Palin no panic pick: WaPo

posted at 8:37 am on August 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats offered a little projection over the weekend and claimed that John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate exposed his panic during their convention, a claim that only made sense if one hadn’t endured it on television.  Unfortunately for them, the meme of panic doesn’t apply, nor did it make sense any, given McCain’s position in the polls.  The Washington Post reports that McCain favored Palin for months, and that it reflects a deliberate focus on reform and change:

Their first encounter was last February at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington. Sarah Palin was one of several governors who met privately with Sen. John McCain, by then well on his way to capturing the Republican presidential nomination, and her directness and knowledge were impressive.

Later that day, at a largely social gathering organized by his campaign, McCain spent 15 minutes in private conversation with the first-term Alaska governor. “I remember him talking about her when he came back,” a McCain adviser said. “He said she was an impressive woman. He liked her.” …

Far from being a last-minute tactical move or a second choice when better known alternatives were eliminated, Palin was very much in McCain’s thinking from the beginning of the selection process, according to McCain’s advisers. The 44-year-old governor made every cut as the first list of candidates assembled last spring was slowly winnowed. The more McCain learned about her, the more attracted he was to her as someone who shared his maverick, anti-establishment instincts.

The media saw the dispatch of Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney as an audition for the role of running mate, but that turned out to be hogwash. As one McCain aide told Dan Balz and Robert Barnes, that speculation filled air time but was completely inaccurate.  Pawlenty and Romney went to Denver because they’re good and experienced surrogates.  In the end, they had Pawlenty leave Denver because of the wild speculation that he was auditioning for VP.

By the time the Democrats began gathering in Denver, McCain had focused on Palin.  Last Sunday, he invited her to Arizona for another meeting, and she traveled to Sedona through Flagstaff on Wednesday.  After an hour-long meeting and consulting with Cindy McCain privately, he offered Palin the spot, which she accepted.  Palin did not fly from Alaska to Dayton on Thursday afternoon; she came straight from Arizona.  The private plane on the Anchorage-to-Dayton flight delivered Palin’s family, which found out at the last minute of the decision.

What of Lieberman, Ridge, and Romney?  The first two did get serious consideration as options, McCain’s aides say.  Romney got vetted but never considered himself a serious candidate, and apparently neither did McCain.  Their relationship has improved considerably since the primaries, but in the end, Romney didn’t fit the reform message.  Neither did Ridge, and Lieberman may have sent the wrong kind of reform message to the Republican base.

Far from being some sort of panic attack, McCain’s selection of Palin was a deliberate effort to craft a specific message for the general election and for his Presidency, should he win.  He wants to challenge his party to recall their reform roots from the Reagan Revolution and the Contract with America.  He cannot expect to have that taken seriously or effectively without having a real reformer, and not just a talker, on the ticket with him.  He needs the conservative base energized and enthusiastic to make that message effective, and Palin provides both a track record of real reform and energy for the GOP base.

As the Times said on Friday, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The panic seen from the Left shouldn’t surprise anyone, either.  After their so-called reformer picked a 35-year Washington insider as his running mate, the ticket of true reform is obvious to even them.


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I have talked to people that , the more they hear about her, the more they like her, and the more they hear about Obama, not so much. People are also becoming more aware that much of Barry’s back-round has been kept from them by the MSM, and are disgusted.

bbz123 on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

He wants to challenge his party to recall their reform roots from the Reagan Revolution and the Contract with America. He cannot expect to have that taken seriously or effectively without having a real reformer, and not just a talker, on the ticket with him. He needs the conservative base energized and enthusiastic to make that message effective, and Palin provides both a track record of real reform and energy for the GOP base.

Game on, Donks! Bring it hard, chumps.

Captain Hate on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Just Awesome re: pregnancy rumors

http://www.polartrec.com/node/3944

ninjapirate on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

After their so-called reformer picked a 35-year Washington insider as his running mate

Give Joe a break. After all, he was a lawyer for three years. : )

jgapinoy on August 31, 2008 at 8:43 AM

She still isn’t qualified, but she may barack, barack and be the flavor of the month. I still think it will be Jindal/Palin in 2012 as mccain will only be a 4 year president.

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:43 AM

She still isn’t qualified

Pqalin has much more executive experience than Obama bin Biden combined.

jgapinoy on August 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Sarah Palin is a REAL conservative, a REAL reformer, a REAL American, and a real looker. McCain-Palin = POW-WOW 2008.

