Palin

Wow. Another fantastic choice. I can’t say I know too much about her true ideology. However from what I have heard, she seems a common-sense moderate. Those words are always comforting to me.

It was politically saavy. Not just because of the exploiting Obama’s weakness with the
Hillary voters. But because she comes with the fewest negatives. The other big potential choices for McCain (Romney, Pawlenty, Lieberman, Ridge) all had the potential to hurt his base a bit or activate the Dems a little more. Palin does not.

In other words, she won’t make conservatives uneasy about the ticket AND she won’t rile up Dems. With VP picks the rule of course is to “do no harm.”

Now that the tickets are locked in, I could not be happier with our options.

Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin is unbelievably superior to anything I could have hoped for.

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9 comments

  1. Paul,

    I’m definitely not as politically apt as you, but I thought I would share a mini-story with you:

    I am student-teaching right now, and in the teachers lounge, there was a woman (who I did not know) watching the news and saw who McCain chose. She then immediately called a friend and said how upset she was that McCain chose Palin. Her exact words I believe were “McCain just lost the race with that choice”. Probs a little over the top, but it is definitely interesting to hear views on these decisions! Do you think a lot of others will feel the same?

    hope you are doing well! 🙂

  2. Sadly, she supports teaching intelligent design in public schools, does not think climate change is man made, and thinks we can drill our way out of oil independence. Oh, and her husband is “an oil production operator for BP on Alaska’s North Slope”. As she said last week, “When I look every day, the big oil company’s building is right out there next to me, and it’s quite a reminder that we should have mutually beneficial relationships with the oil industry.” Doesn’t sound like she’d like to go up against (the overused phrase of) “Big Oil”.

    From an interview with NewsMax this month:
    What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?

    “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

    Wah Wah.

  3. from wikipedia:

    In 2002, while running for lieutenant governor, Palin called herself as “pro-life as any candidate can be.”[38] She opposes abortion for rape and incest victims, supporting it only in cases where the mother’s life is in danger,[98] and suggested that requiring parental consent for abortions be added to Alaska’s constitution.[99] Palin does support contraception, and is a member of Feminists for Life.[100][38] Palin is also a supporter of abstinence-only education and opposes sex education programs.[101][102]

    Palin opposes same-sex marriage[38] and supported a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.[103] Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.[38]

    In a televised debate, Palin said she supported teaching both creationism and evolution in public schools. She clarified her position the next day, saying that if a debate of alternative views arose in class she would not prohibit its discussion. She added that she would not push the state Board of Education to add creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum.[104]

  4. The older members in my family (who are strong republicans) think that it’s amazing that her nickname used to be “Baracuda” and they can’t stop talking about it.
    They also think it would be such a feat for women in this country if she became VP…and that just makes me feel kind of bad for Hillary. 😦

  5. Point taken.

    I think everyone’s analysis here, as well as what I’ve been learning, indicates that Palin is more of a “National Republican darling” than I first suspected. And that is not encouraging.

    Before her selection I knew of Palin for two things:

    (1) Being a reform-minded conservative with structural changes to the state legislative process in AK; and (2) Vetoing a bill that would have denied state health benefits to same-sex couples.

    I was impressed with both, especially the second one (she caught much slack from the right for being ‘pro gay’ in that instance).

    However, as is clear now, being thrown into the national spotlight changes everything. At this point in time, there is no way that a national Republican candidate on the Presidential ticket can be anything other than pro-life, anti-gay-everything, and a NRA cheerleader. Sad. Shows how far the party has drifted from its roots.

    In the end, as has been the trend with me lately, there is much I respect about Palin the Governor, but less I respect about Palin the VP candidate.

    National politics are bogus. They are dominated by 5 second TV soundbites and superficial positions. One must sell one’s soul to be successful on the national stage, and its a bit depressing.

    One more reason state and local politics are for me.

    Thanks for the comments though, very interesting. It’s especially unique to hear about your family, Lindsay.

    The real question now is, will any of the leaners be swayed by the mere fact that a woman is on the ticket, regardless of her issue positions?

    Can she really get Hillary voters in the Midwest states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan? That is what the whole selection was about.

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