Friday, April 09, 2010 1 Response
By far the sharpest criticisms of Obama were about foreign policy, probably in part due to the fact that Obama dismissed Palin as “not much of an expert” in the field. Besides criticizing him for his attempts at softening the embargo on Cuba and giving “gold stars and cookies to the Sudanese president,” she noted that his alleged incompetence was to be expected given his “vast nuclear experience” from being a community organizer and US Senator. Wonkette’s Jim Newell points out, that half-time gig in the Senate actually did give Obama some experience, so expect MSNBC to harp all over this quote for its substance as much as for its early 2000s style.
Palin heavily reappropriated Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, “yes we can,” throughout the speech to mean all sorts of conservative doomsday policies: “yes we can kowtow to enemies,” “yes we can dither,” “yes we can spend money we don’t have on programs we don’t need,” concluding that “just because we can does not mean that we should.” It was, especially for Palin, great wordplay.
She didn’t learn her lesson about violent rhetoric the first time around, repeating her instruction to conservatives: “don’t retreat, reload,” but this time with the disclaimer that “that is not a call to violence.” No specifics on how “reload” is not violent imagery.
She stressed the importance of energy policy, noting that “there is an inherent link between energy and security… energy and freedom.” She also comically recalls, perhaps unintentionally, a major Bush-era item during her explanation of Obama’s energy policy, claiming the only thing missing from the announcement of increased offshore drilling was “the soundtrack from Top Gun and Joe Biden in a flight suit.” Sound familiar? Not to mention that any Top Gun reference is an instant reminder that earlier this week, Maverick of Mavericks John McCain denied ever adopting the moniker Palin clung onto so forcefully during their run for the White House.