April 16, 2011

"Madison, these are the front lines in the battle for the future of our country," said Sarah Palin.

"This is where the line has been drawn in the sand, and I am proud to stand with you today in solidarity.... The 2012 election begins here."

The NYT highlights that quote and says:
... Ms. Palin’s appearance offered one early hint at Wisconsin’s rising significance in the presidential race ahead. The place has long been a battleground, politically divided, but what seems clear here now is that voters are especially energized, and that offers tantalizing prospects — on both sides.

17 comments:

chickelit said...

Though I was initially curious, I haven't watched much of the coverage at all. I found the behavior of my former tribe embarrassing.

Talk about shame. Shame on you Madison.

Julius said...

Reading a NYT piece about happenings in Madison is uninteresting and uninspiring compared to reading about them on this blog.

You two are, of course, physically right there in the heart of it all. You are boots-on-the-ground. But your style of reporting is much better too. Plus, you've got video and photos.

So when you point out that the NYT picked out this quote and found some significance in it, it seems less important than if you had picked it out and brought it to your readers' attention yourself.

Plus, you just can't trust the NYT anymore. They are partisan hacks with an agenda. Althouse and New Media Meade are introspective practitioners of cruel neutrality.

MadisonMan said...

I was (happily) surprised, when I was up at the Farmer's Market before everything this morning, at how nice the lawn looked.

Either there's been a lot of work done to fix it, or the damage wasn't as dreadful as I was lead to believe. I'm thinking the latter, except for the part near State Street.

Then I see the pictures of people on the grass -- in Spring! -- and all I can think of is mudflats a-coming. But the Capitol lawn is pretty resilient.

edutcher said...

Miss Sarah is only echoing the incisive analysis of Meadhouse.

Get the feeling the Gray Lady is starting to worry she can't control events the way she once did?

Meade said...

"... and that offers tantalizing prospects — on both sides." - NYT

Not to mention tantalizing prospects for distortion by the NYT.

chickelit said...

Get the feeling the Gray Lady is starting to worry she can't control events the way she once did?

I skip every link to the NYT that Althouse posts here. I know what I'm missing-- I used to subscribe. I don't think I'm alone either.

Luke Lea said...

"tantalizing"? To the publishers of the NYT apparently. Conflict is always tantalizing. It sells. Whitewater was tantalizing too, according to the NYT, though the Savings-and-Loan scandal was not. The 2000 Bush-Gore battle over Florida was tantalizing at first, but after a few days the republic could not take the uncertainty, or so one of its editors opined early on, on the front page, not the editorial page, as I distinctly recall.

I hate the way the NYT can not only shape the news but the course of political events as it "fits" their politicl wishes. They don't have as much power as they used to however. Thanks internet.

traditionalguy said...

So was that speech written by her ghost writer of all the prolific and wise writing from Sarah over the past 2 years? Make up your minds. If the ghost writer did it, then elect him/her. But if Sarah did it then elect her.

Luke Lea said...

Sarah Palin is going to be a force I predict. She's learning fast. The Obama administration may be unwise if they assume she will be the easiest to beat. Hell, I'm so mad that even I, a lifelong Democrat, might consider voting for her if she came out against free trade with China, open borders with Mexico, and said we should start economizing in the Defense department.

But then she probably won't.

Browndog said...

Ahh...The New York Times.

It is true that Madison, in my opinion, is the frontline.

But, not for the reason the Times offers.

The reason I was drawn into this "battle", is that I recognized this is not about budgets, or elections-

No, this is about whether or not those who depend on government will crush those who finance it.

That simple.

selfless vs. selfish.

We are at a crossroads, and it's serious.

DADvocate said...

Doesn't matter how energized the voters are in Wisconsin. They'll still get 10 electoral votes. That's less than Tennessee's 11. How many people live in Wisconsin?

5.6 million and Tennessee has 6.3 million. Wow. I though Wisconsin was bigger than that. Guess it doesn't take that many people to make a bunch of beer and cheese.

section9 said...

Yes, but remember this.

Even though Wisconsin only has 10 Electoral Votes.....

It sill has...The Althouse!

commoncents said...

We have the video posted now on Common Cents....

http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

Saint Croix said...

Sarah Palin to the GOP Congress:

“Learn how to fight like a girl.”

Awesome. Just awesome. She is so obviously our nominee. Are you kidding me? She's a natural.

paminwi said...

Browndog: "No, this is about whether or not those who depend on government will crush those who finance it.

That simple.

selfless vs. selfish.

We are at a crossroads, and it's serious."

Stated very well. I have always followed politics - mostly from home. Now, I have visited the capitol more often with the intention to listen and send an email to family and friends who do not live here to give them the idea of what is happening here. I believe we have to all share with family and friends as much as we share on blogs. Just send them a link to any blog besides this one that has pictures/videos and they'll get the idea!

paminwi said...

Oops! "Just send them a link to any blog besides this one that has pictures/videos and they'll get the idea!"

Meant to say "in addition to this one".

Class factotum said...

Guess it doesn't take that many people to make a bunch of beer and cheese.

It doesn't. Our private sector is quite productive.