Monday, September 22, 2008

Contrast you can believe in

The New York Sun publishes the speech Sarah Palin never got to give. It appears the Obama campaign thought it was more important to play politics than display a unified front against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

He must be stopped.

The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a "Final Solution" — the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a "stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation." Such talk cannot be dismissed as the ravings of a madman — not when Iran just this summer tested long-range Shahab-3 missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, not when the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion, and not when Iran sponsors terrorists that threaten and kill innocent people around the world...

Senator McCain has made a solemn commitment that I strongly endorse: Never again will we risk another Holocaust. And this is not a wish, a request, or a plea to Israel's enemies. This is a promise that the United States and Israel will honor, against any enemy who cares to test us. It is John McCain's promise and it is my promise.

And then there's this:

Here’s a swift test. Be honest. What sentence can you quote from his convention speech in Denver? I thought so. All right, what about his big rally speech in Berlin? Just as I guessed. OK, help me out: Surely you can manage to cite a line or two from his imperishable address on race (compared by some liberal academics to Gettysburg itself) in Philadelphia? No, not the line about his white grandmother. Some other line. Oh, dear. Now do you see what I mean?

That was Christopher Hitchens. Read it all ("Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?").

Now consider: Palin's memorable quotes already outshine any of the rhetorical flourishes and breathless pontificating of Obama's jaunts to Berlin and Denver.

Hat tip: Charles Johnson.

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