Why I like the Sarah Palin pick …

Sarah Palin

Let me preface the following post with a few things …
• I liked Obama’s choice of Joe Biden for vice president as well. Biden is energetic, will appeal to most Democrats, and brings the experience that Obama lacks.
• I had never heard of Sarah Palin until this morning.
• I haven’t cared much for the presidential race so far … but I’m coming around.

A day after Obama delivered a pretty good acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee, John McCain comes completely out of left field and chooses a 44-year-old governor of the least-populated state in the nation as his running mate. But this is why I like the choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ….

1) She’s a woman.
I’ve been saying all along that McCain needed to do something different with his pick. I rolled my eyes at the idea of Huckabee, Romney or (insert Conservative white guy name here) all along. I joked with people that he should pick Condi Rice, if for any reason, to have a bit of the “history” on his side that the Democrats are hoisting on their shoulders.
McCain’s choice may be a relative unknown to the masses, but I think once people read up on her, they’ll be intrigued. Especially Conservatives.

2) It was a news-making decision
Knowing the media like I do (somewhat anyway), they would have yawned their way through a Mitt Romney selection, especially a day after Obama packed a freaking football stadium in Denver and delivered one of the better acceptance speeches in recent memory.
The media will probably rip this selection apart … but guess what, they’ll be talking about it. They’ll be covering it. They’ll be trying like hell to find out more about Sarah Palin … and therefore, it will be news. This will be the most coverage McCain has gotten since he got in the race.

3) Palin should appeal to Conservatives
She’s anti-abortion and she holds the keys to a state where Republicans are eyeing more drilling. Democrats could possibly use that against McCain. According to the Republican nominee, however, she has “challenged the influence of big oil in her state.” I suppose we’ll see if this is true.
She seems to have the same kind of “maverick” persona that McCain and even Bush carry … and unless she sounds like a bumbling fool when she speaks (which we’ll find out very soon), she should bring some much-needed youth and energy to this ticket.

Already, I’ve heard people calling this pick “lunacy” or a sure way to lose. Whatever … I like it so far. Whereas Obama needed the Biden pick to take away some of the “rock star” celebrity from his ticket (which is a small reason why he didn’t pick Hillary), McCain needed somebody to get people interested. Now we’ve got a serious fight for women voters and probably a pretty exciting race on our hands.

Whoever wins … history will be made. Kinda cool, huh?


16 thoughts on “Why I like the Sarah Palin pick …

  1. Personally, I am terrified by the thought that a woman whose political experience is limited to mayor and governor of Alaska (population under 650,000) could be a heartbeat away from the presidency (and we’re talking about the heart of a 71-year-old man). I would rather have someone who has experience than someone who could make history.

    So as a woman, there’s no “serious fight” here for my vote. I wouldn’t even consider voting for McCain now (not that I was planning to in the first place).

  2. The election is Obama’s to lose now. Glad I’m voting for him because I would sure be disappointed if I were a Republican.

  3. Question: If McCain had picked Romney, would people be concerned that he was “a heartbeat away from the presidency”?

    Answer: No.

    Why then, all the concern about Palin? After all, both Palin and Romney were only governors.

    So what’s the difference?

  4. The sad part is it is still the election that will be known as the “best of the worst”. It won’t be a disappointment to be Republican or Democrat it will be a disappointment to be an American where these are the best options we could come up with.

  5. Finally, change you can believe in! Sarah Palin is an excellent choice. In her 2 short years of being governor of Alaska, she has accomplished more in the way of reform than either Obama or Biden in their entire political careers. As a previous small business owner, she understands the obstacles placed on business owners by government policies and regulations. Neither Obama or Biden have ever managed or owned a business–all they understand is big government. She has taken on political corruption in her own party–she is not a political hack. She has refunded excess state revenues to the taxpayers of Alaska rather than creating wasteful, unnecessary social programs with the excess revenues. As a governor, she understands the unfunded mandates passed to the states from the federal government. As commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, she has more executive experience than either Obama or Biden. Finally, the American people will get the truth about drilling in ANWR rather than Sierra Club talking points. I was previously anti-Obama rather than pro-McCain. Now, I am unabashedly pro McCain-Palin. She won’t be afraid to take on the good old boys (and girls) in Washington. Go, Sarah!

