We were fortunate once to spend the evening of her birthday with Lady Margaret Thatcher, with quiet cocktails after a rousing speech. I'm afraid we may have offended her with our rendition of the birthday ditty when we closed with, "Happy birthday dear Maggie, happy birthday to you." She looked more than a little shocked, her single security agent looked as though he might faint at the too-easy familiarity. Be that as it may, it was my first exposure to a line she apparently repeated frequently:
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.I can easily imagine her saying something similar about Sarah Palin. While the pundits, the beltway's political paparazzi and elites chatter over what they call her lack of experience and tut-tut over Palin's failure to meet their exacting standards—I hear she's never even been invited on Meet the Press, don't you know!—Governor Palin stands out from the crowd for actually having done while others talked.
She's been Ginger Rogers, dancing in step in high heels for ten years, while Barack Obama was sitting off stage, humming the tune and telling all who might listen that he is Fred Astaire.
H/T to Donald Rumsfeld Fan at Free Republic for the photo.
Or, as Lady Thatcher might have observed of the Democrat candidate
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.