D0WNT0WN on August 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

the Reagan Revolution and the Contract with America.

If Juan expresses these themes at the convention, I’ll vote for him.

Zorro on August 31, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Imagine being told you have one night to study for a final exam for a class you never went to.

That’s Palin.

She’s not a panic pick, but she’s certainly a longer than log shot.

You can rationalize all you want about how amazing her tiny resume is and you can avoid answering the question by trying to change the subject to Obama’s resume but you’re all doing a pi*s poor job of making a case that she was a smart choice for the country.

She was chosen with winning in mind, not governing. And that’s moronic.

Had Obama chosen someone like her, you would have all sh*t your pants with shrieking blogging complaining glee.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Palin brings something to the table that democrats cannot seem to grasp. Integrity and having a core to base your value system on conflicts with their perception of reality. Since their mere existence is based on racial hatred and class envy, this will be more than they can comprehend.

volsense on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

She still isn’t qualified…i’m not saying I don’t want her to win…that doesn’t change the fact that she still isn’t qualified

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

And the fawning over what she looks like?

Cringeworthy.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Palin has much more executive experience than Obama bin Biden combined.

jgapinoy on August 31, 2008 at 8:46 AM

It’s better than that. Governor Palin has more executive experience than McCain, Obama and Biden combined.

Furthermore, of all sitting governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives, Governor Palin has more experience and more effective experience than any of them at successfully fighting a culture of corruption, including in her own party.

It shameful to say so, given all the corruption, but who in this country can match or beat Governor Palin’s record in this area?

REFORM!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 8:53 AM

I had a feeling Romney was never really in the hunt for the job. McCain would be smart though to let it leak that he’ll have a prominent role in his administration dealing with taxes and economic policies.

smfoushee on August 31, 2008 at 8:53 AM

The bottom of the McCain ticket is more qualified than the top of the Obama ticket.

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 8:55 AM

I had a feeling Romney was never really in the hunt for the job. McCain would be smart though to let it leak that he’ll have a prominent role in his administration dealing with taxes and economic policies.

smfoushee on August 31, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Problem may be that he doesn’t really want such a role. I suspect he has other plans.

D0WNT0WN on August 31, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Had Obama chosen someone like her, you would have all sh*t your pants with shrieking blogging complaining glee.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Projecting your inadequacies on others, no? It must really suck to be you. Are you Canadian?

Captain Hate on August 31, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Although McCain probably could have won relatively easily with Romney on the experience issue, he’s decided to go with Palin and reform.

Yes, I’m nervous, and no, I shouldn’t be at all surprised.

This is McCain being McCain — fortunately, he’s done it in such a way that doesn’t get half his party to walk out of the convention.

tigerinexile on August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM

McCain has revealed his Warrior as Decision Maker skill in selecting the best available weapon to fight this foe and doing it without fear of the criticism from the safety first crowd. After all, war gives a true leader no second chances to win it later.

jimw on August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM

She still isn’t qualified…i’m not saying I don’t want her to win…that doesn’t change the fact that she still isn’t qualified

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Why isn’t she. She is qualified enough to meet the requirements of the consitution. As far as the founding fathers are concerned she is quailified. she has more resume points than BHO. She is connected to the everyday Americian people like no other politician. I’m 100% sure she knows what a gallon of milk costs, what a gallon of gas costs. I’m also 100% sure she understands what living paycheck to paycheck means. Her husband had to go back to his job after her election because they needed money to make the bills. You think MO or BHO had to go back to work after he won the Senate seat? MO got a nice 300k raise after that election and Todd Palin had to go back to work. Which do you think is more quailified to understand the needs, wants and desires of the AMerician people and thus who is more quailified to lead those people?

unseen on August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM

that doesn’t change the fact that she still isn’t qualified

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Opinions aren’t facts

Captain Hate on August 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Had Obama chosen someone like her, you would have all sh*t your pants with shrieking blogging complaining glee.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

She would have been more qualified than Obama. The only thing missing is her being a “community organizer”

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM

And the fawning over what she looks like?

Cringeworthy.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:51 AM

After pictures of The One’s bare chest dripping with ocean water? There has been fawning over looks alright. And they have definitely been cringeworthy.

Sue on August 31, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

If she’s unqualified to be on the bottom of the ticket your man is certainly unqualified for the top of it. I would think you Leftist would be smart enough to see that argument boomerangs right back and hits you square in the face but apparently not, for which I am most grateful.

