Palin’s the Pick

August 29, 2008 at 11:20 am 32 comments

The first-term Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is John McCain’s running mate.

My first thought was how Biden will appear in the debate. Can he avoid the logorrhea that makes him seem so arrogant?

An interesting pick.

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  • 1. Jana  |  August 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I think it is an excellent choice. The Dems try to paint McCain as on of the Good Ol’ Boys, but with a relatively young woman with kids as a running mate, that will be really hard to do. I think in the abortion debate particularly, this was an off the charts smart move. Bring it on, Obama!

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  • 2. lemare  |  August 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Biden is an attack dog. It will be interesting to see if she can hold her own debating a rat-b@$t@rd.

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  • 3. lowdogg  |  August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    He’ll either seem afraid to challenge her, or like a bully. Remember Gore’s disastrous violation of Bush’s comfort zone in 2000? It was not a good play. People remember that.

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  • 4. Sportsattitude  |  August 29, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Biden will “lose” the debate only if she faints. Lowdogg is right – Biden’s best chance to look good against her is to not show up. LeMare, Biden is not my cup of tea and was very disappointed when he was selected. That being said, I have to believe there are some Dems and Indys who might have swung over to McCain had he selected a solid candidate (Mitt) who may very well have to RUN the country ON Day One…who now will be frightened away by the choice of Palin.

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  • 5. Marjorie  |  August 30, 2008 at 9:58 am

    WOW! Now I am excited about the 2008 Presidential campaign. McCain has selected a woman, Sarah Palin, that has been making tough decisions for several years as his running mate. It does not matter that the city she was counsel member and mayor was not a metropolitain area such as New York or Chicago. She took action where she was located, she did not move like Obama to a metropolitian city from his home town in Hawaii. She bloomed where she was planted! This enegies each of us to work now, where we are, to improve our schools, cities, business or state. She is not a talker of what ‘they’ should do, but Palin rolled up her sleeves and did things. As an executive either as a Mayor or Gov, she had to deal with budgets, jobs, employees, managers and thier performances. Let’s see, Obama has been absent from the Senate for 2 years. I checked the Thomas.gov record on how often he voted on legistlation, for years it shows “Absent”. So if someone is Absent from their job, how can they say they have gain any experience during the time they were absent? At least, Palin was present as the Mayor and Gov and making decisions and taking actions that improved the lives of her constituents. Plus you can not compare an executive position to a legislative one — one does and the other talks.

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  • 6. pr  |  August 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Super, got me on board, she is just what this country needs. She is a Mother, Wife, Governor, she has done it all, and done it extremely well…I am so enthused with her on the ticket. I was holding my nose before, but now I am energized, I am supporting the ticket all the way. Wow!!! am I ever impressed with her credentials…she is what a REAL woman is…hardworking, no whining about how this is the first time she is proud of the USA, no siree, she just gets out there and accomplishes what needs to be done…no whining, no victimhood, just plain old fashion wherewithall…and that is the stuff that makes the USA the best country in the world…I am so happy to see a real woman up there running for office, not some whiny victim who complains about unfairness, meanness, etc. Palin is real, she is not a phony, she does it all and does it well…I am so proud of her and her family…she is what women should be…what an inspiration…thank you McCain for restoring my faith in the system…and picking her….add to that she is NOT a lawyer….that alone speaks well of her…it means she tells the truth without semantics playing a role…txpoljldy

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  • 7. TRussell  |  August 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I always like to be right. So when I made the call that McCain should pick Palin, I was thrilled that I was right. After the euphoria died down, I wondered if it really was the right move. Then when the theme song from Rudy started and she walked out, I got emotional. It was a strong moment. I feel like this our Lady Diana in a sort of way. A blue -collar, common girl whose story the democrats have wanted in their own campaigns. Remember John Kerry kite surfing and Hillary drinking whiskey? She is on the right side of the issues and has shown she is serving for the right reasons. I genuinely think she is the most surprised by the pick. She was asked to serve and did not seek the power. Mitt would have been a disaster. With the way the argument was shaping with the number of houses and all, two old white guys with royalty-type backgrounds would have been slaughtered (a word Chuck Norris put laughter back into). On the experience side, its not as important that the VP have the experience on the ticket. That said, she has more governing experience than either Obama or Biden.

    Excellent choice if I do say so myself.

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  • 8. Pat  |  August 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    This choice of VP is an ingenious move. It wasn’t necessarily the main objective to attract women, because if we can say that it wont work, the mccain camp already thought of that.
    The main objective was to excite the conservative base, like the liberal base is for Obama, and it worked! It also helped to reassure voters who would’ve liked Romney or Huckabee, because she is conservative and pro-life, even though she knew her child was going to be born with down syndrome.
    While atrracting conservatives, she also attracts independants. She fought corruption in Alaska, including fighting Sen. Ted Stevens about the “bridge to nowhere”. She also took on Alaska’s previous governor, and others. So, she not only comes out as a reformer, but also supports McCain’s maverick image.
    The genious of this pick was to attract both independants and conservatives to McCain, which neither Romney, Ridge, Pawlenty or Lieberman couldv’e done. Her blue-collar background also helps to humanize her, and possibly, attract women. But, that was not the main reason for picking her. It was all that I stated above.

