ABC’s Charles Gibson interviewed Alaska Governor Palin for the first time.  The first part of this interview covered foreign policy, her experience and comments that she made about the Iraq War being a task from God.

It was a tough interview.  Gibson came out with tough, but appropriate questions.  For the most part I think that she did well.  Gibson’s question regarding the Bush Doctrine was initially misunderstood, but with clarification she answered it directly.  She didn’t criticize President Bush, but also wanted to make it clear that a McCain/Palin Administration wouldn’t be a third Bush term.  That was the closest, I believe, that she came to a gaffe.

Update: Sean Hannity shared on his radio show this afternoon there are at least three aspects to the Bush Doctrine – so which one Charlie?  When he asked about a particular aspect – he got his answer.

2nd Update: By the way, Fox News pointed out that Gibson has defined it differently at other times, and other media defining it in other ways.  So the original question wasn’t fair.

The article notes Charles Krauthammer:

The term “Bush Doctrine” was first coined by columnist Charles Krauthammer three months before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and has undergone profound changes as the war against terror has evolved.

“There is no single meaning of the Bush Doctrine,” Krauthammer noted in a forthcoming column. “In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration — and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different.”

Liberals will likely go crazy about her response to Gibson’s question about going to war with Russia if they invade Ukraine or Georgia if they were admitted into NATO.  When you watch the interview consider that she said, “perhaps”.  How else could she answer?  When you have alliance with a country you have an obligation to fulfill it, but it wouldn’t just be the U.S. – all NATO countries are expected to honor it as well.  That is a big IF as well.  There is no guarantee that those countries will be admitted into NATO.

I’m also sure that there will be a brouhaha over her answer to the recent invasions into Pakistan.  It was a rather simplistic question I think.  She isn’t privy to the intelligence that President Bush has access to, and she doesn’t at that moment know the situation on the ground.  Also, she doesn’t know what behind the door conversations we have had with the Pakistanis.  It has been pretty clear that the Pakistanis are not committed to rooting Al Qaeda out of their northern provinces.

Here is the first part of the interview in two parts from YouTube.  ABC does have an embed feature with their videos.

9/11/08 – Part I

9/11/08 – Part 2

So how do you think she did?

3rd Update:  Steve Waldman at Beliefnet addresses Gibson’s question regarding her “controversial statement in her church regarding the war being a task from God.

Here’s what Gibson asked:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

Actually, Palin asked members of the church to pray “that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

HT: Joe Carter

Update – 9/13/08 – here’s the rest of the Palin interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News.  It covers energy policy, environment, earmarks, social issues, and the “Troopergate” controversy.

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

All in all I think she did well.  I’m glad to see that she didn’t shy away from social issues even though there are some difference between her and Senator John McCain.  Gibson’s question about homosexuality being a choice or hereditary was inappropriate.  If he wanted to discuss homosexuality and how if affects policy, fine.  She was right not to answer since it is irrelevant.  Palin’s definite policy strength will be on energy for sure.

36 comments
  1. Looking forward to watching 20/20 tonight. Will the entire interview be played there?

    I can’t say enough how impressed I am with her. I can understand why some tried & true liberals are ‘hating’ on her…but some of my peers are not too quick to jump on the Palin bandwagon. Makes me wonder what the deal is? Are they just apathetic & non-commital? Are they lazy in their assumptions? Are they just wanting to rebel?

    Maybe I should have posted this under friday’s post?? 😉

  2. Looking forward to watching 20/20 tonight. Will the entire interview be played there?

    I can’t say enough how impressed I am with her. I can understand why some tried & true liberals are ‘hating’ on her…but some of my peers are not too quick to jump on the Palin bandwagon. Makes me wonder what the deal is? Are they just apathetic & non-commital? Are they lazy in their assumptions? Are they just wanting to rebel?

    Maybe I should have posted this under friday’s post?? 😉

  3. Looking forward to watching 20/20 tonight. Will the entire interview be played there?

    I can’t say enough how impressed I am with her. I can understand why some tried & true liberals are ‘hating’ on her…but some of my peers are not too quick to jump on the Palin bandwagon. Makes me wonder what the deal is? Are they just apathetic & non-commital? Are they lazy in their assumptions? Are they just wanting to rebel?