TheBigOldDog on August 31, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Palin brings much needed executive experience to the ticket as well. Whether it’s running a city or a state as the chief exec, you need to be a leader. She seems to have that in spades. Then there’s that 80% approval rating in AK as well, you can’t get that simply on looks.

JimK on August 31, 2008 at 9:00 AM

If noting the beauty of a beautiful woman is “cringe-worthy,” then let us all pull up the flowers in our gardens, avoid museums, turn our backs on scenic views.

Beauty is inspiring, and Governor Palin has a beauty that is more than superficial.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:01 AM

It was a very well thought out choice, no panic — well planned.

Change trumps experience this year, I would bet the campaign’s internal polls tell them that.

Bill Clinton pointed the way — the ads practically write themselves, here are some examples.
David

LifeTrek on August 31, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Well done Ed, great post.

Just Awesome re: pregnancy rumors

http://www.polartrec.com/node/3944

ninjapirate on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

…and nice catch pirate. That should put an end to that whisper campaign.

Zorro on August 31, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Imagine being told you have one night to study for a final exam for a class you never went to.

That’s Palin…

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Not exactly a proper analogy, but even if it was Palin is certainly not someone the democrats, or even our own voters should underestimate. She is a quick study, and quite frankly doesn’t need to be a foreign policy wiz since she’s not the anchor at the top of the ticket. Her strengths will need to be played up in both the domestic and energy policies debates while McCain keeps the focus as the elder statesman.

In other words, this ticket doesn’t need two diplomatic geniuses, and what Palin brings is everything McCain lacks:

Executive Experience (and not just her governor’s position)
Strong conservative principles and values
A non-Washington Perspective
Working class America (the home debate is now mute, even if it was silly, its dead now)
Youth, Energy and History
Credibility on the issue of tax cuts

The pundits always talk about picking a VP that rounds out the ticket, and Palin does it nicely (seriously, no pun intended).

smfoushee on August 31, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Its the Dems that are in full on panic!!! McCain you magnificent bastard!!!

grapeknutz on August 31, 2008 at 9:03 AM

I was not excited about this race and was at times quite demoralized by it. But this pick has gotten me excited and energized. I assume that it has the same affect on vast numbers of conservatives that finally have a reason to support the republican ticket.

This pick was a master stroke. The whining and poo-pooing from some on the left and right about experience is BS. She has more executive experience than all of the rest of the field combined and a good argument can be made on that basis.

Watch the polls in the next few weeks folks. The landside will begin and the MSM will unwittingly feed it wondering and reporting on Palin as the cause. It will be fun to watch Olby and Matthews heads explode!

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 9:04 AM

tigerinexile on August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM

I would have been happay to see Mitt be tapped, however, Mitt would never have had the impact Palin has already had. McCain/Romney never would have:

* Raised that much money in that short a period of time
* Knocked Obama off the airwaves right after his acceptance speech
* Completely wiped out Obama’s expected post convention bounce
* Got conservative, Independents and disaffected Democrats excited.

TheBigOldDog on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

And what exactly makes the Messiah more qualified than Sarah’cuda? Please enlighten us all.

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

following someone without being honest is a way to lose an election. She has the tools to be a great president. If McCain died in February would you want her as your president. When I think of the messiah and the buffoon I say yes…when I’m in the real world I say no…hell no.

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 9:06 AM

The rumors and speculation about McCain’s pick had me fooled. I was one of many people around here who was hoping he would pick Palin, but it didn’t seem likely. If I had had to bet on it, I would have said Romney. It was only in the wee hours of Friday morning when someone posted info about a flight from Alaska to Ohio that I began to realize that a Palin candidacy might become a reality.

backwoods conservative on August 31, 2008 at 9:07 AM

PROJECTION INDEED.

And the best part is…all the smearing, lies , hatred, etc etc now spewing from Democrats, Kamp Obama Zentral, and the like just make it all the clearer to Americans what is at stake in this election, and who will best “preside” (that’s why the title is what it is, folks…).

Lockstein13 on August 31, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Great pick Mav…Way to reinforce your basic message…

Go get ‘em you reformers, just like in the style, but not with the same progressive bent, and with the same zeal as T.R.

You’ve pissed us off at various times over the years, but if you pull this election off, and Put Gov. Palin on the map for many years to come; energizing a whole new generation of conservatives, in the face of a relentless societal assault, in the same mold, ideals, and outlook as Ronald Reagan

Then many of us will give you a pass for being such a…

MAVERICK !!

