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The E-Mails That Didn't Bark In The Night

With all the fuss about Sarah Palin's e-mails from her tenure as governor being released, I -- like a lot of folks -- were amused to see so many of her detractors forced to admit that there was no 'there" there. Big bombshells? She was a very active, very involved, and very personable governor of remarkably even temperament.

That got me wondering: wouldn't it be equally fascinating to poke through Barack Obama's e-mails from his tenure in the Illinois State Senate and the US Senate?

And then I realized I already knew the answer:

No, it wouldn't.

All those e-mails would do would be to confirm that he really is the empty suit a lot of us have seen him as for years.

I can imagine what his e-mails would be like. Generic responses to fan mail that say nothing. Weaselly no-position statements that say nothing. Lofty rhetoric that says nothing. Exhortations of "bipartisanship" that say nothing.

It would be an advanced course in taking the most possible words to say the least possible things.

There would be no grand insights, as there is nothing overly or particularly insightful to be gained from Obama. We wouldn't gain insights into his thoughts when he weighed difficult issues, because he always avoided taking controversial positions.

And there wouldn't even be the entertainment value of seeing him fumble and go all Biden when he's deprived of his TelePrompter -- because the written word is far more forgiving in allowing one time to reflect and carefully consider one's words before they are committed to the public.

(Trust me on that one. All of you you enjoy catching my typos and other errors here -- you should see the ones that DON'T get published.)

But there is one thing about Obama's e-mail records that could prove interesting -- the spin generated by his defenders when asked why his legislative records are still so tightly sealed. If we could harness that spin, maybe by putting a wind turbine in front of them, we could end our dependence on foreign oil entirely.


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Comments (27)

I can imagine w... (Below threshold)
I can imagine what his e-mails would be like.

"Rev. Wright. Loved your sermon last Sunday. It really spoke to me. I especially liked your discussion of _ENTER_GOSPEL_CITATION_HERE_ and its relevance to our lives today."

To: [email protected] (Below threshold)

To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

ready for a round or two at the course?

I feel like a TIger Today - Tamal, of course.

Hey break out the tar and f... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Hey break out the tar and feathers. Palin actually said "sheesh" in one of her emails.

Awaiting for calls of execution for misuse of govt property by emailing Todd a grocery list.

First of all, I said last w... (Below threshold)

First of all, I said last week, when Art W posted how these emails were going to expose Palin in a negative light. I explained how I was waiting for Monday to come so I can say: TOLD YOU SO.

I didn't expect to hear anything out of line with Palin. First off, she is genuinely courteous. Secondly, she is female and women don't carry on with the jokes and stuff like men do. So to Art W and the other idiots, you are losers. ww

I think the notable part of... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I think the notable part of obama's emails would be the countless messages to tech support complaining that the 'I' key has worn out on his keyboard. Again.

Can we say massi... (Below threshold)

Can we say massive face plant, kids?

Of course we can.

Can we say what a terrific week watching the left get thoroughly punked?

Why, yes, yes we can.

Can we say the email saga will go down the memory hole shortly?

Indeed we may.

Some weeks are just made to be savored.

WW, I expect either ArtW wi... (Below threshold)

WW, I expect either ArtW will ignore this thread or will come back with some B.S. spin. Liberal means never having to say you're sorry.

Just like Barry's Porkulus.... (Below threshold)

Just like Barry's Porkulus. All that MSM money, time and effort; wasted.

Obama’s e-mail would be a c... (Below threshold)

Obama’s e-mail would be a case of a right of his privacy and those who correspond with him. One wouldn’t be able to correspond with him in an honest way without some sort of privacy.

For a Republican though, it is let us open them all up. It should be completely transparent. People have a right to know what their representatives are doing. It is like the close door meetings. One standard for Republicans and another for Democrats.

More of the same hypocrisy.... (Below threshold)

More of the same hypocrisy. Oh well, there is still plenty of kool aid to drink and hatred to vent. Right you left-wing wienymeisters.

