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Palin and Rove

October 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Yesterday morning, before we checked out of Les Mars Hotel in Healdsburg, we read Dana Milbank’s Washington Post account of Sarah Palin’s appearance in Clearwater, Florida the day before. From the column:

Barack Obama, she told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!” This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” The crowd replied with boos.

Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”

Last night, back at home, I got my first look at the October 6 issue of the New Yorker, including Peter J. Boyer’s article on Barack Obama’s campaign in southwestern Virginia. Boyer discusses Jim Webb’s successful 2006 Senate campaign over Republican incumbent George Allen and the lessons Obama can learn from it. I was particularly struck by Senator Webb’s comments on Karl Rove:

Webb eventually became disgusted by the Republicans’ manipulation of those values voters, through what he calls “Karl Rove tactics.”

“The Karl Rove approach is very simple,” he says now. “It’s just three things: He’s not like you, he doesn’t understand you, you can’t trust him. Our guy is like you, our guy understands you, you can trust him. That’s the whole formula.”

Palin, again, on Obama: “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.”

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Return to Seattle

October 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Our trip is over. Yesterday morning we had breakfast at Les Mars, checked out, and drove south to the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.

We dropped the car and walked the few steps to the terminal. Just outside the terminal door was a local pilot. I couldn’t resist chatting with him briefly.

Local pilot, Sonoma County Airport

Local pilot, Sonoma County Airport

And there was a help station as well.

I don’t know how I missed this when we arrived four days earlier. It would have been handy.

We dropped the rental car keys, checked our bags, and awaited our flight. We had driven down in medium to heavy fog, but within 20 minutes of our arrival, it cleared. I was glad I had made the decision to put my sweater in the suitcase just before checking it. We sat outside behind the terminal waiting for the security screeners to open up. About a half hour before it was time to board, they did. We walked up a ramp, entered a portable building beyond the terminal, went through security, and sat in the drab, stale-aired waiting room/gate area. The one ameliorating feature was a set of framed Charles Schulz cartoons on the walls. I circled (rectangled?) the room to see them all.

The Bombardier 400 came in from LA, the passengers got off, the luggage came off, our luggage went on, we went on, and we headed north to Seattle. We were landing from the north, so from Tacoma northwards, we went right up Puget Sound over Vashon Island. Looking out to the right, I could see SeaTac, west Seattle, Harbor Island, Elliott Bay, and more. We made our turn as we were almost even with the end of the ship canal, came over the south end of Ballard, completed the turn over the Aurora bridge and the northwest end of Lake Union, headed south with downtown just off to the right, and continued on into the airport.

That was that. No wine tasting stops. No special dinner. Cyrus one night. TV dinner the next. With the debate at 6:00 and Gail not feeling well, making a real dinner just wasn’t an option.

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