HIS SUNNI MUSLIM WIFE MENTION JESUS
    CHRIST OR THE LORD OUR GOD IN THEIR SPEECHES???
    I Have NO Doubt Mr. Hussein And His Sunni Muslim
    Wife Shall Be The Next USA President And First
    Lady Because God Puts Kings And Leaders In Those
    Positions Because People Cry Out For EVIL
    LEADERS As Did The Children Of Israel With King
    Saul, As Does MANY Nations, Tribes, Tongues And
    Peoples, Past, Present, AND Future Marcel. The
    Majority Of The USA’s “LOST SHEEP” BELIEVE IF WE
    HAVE A MUSLIM PRESIDENT THAT IRAN AND THE HATERS
    OF HUMANKIND WILL TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, A
    BLIND MAN OR WOMAN CAN CLEARLY SEE THE WRITING
    ON THE WALLS, SO TO SPEAK. Whatever Is LACK OF
    FAITH Is SIN As It Is Written In The Book Of
    LAMENTATIONS Correct MARCEL MARCEL??? The LORD
    Clearly Stated, “All Scriptures SHALL COME TO
    PASS, But Let Your Heart NOT Be Troubled” Or
    WORDS To That Effect AMEN Marcel Marcel???
    Where Is Your FAITH In The Blood Of Jesus Christ
    YOU Proclaim Marcel, Marcel??? Marcel Jesus
    Christ THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SINS
    OF THE WORLD AMEN Did NOT Want Your Heart And
    Mind To Be TROUBLED By What Is Happening World
    Wide MY Brother. THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE THE
    LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB (ISRAEL)
    Is IN CONTROL Regardless Of What Is Truly Evil
    And Being Manifested By The Enemy Lucifer The
    FALLEN Angel And His Crew Of FALLEN Angels As
    It Is Written By The Hand Of THE HEBREW PROPHET
    ISAIAH AMEN, So What Is The TRUE SOURCE OF YOUR
    ANGER AND GRIEF SIR??? You Mentioned That FALSE
    “Religion” Is IN BED WITH CORRUPT FILTHY PEOPLE
    Politics, THIS IS 1 OF THE MANY SIGNS THE LORD
    SAID WOULD COME TO PASS IN THE LATTER DAYS SIR.
    Where Is YOUR FAITH In The LORD OUR God Of ALL
    FLESH (Jeremiah 32:26-27 AMEN) Marcel, Marcel?
    I Truly Believe The LORD Our God Is NOT Sitting
    On The Throne In Heaven ALL CONFUSED, PERPLEXED
    AND SURPRISED SCRATCHING HIS HEAD AMAZED, AND
    SAYING, “GEE, I NEVER THOUGHT MY CREATION WOULD
    DO THIS EVIL IN MY SIGHT” Or WORDS To That
    Effect Marcel, Marcel. It Is Written, “The
    LORD Declares THE END FROM THE BEGINNING” Or
    WORDS To That Effect, So Is The LORD ELOHIM
    THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS, THE EARTH AND THE
    FULLNESS THEREOF, SUPRISED BY ANYTHING THAT HAS
    HAPPENED, IS HAPPENING NOW, OR SHALL HAPPEN SIR
    MARCEL MARCEL MY PRECIOUS LOST BROTHER??? I
    Can Guess From YOUR Posts YOUR HEART IS GREATLY
    TROUBLED THUS COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THE LORD IS
    USING THIS TO JOIN WITH CAROLINE GLICK TO SOUND
    THE SHOFAR FOR ZION’S SAKE WITHOUT TURNING
    AGAINST EACH OTHER MARCEL MARCEL??? PLEASE
    FEEL FREE TO STONE ME MARCEL, YOUR tiny pebbles
    just bounce off My HOLY GHOST ANNOITED SPIRITUAL
    ARMOR AS IT IS WRITTEN EPHESIANS 6:1-24 AMEN. I
    Shall Continue To Pray FOR YOU And EVERYONE Sir
    Marcel Marcel That The LORD Of Glory Circumcise
    YOUR HEART MARCEL MARCEL, It Is Written, “A
    BROKEN HEART And A CONTRITE SPIRIT The LORD GOD
    Shall NOT Forsake”,Or WORDS To That Effect AMEN.
    I DAILY THANK The LORD Our God FOR SUCH HOLY
    GHOST ANNOITED WOMEN, CLEARLY DAUGHTERS OF ZION
    AS SHULA COHEN AND CAROLINE GLICK Whom The LORD
    Is Using For HIS GLORY, I Salute Sarah Palin For
    HER BOLDNESS AND COURAGE And HER DECISION TO
    STAND AGAINST ABORTION AND THE EVIL ONE SATAN.
    It Is Written, We Battle NOT Against Flesh &
    Blood, But We Battle AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES,
    POWERS, AND RULERS IN DARK PLACES, OR WORDS TO
    THAT EFFECT. I Love EVERYONE And I Pray For
    EVERYONE As The LORD Commands, Yet I Stand
    AGAINST Evil Regardless Of Where It Is AMEN.
    The Oslo Accords, “The Road Map”, And Several
    Other FAILED ATTEMPTS BY HUMANKIND To Allegedly
    “BRING PEACE” To The Middle East Has Always, And
    SHALL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO FAIL BECAUSE ONLY THE
    PRINCE OF PEACE YESHUA THE HEBREW RABBI AND MY
    MESSIAH IS THE ONLY 1 THAT CAN BRING TRUE AND
    EVERLASTING PEACE SHALOM TO THE NATIONS OF THIS
    TROUBLED, WAR-TORN, GREEDY, EVIL, COVETEOUS
    WORLD WE LIVE IN AMEN. I Do Sincerely Respect
