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Friday, August 29, 2008

Re: Source: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled "hockey mom" who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain's choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.

Is McCain trying to lose this election? "Daring choice," my ass. This is a delusional choice.

There goes the "Obama has no experience" argument. I guess a VP doesn't need experience?

From Wiki: In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla contest earlier, then finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant ... In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality. Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, where she also minored in political science.

Obviously, he picks his running mates like he picks 2nd wives: trophy-esque. John, smart men and women aren't going to fall for this one.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Tucker said...

"....smart men and women...."


Being smart has never been a trait of the electorate though. Dubya was elected AND re-elected. Remember?

Friday, August 29, 2008 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Governor Palin is the only person on either ticket with any executive experience; she's had to balance both local & state budgets... Obama, Biden & McCain can't say they have done that. On foreign policy, she has just as much experience as Obama, and he's the actual #1 on his ticket whereas she will be #2. Obama has only been a community organizer, state senate back bencher and current freshman senator who has been running for president for 2 years out of the 4 years he has been in the senate.

This is a good pick by McCain. You weren't going to vote for him anyway so why does it matter who he picked? Ha! It's a good pick because it energizes the conservative base, she is an expert on energy issues (which according to polls is a top issue this election season) and she is a reformer who will match well with McCain's "Maverick" image.

All-in-all, Gov. Palin will do fine if she's VP... I'm not worried.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 2:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Kirsten Powers said...

From the New York Post:

Is she a gamble? Definitely. But so is Barack Obama, who has himself dismissed experience as a prerequisite for leadership, despite his spot atop the Democratic ticket.

At this point, Palin is so unknown, there’s no way to make a clear judgment about her. But listening to Obama supporters take to the airwaves to shriek with indignation about her lack of experience is just a little too rich. Where were they when Obama, two years into the Senate, announced his candidacy for president?

One Obama supporter and political operative blogged, “In picking an unknown, untested half-a-term governor from Alaska . . . John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen.” …

I can’t help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

All-in-all, Gov. Palin will do fine if she's VP... I'm not worried.

Well, you should be. Put down your big yellow foam "we're #1" fan finger (you know, the kind you get at sporting events) with the big "R" on it, stop cheering for a moment, and think: this was a wrong pass; a bad move. I've yet to speak with a single person that thinks this is a good idea (and yes, that includes Republicans).

This is a good pick by McCain. You weren't going to vote for him anyway so why does it matter who he picked? Ha!

I would have voted for him ... if he would've picked Ron Paul. But McCain isn't a fiscal conservative, or even a real conservative, so I'm not surprised Paul wasn't picked.

"Being smart has never been a trait of the electorate though. Dubya was elected AND re-elected. Remember?"

True. Such an electorate in '08 is the only way the McCain/Miss Alaska Runner-Up ticket will prevail, because common sense shouldn't allow it.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 6:52:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

Oh, and yes: on the 'maverick' tip: if McCain was REALLY a maverick, he would've picked Hillary as his VP. That way, he would've been the first Republican presidential candidate to choose a QUALIFIED woman as his VP ... and then would've gone on to win the election. But his ego wouldn't allow that (a woman more intelligent and popular than he). Instead, he chose a PTA mom who could be a perfect gal pal for his sugar-momma. Oh, the delusion of old white men in Washington, DC ...

Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:09:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

Tucker has the right of it. The American electorate doesn't vote on issues or qualifications or even the actual rhetoric of the candidates. Obama himself proves that. He has ridden a wave of media hype and his own cult of personality to the nomination. The guy is quite possibly just as much of an empty suit as Bush is.

If either candidate had announced his choice based on the contents of his potential running mate's iPod, it would have been no big surprise, at least to me. Given the shallow nature of the electorate, this was a brilliant choice on McCain's part. I have heard a number of black Democrats lamenting the fact that McCain got one up on them. I have also heard a number of Republicans cackling with joy. If nothing else, McCain's pick completely stole the Democrats' convention thunder.

Monday, September 01, 2008 8:35:00 AM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Strother, why are you threatened by Gov. Palin? I have to say, other than the kooks on Daily Kos, you're the only one I've come across who is upset by this pick. Maybe Kirsten Powers' article was directed at people like yourself.

Looking at her record in Alaska, Gov. Palin is a fiscal conservative. From reading the blogs, the libertarians from the mountain west (Paul supporters) who make up a good chunk of the electorate out there are Palin fans.

If McCain chose Hillary as his VP, he would lose in a landslide. Election tactics aren't your strong suit.

Looking back through the BP archives, you get the most upset over things said by Ann Coulter, Tanya Landreth (former BP contributor) and now Sarah Palin. Are you threatened by conservative women? Do you feel they should stay home and do the dishes?

Monday, September 01, 2008 8:35:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

other than the kooks on Daily Kos, you're the only one I've come across who is upset by this pick.

I'm not upset; I'm actually fine with it.

If McCain chose Hillary as his VP, he would lose in a landslide. Election tactics aren't your strong suit.

Only because McCain is R and Hillary is D; they're really not that different, if you look closely.

Looking back through the BP archives, you get the most upset over things said by Ann Coulter, Tanya Landreth (former BP contributor) and now Sarah Palin. Are you threatened by conservative women? Do you feel they should stay home and do the dishes?

Don't be silly, Andy. Lots of people don't like Ann's style, and America on a whole is about as familiar with Tanya as they are Sarah. McCain picked an inexperienced unknown based solely on the fact that she is a Republican woman ... thinking that was enough for women voters to support her. That's idiotic and sexist. As a result, intelligent women are insulted, and McCain — at this very second — is probably thinking, 'what have I done?'

Monday, September 01, 2008 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Strother opines: "I'm not upset; I'm actually fine with it."

Yeah, that explains why you're flipping your lid over McCain's pick.

"Don't be silly, Andy. Lots of people don't like Ann's style, and America on a whole is about as familiar with Tanya as they are Sarah."

I was talking about you. You seem to get the most upset on here with something a conservative woman says or does.

"McCain picked an inexperienced unknown based solely on the fact that she is a Republican woman ... thinking that was enough for women voters to support her. That's idiotic and sexist."

Again, you say she's inexperienced, and yet, I haven't heard you say anything about Obama being inexperienced, and he's the one who is heading the Democrat ticket, whereas Palin is only the #2 on hers. Why the double standard? Is it because she's a woman? If Palin was a man, and McCain picked that person, would your feelings toward the pick be the same?

"As a result, intelligent women are insulted, and McCain — at this very second — is probably thinking, 'what have I done?'

The only women who are insulted are liberals, and that's because they are always looking for reasons to be insulted. They view Palin as a threat because she got to where she is without their help. They want the first woman president or vice-president to be a proud liberal feminist who supports abortion on demand. For these women, being pro-abortion is their litmus test, and Palin is proudly pro-life.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 8:33:00 AM  

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