The Libs are projecting desperation, and on the defensive…

Give chase, and drive the ideological dagger into them: NO QUARTER !!!

RocketmanBob on August 31, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM
I usually ignore you but I decided to point out a few things to you. Remember Harry Truman? How much executive experience did he have? He wasn’t a mayor of an Anchorage suburb, he wasn’t a governor who had negotiated with other countries on oil rights, he wasn’t anyone that anyone had ever heard of, but he became president in the middle of the most crucial time in american history in the last 100 years and did a pretty good job, even by republican standards. Truman did have one thing that stood out, he had common sense and didn’t take crap from the establishment. Sound familiar?

flytier on August 31, 2008 at 9:12 AM

TheBigOldDog on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM

When I get more nervous about the pick, I tell myself that Bill Kristol, Newt Gingrich, and Larry Kudlow have been calling for it for months, and that ain’t nothing.

She’s impressed some impressive people.

So we’ll see.

tigerinexile on August 31, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Had Obama chosen someone like her, you would have all sh*t your pants with shrieking blogging complaining glee.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

You’re right Dave,—-If Obama had chosen some one like Palin, we would know the left has gone off thier collective rocker. The fact is Obama’s campaign of change in Washington has been a joke from the start. By November the electorate will know who ended up with that “bridge to nowhere”.

Rovin on August 31, 2008 at 9:12 AM

If McCain died in February would you want her as your president.

YES YES YES

unseen on August 31, 2008 at 9:14 AM

The bottom of the McCain ticket is more qualified than the top of the Obama ticket.

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Precisely.

Governor Palin and Senator Obama have about the same number of years in elective office. However, Palin has far more executive experience than Obama. I’m not aware of him having any such experience.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:16 AM

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

You’re right. However remember two things:

1. She isn’t running for President, she’s running for the “bucket of warm spit” position. For those who think this no longer describes the VP position, see below.

2. What little experience she has is still more and better than Obama’s.

Kafir on August 31, 2008 at 9:16 AM

unseen on August 31, 2008 at 8:57 AM

WELL SAID!

flytier on August 31, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Palin appeals to conservatives because of her character.

Many Americans, like liberals, do not care about character. To appeal to enough of them, McCain must stress his experience and make this a contest with Obama, leaving out the VP picks. Furthermore, Palin must stress her experience as a reformer.

indythinker on August 31, 2008 at 9:17 AM

If McCain died in February would you want her as your president queen.

YES YES YES unseen on August 31, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Mojave Mark on August 31, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Give me a break. Just because a politician doesn’t go around shooting their obnoxious mouth off about their own “brilliance”, (Obama, Biden, BOTH Clintons, Nancy, “I think I’ll just re-write history” Pelosi) does in no way imply that they are too “inexperienced” to know what’s going on! I’m “just” a stay at home mom, and I have NO doubt that I could kick Obama’a butt in a debate on world affairs! And God forbid, you should look good doing it. What a bunch of loser hypocrites.

The main thing propelling all this negative ugliness is the (accurate) realization that the addition of Palin to the ticket is going to propel the base and churches into a get out the vote like never before!

anniekc on August 31, 2008 at 9:19 AM

She would have been more qualified than Obama. The only thing missing is her being a “community organizer”

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM
———-
Thanks for proving my point.

After pictures of The One’s bare chest dripping with ocean water? There has been fawning over looks alright. And they have definitely been cringeworthy.
Sue on August 31, 2008 at 9:00 AM
———–
I absolutely, 100% agree that was cringeworthy too. Awww, that must suck that you and I agree completely. And you thought I would defend those cheesecake shots. Darn it all.

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 9:19 AM

The life expectancy for someone Senator McCain’s age is more than 12 years. Those who seem to hope he dies soon are the being truly “cringe-worthy.”

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

I didnt prove your point. I pointed out she is more qualified than Obama who is the top of his ticket. The dig on “community organizer” seemed to go over your head.

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

And just how was John Edwards more qualified as VP than Palin?

Seixon on August 31, 2008 at 9:22 AM

This is the NBA draft from the early 1980s. The Democrats have drafted Sam Bowie, and we drafted…Michael Jordan!