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  • 9. JL  |  August 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    There’s a great post about the benefits of picking Palin at the My Man Mitt blog. Here’s the link.

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  • 10. james welch  |  August 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Lets hear it for the Gov.. She has the international experience needed. Shes’ dealt with the Russians, Japanesse and Canadians. As for the oil drilling policy in Alaska shes for, why wouldn’t she be. She and her whole family get a dividen like the rest of the residence in Alaska. This year it was $2500.00 each man, women, and child. Lets see thats $17,500.00 for the Gov and her family. Well if its a new slogan the republicans are lookin for it could be “Less Drillin, and More Fishin”… The Gov is a fisherwomen isnt she?

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  • 11. alice  |  August 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    YES! Finally, someone to keep it interesting. Great Pick. I too am a 44 y.o. self employed mother of 5. Excited about the pick. I don’t feel there’s any hidden agendas. New blood is always good. Makes Obama and company look like such pompous phonies.
    This is a great wonderful pick.

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  • 12. ncarnes  |  August 30, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I think it was a very good pick. People like Newt Gingrich were recommending her since April.

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  • 13. Elaine  |  August 30, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Up until now, I have been very discouraged about both our presidential candidates. But now that Gov. Sarah Palin has been selected to be McCain’s VP, it gives me hope. I hope and pray that the McCain/Palin ticket can knock the socks off the voters to make them realize that the republican presidential candidates are the people to elect. As a Delawarean, how can I vote for the Obama/Biden ticket when Obama has NO executive experience and Biden has been in Washington for 37 years and done NOTHING.

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  • 14. Nathayan  |  August 30, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Time is over.
    McCain, too old to lead.

    Sarah Palin!
    Wise keeper and a McCain’s 7 houses protector.
    Too young and full of lack of experience to lead.

    Sarah Palin = Bush and Big oil companies,
    McCain = Personal interest, first.
    The US interests, after!

    McCain’s 7 houses before,
    The US, after!

    By choosing the novice Sarah Palin as his running mate,
    McCain is giving us a proof of his real lack of wisdom, judgement, vision
    and understanding of the American people’s needs.

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  • 15. al g  |  August 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    A choice that reflects that experience, knowledge of National Security, Foreign Affairs, urban issues and economics is irrelevant.

    I thought the Republican Party was more concerned about competency than window dressing of a candidate that is just a staunch conservative women.

    The fact that Democratic voters selected a candidate that was shy on experience, Senator McCain choice puts his needs ahead of the need of the Country to have someone who could end up being President. He lost my vote on this move.

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  • 16. Sheila  |  August 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I figured McCain would choose a woman — esp after Obama didn’t. But I checked about Palin. There are just too many problems with her — surely McCain could have found someone else? The party has so many qualified women. Palin’s being investigated right now, right in her own state, for possibly ordering the dismissal of her brother-in-law (using office employees to do this). She claims now she was against the Bridge to Nowhere, but two years ago supported it. And to top it off, now McCain can’t really complain about Obama’s inexperience — less than two years in a governor’s position (You barely get to know a job in 20 months)? Just doesn’t sound like what McCain really stood for. I’m truly disappointed.

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  • 17. Sue  |  August 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Great pick. My only disappointment was that Palin did not list Elizabeth Dole when thanking those who had paved the way for her selection.

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  • 18. christinlois  |  August 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I can not believe that McCain believes that if he pi cks a woman the female voter will not realize that it is not Hilliary. Please this woman is inexperienced. The republicans play whatever game they can to win. Everybody, wait until the debates. Keep an open mind. Vote for what is best for the country. We’ve had republicans in for the past 8 years. Do you think that Mccain is going to go against his party. This take for smart voting. Be on the side of the betterment for this country,..if not for yourselves, then for your childrens future. Mccain doesn’t remember how many house he has or the fact that his ancestors owned slaves. He is not the one to have in the whitehouse. Remember you thought Bush was going to do everything. WE are worst than we were 8 years ago. Also who is this woman I ‘ve never heard of her. The only reason is she is a white woman to grab Hillary voters.

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  • 19. Nancy Gullion  |  August 30, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    What a wonderful refreshing change. I am so proud of McCains choice. I think he knocked the socks of f the oldtimer snobs in politics and young ones too.

