Palin as in mail-in
Posted by Ron Coleman on August 29, 2008
Your vote, that is. Plus some gelt. It’s Sarah Palin, America’s first Vice President who asks for directions when she gets lost driving!
John McCain has made his vice presidential pick: the Republican contender will tap first-term Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, is the first female governor of the state. She has been a longtime supporter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who will accept the Republican nomination for president in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
The 44-year-old Palin brings working class roots and appeal to female voters, becoming only the second female vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket and a first for the GOP.
Such the move. Any time I heard someone mention Romney, I knew that person had no idea what he was talking about. Run two wealthy white men against the Rainbow Candidate? Sure death. In fact, when John Hawkins ran his poll of righty bloggers’ predictions on McCain’s choice, these were the numbers (zero-vote-getters excluded) —
Out of the following VP candidates rumored to be on McCain’s short list, which one DO YOU THINK HE WILL TAKE?
Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Senator, Texas): 1 (1.5%)
Eric Cantor (Congressman, Virginia): 1 (1.5%)
Rob Portman (Former Congressman, Ohio): 1 (1.5%)
Charlie Crist (Governor, Florida): 2 (3%)
Joe Lieberman (Senator, Connecticut): 2 (3%)
Tom Ridge (Former Governor, Pennsylvania): 2 (3%)
Sarah Palin (Governor, Alaska): 4 (6%)
Tim Pawlenty (Governor, Minnesota): 14 (22%)
Mitt Romney (Former Governor, Massachusetts): 37 (58%)
— who do you think was one of the four who predicted Palin? Your host! I’m good like that — the brilliant prognosticating that I only trot out when it turns out I’m right!
[W]hy would McCain choose Palin? Well, she does have some real strengths.
* The conservative base would love her.
* She would strongly appeal to Hillary voters.
* She would help McCain go head-to-head with Obama on the “change” meme.
* She is probably the best of the women McCain could pick if the rumors about him and Kay Bailey Hutchinson not getting along are true.
What were John’s reservation?
I really don’t think someone with only 2 years of relevant experience (She was elected governor of Alaska in 2006) should be the Vice-President. I also think her selection would undercut McCain’s “not ready to lead” attacks on Obama . . .
He’s in error here, because there are no qualifications or experience required for a job whose main task is attending funerals. And unlike Obama, she is number two on the ticket, not number one. That’s a huge difference. Meanwhile, all the bullet points are huge political positives.
Hurray for America!