    The GOOD FAITH EFFORTS Of People Like Caroline
    Glick Marcel, Marcel. It Is IMPOSSIBLE TO FORCE
    THE BLESSINGS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WHICH ARE
    INCLUDING TRUE AND EVERLASTING SHALOM UPON ANY
    NATION, TRIBE, TONGUE OR PEOPLE PAST, PRESENT
    AND FUTURE UPON THOSE WHOM HARBOR EVIL IN THEIR
    HEARTS. I TRULY BELIEVE MANY IN ISRAEL DESIRE
    THIS SHALOM (PEACE) DESPARATELY, NO ONE EVER
    TRULY WINS A WAR, THAT IS A FACT! John McCain
    Declares He HATES WAR, I BELIEVE HIM BECAUSE I
    TOO HATE WAR, YET IN SOME CASES WARS ARE VERY
    NECESSARY AS KING DAVID DECLARED IN THE PSALMS
    144, IF YOU OFFER TRUE PEACE TO YOUR ENEMIES,
    AND THEY REFUSE PEACE, THEN I BELIEVE ISRAEL
    HAS EVERY RIGHT TO INFLICT THE HARSHEST OF WARS
    ON IT’S ENEMIES. Israel Has BY FAR The Most
    Moral Courageous Military In The World, This Is
    1 Of The Blessings The LORD Our God Promised On
    Israel, Praise To The LORD Our God The King Of
    The Universe, The LORD Of Hosts Is His Name
    AMEN!!! The LORD That Brings Forth Bread FROM
    The Earth, Jesus Christ Of Nazareth THE HEBREW
    RABBI & My Messiah Is Forever More THE BREAD OF
    LIFE AMEN. “You can’t serve two masters my
    deceived Timothy” Is What You Posted Marcel,
    Whom Is It YOU CLAIM I SERVE??? I Do NOT Serve
    Money, MONEY Is Just A SEED, If You Sow A Seed
    Then You Reap A Harvest, If You EAT The Seed,
    Then YOU Starve. I Am Surely NOT Starving By
    THE GRACE, AGAPE’ LOVE, AND MERCY OF MY ADONAI
    YESHUA THE HEBREW RABBI. Whom Is “YOUR MASTER”
    MARCEL, MARCEL THE ANGRY BITTER PERSON WHOM
    RARELY IF EVER SEEKS TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN
    TO DESTROY WITH BITTER ANGRY MALICE WORDS GOD’S
    CREATION??? The Evil One Can Quote Scripture
    Marcel, Marcel So I Ask YOU Sir, “WHOM IS IT
    THAT YOU SERVE MARCEL? DO YOU SERVE THE EVIL
    ONE BY YOUR BITTER, ANGRY, DESTRUCTIVE WORDS?
    IT IS WRITTEN, “LIFE AND DEATH IS IN THE POWER
    OF THE TONGUE” SO WHY DO YOU NOT SPEAK LIFE???
    I Believe People Write AS THEY SPEAK, So Is
    There ANYTHING POSITIVE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU
    CAN PROCLAIM MARCEL, MARCEL??? Caroline Glick
    Speaks, And WRITES THE TRUTH IN LOVE, IN THE
    HOPES THAT OTHERS WILL TURN FROM THEIR WICKED
    WAYS IN ACCORDANCE WITH 2 CHRONICLES 7:1-15 AMEN
    Do YOU Dispute This Marcel, Marcel??? I Agree
    With Much That You Write Marcel, But When You
    Or ANYONE ATTACKS A WOMAN, ANY WOMAN IN A
    POSITION OF AUTHORITY, THAT CAUSES ME TO WONDER
    WOULD YOU DO THE SAME THING TO DEBRA THE JUDGE
    OF ISRAEL??? Marcel Would YOU Humble Yourself
    And Serve IN THE IDF And Thus Take Orders From
    A MIGHTY WOMAN OF VALOR IN THE IDF Such As
    CAROLINE GLICK, SHULA COHEN, GOLDA MEIR, OR
    ANY WOMAN SERVING IN THE IDF FOR ZION’S SAKE???
    If You Answer YES I Declare You Are A Man Of
    Honor, If You Answer NO I DECLARE YOU ARE A
    HE-MOUSE WOMAN HATER LIKE YOUR MASTER SATAN.
    The FIRST Bible Prophecy The LORD Our God Spoke
    Is Written In Genesis 3:15, Thus Of Course The
    TRUE ENEMY Satan/Lucifer/The Devil HATES WOMEN
    AND ANY Male (MOUSE NOT A REAL MAN OF GOD AMEN)
    THAT ATTEMPTS TO PUT WOMEN UNDER THE FOOT OF
    MANKIND IS OF THEIR FATHER THE DEVIL!!! Marcel
    Marcel, WHOM DO YOU SERVE??? YOUR WRITINGS HAVE
    CHRONICALLY DECLARED YOU SERVE YOUR FATHER SATAN
    BUT EVERYONE DESERVES THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT,
    SO WHOM IS IT YOU SERVE SIR? MARCEL ARE YOU A
    TRUE MAN OF GOD, OR ARE YOU A MOUSE SERVING
    SATAN THUS SADLY CONDEMNING YOURSELF TO HELL?
    Please Do NOT Be Offended I Am Only Seeking The
    TRUTH About What Is In YOUR Heart, Mankind Looks
    Upon The Outward Appearance But The LORD Our God
    Looks Upon The HEART, SO WHOM IT IS YOU SERVE???
    I Love You ALL And You Cannot Do Anything About
    It, STAY STRONG Caroline Glick And PLEASE Never
    Ever STOP Or PAUSE From Sounding The Shofar FOR
    ZION’S SAKE (GENESIS 12:1-3,ISAIAH 62 AMEN πŸ™‚
    Thy ETERNAL Servant & Brother Forever More AMEN
    Timothy Kriete Bond Servant Of Yeshua The ONLY
    TRUE LOVER OF A WOMAN’S SOUL AMEN PRAISE THE
    LORD OUR GOD THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WHOM
    CREATED CAROLINE GLICK MY PRECIOUS BOLD SISTER:)