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:23 AM

As an added bonus, the AK State Troopergate issue is getting looked at by more people than would have before her selection. I’ve read all the transcripts available, and Sarah comes out clean; Mike Wooten, the Trooper administration and Union,…not so clean. BTW, the guy who was trying to damage her was the guy she whipped in the elections. Having Wooten’s indiscretions splashed all over the world must be a tad embarrassing for the law enforcement administration. Good!

a capella on August 31, 2008 at 9:23 AM

If McCain died in February would you want her as your president queen.

YES YES YES unseen on August 31, 2008 at 9:14 AM
Mojave Mark on August 31, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I wouldn’t want a King nor a queen. In Fact the emergence of the noble elite in Washington over the last 30 years has led us to this sorry state of affairs. This belief that only a elite snob from Havard could possibly govern this country has gotton us $9 trillion in debt, in two protacted wars with no exit stratagy, no energy policy, no healthcare policy, no immigration policy, and massive fraud and pork spending. Give me a commomoner any day to right the mistakes of the nobles.

unseen on August 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

S

he still isn’t qualified…i’m not saying I don’t want her to win…that doesn’t change the fact that she still isn’t qualified

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

I’m gonna ask it. Qualified to whom? in what way?

Here I am, legal immigrant that I am, thinking I had moved to the greatest country that said that anyone capable of being bright intelligent and ready to work was qualified for office.

Instead I find people like you that the only ones that are qualified are the prissy, uptight, long-timer, Washington Elite types.

NOT QUALIFIED HOW? for Europe maybe. If that is what you want.. the professional, lifer politician, move there.

But that is NOT what the framers of this great country wanted, and it is NOT what the REAL conservative base want either.

Get a grip on yourself (or maybe it’s time to quit gripping so much) and figure out what QUALIFIED means in this great country of opportunity, and then tell me what qualifications the empty suit team on the other side have that you find so “compelling”.

I think a GOVERNOR of a state, a woman that has raised a great family, sold a plane she didn’t feel her office needed, took on her own party, refuting it’s corruption is as qualified as anyone else you can name.

Is it that she is a woman? YES, i will dare ask you this, because it is time you knock it off and get thinking about this and what our country REALLY stands for.

Noelie on August 31, 2008 at 9:25 AM

She still isn’t qualified…i’m not saying I don’t want her to win…that doesn’t change the fact that she still isn’t qualified

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Because she has never eaten aragula???

You liberal elitists are so FOS. She is a true self-made American success story – individalism, self-reliance and grit. She didn’t get where she is because of Affirmative Action and corrupt politicians like Hussein Obama.

txdoc on August 31, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Just Awesome re: pregnancy rumors

http://www.polartrec.com/node/3944

ninjapirate on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Ninjapirate: your job today is to spread that link to every post. That is the best story I have read on Palin yet.

carbon_footprint on August 31, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Noelie on August 31, 2008 at 9:25 AM

And she hits it out of the park!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

The life expectancy for someone Senator McCain’s age is more than 12 years. Those who seem to hope he dies soon are the being truly “cringe-worthy.”

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Turnabout is fair play. Both of Obama’s parents died as fairly young adults. And he’s smoked for years. I read yesterday that Obama has released only ONE page of medical records. Biden isn’t the model of health. If their two go down, we could be stuck with Pelosi. Now, I want more information on Obama.

Whatever the case, it’s time to get McCain’s mother back on the campaign trail in the Midwest.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

It’s time to get McCain’s mother back on the campaign trail in the Midwest.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

To quote AllahPundit, that would be AWESOME!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:30 AM

anniekc on August 31, 2008 at 9:19 AM
That could not have been said better and yes, she appeals to both working mothers, hockey moms, republicans, independents and any of us who have had to make a pay check stretch an extra day or two. Oh and Troopergate, what a crock! More democrats wasting money to pursue something to try and smear a reformer and a conservative. Tased a 10 year old, threatened to kill his father-in-law, yea, that’s the kind of person we want as a state trooper!

flytier on August 31, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Give me a commomoner any day to right the mistakes of the nobles. unseen on August 31, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Just a joke, mate.

Actually she is a commoner, and a most uncommon one at that.

Mojave Mark on August 31, 2008 at 9:31 AM

It’s time to get McCain’s mother back on the campaign trail in the Midwest.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Sarah, Cindy, AND Roberta. That’s the trifecta!

D0WNT0WN on August 31, 2008 at 9:33 AM

There are events in my life that encapsulate the day as a sort of time capsule; where I can look back and remember how my mood was, what the weather was like and other details. The day that McCain introduced Governor Sarah Palin to the world is one of those.

carbon_footprint on August 31, 2008 at 9:33 AM

tomas:

Jindal/Palin in 2012??? Why put Jindal on the top? He is younger and has less experience right now than Palin?