    Maybe I should have posted this under friday’s post?? 😉

  4. Hi Meredith,

    I believe what they will play tonight is the 2nd half of the interview that will cover domestic issues. I’ll post those as well once they are online.

    Regarding your peers, maybe they just want to learn more. Perhaps her nomination isn’t enough to sway them to vote for McCain. Who knows? What concerns have they expressed?

  5. Hi Meredith,

    I believe what they will play tonight is the 2nd half of the interview that will cover domestic issues. I’ll post those as well once they are online.

    Regarding your peers, maybe they just want to learn more. Perhaps her nomination isn’t enough to sway them to vote for McCain. Who knows? What concerns have they expressed?

  6. Hi Meredith,

    I believe what they will play tonight is the 2nd half of the interview that will cover domestic issues. I’ll post those as well once they are online.

    Regarding your peers, maybe they just want to learn more. Perhaps her nomination isn’t enough to sway them to vote for McCain. Who knows? What concerns have they expressed?

  7. I’m not going to rail against Palin here even though I have been harsh on her elsewhere, because I’d likely invite major backlash from people who clearly are on her bandwagon already. But a couple things are worth mentioning here as to why everyone doesn’t want to jump on Palin’s bandwagon:

    – She has very limited political experience when you get right down to it.

    – Her ability to handle foreign policy in any way is highly suspect.

    – Why should people want a president or VP who is “just like us?” I require presidents, VPs, CEOs and other big wigs to know more than I do and be way more knowledgeable than me on the major issues that they need to deal with day in and day out.

    Also, I would disagree that Gibson’s question about the Bush Doctrine was in any way unfair. First, it is clear that she was confused and fishing for time and she successfully did so and got Gibson to give up the info she needed (kudos there for slyness). But beyond that, even with the fact that the definition of the Bush Doctrine has evolved and technically includes multiple elements, the overarching theme is that if you are at all friendly with terrorists or if we even think you might do something nasty to us, we have a right to attack you immediately and unilaterally.

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  8. I’m not going to rail against Palin here even though I have been harsh on her elsewhere, because I’d likely invite major backlash from people who clearly are on her bandwagon already. But a couple things are worth mentioning here as to why everyone doesn’t want to jump on Palin’s bandwagon:

    – She has very limited political experience when you get right down to it.

    – Her ability to handle foreign policy in any way is highly suspect.

    – Why should people want a president or VP who is “just like us?” I require presidents, VPs, CEOs and other big wigs to know more than I do and be way more knowledgeable than me on the major issues that they need to deal with day in and day out.

    Also, I would disagree that Gibson’s question about the Bush Doctrine was in any way unfair. First, it is clear that she was confused and fishing for time and she successfully did so and got Gibson to give up the info she needed (kudos there for slyness). But beyond that, even with the fact that the definition of the Bush Doctrine has evolved and technically includes multiple elements, the overarching theme is that if you are at all friendly with terrorists or if we even think you might do something nasty to us, we have a right to attack you immediately and unilaterally.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  9. I’m not going to rail against Palin here even though I have been harsh on her elsewhere, because I’d likely invite major backlash from people who clearly are on her bandwagon already. But a couple things are worth mentioning here as to why everyone doesn’t want to jump on Palin’s bandwagon:

    – She has very limited political experience when you get right down to it.

    – Her ability to handle foreign policy in any way is highly suspect.

    – Why should people want a president or VP who is “just like us?” I require presidents, VPs, CEOs and other big wigs to know more than I do and be way more knowledgeable than me on the major issues that they need to deal with day in and day out.

    Also, I would disagree that Gibson’s question about the Bush Doctrine was in any way unfair. First, it is clear that she was confused and fishing for time and she successfully did so and got Gibson to give up the info she needed (kudos there for slyness). But beyond that, even with the fact that the definition of the Bush Doctrine has evolved and technically includes multiple elements, the overarching theme is that if you are at all friendly with terrorists or if we even think you might do something nasty to us, we have a right to attack you immediately and unilaterally.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  10. Deacon Blue, do you really want to go there? Do you think that Obama has the experience necessary to be President? What executive experience does he have? What foreign policy experience does he have? He’s the least qualified nominee from a major party that I can think of. Has there been anyone in the past with less experience than him from either of the major parties?

