McCain's VP pick

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/29/palin.republican.vp.candidate/ind...

Interested in comments from conservatives (and others) on here about this surprising selection.

No votes yet

Looks like your guy is going to be the next president. No way McCain can win.

I weep for America, but at least you can feel good about yourselves.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

I love the pick...I was on the fence about voting for McCain before, but this pushed me over the edge. McCain/Palin gets my vote.

And I know many people who feel the same way as me. (We've been speculating for the past few days that Palin was going to be the pick...just had a gut feeling.)

I doubt she was picked just because she was a woman...she's got the administrative experience someone in the executive branch should have. I think the experience of running a city and a state are necessary if you're going to run for the position of president/vice president. In that regard, she provides a strong contrast to the Obama/Biden ticket which has only legislative experience.

More than anything, she's a maverick like McCain. I think they complement each other well. I also think Biden and Obama compliment each other well. Both tickets represent older/younger, diversity (which is important to some), and geographic balance.

The selections bring skills/reputations to the presidential candidate. Obama gains foreign relations skills with Biden and McCain gains executive/administrative skills with Palin.

I believe this will be a good contest...

I'm very curious to see the media coverage of Palin's selection and compare it to the coverage of Biden's selection. The CNN article McCaskey linked to is rather different from the background review that Chuck Muth did on her. I got the "everything you ever wanted to know about Palin" email from Muth, but couldn't find a link to it. I'll post it as soon as I do.

A pretty complete and objective report on Sarah Palin:

http://www.financialbeast.com/2008/08/sarah-palin/

WOW

Palin is a class act. She will bring back some of the conservatives that felt JM was too liberal. NRA, against abortion, lower taxes....wow it looks like we got us a race.

Hillary has to be fuming.

Welcome back!!!

I'm so glad you've posted, I can't even collect myself enough to rebut.....YET!

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good to 'see' you too!

Palin was the part time mayor of a town that had less then 10,000 people? She's been governor for about one and half years. I can't see how her administration skills qualify her to be president.

Well, let's just say she fits in quite nicely with the Republican culture of corruption that puts themselves ahead of the needs of the public. From the Anchorage Daily News, we learn why her fellow Alaskans authorized a $100,000 investigation into the firing of the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner for what appears to be exclusively personal reasons. From the Anchorage Daily News:

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/478090.html
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Alaska legislators on Monday voted to spend up to $100,000 to investigate Gov. Sarah Palin's controversial firing of former state Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The decision came from the Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel of state senators and representatives.

The committee itself will not conduct the probe. Rather, it will hire an independent investigator to explore whether Palin, her family or members of her administration pressured Monegan to fire an Alaska state trooper involved in a rough divorce from Palin's sister.

Monegan contends he did feel such pressure, and the question for the investigator will be whether Monegan might have lost his job for failing to dismiss trooper Mike Wooten.

Palin has denied applying any pressure or otherwise abusing her power as governor.
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Palin abruptly fired Monegan on July 11 and later explained she wanted to take the Department of Public Safety in a different, more energetic direction. She replaced him with Chuck Kopp, the former Kenai police chief. But Kopp resigned Friday over questions about a reprimand he received after a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him in Kenai.
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On Monday, the council voted 12-0 to spend up to $100,000 "to investigate the circumstances and events surrounding the termination of former Public Safety Commissioner Monegan, and potential abuses of power and/or improper actions by members of the executive branch."
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A Republican who puts their personal interest ahead of the public? Palin fits in just perfect.

Palin was the part time mayor of a town that had less then 10,000 people? She's been governor for about one and half years. I can't see how her administration skills qualify her to be president.

And still - she's got more executive experience than both Biden and Obama combined.

The office of president is an administrative position - not a legislative one. It's called the 'executive' branch for a reason. It's about running the operations of the government. IMHO, I think someone who's got the kind of experience you get as a mayor and/or governmor is better suited to the position than someone with only legislative experience.

However, the point I was making had to do with the fact that both presidential candidates made selections of their running mate based upon their 'weaknesses'. This is what good leaders should do - know their strengths and weaknesses and surround themselves with people who complement their strengths and make up for their weaknesses.

Or McCain...using your logic

Good point Sensor. Or to extend the "experience" logic even further, Carty Finkebeiner is just 1.5 years of gubernatorial experience away from having the same VP qualifications as Palin.

Pink Slip

you just went and planted a seed

just wonderful!

Lol...Brian, I was kidding! I don't think Carty or Palin are qualified!! Michael Palin would have been a better choice.

Pink Slip

the almighty Finkster® not only received the message that he was mentioned as a possible candidate based on his experience compared, he already has the tux rented and acceptance speech printed and distributed

woulda rather had the flowers....

