Are you ready for Vice President Sarah Palin?

posted at 1:32 pm on May 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via the Standard, Wizbang’s got a hot tip that the head of McCain’s VP search team is on the ground in Juneau. If it’s true, though, then why not advertise that fact? It’d kick up some buzz … although maybe that’s the problem. If they finally end up going with some more predictable choice, like Ridge or Mitt, it’ll feel like a letdown.

I’m cool to the idea of her on the ticket but less so than I used to be. The Spectator likes her as balance for our old-coot nominee, although I’m not sure why when the main line of attack on Obama this fall will be that he’s not an old coot, i.e. that he’s too young and inexperienced to handle the job. Palin’s been governor for two years, which is longer than Jindal but still less time than Obama’s been a senator. If he’s not ready, why is she ready to inherit the presidency at a moment’s notice if, god forbid, McCain’s age gets the better of him? Needless to say, her home state’s no electoral prize either, and given her approval rating (in the 80s, last I checked) can probably be delivered if she simply campaigns for him there as a regular ol’ supporter.

So why am I warming up to her? First because the GOP needs new faces, figuratively and literally, and as faces go you can scarcely do better than hers right now (figuratively and literally). Read Fred Barnes’s profile of her from last summer: She’s excellent on ethics, has experience with energy policy, and maintains balance on the environment, opposing the polar bear ruling but calling for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Second, obviously, having her on the ticket would steal some of Obama’s media juice as the candidate with the Narrative versus the same old patrician Republican crap. And third, well, watch this. We’re not going to win the woman vote, but there are surely some Ferraros out there disgruntled enough about how Hillary was treated to give McCain/Palin a very close look. That’s why it’s silly, actually, to care how many electoral votes Alaska would deliver. Her appeal, unlike Crist’s or Ridge’s, has to do with who she is, not where she’s from. Who’s to say she wouldn’t help deliver Florida or Pennsylvania more than either of them?

Exit question: Could Obama force McCain to put Palin on the ticket? Word is he’s looking closely at Kathleen Sebelius for his own VP, doubtless in part to make amends to those same disgruntled Ferraroesque Hillary supporters. How does the GOP recycle the old two-headed white-guy model with a pair like that on the other side?

Damn it, this calls for a poll!



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If shes hot, I am all for it.

Mitt is a good looking dude, but as a hetero, I prefer hot babes.

Roger Waters on May 30, 2008 at 1:44 AM

Man, what a GOOD LOOKING ticket THAT would be. Palin/Romney — Romney/Palin — don’t hate us because we are beautiful.

EJDolbow on May 30, 2008 at 8:28 AM

A politician(like Hussein OHuckabee) could promise you the stars and moon..but if that MAN has no character what good are his promises?

Fixed that for you.

right2bright on May 30, 2008 at 9:02 AM

It’s official.

Instead of “Fred!”, we should referring to her as “Sarah!”. Got it?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Palin on the ticket, now poses a serious problem for Libertarian Republicans. We’ve been supporting her all along for McCain’s VP. (See Libertarian Republican blog.)

But last weekend the Libertarian Party nominated a mainstream Presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Root. Most Libertarian Republicans are now excited about the Libertarian Party for the election.

If libertarian Republican Sarah Palin gets on the GOP ticket, we’re going to be in a huge pickle indeed.

Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
1997-2003

ericdondero on May 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Got it. Sarah!

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

For those of you saying Palin is “inexperienced,” keep in mind that she served as Mayor of Alaska’s 4th largest city – Anchorage suburb Wasila, for 8 years. She also served on the Governor’s PetroChemical Advisory Board.

So, it’s not like she came from nowheres and suddenly became Governor. She was quite a well-known figure in Alaska politics prior to the Goverorship.

ericdondero on May 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM

McCain/Palin 08!

kcd on May 30, 2008 at 9:27 AM

she is a lot better looking than hillary….

right4life on May 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM

I’m a woman, so I can say this: She sounds like a pretty hard-core broad. Sort of Codi Rice like…..maybe even tougher.

kcd on May 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Of course, the media will portray McCain/Palin as the 2nd coming of Bush/Quayle (VP chosen for looks alone). But neither Palin nor Quayle are empty suits.

jgapinoy on May 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM

ericdondero on May 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

You’re kidding, right?

Absolutely NO ONE gives a d@mn about the Losertarian ticket. Get over yourselves, and make good use of your time and talents by working within the GOP for the kind of policies you want. Unless you want to keep pulling .02% for the rest of your electoral life?

Viewtifulgare on May 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Look you guys and gals,

Sarah is a awesome person. She sticks to her guns, she hasn’t screwed over this State. She has done EVERYTHING she said she would when she got elected. Some things may have not been done how some people like it, but it got DONE!

I have NO problems with giving the Nation My Gov! I love Sarah and I am still very proud I voted for her. She is no dummy, she might even whip McCain out of his stupor.

Do not doubt Sarah…. when you begin to, she always turns around and surprises you.

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

and now why is this thing stuck :|

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 10:42 AM

To be honest, McCain sucks. I don’t want to tie Conservatism to him though. I voted for Crist above, b/c he’ll help us carry Florida, plus he’s no more liberal than McCain (that I can tell) – let the lib Republicans go out and win, to manage damage control – then when they fall flat on their face – go with a Conservative ticket in 2012 – however, the flaw might be that Obama would be inevitable after 4 years of Republican Liberals leading the way….strategy is still in the cutting room…

charlie36r on May 30, 2008 at 10:46 AM

…but Palin is definitely a hottie =)

charlie36r on May 30, 2008 at 10:46 AM

You’re kidding, right?

