Editor’s note: Janet Folger was married Saturday. She is now Janet Porter.

If pride comes before a fall, then I would submit that arrogance comes before a free fall. And that is exactly where the Obama campaign is right now.

It started with Obama’s pathetic performance at Saddleback where we all learned that the office of president was above his pay grade. Then it was his choice of a running mate that even his running mate says was a bad move. At a New Hampshire rally last week, Biden admitted: “Quite frankly, [Hillary] might have been a better pick than me.”

So the man who just a few months ago said that Obama was not qualified to be president now says he blew his first major decision by picking him for a running mate.

But it appears Obama has learned something from his running mate, a thing called … plagiarism. What was missed in the speech that got him in so much trouble last week was that it wasn’t his own. Oh, the sexist, juvenile and degrading “lipstick on a pig” insult was all his, but take a look at what preceded it.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Obama’s speech was almost identical to a Washington Post political cartoon by Tom Toles Sept. 5.

The Washington Post cartoon said:

“Watch out, Mr. Bush! With the exception of economic policy and energy policy and social issues and tax policy and foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments and Rove-style politics, we’re coming in there to shake things up!”

Obama’s speech four days later:

“‘Watch out, George Bush, except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics – we’re really going to shake things up in Washington!’ That’s not change … you know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”

I think we can all respect a guy that copies his speeches from the cartoons, can’t we?

Now, let’s take a look at the even more troubling part of that speech – Obama’s answer to Sarah Palin.

Yes, it appears the “community organizer” with two memoirs and no accomplishments can’t take the heat from Sen. John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. She’s right, she’s bold, and she’s funny.

When you have nothing of substance to say, no logical argument or intellectual point, there’s always name-calling. It’s been utilized by bullies on the playground for centuries.

When I pointed out Obama’s record in last week’s column, not one person disputed the facts.

I said:

… on national television Obama “misspoke” about “his Muslim faith.” Last year he said the words “there is no god but Allah” were “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” Then he said that he’s been to “all 57 states” (57 states coincidently belong to the “Organization of the Islamic Conference”). According to eyewitnesses, he was a mosque-going, Quran-learning, Muslim (according to official documents released by the AP). His friends say so. His principal said so. His own brother said so. He wears the Muslim turban and Somali elder dress for photo-ops, apparently for fun. While he hasn’t renounced any of this, not one Islamic extremist has called for his death as an apostate from Islam.

Obama is right about one thing. Sen. John McCain isn’t talking about Obama’s Muslim faith. But the rest of the country is beginning to.

What they did instead is call me names, beginning with their very favorite: “bigot.” Color me surprised. I wrote about that three years ago in my book, “The Criminalization of Christianity:”

When you don’t have a snappy come-back or a reasoned response, just call your opponent a name!

Want to know the definition of the word bigot? Here it is:

Big-ot: 1. adj. a conservative who is winning a debate with a liberal. See also:
Syn. intolerant, extremist, homophobe, anti-choice, Nazi.

Add also: “lipstick-wearing pig.” You see, Palin’s a hockey mom who, as she pointed out at the convention, unlike a pit bull, wears lipstick. Obama thought he could play on the lipstick comment and get away with calling her a pig. He was wrong. No wonder women are leaving the Democratic Party in droves.

Last week, Phyllis Schlafly was on my Faith2Action radio program (hear it at www.f2a.org) where she shared what she witnessed at the Republican Convention – a vanload of women who had attended the Democratic Convention! They were so upset with the way Obama treated Hillary that they decided to drive from Denver to see what the Republicans had to offer. They liked what they saw.

A woman scorned is nothing to mess with. Especially vans full of them.

I was surprised at the extent of the Palin appeal. A woman I remembered well by the name of Cynthia Ruccia was interviewed at the Republican Convention. She is a staunch Democrat who ran against Rep. John Kasich back when he was the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Kasich had asked me to represent him on the campaign trail to debate Ruccia, his radical liberal opponent. She’s for abortion on demand, the redefinition of marriage and … McCain-Palin!

We would expect the conservative base. We would expect to see independents and women. But now, even the staunchest opponents on issues are jumping ship to support McCain-Palin.

In fact, Obama’s running mate not only said Obama wasn’t qualified to be president, on “The Daily Show” (Aug. 2, 2005), Biden admitted he was hoping McCain would pick him for a running mate! Here are his exact words:

John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off, be well off no matter who …

No, the cartoon-copying, name-calling, political pandering, elitist without executive experience is falling fast. Pride comes before a fall.

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