...or Biden ... or Bob Dole ... etc., etc., etc.

McCain certainly wasn't MY first, second or even third choice. But I do think Palin was a good pick.

My preference for a president would be someone who's been a governor. That's just looking at the skills needed to do the tasks of the office.

But if anyone is going to criticize the 'experience' of the candidates, let's be honest and take a look at the tasks the office has to perform and the evaluate ALL the potential office holders by the same standard.

Currently, we've got a bunch of presidential candidates making promises that only the Congress can keep. Presidents 'propose' but Congress 'acts.'

And no - I don't think Carty gets to be a good selection simply because he's held a particular office. I did take a look at her record in the two positions - and Carty is no Sarah Palin...

Unless of course the President issues an executive order and side steps congress.

" For purposes of this order, I designate September 19, 2001, as the date of the commencement of combatant activities in such zone.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 12, 2001. "

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/12/20011214-8.html

Making promises is part and parcel of the election process and each and every year the promises fade away unfulfilled and are quickly forgotten.

...close your italics?

It's a blatantly naked attempt to go after the disaffected Hillary voters and i'm not buying it.

Look, I never say never, there are no sure things and certainly the GOP has shown in national elections it usually knows what it's doing and will do whatever it takes to win, but this is one of the all-time national political head-scratchers. You can put your best face on this if you wish, and you will, but from my seat this is one of the biggest panic moves of all time.

The other argument--that the selection of this person is going to stop arch-conservatives who don't 'trust' McCain from sitting the election out or voting for the likes of Bob Barr?

I will believe it when I see it.

her gender didn't matter...just that I didn't think it was the main reason. There are a multitude of reasons why she's a good match on the ticket.

And, being a bit closer to those 'arch-conservatives' than you are (LOL!), I think she'll be seen as a better choice than some of the others who were being considered.

The office of president is an administrative position - not a legislative one. It's called the 'executive' branch for a reason.

Now wait a second......Dick Cheney said that the office of V.P. is NOT part of the Executive Branch. So does her executive "experience" matter?

Pink Slip

that's not what Cheney said:

The Office of Vice President Dick Cheney told an agency within the National Archives that for purposes of securing classified information, the Vice President's office is not an 'entity within the executive branch' ...

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Cheney_tells_agency_that_Vice_Presidents_0...

Saying an office is exempt from certain rules regarding executive branch agencies is what the claim was - not that the V.P is not a member of the executive branch.

And even if you really want to pursue this - the vice president is next in line for the presidency and the office of president is certainly 'executive branch,' so yes, as I said previously, I think that type of experience matters.

Saying an office is exempt from certain rules regarding executive branch agencies is what the claim was - not that the V.P is not a member of the executive branch.

If you look again, you'll see that I said "office of the V.P." I didn't say Cheney claimed that the V.P. wasn't a member of the Executive Branch. Regardless, I was half-joking. Palin's 1.5 years of experience as Governor will certainly put Americans at ease.

Pink Slip

Interesting VP pick for McCain.

Nevertheless...

8 years is enough! No way, No How, No McCain!

Biblically, the number 8 represents "new beginnings."

With that being said, America needs a change that we can believe in. Martin L. King Jr. had a dream.

On yesterday evening as Barack Obama accepted the democratic nomination, a portion of that dream became a reality...

And in November...America will have it's first African-American President!

I think bishop wins the prize. Just because McCain picked a former beauty queen as his running mate, doesn't take away the fact that the Republicrat Party is basically running on the same ideals that has taken America down a destructive path for 8 years. No more....

Pink Slip

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Pink Slip

I awoke to the news and the first thing that popped into my head was: "that's how you pick a spokesperson for soap—not how you pick a VP". McCain is just throwing stuff at the wall in an attempt to see what sticks.

I'm looking forward to the debates. It will be amusing.

cuz I'll be honest, I'm not the only one looking past McCain's life expectency, and not a whole lot of people are comfortable with a 44 year old "executive" acending to the Presidency, male or female, period.

At least Biden has a whole lot of foriegn affairs background to keep his head above water.

I know you don't see it comming, but the global relationship we have with other countries are what's going to make the difference after the credibility we as a country once held was shredded like a tree limb through a grinder.

Mccain of should I say McCan't.....

Does anyone see what McCain is trying to do here? While Hillary rallied around Obama during the democratic convention urging her delegates to vote for and support Obama...there is still some democrats out there who are undecided, and some hillary supporters who won't vote for Obama just because he is a black man. Yes this is sad, but it is very well true.

While many people want a change in America, this election while historic, still is based on the rich verses the poor as well as it is based on race.

We would be deceiving ourselves to believe that there are not people out there who won't vote for Obama because he is a black man.