Viewtifulgare on May 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

You just scolded a guy who’s telling you Palin will bring a lot of the Libertarians back in the Republican tent.

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Rush, you know what is funny about that. The Libertarians up here.. LOVE HER! Even though most of us shy away… and trust me, we have enough of the Ru Palians up here to make you sick…

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Pretty remarkable that one person could potentially bring back Libertarians and Conservatives. If we can all keep focused on getting through the next four years, and concentrate on building a unified platform, then we can look forward to redeeming the country. Leadership is the thing that’s lacking now. I say let’s all get behind someone with clear leadership potential. Whoever’s VP next year will be candidate for Pres. in 2012.

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Trust me when I say this. Sarah is one of the few people I would say, doesn’t give a crap about what everyone thinks about her. She wants to do what is right. She isn’t a politician. She is just someone who wants to do the right thing. Some things she has done is controversial, such as getting the Natural Gas Pipeline layout started but taking the publics interests with it. I can’t say she is perfect, but at least she knows what it will take.

Trust from the public. Sarah at least tries to get them what they ask for. She takes the blame if something goes wrong, which is unusual for anyone to do anymore. And Sarah does actually give a crap!

She is just an average American who is doing the right thing. Lib’s like her because of her stand on certain items, not all… like legalizing pot, Sarah wouldn’t go for it. She is a awesome conservative which most people in Alaska like and the fact she does VETO items that are not needed, in which she has done since she became a Gov and did as a Mayor as well. Even the Reagan Dem’s like her, a lot, because of her wit and candor towards people. She never makes people think they are walking away empty handed and she doesn’t talk down to them often.

She is good people… I don’t think you can say that about many in the political realm and a leadership position anymore.

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Let’s just hope that someone in McCain’s campaign is reading this thread.

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 12:07 PM

John, my friend, select Ms. Palin.

faraway on May 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

She’s got a great smile…is she related to Michael Palin, of the Silly Party?
Seriously though, if what upinak says is true then I’ll be on board with this VP pick.

Christine on May 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

The problem with a McCain-Palin ticket isn’t Palin, it’s John “Obscene Profits” McCain.

misterpeasea on May 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

I’m a Fred/Paul kind of guy, and I can’t stand McCain. However, if he nominates Palin, I’d probably show up and vote.

fossten on May 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Hey, whats the point of lying about Sarah.

I have met her a few times, she is a great Lady!

And the fact that Sean Parnell is running against Don Young is awesome as well. I have worked with Sean, he is exactly how he describes himself AND doesn’t deal with BS.

Actually neither Sarah and Sean do. Sarah closes her mouth and listens then gives it to you in a subtle way. Sean, well he just walks away and not say a word.

They are a great team, but sometimes you have to let people rise to make a better place.

upinak on May 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Dick Cheney rocks. But because of him, there has not been the traditional VP pressure on the P to make policy that would help the VP in the primaries and general election. This has allowed Bush to go out thinking about his freaking legacy, one which will be told in Spanish.

With a young GOPer like Palin, she would pressure McCain to not kill HER chances later. The risk of her speaking out or resigning would help keep him a tiny bit in line. Meanwhile, he is strong on defence, which may help her personally, and she has the moral authority to speak to ANWAR and the environment, which is an area where he caves. I say go for it. We need to ditch the GOP establishment.

Spartacus on May 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Whoever’s VP next year will be candidate for Pres. in 2012.

RushBaby on May 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Oh my! Wouldn’t that be sweet?! Hillary really would blow a gasket if Palin was elected Pez in 2012!

kcd on May 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
1997-2003

ericdondero on May 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Will you PROMISE to vote for Barr and then PROMISE to stop bugging a party that is not terribly interested in your threats and silly claims of importance?

EJDolbow on May 30, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Palin or Romney, the only way to fly.

volsense on May 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Q: What’s the difference between a pretty Democrat and a pretty Republican?

A: The Republican earned her position and is coincidentally pretty. The Democrat has position based on looks.

Wise Golden on May 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

A: The Republican earned her position and is coincidentally pretty. The Democrat has position based on looks.

Wise Golden on May 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Like Bela Abzug.

Akzed on May 30, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Wise Golden on May 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Blond joke right? with you I can never tell.

jerrytbg on May 30, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Palin or Romney, the only way to fly.

volsense on May 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Agreed. I prefer Palin on this ticket so Mitt can run again in 2012 if all bodes poorly for the GOP.

PS. And she is still….hot.

awake on May 30, 2008 at 10:49 PM

We will need some swimsuit shots.

revolution on May 30, 2008 at 11:02 PM

revolution on May 30, 2008 at 11:02 PM

ug….another “educated” in the 90′s….
Does your mother know you talk like that?

jerrytbg on May 30, 2008 at 11:07 PM

I’m not surprised when “pup’s” don’t answer questions.

jerrytbg on May 30, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Yeah, pardon me for noticing, but Wow.

Jaibones on May 31, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Plus, there goes our campaign slogan. (“F*ck it, McCain”).

You can’t have profanity in your mixed gender ticket, now can you.

Jaibones on May 31, 2008 at 10:18 PM

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