It’s Palin

McCain’s picked Sarah Palin as his VP. Let’s state the obvious: she’s a woman. She’s the governor of Alaska. She’s younger than Obama. She’s anti-corruption, anti-big-oil, pro-drilling-in-Alaskan-oil-refuges, anti-gay-marriage, super-pro-life and made a public decision not to abort a baby with Down’s Syndrome.

This is going to be a tough/interesting election.

100 thoughts on “It’s Palin

  1. Mad Joy

    I actually would not be surprised if a significant number of disgruntled Hillary supporters wind up moving over to McCain camp because of Palin. This makes me want to cry. Of course, these are probably people who would have voted for Obama hesitantly, if it all, anyway.The thing is, I don’t dislike her as much as I dislike many Republicans in office. I think she’s wrong on most of the most important issues, but there is something likable and honorable about her. Which scares me. Why couldn’t McCain have picked someone who’s a total tool like Romney or Pawlenty or even Lieberman?

  2. Mad Joy

    I actually would not be surprised if a significant number of disgruntled Hillary supporters wind up moving over to McCain camp because of Palin. This makes me want to cry. Of course, these are probably people who would have voted for Obama hesitantly, if it all, anyway.

    The thing is, I don’t dislike her as much as I dislike many Republicans in office. I think she’s wrong on most of the most important issues, but there is something likable and honorable about her. Which scares me. Why couldn’t McCain have picked someone who’s a total tool like Romney or Pawlenty or even Lieberman?

  3. Anonymous

    if mccain wins and palin is VP, I’m moving. to canada. oh wait, shit, that’s too close to her home turf. mexico it is, then, even if I have to be close to Dubya

  4. Anonymous

    if mccain wins and palin is VP, I’m moving. to canada. oh wait, shit, that’s too close to her home turf. mexico it is, then, even if I have to be close to Dubya

  5. Justin L.

    Does that mean that the Republicans plan to argue that the best way to improve our image abroad is to… improve our image?Props on the flute, though. I hope she can do jazz. Then she’s got my vote. :-P

  6. Justin L.

    Does that mean that the Republicans plan to argue that the best way to improve our image abroad is to… improve our image?

    Props on the flute, though. I hope she can do jazz. Then she’s got my vote. :-P

  7. Anonymous

    taken from a republican op-ed from cnn regarding palin:”She is blunt, outspoken and charming. And don’t assume she can’t stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden. She is a great debater. And she was runner-up for the Miss Alaska title, won Miss Congeniality in that contest, and plays the flute.”OH, OK, SHE WAS THE RUNNER-UP FOR MISS ALASKA, TOTALLY A GREAT DEBATER, YOU’VE CONVINCED ME!

  8. Anonymous

    taken from a republican op-ed from cnn regarding palin:

    “She is blunt, outspoken and charming. And don’t assume she can’t stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden. She is a great debater. And she was runner-up for the Miss Alaska title, won Miss Congeniality in that contest, and plays the flute.”

    OH, OK, SHE WAS THE RUNNER-UP FOR MISS ALASKA, TOTALLY A GREAT DEBATER, YOU’VE CONVINCED ME!

  9. Anonymous

    I noticed in comparing her speech today with Barack’s last night that she said “I” a whole lot less. From a psycho-sociological standpoint, is this a factor of her already accepting the 2nd banana role, or Obama still being predicated entirely on himself/cult of personality campaign? Analyze and discuss in no less than 10 pages. Due in week. No extensions.

  10. Anonymous

    I noticed in comparing her speech today with Barack’s last night that she said “I” a whole lot less. From a psycho-sociological standpoint, is this a factor of her already accepting the 2nd banana role, or Obama still being predicated entirely on himself/cult of personality campaign? Analyze and discuss in no less than 10 pages. Due in week. No extensions.

  11. Anonymous

    @anon 1:16 PM:you’re right. she has executive experience. never mind that it was in the third least populous state in the nation, or that she’s been in office for only a year and a half. her “experience” makes her a better candidate than ANY senator or congressman.mccain and biden are DEFINITELY more experienced than she is. obama is as well.

  12. Anonymous

    @anon 1:16 PM:

    you’re right. she has executive experience. never mind that it was in the third least populous state in the nation, or that she’s been in office for only a year and a half. her “experience” makes her a better candidate than ANY senator or congressman.

    mccain and biden are DEFINITELY more experienced than she is. obama is as well.

  13. Anonymous

    To add a comment about the ‘experience’ factor — this could actually be a shrewd choice. Talk all you want about Biden having more experience, and Palin being a heart-beat away from the Presidency, but you end up comparing her lack of experience to Obama’s. So who’s to say that experience is the deciding factor. In fact, it’s probably Obama’s lack of experience and ‘outsider’ status that made it possible for McCain to choose Palin at all. In this case haven’t we been saying that it’s really all about leadership. So be careful to dismiss her out of hand. I can only point of that she is wildly popular in her home state even among Democrats who know of her very conservative stance on abortion.