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  11. Deacon Blue, do you really want to go there? Do you think that Obama has the experience necessary to be President? What executive experience does he have? What foreign policy experience does he have? He’s the least qualified nominee from a major party that I can think of. Has there been anyone in the past with less experience than him from either of the major parties?

    Caseys last blog post..Is everyone in Hollywood really this stupid?

  12. Deacon Blue, do you really want to go there? Do you think that Obama has the experience necessary to be President? What executive experience does he have? What foreign policy experience does he have? He’s the least qualified nominee from a major party that I can think of. Has there been anyone in the past with less experience than him from either of the major parties?

    Caseys last blog post..Is everyone in Hollywood really this stupid?

  13. I love how people tout the “executive” experience because Palin was a mayor and has spent two years as governor.

    Obama was a community organizer in a city with neigbhorhoods far more populated, far more complex and far more diverse than her entire town. Obama has been a state senator and U.S. senator, which puts him into issues involving foreign policy, while Palin doesn’t even travel abroad and admits to never having met a world leader.

    This is about context. With legislative experience going on a decade and with his previous work credentials, Obama is still way more qualififed than Palin is for the national stage.

    I can accept an argument that he isn’t as expereinced as some candidates in the past have been, but at least he has relevant experience.

    Mayor of small town and two years a governor of a very sparsely and lightly populated state vs. a guy who’s been a legislator in one of the key states in the nation economically and worked with a wide range of people and projects.

    Palin would be a heartbeat away from the presidency given McCain’s advanced age and past health problems means she is quite likely in line to be president soon if McCain is elected. I know this makes a lot of conservative evangelicals happy but I don’t base my political choices solely on my faith, nor should anyone. Church and state are separate entities.

    You could argue that Obama is a school principal from a big high school trying to go straight to state education secretary, but that means Palin is a rural school TEACHER who’s used to tiny classes who’s trying to do the same.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  14. I love how people tout the “executive” experience because Palin was a mayor and has spent two years as governor.

    Obama was a community organizer in a city with neigbhorhoods far more populated, far more complex and far more diverse than her entire town. Obama has been a state senator and U.S. senator, which puts him into issues involving foreign policy, while Palin doesn’t even travel abroad and admits to never having met a world leader.

    This is about context. With legislative experience going on a decade and with his previous work credentials, Obama is still way more qualififed than Palin is for the national stage.

    I can accept an argument that he isn’t as expereinced as some candidates in the past have been, but at least he has relevant experience.

    Mayor of small town and two years a governor of a very sparsely and lightly populated state vs. a guy who’s been a legislator in one of the key states in the nation economically and worked with a wide range of people and projects.

    Palin would be a heartbeat away from the presidency given McCain’s advanced age and past health problems means she is quite likely in line to be president soon if McCain is elected. I know this makes a lot of conservative evangelicals happy but I don’t base my political choices solely on my faith, nor should anyone. Church and state are separate entities.

    You could argue that Obama is a school principal from a big high school trying to go straight to state education secretary, but that means Palin is a rural school TEACHER who’s used to tiny classes who’s trying to do the same.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  15. I love how people tout the “executive” experience because Palin was a mayor and has spent two years as governor.

    Obama was a community organizer in a city with neigbhorhoods far more populated, far more complex and far more diverse than her entire town. Obama has been a state senator and U.S. senator, which puts him into issues involving foreign policy, while Palin doesn’t even travel abroad and admits to never having met a world leader.

    This is about context. With legislative experience going on a decade and with his previous work credentials, Obama is still way more qualififed than Palin is for the national stage.

    I can accept an argument that he isn’t as expereinced as some candidates in the past have been, but at least he has relevant experience.

    Mayor of small town and two years a governor of a very sparsely and lightly populated state vs. a guy who’s been a legislator in one of the key states in the nation economically and worked with a wide range of people and projects.

    Palin would be a heartbeat away from the presidency given McCain’s advanced age and past health problems means she is quite likely in line to be president soon if McCain is elected. I know this makes a lot of conservative evangelicals happy but I don’t base my political choices solely on my faith, nor should anyone. Church and state are separate entities.