  6. He picked someone he has sat down with ONE time. Are you kidding me. I respect John Mccain , but she could easly be our President….. as quoted by her, I dont even know what a vice president does.

  7. Mike, when you have a popular governor with eye-popping integrity, being able to define what a VP does is a moot point. She is a shining example that transparency and accountability in government can produce political success. She certainly understands wasteful government spending and she recently vetoed 13 percent of her state’s proposed budget for capital projects. She’s a quick study. Personally, I would much rather have someone with the political will and courage of conviction to take on the Washington establishment than a Washington insider who is part of the problem who can define in great detail what a VP does. She is a quick study!

  8. Billy–excellent post! Keep the discussion generators coming!!!

    Now, come home so we can go to the Carolina game!!!

  9. Linda, she is a quick study, she’s already under investigation for abuse of power, and as seats come up in the Supreme Court she will heip take away a woman’s right to choose…..I’m sure are local elected officials are quick studies, maybe we should have put there hats in the ring.

  10. Mike, if you are referring to her ex brother-in-law who is a good old boy state trooper, I think she has been cleared on that. I am concerned about the Supreme Court justices that Barak would appoint. He would prefer the Ruth Ginsbergs of the world. We do not need civil rights attorneys sitting on the Supreme Court. I prefer federalist attorneys in the mold of Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito. It is interesting that those who favor abortion have already been born! No matter what man-made laws there are, we will all be judged by our Creator’s laws when we leave this earth.

  11. To Linda it is important for civil rights attorneys to eventually serve on the court. But I would image you don’t know why or had to face any issues like that or teach your children how to navigate through the mainstream world with the same level of education but looked as inferior. No you don’t have to raise your children to survive in the “Two Americas” and be obsessed with them being overachievers so that they can just get a shot at the “American Dream”. But that’s the conservative way and I use that term liberally, ha, ha, because the label is totally wrong and associated with the wrong group. It should be right wing separatist. What have we gained in 8 years? We are not any safer in this world because our military is weakened by political tom foolery, we know want to make immigration an issue after we had blinders on for so long, our creditability is weakened in the eyes of the world and just thing if China wants to call to collect on the money we owe them we all may be force to have Chinese as a second language curriculums in our schools.

  12. I had a longer response, that I have since ditched it in favor of something with a little more brevity…. and yes, you are welcome 🙂

    My jury is still out on Mrs. Palin’s selection. To some degree I am left with the lurking impression that someone is trying be ‘too clever by half’ with this choice. And that makes me feel like someone out there doesn’t respect this voter’s intelligence. But maybe there’s a surprise lurking that will change my mind? We’ll have to see over the next ~60 days.

    I think my quandary can be summed up in the following: It leaves people wondering ‘why’ more than building consensus, and that puts the McCain campaign in a defensive ‘hurry up and explain’ mode. I would think that is a position they would want to avoid, even if they believe they can transcend this perception without much work.

    But again, perhaps there is more to Mrs. Palin and this choice than we yet know.

    Here are a few thoughts I have initially though:

    1) In any other election cycle where we had not already had a wildly popular female candidate nearly get the nomination in the opposing party, this choice would have had a better chance of being framed only by the ‘qualifications’ question. And the McCain campaign might have been considered groundbreaking. Instead the McCain campaign starts from a perception deficit where initial impressions make many wonder if this choice was driven by an attempt to offset the ‘youth and change’ advantage touted by the Obama campaign, or the ‘gender’ advantage many would attribute to the Democratic party for the near nomination of Hillary Clinton. Perhaps unfairly, this puts the McCain campaign in the unenviable defensive position of explaining away this perception of imitation and sniping Hillary Clinton voters unhappy with the Obama nomination, possibly throughout the entire campaign. And that perception may undermine credibility or even insult the intelligence of some voters who are left with an impression of being manipulated.

