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Friday, August 29, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin: A Winning Choice for McCain?

Governor Palin is an undeniably risky choice for McCain. Given her relative inexperience (although she has far more real-world executive experience than Obama) and her youth, her gender and the fact that politicians from Alaska might be in for a bumpy ride over the next few months, she has some serious negatives to overcome. I hope she’s good on the stump, I hope she’s good in speeches, and I hope she knows how to prepare for and perform in debates.

But she’s a bold choice, and that excites me. McCain didn’t go for a safe pick, he went for a person who grabs attention, who has the power to help solidify the conservative base, and who appears to have the kind of personality and drive to succeed in this role.

I have no idea if it’s a winning choice--although in my bones I feel that it is--but it’s a choice that I like almost regardless of outcome. Let’s just say that I’m with Fred on this one:

“I am absolutely delighted by this selection. Once again, John McCain has shown that he is an independent thinker who paints in bold strokes. Sarah Palin is a conservative reformer with executive experience who will bring a breath of fresh air to Washington. She will be an ideal running mate for John McCain, and will make a major contribution to our country’s future.”

Good show. If I have an opportunity later in the day, I’ll explain why I like this pick from philosophical and political views.

Read the rest.

Update: Here’s what McGehee has to say on the subject. As for me, the more I see pictures like this one, the more happy I am that she’s the VP candidate. She seems like my people.

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I spoke against this pick for months, but I hadn’t seen her on the stump until this was announced. And remembering how she got to be governor in the first place, I’m coming around. In any event, now there’s someone on the GOP ticket I can vote for.

on Aug 29 2008 @ 12:11 PM

I didn’t watch her during any of those elections, but you hit on one thing that makes me really happy; she may be the first real thing about the McCain campaign to get a lot of the base excited. My big fear going into the elections was that conservatives are sort of going through the motions--unexcited about the elections, barely convinced that they should even bother to show up and vote.

That’s not how you win elections. Palin is motivating people. I’m hearing good things about this pick from conservatives and from those sort of middle-of-the-road Republicans who could have gone either way, and it’s the first real passion that I’ve heard in a long time about McCain.

on Aug 29 2008 @ 01:56 PM

McCain has played an obvious counter against the Age Card(c), neatly thumbing his nose at the Methuselah argument going around in Left Blogistan these days. Also, he’s turned the inexperience argument into a two-way slugfest, with both sides being able to shout “Oh yeah? Well what about YOUR teammate!” at the top of their lungs in a schoolyard slugfest. In addition, the Hillaryis44 crowd and the PUMAcrats are in play for a game of chicken, Red Rover-style. And finally, with a non-playground analogy, he’s laid a significant bit of groundwork in order to soothe the ruffled feathers of the base and have himself a unified party after the convention in St. Paul next week.

It’s a bloody interesting move politically. Just wish my own side could have come up with it by choosing a Mormon or something. Not that this was likely, mind you. Just something that would have soothed the base and put more of the middle into play.

In the Veep contest, McCain wins. Palin will do more for John than Biden will do for Barack.

on Aug 29 2008 @ 02:36 PM

You know if they win, it is a quite high probability she would be president. Can you live with that?

on Aug 29 2008 @ 03:43 PM

I wrote the following observation on my own blog:

“We in Colorado Springs got to see for ourselves how well that decision was received when talk show host Sean Hannity delivered a one-hour speech at the Prorodeo Hall of Fame this afternoon. Every time he mentioned her name, the audience burst into cheers and applause. She adds value to his ticket at a time when he desperately needs a boost, because of her reputation for being a conservative reformer who’s not afraid to take on powerful, entrenched special interests.”

on Aug 29 2008 @ 07:01 PM

I’d be thrilled to have her as President a few years down the road.  Hopefully after some good experience from the VP’s office in some military and foreign affairs issues.

I think this was a good choice that highlights the differencs between Obama’s fake hopechange but solid foundation of machine politics and McCain.

on Aug 30 2008 @ 07:35 AM

I would definitely be comfortable with her that close to the White House--and definitely comfortable with the idea of her carrying on the Republican party forward in four or eight years (more likely four). I definitely think BWM is right about the value she adds to the McCain tickets on a number of levels.

Palin is more conservative than I am in a few areas, but as far as the most important of my concerns, she addresses many of them better than McCain does himself. What I hope this represents is a stepping stone from the Bush Republican party to something closer to a Republican party that I want. I’ll be curious to see how she handles herself in the debates and in front of a very skeptical press.

on Aug 30 2008 @ 05:13 PM

One advantage she has in the VP debate is that Joe Biden has an exaggerated opinion of how witty he is, and his abilities as an extemporaneous speaker.  He’s a gaff-o-matic in reality.  If she stays poised, she’ll clean his arrogant, and not too bright, clock.

on Aug 30 2008 @ 07:14 PM

Had you thought that the areas in which you don’t agree may have a higher priority on her presidential agenda?

on Aug 31 2008 @ 03:23 AM

>>>You know if they win, it is a quite high probability she would be president. Can you live with that?<<<

Late to the party, but I could live with that moreso than I would have with Algore or that Quayle fellow......

on Sep 03 2008 @ 09:25 AM
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