    You could argue that Obama is a school principal from a big high school trying to go straight to state education secretary, but that means Palin is a rural school TEACHER who’s used to tiny classes who’s trying to do the same.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  16. Deacon,

    I’m going to belittle community organizers because I do similar work. Since I do similar work I can also tell you that it doesn’t prepare to be president.

    The main problem have with Obama’s experience is that he started running for president shortly after entering the U.S. Senate. His Senate race was a joke as well. As a state legislature he demonstrated no leadership ability. In the U.S. Senate he has led nothing. Over a 100 times in his legislative career he voted present – he couldn’t even decide yes or no!

    Regarding Palin – I think she has good experience. She is also in the appropriate spot on the ticket – the VP. If the Obama/Biden ticket was Biden/Obama you probably wouldn’t be hearing that. Besides I think it is sad that Democrats are lining Obama up with Palin. They need to compare Obama’s experience with John McCain.

    Also I didn’t hear anyone mention John Edwards’ obvious lack of experience, and he was running for President! He is was a one-term senator, and was an ambulance chaser before that! Yet not one Democrat said anything about his lack of expereince.

    Regarding Palin’s faith – not why I’m supportive of her. I’m not into identity politics. I like her record of reform. I like the executive experience she has had, and I like her position on the issues. People act like John McCain is dying or something. I mean I’m not sure Obama is ready to be President yet that is exactly what he will be if he wins! Palin will have time to be mentored and learn. Obama won’t.

    Also there is the issue that I don’t agree with hardly any of Obama’s positions.

    Democrats by nominating Obama do not have the right to bring up the experience argument. If she were running at the top of the ticket then let’s compare. The fact they are doing it when she is the VP candidate is just plain sad.

  17. Deacon,

    I’m going to belittle community organizers because I do similar work. Since I do similar work I can also tell you that it doesn’t prepare to be president.

    The main problem have with Obama’s experience is that he started running for president shortly after entering the U.S. Senate. His Senate race was a joke as well. As a state legislature he demonstrated no leadership ability. In the U.S. Senate he has led nothing. Over a 100 times in his legislative career he voted present – he couldn’t even decide yes or no!

    Regarding Palin – I think she has good experience. She is also in the appropriate spot on the ticket – the VP. If the Obama/Biden ticket was Biden/Obama you probably wouldn’t be hearing that. Besides I think it is sad that Democrats are lining Obama up with Palin. They need to compare Obama’s experience with John McCain.

    Also I didn’t hear anyone mention John Edwards’ obvious lack of experience, and he was running for President! He is was a one-term senator, and was an ambulance chaser before that! Yet not one Democrat said anything about his lack of expereince.

    Regarding Palin’s faith – not why I’m supportive of her. I’m not into identity politics. I like her record of reform. I like the executive experience she has had, and I like her position on the issues. People act like John McCain is dying or something. I mean I’m not sure Obama is ready to be President yet that is exactly what he will be if he wins! Palin will have time to be mentored and learn. Obama won’t.

    Also there is the issue that I don’t agree with hardly any of Obama’s positions.

    Democrats by nominating Obama do not have the right to bring up the experience argument. If she were running at the top of the ticket then let’s compare. The fact they are doing it when she is the VP candidate is just plain sad.

  18. Deacon,

    I’m going to belittle community organizers because I do similar work. Since I do similar work I can also tell you that it doesn’t prepare to be president.

    The main problem have with Obama’s experience is that he started running for president shortly after entering the U.S. Senate. His Senate race was a joke as well. As a state legislature he demonstrated no leadership ability. In the U.S. Senate he has led nothing. Over a 100 times in his legislative career he voted present – he couldn’t even decide yes or no!

    Regarding Palin – I think she has good experience. She is also in the appropriate spot on the ticket – the VP. If the Obama/Biden ticket was Biden/Obama you probably wouldn’t be hearing that. Besides I think it is sad that Democrats are lining Obama up with Palin. They need to compare Obama’s experience with John McCain.

    Also I didn’t hear anyone mention John Edwards’ obvious lack of experience, and he was running for President! He is was a one-term senator, and was an ambulance chaser before that! Yet not one Democrat said anything about his lack of expereince.

    Regarding Palin’s faith – not why I’m supportive of her. I’m not into identity politics. I like her record of reform. I like the executive experience she has had, and I like her position on the issues. People act like John McCain is dying or something. I mean I’m not sure Obama is ready to be President yet that is exactly what he will be if he wins! Palin will have time to be mentored and learn. Obama won’t.