    2) While being an unknown can be an advantage in some ways, I again have to say that this choice leaves the McCain campaign at a deficit and playing ‘catch up’ upon leaving the gates versus the Obama campaign choosing Joe Biden, an undeniably well known and ‘vetted’ politician. With the maxim of all VP nominees being at the least ‘do no harm’, this makes me wonder about the wisdom of Sarah Palin’s choice as the now public ‘vetting’ of Mrs. Palin carries significant risk of unknowns and ‘harm.’ John McCain had a stable of other well-known choices available with credentials and experience that many pundits have called ‘important’, so choosing this relative unknown candidate is a risky play.

    3) ‘Inexperienced’ is now an equal opportunity target. One could split hairs about whether one is talking about the Presidential or VP candidate being ‘inexperienced’, but regardless, the McCain campaign now risks a perception of hypocrisy if that card continues to be played by themselves or adjuncts.

    So in the end, is that what the choice of Sarah Palin embodies, a gender and/or generational play against the Democrats? Or maybe John McCain honestly believes she is the best choice in any context. I can’t honestly say, as I’m not in John McCain’s head.

    Perhaps a similar argument could be made for Joe Biden though, a simple ‘counter’ to the experience card that the McCain campaign plays? True enough. But we are talking about Sarah Palin’s nomination with this post.

    We’ll just have to see how the campaign unfolds over the next ~60 days, and what we [hopefully] learn about the candidates and their ideas and issues. Hopefully for the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin transcends these doubts and questions with flying colors and contributes to the campaign on her own merits.

    But overall, it’s unfortunate that the selection of the Vice Presidential ‘running mate’ has devolved over time to being nothing more than a political PR move… Marketing 101. More often than not, it seems that the selection of a VP candidate is a tactical and ultimately temporal PR play, versus a thoughtful attempt at finding the right individual to strategically complement the Presidential candidate, help our nation excel, or ultimately potentially fill the Presidential role itself.

    After the election, I suspect that some campaigns privately consider their VP candidates ultimately ‘disposable.’

    That’s too bad, and a short shrift for the American public, although many would I suspect point out is nothing new.


  13. Warren, our founding fathers had the wisdom to create a system of government with three branches of government so that no one branch of government became all powerful. Just a few examples of why we need to keep activist judges off Supreme Courts: (1) Supreme Courts of Massachusetts and California have legislated gay marriage, although the citizens in those states were against it; (2) Taking the word “God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance by California activist judges; (3) The US Supreme Court in the famous Kelo decision ruled that government entities can take our homes for economic development purposes. I am the oldest of 4 children who was raised by a single divorced mother. Times were tough growing up. We wore hand-me-downs from members of our church and extended family and friends helped out–not the government! I was raised in a Christian household with discipline, love, and a strong work ethic. We learned responsibility and that we had to work for the things we wanted in life such as a college education. No public assistance available back in those days. If my childhood scenario were played out today, I am sure my siblings and I would not have been as successful as we are because we would have been fed with the nonsense that the government should provide for us. If one is driving down the road and always looking in the rear view mirror rather than keeping focused on the road ahead, the driver will probably not reach his or her destination. I abhor discrimination of any kind and will always defend the personal rights and freedoms of others.

  14. [quote]
    chamberchat | September 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    That was brief?!

    Yes, that was brief… count your blessings 🙂

    You don’t want to see the tome I edited it from……


  15. Sarah Palin’s speech last night certainly helped mute some of the initial criticisms and I think most would agree was a near pitch-perfect delivery. She was very personable, funny, and seemed at home on the podium, relaxed and generally sincere(see hyperbole comment below).

    I was impressed.

    I think it is also fair to point out that the speech was to a home-team crowd though, and just like last week’s Democratic convention speeches full of rhetoric and hyperbole that probably pushed the envelope of accuracy and bordered on bashing in some spots. But that’s what these cheer-leading events are for after all, so most will forgive both party’s candidates there.

    Mrs. Palin’s real test is going to come on the long campaign road that even seasoned politicians find grueling, where exhausted candidates make mis-steps and face tough crowds. It will be interesting to see how she fares in that environment.

    But her first outing was impressive, and I think she did the Republican ticket a service last night. Let’s see how the next ~60 days goes, especially during the inevitable VP debate match-up.


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