I wonder if he ever emailed... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I wonder if he ever emailed his college thesis? Normally, one would think one would be proud of such a thing. Obama seems to always be the man who wasn't there.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...

The folks inside the Beltwa... (Below threshold)

The folks inside the Beltway have been there for so long, and the media's been covering them for so long, that they can't take anyone at face value. They know the folks they support may not be worthy of it, but they'll say nothing - while anyone they dislike is examined with a proctoscope for any flaws.

And they HATE Palin.

She's comfortable with who she is - she doesn't need their approval or confirmation of her status. She's put up with an immense amount of crap from them - and it hasn't visibly bothered her. She doesn't play the usual Washington games, and she doesn't have a handle they can control her with.

They were hoping to find one with the emails - but they didn't. She's not stopping, and she's gaining ground fast for all their attempts.

And she's not stopping.

Just another hand wave by t... (Below threshold)

Just another hand wave by the LSM to attempt a distraction that the Democrats, and the (P)resident in particular, have become with the economy at depression era levels and policy failures causing further extensions of the misery at all levels of society.

Yeah, bread and circuses, we just got one of the minor rings of the media circus. That it blew up in their faces is just icing on the cake. It also destroyed whatever negative image of Sarah Palin that they had previously created.

I want to know how Obama go... (Below threshold)
Gladius :

I want to know how Obama got from a 2yr. college to Columbia. From what I've seen he's not that smart now and we all know at 20yrs.old we were dummer then we are now.

Sarah Palin is the most tho... (Below threshold)

Sarah Palin is the most thoroughly vetted human being in the history of, well, human beings!

The media has spent each and every day from August 2008 to this very moment scrutinizing her, lying about her, attacking every thing about her, and screeching: "IGNORE HER!"

And this has made any reasonable person respect her all the more...and trust the media all the less!

Reports of Palin being safe... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Reports of Palin being safe from the prying eyes of Americans are greatly exaggerated. There are more emails coming.

Personally I'm looking forward to a stellar performance by the former Half-Governor in tonight's debate with Romney, etc.


She's NOT participating in tonight's debate... because she's NOT A CANDIDATE?

You're kidding, right? What's wrong, has not figured out how to be a leader and a victim at the same time?

A firestorm on the US right has erupted after the Guardian reported that Sarah Palin will be denied a meeting with Lady Thatcher on the grounds that it would be "belittling" for her to meet the darling of the Tea Party movement.

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, devoted the opening section of his radio show to denouncing the "preposterous" Guardian report, as Palin supporters accused Thatcher's circle of disgracing the former prime minister.

The US conservative right reacted furiously after the Guardian reported that Thatcher's aides had decided it would be inappropriate for her to meet Palin, who is planning to visit London next month en route to Sudan. Palin has been touring US historical sites (an excursion that saw her slip up this week on the subject of Paul Revere, the American patriot who made a famous "midnight ride" to warn of approaching British forces).

One Thatcher ally told the Guardian: "Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."

Hey, if somebody who's not in the Tea Party thinks Sarah Palin is nuts that means their heads will explode soon, right?

I love that while serious GOP candidates line up to present their views, hopes, goals and ideals before the American nation tonight Sarah Palin hides her head in the sand and sends Fatboy Limbaugh out to do battle for the poor, prosecuted Palin.

Hopefully the text of this ... (Below threshold)

Hopefully the text of this e-mail from the 24,000+ will print here in it's entirety. Of course, the source was a British newspaper, The Daily Mail. To put the message in context, Palin wrote this letter 2 weeks before the birth of her Down Syndrome son.

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I've heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I've answered them because Ionly want the best for you!
I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn't think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be "Trig", because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory". You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig's mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news - that way Piper wouldn't have so long to wait and count down so many days - just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days... you all really like cake .) I know you, I knew you'd be better off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig's mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing . But I gave Trig' s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that. I'll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig's challenges, but I won't impose on you...
I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig's life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters . The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven't experienced yet. He'll show you what "true, brave victory" really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is "normal" or "perfect". You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will be born along with Trig.