  14. Anonymous

    To add a comment about the ‘experience’ factor — this could actually be a shrewd choice. Talk all you want about Biden having more experience, and Palin being a heart-beat away from the Presidency, but you end up comparing her lack of experience to Obama’s. So who’s to say that experience is the deciding factor. In fact, it’s probably Obama’s lack of experience and ‘outsider’ status that made it possible for McCain to choose Palin at all. In this case haven’t we been saying that it’s really all about leadership. So be careful to dismiss her out of hand. I can only point of that she is wildly popular in her home state even among Democrats who know of her very conservative stance on abortion.

  15. Anonymous

    Palin is a very shrewd choice. As governor she actually turned back pork barrel spending earmarked for her state. She has bucked the Republican party twice – in her run for Lt. Governor (the Republican party in her state openly opposed this) and governor. She will play to a lot of women on the fence/pissed with an impression that Hillary got dissed, and she still encompasses the Republican base’s “guns, babies and Jesus”- she’s a mother of 5, including a Down’s Syndrome baby; she’s a Christian; and she’s a member of the NRA. At first listen, she’s a pretty good speaker too. The only gap in her political resume is her foreign policy experience – to which she can honestly reply that she has virtually as much as Barack Obama. Finally – she’s an elected woman coming from a decidedly “man’s” state (if you’ve ever been to Alaska, you know what I mean by that).Interesting is an understatement. This is one tough, smart woman with a very compelling biography.

  16. Anonymous

    Palin is a very shrewd choice. As governor she actually turned back pork barrel spending earmarked for her state. She has bucked the Republican party twice – in her run for Lt. Governor (the Republican party in her state openly opposed this) and governor. She will play to a lot of women on the fence/pissed with an impression that Hillary got dissed, and she still encompasses the Republican base’s “guns, babies and Jesus”- she’s a mother of 5, including a Down’s Syndrome baby; she’s a Christian; and she’s a member of the NRA. At first listen, she’s a pretty good speaker too. The only gap in her political resume is her foreign policy experience – to which she can honestly reply that she has virtually as much as Barack Obama.

    Finally – she’s an elected woman coming from a decidedly “man’s” state (if you’ve ever been to Alaska, you know what I mean by that).

    Interesting is an understatement. This is one tough, smart woman with a very compelling biography.

  17. Sam

    She’s been governor of Alaska for about as long as Obama’s been running for president, and has no serious experience before that. McCain just lost the ability to call Obama out on his lack of experience, and Biden will pick Palin apart in their debate.

  18. Sam

    She’s been governor of Alaska for about as long as Obama’s been running for president, and has no serious experience before that. McCain just lost the ability to call Obama out on his lack of experience, and Biden will pick Palin apart in their debate.

  19. Justin L.

    She is less qualified to lead the nation than even Obama, in terms of experience and proven mettle. From Bloomberg:”Palin, a former beauty queen, high school basketball star and television sportscaster, began her political career in the 1990s as a city councilwoman and then mayor in her home town of Wasilla. The town’s estimated population in 2007 was 9,780, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”And she’s been the governor of Alaska for what, two years? If McCain kicks the bucket, what makes Palin ready to assume the mantle of the presidency?Little, I’d say.Unexpected choice? Yes. Smart choice? We’ll see.

  20. Justin L.

    She is less qualified to lead the nation than even Obama, in terms of experience and proven mettle. From Bloomberg:

    “Palin, a former beauty queen, high school basketball star and television sportscaster, began her political career in the 1990s as a city councilwoman and then mayor in her home town of Wasilla. The town’s estimated population in 2007 was 9,780, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

    And she’s been the governor of Alaska for what, two years? If McCain kicks the bucket, what makes Palin ready to assume the mantle of the presidency?

    Little, I’d say.

    Unexpected choice? Yes. Smart choice? We’ll see.

  21. Anonymous

    Yes, even though her husband is a BP employee, BP is definitely not happy with her nor her decision to go ahead with AGIA, which is her plan for developing a gas pipeline. BP and Conoco have an opposing project called Denali and have been very public with their dissatisfaction with the Governor. They really hated the new tax they got last year which resulted from the roll-back of a more favorable tax package that had been passed under the cloud of a corruption and bribery scandal during the previous administration. These were the sort of dealings that Palin ran against and she was publicly opposed by her own party leadership at the time. Have to agree with the original post, this will definitely be a tough/interesting election.Just Google ‘alaska corruption’ for more details or try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_political_corruption_probe

  22. Anonymous

    Yes, even though her husband is a BP employee, BP is definitely not happy with her nor her decision to go ahead with AGIA, which is her plan for developing a gas pipeline. BP and Conoco have an opposing project called Denali and have been very public with their dissatisfaction with the Governor. They really hated the new tax they got last year which resulted from the roll-back of a more favorable tax package that had been passed under the cloud of a corruption and bribery scandal during the previous administration. These were the sort of dealings that Palin ran against and she was publicly opposed by her own party leadership at the time. Have to agree with the original post, this will definitely be a tough/interesting election.

    Just Google ‘alaska corruption’ for more details or try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_political_corruption_probe

  23. Anonymous

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  24. Anonymous

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