I think she is qualified for the position and if she was not, McCain would not have offered it to her.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:35 AM

I have awakened each of the past two mornings thinking, “Did McCain really pick her?” And each day I realize that he did.

It’s official: I have an indefinite case of Sarahcuda Fevah. Catch it!

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Noelie on August 31, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Whoa! Brilliant post.

carbon_footprint on August 31, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Experience does not a great president make.

Want proof? Most presidents’ 2nd term are less successful then their 1sts.

I’m not concerned at all with Palin’s experience. Just because she isn’t on record with opinions on Iraq, etc certainly doesn’t mean she doesn’t have them. Does anyone here not have an opinion on everything?

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Dave Rywall on August 31, 2008 at 8:50 AM

1. She’s the second name on the ticket, your guy is the first. She doesn’t need to be ready on day one, your guy does. Though I do believe that she will be more capable on that day than he is.

2. The Republicans beat the Dems at their own game. And the Dems don’t know how to react and are ticked off about it!

It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch the next 60+ days.

IrishGirl17 on August 31, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Dave;

Right, yeah. She is just a beauty queen the panicked Dems whine.

Tell me, has anyone fainted at the sound of her voice? Applauded when she blew her nose? Offered the highest job in the land because she sent a tingle up someone’s leg?

The top of the Democratic ticket is a big fat show. That is all it is: demagoguery+show biz.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Rasmussen has Obama’s lead narrowing from the convention bounce: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday—the day before the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin—shows Barack Obama ahead of John McCain by three percentage points both with and without leaners. That’s exactly the same edge Obama enjoyed a week ago on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.Today’s numbers show a one-point improvement for McCain, but Obama still leads 47% to 44%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 49%, McCain 46%

And Rasmussen shows good numbers on Palin: Palin herself made a good first impression and is now viewed favorably by 53% of voters nationwide. Her counterpart, Joe Biden, is viewed favorably by 48%.

D0WNT0WN on August 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Paylin is the best thing that could have happened short of a 3 day open season on lawyers, with no bag limit.

oldgoat on August 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

ninjapirate on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Good job.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Very good point! I often think that experience is a negative in some situations.

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 9:39 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Political Rabies is rampant through much of these threads.
Sarah Palin=Michael Jordan
Sarah Palin=’80′s Reagan
Sarah Palin=Teddy Roosevelt

Did Sunday Services start early? McCain glances over at us and we start giggling like school girls. I guess if we ape the democrats in identity politics, we’ll ape them in Obamessiah worship as well. Obamessiah-envy is unbecoming if you’re a conservative.

Cold Steel on August 31, 2008 at 9:39 AM

For anyone who wants a nice list of this woman’s accomplishments vs those of The One, Redstate has a simple easy layout for you.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Cold Steel:

So, tell me, is there anytime a woman can get the nod without it being identity politics? Does it have to be older white men forever and ever just so we can prove we are not like them?

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:41 AM

tomas:

Jindal/Palin in 2012??? Why put Jindal on the top? He is younger and has less experience right now than Palin?

I think she is qualified for the position and if she was not, McCain would not have offered it to her.

Or vice versa

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 9:42 AM

If McCain died in February would you want her as your president. When I think of the messiah and the buffoon I say yes…when I’m in the real world I say no…hell no.

If it were Palin running against Obama, who would you vote for?

If your deepest concern is Maverick’s sudden demise, then that is ultimately the choice you’re left with. Thing is, concern about McCain dying any time soon is rank speculation.

Obama could die too, and America has repeatedly expressed its lack of desire to see President Biden take office, and yet, here we are.

Pablo on August 31, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Does anyone here not have an opinion on everything?

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I don’t know.

(Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

Mood gorning!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Cold Steel on August 31, 2008 at 9:39 AM

There is one very big difference my friend. We love the Sara-cuda pick becouse of what she stands for not who she is. The Obama supporters don’t know what he stands for, they only know what he is.

No, this is not identity politics, this is excitment about us finally having a candidate that shares our views and I wish the ticket were reversed.

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 9:46 AM

If it were Palin running against Obama, who would you vote for?

If your deepest concern is Maverick’s sudden demise, then that is ultimately the choice you’re left with. Thing is, concern about McCain dying any time soon is rank speculation.