Trig will be his dad's little buddy and he'll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He'll love to be read to, he'll want to play goalie, and he'll steal his mom's heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did. And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for in fact Trig will - in some diagnostic ways - always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it "Down's Syndrome", and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig's mom and dad don't want people to focus on the baby's extra chromosome. They're human, so they haven't known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I'm giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family. Many people won't understand... and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won't be considered "perfect" in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as "perfect" on t.v.? Have you noticed I make `em all shapes and sizes? Believe me ,, there is no "perfect"!)

Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: "My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts... for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!"

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book ! Look it up! You claim that you believe me - now it's time to live out that belief!
Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won't give you anything you can't handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can't wait to meet you. I'm giving you ONLY THE BEST!

Trig's Creator , Your Heavenly Father

Some of the commenters may not understand what's being communicated here. But most will, I think, understand that to say Sarah Palin's "heart is in the right place" is the equivalent of saying that the Mona Lisa's a "nice" painting.

Just so the above is not misunderstood, the message is being passed along here to demonstrate what the Democrat-controlled media's "trash diving" has "exposed." It illuminates a necessary component in the decision about the character of someone seeking the office of the Presidency of the USSA. But it is certainly not, by itself, sufficient.

From: barry1To: "... (Below threshold)
From: barry1 To: "Art W." Re: Wizbang comments

Art, my man.

You free for a round of golf this weekend? My regular caddy can't make it because he has a show to do on MSNBC.

Poor Art - doesn't have a l... (Below threshold)

Poor Art - doesn't have a leg to stand on, and the more that's apparent the angrier he gets.


When Ms Palin does arrive in London, she may be thwarted in her ambition to meet the country's only woman former Prime Minister. Baroness Thatcher had to stop making public appearances years ago because of ill health and is seldom at home for guests. A reception hosted by David Cameron in Downing Street to celebrate her 85th birthday had to go ahead without her.

An aide said: "Nowadays, the Lady rarely meets people at all. If a meeting went ahead it would be very much low-key, and would very much depend on how things were on the day. We don't make firm appointments for this sort of meeting."
Looks like she snubbed the UK PM, too.
Hey Art, how the e-mail sea... (Below threshold)

Hey Art, how the e-mail search coming? Found any dirt yet?

some idiot quipped-<p... (Below threshold)

some idiot quipped-

"I love that while serious GOP candidates line up to present their views, hopes, goals and ideals before the American nation tonight Sarah Palin hides her head in the sand and sends Fatboy Limbaugh out to do battle for the poor, prosecuted Palin."

There isn't enough Kool aid in Camelot to assuage the ass kicking Barry's got coming ass hat.

boqueronman:Carhar... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:


Carhartts? Carhartts? She used the governor's office to promote Carhartts?! Ethics investigation! Smoking gun!

Just kidding. Great letter. Remarkable woman.

Art wEver thought ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Art w

Ever thought that maybe, just maybe she isnt going to run? I know that thought causes your head to explode and blows your conspiracy theories right out of the water.

Thatcher's people refuted t... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Thatcher's people refuted the Guardian's asinine claim, Art. Do try to keep up.

Hey Art wThey foun... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Hey Art w

They found a Palin email where she said "shucks". Make sure you report that to your NY TIMES overlords.

This is CNN Breaking News!!... (Below threshold)

This is CNN Breaking News!!! ....Breaking New!!!... Breaking News!!!:

Sarah Palin email purportedly suggests the former Alaska Governor thought of playing a round of golf while on official business in D.C.

Be sure to stay here for all the details!

Thi si CNN Breaking News!!!...Breaking News!!!...Breaking News!!!

Raise your hand if you were... (Below threshold)

Raise your hand if you were aware that the "note from God" to Sarah about Trig's birth was NOT "discovered" in this e-mail dump, but was published in her book "Going Rogue" on pages 261-264.

Hands? Hands, people?

This tells me two things.

1. Sarah happily uses her developmentally disabled child as a prop to further her political agenda. And...

2. A whole lot of conservatives bought the book but never actually read it.







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