Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 18

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 18th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on my old blog on September 18, 2008. America was preparing for the presidential election between Republican candidate John McCain and Democrat candidate Barack Obama. Politics seemed pretty strange back then, but as I re-read this post from twelve years ago, from today’s perspective, it was actually rather quaint.

Politics as Unusual

I have tried to remain apolitical in this blog but it hasn’t been easy, given that, besides hurricanes, the collapse of Wall Street, the tanking economy, the price of energy, and the exciting race for the AL East pennant, it’s pretty much been all politics all the time.

It has gotten interesting though, especially when you look at where we are compared with about a year ago, when McCain’s Straight Talk Express had seemingly run off the rails and no one was giving him a chance to get the GOP nod, and when Hillary was the walk-away favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

But now, with only about seven weeks to go before Election Day, it has suddenly, and rather unexpectedly, turned into a dog race between McCain and Obama.

I have to give the McCain campaign credit. His rather unexpected and highly unusual selection of Sarah Palin last month as his running mate served four political purposes aimed toward bolstering his sagging presidential campaign.

First, hoping that gender supersedes ideology, he was pandering to the disenfranchised Hillary supporters.

Second, he was countering his “old, out-of-touch, white man” image by parading a fresh, new face with, on the surface anyway, a few years of reformer credentials under her belt.

Third, he was accommodating the religious right, the evangelicals, who were critical that McCain isn’t “conservative enough.”

Fourth, with his pick of Palin, he has blunted any Democratic criticism that she has virtually no experience in national affairs because the Republicans can then throw it right back at Obama’s perceived lack of experience.

It’s not that I am impressed with Sarah Palin, but I think his pick was brilliant. It was a great way to add spark to an otherwise failing campaign. Brilliant, anyway, until we start to learn more about her.

And we are learning a lot more about her.

There’s “Troopergate,” and that she is trying to end the investigation or at least defer it until after the election. There’s her somewhat dubious flip flopping stories about the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” and her claim to not accept earmarks.

There are some questionable expense reimbursement requests related to living expenses in her own home. There is a question about what actually happened with the jet plane that she proudly claimed to have sold on eBay.

There are her ultra conservative, the-bible-is-the-literal-word-of-God beliefs and that the U.S. is on a “mission from God” in Iraq. There’s her position that abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, should be banned.

There’s her inquiring into what it would take to ban certain books, along with her belief that creationism should be taught along side evolution in science classes.

But will all of these revelations have an impact in November? Or did McCain’s running mate pick effectively position him to ascend to the presidency? If it does — and I hope it doesn’t — but if it does, that will be the only reason that McCain would have been elected. And, if that happens, then it truly will have been a brilliant pick.

21 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 18

  1. annieasksyou September 18, 2020 / 7:58 am

    In retrospect, McCain’s pick of Palin sure didn’t help, may have lowered the bar under which trump has now dug in, and has been a source of regret and apology for two now prominent never Trumpers: Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace. Maybe they’re the silver lining to that choice.

    Since we’re looking backward in politics, when I reread this post, I feel even more comfortable with Biden.

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    • Fandango September 18, 2020 / 10:25 am

      It definitely turned out not to be a brilliant pick, but 12 years later, I think Biden’s pick of Kamala Harris should be a winner. At least I hope so.


  2. amoralegria September 18, 2020 / 11:44 am

    A question just occurred to me: Which reads more, Palin or Trump? Or: Which could pass a citizenship test, Palin or Trump?

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    • Fandango September 18, 2020 / 11:53 am

      I’d probably have to give Palin the edge, but not by much.


  3. Marleen September 18, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    If McCain had expressed what was then a conservative point of view, that failing business practices should not be rewarded (with bailouts for the corporations), he could’ve won. Now “conservative” is laid bare as all about obscenely rich enterprises (which he probably didn’t foresee). It would’ve been a risk, though, to have her so close to inheriting the presidency.

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  4. Marleen September 18, 2020 / 12:26 pm

    I wish he had won the nomination for the year 2000 election. Perhaps we would not have [made our lives worse beyond the fact we] wasted time, lives, well-being, and money in irrelevant Iraq. (But it’s not a waste, is it? Manufacturers and their lobbyists made bank, and continue to do so at the expense of our volunteering young people and the average American.)

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  5. JT Twissel September 18, 2020 / 3:31 pm

    An interesting idea – particularly regarding political posts! I remember many of my conservative friends just loved Sarah Palin at first. I wasn’t blogging back in 2008 but I’ll have a look see. Thanks for the idea.

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  6. Carol anne September 22, 2020 / 10:46 am

    wow so long ago! 12 years is a long time ago! where were you blogging back then? xoxo

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    • Fandango September 22, 2020 / 2:37 pm

      I started my first blog in 2005.


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