    Also there is the issue that I don’t agree with hardly any of Obama’s positions.

    Democrats by nominating Obama do not have the right to bring up the experience argument. If she were running at the top of the ticket then let’s compare. The fact they are doing it when she is the VP candidate is just plain sad.

  19. I never expected to make a dent in your opinion of Palin. To me, you are blind as you perceive me to be…and I use the community organizer work as an example, but he has a lot of other practical experience that Palin lacks.

    My original comment was that there are valid reasons why people don’t just jump to support Palin.

    My second comment was to show that she is still less experienced. You’re going to throw Edwards at me? He was elected to the senate 10 years ago. He still has more experience than Palin. And medical malpractice law isn’t all about ambulance chasing, by the way.

    But I don’t have anytning more to say. I never came to start an argument, only to point out that Palin is hardly someone that any of us should blindly rush to support just because she can speak well and in young and is “just like us”

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  20. I never expected to make a dent in your opinion of Palin. To me, you are blind as you perceive me to be…and I use the community organizer work as an example, but he has a lot of other practical experience that Palin lacks.

    My original comment was that there are valid reasons why people don’t just jump to support Palin.

    My second comment was to show that she is still less experienced. You’re going to throw Edwards at me? He was elected to the senate 10 years ago. He still has more experience than Palin. And medical malpractice law isn’t all about ambulance chasing, by the way.

    But I don’t have anytning more to say. I never came to start an argument, only to point out that Palin is hardly someone that any of us should blindly rush to support just because she can speak well and in young and is “just like us”

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  21. I never expected to make a dent in your opinion of Palin. To me, you are blind as you perceive me to be…and I use the community organizer work as an example, but he has a lot of other practical experience that Palin lacks.

    My original comment was that there are valid reasons why people don’t just jump to support Palin.

    My second comment was to show that she is still less experienced. You’re going to throw Edwards at me? He was elected to the senate 10 years ago. He still has more experience than Palin. And medical malpractice law isn’t all about ambulance chasing, by the way.

    But I don’t have anytning more to say. I never came to start an argument, only to point out that Palin is hardly someone that any of us should blindly rush to support just because she can speak well and in young and is “just like us”

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Our Troops

  22. Deacon – Yes he was elected 10 years ago, but he only served one term – four years.

    No leadership experience.

    I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well. I support her because I like the experience she does bring, her record of reform, and where she stands on the issues.

  23. Deacon – Yes he was elected 10 years ago, but he only served one term – four years.

    No leadership experience.

    I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well. I support her because I like the experience she does bring, her record of reform, and where she stands on the issues.

  24. Deacon – Yes he was elected 10 years ago, but he only served one term – four years.

    No leadership experience.

    I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well. I support her because I like the experience she does bring, her record of reform, and where she stands on the issues.

  25. And the issues are where it all breaks down, because the people who support her and McCain are the same people who think George W. Bush has been making the right decisions, no matter how much damage those decision do to our economy and our global reputation.

    I don’t fault you for believing in the issues your believe in or for voting the way you will vote.

    But you know one thing that scares me? That you are voting for her because she is evangelical.

    This is national politics in a country of many races, many faiths and, I might add, a representative democracy. I am afraid that someone like Palin will make decisions based on faith in a position that is supposed to be separate from the church.

    I am Christian and the last thing I want is for the politicians to advance a Christian nation. Because we aren’t, and we shouldn’t be.

    Maybe you don’t see that possibility…or maybe, worse yet, you think it would be a good thing.

    I want my leaders to be guided by prayer whenever possible, but Palin strikes me as someone who would drive a Christian agenda in a multicultural nation.

    Now, on that note, I’m truly out of here, because I fear that if I keep coming back to this thread, I might say something that will truly offend…or be truly offended by some new comment.

    For the record, I haven’t drunk the “Obama-ade” and I don’t think he’s some wonder-guy who’s going to solve everything. But I shake my head to think at how McCain chose a running mate without vetting her first, and how quickly so much of the population has rallied around her like a celebrity, even after McCain ridiculed Obama for being too “celebrity” himself.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Christian Values

  26. And the issues are where it all breaks down, because the people who support her and McCain are the same people who think George W. Bush has been making the right decisions, no matter how much damage those decision do to our economy and our global reputation.