Obama could die too, and America has repeatedly expressed its lack of desire to see President Biden take office, and yet, here we are.

in your haste to attack anything other than your own beliefs you guys are missing the point. I would vote palin but to say she is qualified is stupid.

tomas on August 31, 2008 at 9:50 AM

How is she not qualified?

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Cold Steel:

So, tell me, is there anytime a woman can get the nod without it being identity politics? Does it have to be older white men forever and ever just so we can prove we are not like them?

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Not at all. I’m not saying it can’t be a woman. I’m just trying to keep back from the ledge of Maggie Thatcher comparisons. The way Rush and Beck gushed about her, and the way some have gushed in these threads smacks more of objectifying projection and gamesmanship than an understanding of how she would work the VP’s role. Rush was giddy that we beat the Dem’s at their own game. Some here are giddy that we have our own Joan of Arc/Erin Brokovich. That to me is identity politics. That’s what I’m trying to illuminate.

Cold Steel on August 31, 2008 at 9:52 AM

The only thing missing is her being a “community organizer”
Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Au Contraire.
She did organize a community in her hometown and reduced taxes, improved services and education. Barack only set about to radicalize the population and arrange pork and skim, kickbacks and fraud.
Some organizer that Obama.

Tony Soprano on August 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Palin’s major problem as a VP pick is that the current Repub party leadership can’t handle her. She’s too tough. Sadly I think it will take a complete collapse into the ethical and fiscal trough before the party turns to her.
They will use any excuse they can manufacture ie foreign policy experience for starters. Thank god Obama has had 30 years of foreign policy exp because he’s running for president! Not.
After reading this article by Fred Barnes you tell me she is not the most compelling story in today’s politics.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/851orcjq.asp
patrick neid on June 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM

I stand corrected, as I continue to pinch myself after being away for five weeks and coming back to Palin as VP candidate. A tip of my hat to all those who pushed for her candidacy.

patrick neid on August 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Good morning to you, sir.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:39 AM

That should be the back of a t-shirt.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Au Contraire.
She did organize a community in her hometown and reduced taxes, improved services and education. Barack only set about to radicalize the population and arrange pork and skim, kickbacks and fraud.
Some organizer that Obama.

Tony Soprano on August 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Good point Tony

Elric66 on August 31, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Dave;

Right, yeah. She is just a beauty queen the panicked Dems whine.

Tell me, has anyone fainted at the sound of her voice? Applauded when she blew her nose? Offered the highest job in the land because she sent a tingle up someone’s leg?

The top of the Democratic ticket is a big fat show. That is all it is: demagoguery+show biz.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

steel on target….

I think the O’bama fainting clips are gonna be in our ads….

Keep Firing Drywall….

sven10077 on August 31, 2008 at 9:57 AM

The Obama supporters don’t know what he stands for, they only know what he is.

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 9:46 AM

The MSM is doing their darndest to make sure that no one knows what he is.

IrishGirl17 on August 31, 2008 at 9:57 AM

We humans have an innate ability to reprioritize what we know to support a conclusion that we jumped to based on gut feeling alone. We all do it. I do it. There is a reason for that. Those members of the human species who decided, then rationalized their decision based upon what they knew, managed to survive and pass their genetic traits to another generation. The governing trait here would be called “adaptability”.

We conservatives are as hard-wired for that trait as any other member of the species. The difference between a conservative and a liberal is the conclusions they jump to before the rationalization process begins. So far, nothing all that stunning about what I’m trying to convey.

Here’s the point: those conservatives who benefit most from the status quo–those who are hooked into the political machine and whose influence and livelihoods depend upon that association–are most resistant to developments that represent real change in the Republican party. They have been focused on finding a way to reestablish Republican dominance in the legislature, retaining possession of the White House and ensuring that any new Supreme Court pick is as conservative and constructionist as possible. They instinctively understand that Palin, and to a lesser extent McCain, are a challenge to the status quo and will threaten the established order.

I don’t wonder why people like Dave are reacting ungraciously to Palin’s selection. He and his cohorts are unnerved by her because she is an unknown quantity that they don’t know how to effectively combat. This is evidenced by the self-inflicted wounds they’ve been busy absorbing since her pick. Rather than concern me, that reaction was perfectly predicatable and, in fact, a side-benefit to her selection. They are functionally incapable of not reacting that way, even when logic dictates that the safest reaction to her would be subdued and polite, followed by ignoring her.