    ALLABOARD make room for the “SARAH EXPRESS”

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  • 20. soundbusinessnetwork  |  August 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    This choice is almost hysterical. It seems that McCain is so out-of-touch and desperate that he is willing to take any chance that will bring him closer to this nomination. As a woman, I feel that this is a cheap trick. Palin can’t offer any platforms that are anywhere similar to Hilliary’s. It’s so obvious that if the Democrats hadn’t lead our country in such a diverse selection of candidates; Palin wouldn’t even be considered for the job. If im not mistaking, she even said so in a interview about her chances of being considered in this election. I mean this women is a beauty queen and her husband in the oil industry. She doesn’t vote the way most democratic women vote, if any Hillary voters vote for her because shes a woman were probably independents. Sorry, this selections makes no sense! Unless you are a republican that has finnaly opened their eyes to see how they exclude women and minorities from their party and look for this as a make up move to cater to those voters. Women don’t just vote for women, but good politicians with a good stance on issues! Palin is “all wrong” on the issues! But congrats for being the republicans FIRST! another way to show that democrats are way more open minded!

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  • 21. christine  |  August 31, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Does anyone actually believe that a person can — in 20 months — develop the skills and the knowlege and the credentials that it takes to be Vice President of the United States? Sarah was a hockey mom and small town mayor 20 months ago! Now potentially second in line to be leader of the free world?

    I guarantee that if the tables were turned and DEMS had made a choice like this, the REPUBS would be ranting and raving about how INSANE and IRRESPONSIBLE the Democrats were, and RIGHTLY SO!

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  • 22. Stacey  |  August 31, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Personally, I think Biden will prevail.

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  • 23. Not a Dem  |  August 31, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Let’s get serious people, forget the angry feminist innuendo and the republican propaganda machine. This is not a bad remake of the old Pretty Woman film with John McCain playing the likeable eccentric grandfather of Richard Gere. This is a self-proclaimed woman who characterizes herself as a “Soccer Mom” that is also a governor of one of the least populated American states. Okay she appears to be photogenic and she can read a teleprompter well enough, better than George W anyway, but is this enough to the leader of the western world, commander in chief of the last military world power and protector of the last great hope for civilization. GET REAL! I DON’T THINK SO. Everybody wants to be rid of the war criminal Bush, but let’s do a reality check here!

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  • 24. Pancho  |  August 31, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Gov. Palin may not be the best choice for McCain’s VP, but she is head and shoulders better than Obama’s pick for VP, and for that matter she is that much better qualified to lead this country than Obama himself when it comes to executive experience.

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  • 25. robert s. taylor  |  August 31, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Bravo,

    Sarah Palin is a Great PIck for VP. We had been anquishing over the choices for Presidency this year.

    Now We are energized excited and our household is going to
    contribute to however we can for McCain-Palin to be elected.

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  • 26. Mike Pracht  |  August 31, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    A lot of talk among the political analysts about the few meetings McCain had with Palin. Have any of them reported on the number of meetings Obama had with Biden? I would like to know, so that I can have fair and balanced information on both candidates

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  • 27. TRussell  |  August 31, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I love the “she isn’t qualified” argument! Ya’ll need to get Michael Jacksoned and look in the mirror!

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  • 28. lemare  |  August 31, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    The Dem’s argument that she is inexperienced is laughable. Marjorie is right, just because Obama HAS been senator for a term doesn’t mean he’s learned anything–he never even shows up!!!! Plus, executive experience trumps legislative any day of the week.

    I think Mitt would have been a better choice from the perspective that he would be more experienced to pick up and lead the country today, but there’s less “water under the bridge” with Palin, so it seems like a good choice.

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  • 29. mikel  |  August 31, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    This is a nightmarish pick. I honestly suspect McCain of throwing the election so he can head back to the Senate for more of his favorite past time- bashing “his” party. He completely ceded the experience argument and moved his age back into play. A 73 year old candidate for the nation’s highest office selected a nobody with no experience as his potential successor? Right, she’ll do great in a debate against one of the nation’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts.

    If he wanted a woman he could have easily selected Hutchison, or even Fiorina. Both have more impressive resumes. The fact that he didn’t choose Romney, Portman, or Crist is baffling.

    This choice was all about ego. Just like campaign finance reform, immigration reform, the Gang of 14 and every other McCain accomplishment. I don’t want the party equated with his style of politics for 4 years.

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  • 30. Lowdogg  |  August 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Hot Air has an interesting post about how McCain has apparently favored Palin for months:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/31/palin-no-panic-pick-wapo/

    Very interesting how our blog became a fascinating site for a proxy war.

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  • 31. lemare  |  September 2, 2008 at 2:17 am

    How do you think that Palin’s daughter’s occupied womb will effect the election?

    Mikel, do you not think that the McCain camp did a lot of polling and strategy behind the pick?

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