    I don’t fault you for believing in the issues your believe in or for voting the way you will vote.

    But you know one thing that scares me? That you are voting for her because she is evangelical.

    This is national politics in a country of many races, many faiths and, I might add, a representative democracy. I am afraid that someone like Palin will make decisions based on faith in a position that is supposed to be separate from the church.

    I am Christian and the last thing I want is for the politicians to advance a Christian nation. Because we aren’t, and we shouldn’t be.

    Maybe you don’t see that possibility…or maybe, worse yet, you think it would be a good thing.

    I want my leaders to be guided by prayer whenever possible, but Palin strikes me as someone who would drive a Christian agenda in a multicultural nation.

    Now, on that note, I’m truly out of here, because I fear that if I keep coming back to this thread, I might say something that will truly offend…or be truly offended by some new comment.

    For the record, I haven’t drunk the “Obama-ade” and I don’t think he’s some wonder-guy who’s going to solve everything. But I shake my head to think at how McCain chose a running mate without vetting her first, and how quickly so much of the population has rallied around her like a celebrity, even after McCain ridiculed Obama for being too “celebrity” himself.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Christian Values

  27. And the issues are where it all breaks down, because the people who support her and McCain are the same people who think George W. Bush has been making the right decisions, no matter how much damage those decision do to our economy and our global reputation.

    I don’t fault you for believing in the issues your believe in or for voting the way you will vote.

    But you know one thing that scares me? That you are voting for her because she is evangelical.

    This is national politics in a country of many races, many faiths and, I might add, a representative democracy. I am afraid that someone like Palin will make decisions based on faith in a position that is supposed to be separate from the church.

    I am Christian and the last thing I want is for the politicians to advance a Christian nation. Because we aren’t, and we shouldn’t be.

    Maybe you don’t see that possibility…or maybe, worse yet, you think it would be a good thing.

    I want my leaders to be guided by prayer whenever possible, but Palin strikes me as someone who would drive a Christian agenda in a multicultural nation.

    Now, on that note, I’m truly out of here, because I fear that if I keep coming back to this thread, I might say something that will truly offend…or be truly offended by some new comment.

    For the record, I haven’t drunk the “Obama-ade” and I don’t think he’s some wonder-guy who’s going to solve everything. But I shake my head to think at how McCain chose a running mate without vetting her first, and how quickly so much of the population has rallied around her like a celebrity, even after McCain ridiculed Obama for being too “celebrity” himself.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Election 2008: The Stakes – Christian Values

  28. Deacon,

    You presume too much about me. Can you get in my head to know why I’m supporting her?

    I liked her BEFORE I knew she was an evangelical.

    It doesn’t hurt, but I’ve said that she’s good on the issues. I like her experience, and I like her record of reform.

    I think she was the best choice for McCain.

    I think you are confusing church-state issues because if I were to follow your logic no religious people could run for office.

    Joe Carter wrote a good piece on this over at Culture11.com – http://culture11.com/node/32162?page_view=1. I’m pasting the relevant point here:

    “There are those who call us ‘Christianists’ and claim we are attempting to “impose a theocracy” because name-calling and scaremongering are easier than engaging us in debate. But there are also those who makes such claims out of honest ignorance. For example, many of the people who use the term “theocracy” are probably unaware that the largest Protestant denomination in America, Southern Baptists, cannot even tolerate a centralized church government much less a central government controlled by the church. Thinking that a nation full of Southern Baptists wants to establish a theocratic regime is about as absurd as believing anarchists want to create a centralized government. Keep in mind, though, that we live in a country where 34 percent of the population believes in UFOs and ghosts; we shouldn’t be surprised to find that Americans will believe just about anything.”

    By the way, I’m not going to judge fellow Christians who don’t agree with me on Palin. I just think some of the reasons aren’t necessarily valid. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    I do encourage you to read Carter’s article. It is excellent.

  29. Deacon,

    You presume too much about me. Can you get in my head to know why I’m supporting her?

    I liked her BEFORE I knew she was an evangelical.

    It doesn’t hurt, but I’ve said that she’s good on the issues. I like her experience, and I like her record of reform.

    I think she was the best choice for McCain.