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  • radiantstreams 09/09/2008 at 4:52

    Caroline, I praise G-d for you and this honest look at what we in the U.S. are up against. You are a gift to the cause of righteousness! Honestly, many of us had pretty much given up the fight, and were waiting for judgment to fall, but the nomination of this righteous lady has breathed life back into hope for us all (except for Marcel, who lives in utterly desolate wastelands of hammers threatening to drop, and levies to break) (Really Marcel, would you have her baking cookies instead?) No one can say for sure the changes she will be able to bring about, but she sure seems like one who will try, and pray for guidance while seeking. In that, there IS hope, for eight years many prayers of the faithful have gone up, asking for the candidate of the L-rd’s choosing for this election. Up until the last days before the Rep. convention, it would have been easy to give up this hope. But NO, there is always a bigger plan, and this one was carried out perfectly! The same goes for Israel, don’t give up!Trust in the L-rd, and believe for H-s promised goodness!

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  • Larry D. Crumbley 09/12/2008 at 5:56

    Hello,
    I am “SICK” and oh-so-sick and tired of the IDIOTS on the left, and there little PUPPET Barry O’ trying to make it look like he is a TRUE-CHRISTIAN when all he is– is a total “LIAR”, and to further the whole story we have the media kissing his anal area at every chance that they get. Less talk just for a moment about a trully STRONG women, and I am not talking about Hil. at all. Oh how that must PEE her off, and I am just seeing her now as she, and her husband.
    Well it is Nov. 04, 2008, and they have got to make a selection for the Presidential selection, and “GOOD” Hillary says well to the Sorry-A$% “LEFTY” media numbskulls “Of course I voted for OUR next President Barry O'”, and then comes out Slick-Willy, and same sorry you know what reporter says Bill Clinton who did you vote for, and good-old “SLICK-WILLY” says without waiting “I voted for that sexy babe, and the old man”.
    Hil. comes over, and graps him by the ear, and says to him we must have a long talk when we get home, and to that Bill says, ” You are actually coming to the Penthouse tonight Hil.”
    So what do we see here? a bunch of CRY-BABY- libs. getting there you know what handed to them on a silver-platter, and whats worst it is by a special women no less. Lord of Hosts watch over you my dear sister. Thanks for the GREAT article, and may God Almighty Bless, and keep you always.
    Lord God of Isreal Bless you,
    Larry D. Crumbley
    bearone7777@yahoo.com

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  • John Nosser 10/01/2008 at 4:54

    I know I am commenting rather late but I just read the article. It is a very well thought out article and your analysis is right on the money. I just hope that McCain wins and America avoids the darks times that will come if Obama wins.

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