My concern is with the Republican power structure and any self-defeating sabotage they might engage in in spite of themselves. We’ve already seen some of it. Prominent luminaries on the right have expressed their concerns and exhausted themselves rationalizing them. They have waxed eloquent in the interest of “fairness and evenhandedness”. Is it really a concern for integrity, or reaction to perceived threat?

The McCain/Palin message is clear. Washington needs change. The change it needs is clear to the majority of her citizens. That change is rejection of the status quo. The status quo is a sophisticated and entrenched system of favors and rewards established to give monied interests a disproportionate influence in our government. McCain and Palin both have demonstrated not only the desire to advocate for that kind of change, but the courage to take risks to implement it.

I believe that most of us, those of us Americans not currently entrenched in the status quo of Washington, sense that potential and respond to it positively. We have been told on countless occasions that “you can’t buck the system” or “you can’t fight city hall”. Nuts. America was founded on the principle that you can, and should.

Why shouldn’t our elected officials practice a sense of restraint in their daily lives as if the money they spend makes a difference? Why shouldn’t they expose themselves to the same challenges that their constituencies endure?

This is not some appeal to class envy or warfare. People who have wealth have the right to enjoy it as they see fit. But wealth should not be a prerequisite to public service, just as decades of entrenchment at the public trough should not be a prerequisite of elected office.

This is exactly the point. Only someone who has rejected the status quo and demonstrated the courage to challenge it can implement change. Barrack Obama and Joe Biden are examples of men who have embraced the machine and mastered it. John McCain and Sarah Palin are people who have earned a reputation for bucking establishment and following principle–sometimes at significant political risk.

Immolate on August 31, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Here is how she will “work in the VP’s Role”

She will be much more visible than any VP in history. Unlike Cheney who “W” likes to keep in the closet most of the time. McCain will use her constantly to project the message to all the talk shows and news programs. The MSM will be all too happy to use her too because of the fact that she is a woman and a good looking one at that. The net result will be that to the American people at the end of four years she will seem like the most “qualified” person imaginable to fill the role of President.

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 9:59 AM

That to me is identity politics. That’s what I’m trying to illuminate.

Cold Steel on August 31, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I appreciate that concern. I too do not like identity politics.

However, I do not at all believe Governor Palin was picked because she is woman. But that is what some of her opponents are saying. Palin brings reformer and executive experience to the ticket. She’s also conservative politically, personally, religiously, and culturally. And, she’s woman.

I think most of the giddiness here is over her conservatism.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

The MSM is doing their darndest to make sure that no one knows what he is.

IrishGirl17 on August 31, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Well said

conservnut on August 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM

in your haste to attack anything other than your own beliefs you guys are missing the point. I would vote palin but to say she is qualified is stupid.

There are several prerequisites for the Presidency. She meets them all, therefore she qualifies. Your arguments rest on whether she’s the best person for the job. Thing is, she’s not running for the job. Obama is. And even if she were, you’d still pick her.

You see where I’m going here? Your fears don’t become realized unless Johnny Mac croaks. My fears come to pass if he loses the election.

Pablo on August 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Au Contraire.

Tony Soprano on August 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

No! Not French! Not French in Hot Air posts!!

Sacre bleu.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Alaska shares a very close border with the Soviets. Hyde Park IS Soviet…..

J.J. Sefton on August 31, 2008 at 10:04 AM

However, I do not at all believe Governor Palin was picked because she is woman.

That most certainly went into the calculation, and I doubt she would have been picked if she wasn’t a woman. Just like Obama wouldn’t be the nominee if he wasn’t black. That said, Palin has a hell of a lot more substance than Obama. Experience, principles, savvy…she beats him hands down in every category. And don’t get me started on Joey Hairplugs.

Pablo on August 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM

People are also becoming more aware that much of Barry’s back-round has been kept from them by the MSM, and are disgusted.

bbz123 on August 31, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Remember how much media attention was paid to McCain’s offhand remark that he doesn’t know as much about economics as he’d like to? The Wall Street Journal ran an article the other day and revealed that when Obama was asked by Chicago newspapers about the details of his shady house purchase (with the assistance of his supporter/fundraiser — the convicted felon — Tony Rezko), Obama responded by saying that he doesn’t really understand a lot about buying houses.

Can you imagine how much play that comment would have gotten if McCain had said it? Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer, can’t comprehend a basic real estate transaction, yet we’re supposed to accept that he’s perfectly qualified to oversee the entire U.S. economy?

AZCoyote on August 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM

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