    I think you are confusing church-state issues because if I were to follow your logic no religious people could run for office.

    Joe Carter wrote a good piece on this over at Culture11.com – http://culture11.com/node/32162?page_view=1. I’m pasting the relevant point here:

    “There are those who call us ‘Christianists’ and claim we are attempting to “impose a theocracy” because name-calling and scaremongering are easier than engaging us in debate. But there are also those who makes such claims out of honest ignorance. For example, many of the people who use the term “theocracy” are probably unaware that the largest Protestant denomination in America, Southern Baptists, cannot even tolerate a centralized church government much less a central government controlled by the church. Thinking that a nation full of Southern Baptists wants to establish a theocratic regime is about as absurd as believing anarchists want to create a centralized government. Keep in mind, though, that we live in a country where 34 percent of the population believes in UFOs and ghosts; we shouldn’t be surprised to find that Americans will believe just about anything.”

    By the way, I’m not going to judge fellow Christians who don’t agree with me on Palin. I just think some of the reasons aren’t necessarily valid. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    I do encourage you to read Carter’s article. It is excellent.

  30. Deacon,

    You presume too much about me. Can you get in my head to know why I’m supporting her?

    I liked her BEFORE I knew she was an evangelical.

    It doesn’t hurt, but I’ve said that she’s good on the issues. I like her experience, and I like her record of reform.

    I think she was the best choice for McCain.

    I think you are confusing church-state issues because if I were to follow your logic no religious people could run for office.

    Joe Carter wrote a good piece on this over at Culture11.com – http://culture11.com/node/32162?page_view=1. I’m pasting the relevant point here:

    “There are those who call us ‘Christianists’ and claim we are attempting to “impose a theocracy” because name-calling and scaremongering are easier than engaging us in debate. But there are also those who makes such claims out of honest ignorance. For example, many of the people who use the term “theocracy” are probably unaware that the largest Protestant denomination in America, Southern Baptists, cannot even tolerate a centralized church government much less a central government controlled by the church. Thinking that a nation full of Southern Baptists wants to establish a theocratic regime is about as absurd as believing anarchists want to create a centralized government. Keep in mind, though, that we live in a country where 34 percent of the population believes in UFOs and ghosts; we shouldn’t be surprised to find that Americans will believe just about anything.”

    By the way, I’m not going to judge fellow Christians who don’t agree with me on Palin. I just think some of the reasons aren’t necessarily valid. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    I do encourage you to read Carter’s article. It is excellent.

  31. Actually, I have to apologize here for an oversight on my part. When I read this in your previous comment:

    >>>>I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well.

    I completely missed the word “NOT.”

    Perhaps because I’ve seen and heard too many people elsewhere in religious circles rush to Palin for precisely those reasons.

    Hence, my comment was based on having completely misunderstood your sentence by mentally deleting a single word. Mea culpa.

    In any case, I’m still unconvinced by her record that she is truly a reformer or has the chops to lead a nation.

    But as you said, we’ll just have to agree to disgree on that.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Unconditional Love by Miz Pink

  32. Actually, I have to apologize here for an oversight on my part. When I read this in your previous comment:

    >>>>I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well.

    I completely missed the word “NOT.”

    Perhaps because I’ve seen and heard too many people elsewhere in religious circles rush to Palin for precisely those reasons.

    Hence, my comment was based on having completely misunderstood your sentence by mentally deleting a single word. Mea culpa.

    In any case, I’m still unconvinced by her record that she is truly a reformer or has the chops to lead a nation.

    But as you said, we’ll just have to agree to disgree on that.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Unconditional Love by Miz Pink

  33. Actually, I have to apologize here for an oversight on my part. When I read this in your previous comment:

    >>>>I’m not supporting her because she is an evangelical, young and speaks well.

    I completely missed the word “NOT.”

    Perhaps because I’ve seen and heard too many people elsewhere in religious circles rush to Palin for precisely those reasons.

    Hence, my comment was based on having completely misunderstood your sentence by mentally deleting a single word. Mea culpa.

    In any case, I’m still unconvinced by her record that she is truly a reformer or has the chops to lead a nation.

    But as you said, we’ll just have to agree to disgree on that.

    Deacon Blues last blog post..Unconditional Love by Miz Pink

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