In fact there are people in the mountains of West Virginia who won't vote for Obama on the grounds of his race.

In addition, there are angry Hillary supporters who either will vote for McCain or who will not vote at all.

McCain knows this, I am sure...and I believe that he picked a young woman so that he can try to get the votes of the angry Hillary supporters.

Either way, I think it was a bad choice by McCain, however because of race relations in America...it is going to make this a close election.

In order for Obama to win...he would have to win Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

And we all know Florida has a history of losing and forgetting to count votes.

I think Obama is the right choice, and I pray that America can get over the color of skin. After all...it is not about Obama, it is about us.

Who will look out for us...Obama.

If McCain gets into office, look for him to finish what Bush has started, in addition look for the draft to be reinstated, because McCain is all about war!

It's a great pick. Much better than Biden, in my opinion, and much better than Romney. Pawlenty would have been a great pick as well.

I don't know how many Hillary democrats will be picked up, but there will be a good number (10-15%???). More importantly Palin will energize the most influential voting bloc in the country (Evangelical Christians) behind McCain.

She is also being reported as a Maverick and reformer which is definitely appealing to a large chunk of Americans and it closely matches McCain's history.

I wonder if McCain lost the votes of animal rights people, because Palin approved the aerial hunting of wolves. Simply put, Alaska's aerial hunting of wolves and other wildlife is brutal and unnecessary.

State-permitted hunters shoot wolves from the air -- or chase them down to
exhaustion and shoot them point-blank when they land. Over the last few years,
nearly 800 wolves have been killed this way.

http://action.defenders.org/supportPAW

My first reaction to McCain's VP pick, was that he's grasping. Like the news people are saying - Palin is one heartbeat away from being president, and I don't think she's qualified in any way to run this country. For a long time, I opposed Obama - not because of his race - I think it's absurd to choose or not choose a leader based upon their race or gender - but because he just came off as arrogant & smarmy & full of promises with no clear ideas of how to implement them. I was never crazy about McCain - I dread another 4 years of a Bush term. I think that Bush has destroyed this country in so many ways. However, I thought Obama did well on his speech & he surprised me by having some actual ideas on how to make his promises work. Simply put - I was on the fence about both candidates. But McCain's choise for VP left me cold & he's lost my vote, and every animal rights person I know.

I usually side with you on most things, but fuck a bunch of wolves. I equate them with sharks. No use for 'em whatsoever.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

I wonder if McCain had asked Condi Rice to be his VP if she'd have accepted & it it would have helped him more.

I am very uncomfortable with the male/female lines becoming more and more blurred. I have no problem with a woman president or vice president and I have encountered the Glass Ceiling and I don't believe women should stay home and bake cookies. Having said all of that I also believe a woman with a newborn baby should be with the baby until the baby is at least three years old. I am sure that dad is as capable and competent as the mom but there is something about a newborn and it's mother that should not be separated at such an early age.

A fact of life, women suffer with post partum depression that sometimes does not manifest itself in the first months after giving birth. I wouldn't want a new mother having post partum depression and being one hearbeat away from the presidency.

By definition post-partum depression must manifest itself within one month of the birth.

Would you also demand that the other candidates reveal if they take any SSRIs for depression? Statistically speaking, Biden and McCain are probably more likely to meet criteria for major depressive disorder than Palin who is several months post-partum (depression increases in incidence as age increases).

I think your comments say a lot about your views on fathers.

My husband was a stay at home dad for several years, because it was a priority for us to not put our children in day care. (I had a significantly higher income...if we were going to try functioning on one income, it made sense to use mine.)

It was a tremendously successful arrangement. Our children have a very close bond with their dad...one that many children never get to develop. (And, of course, our kids have a very close bond with me too...I make it a priority that pretty much all non-work time is family time.) Our kids are thriving in school (early elementary). Both of their teachers have pulled me aside privately and showered me with compliments on how bright and well-behaved our children are. Of course, I had to explain that a large chunk of the credit goes to daddy. :)

Dads are as capable as moms, when given the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with their kids.

I think its selling the role of fatherhood short to insinuate that a child wouldn't fare as well with a capable father being the primary caregiver. (Though I would absolutely agree that children fare better with a capable parent as a primary caregiver.)

For those who question Palin's experience, are you also questioning Obama's?

Let's compare:
Obama was a state senator in Illinois from 1997-2004 and a US Senator from 2005 to today.
Palin was a city council member of Wasilla, AK, from 1992-1996, mayor for six years after that, and Governor of Alaska since being elected in 2006.

If you are so scared about Palin being a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, are you actually going to vote someone directly into that office with a little over two years US Senate experience and a few years of being a state senator?

I'd rather have a President that wasn't tarnished by "special interest" than a President involved with an "all-out orgy-fest" with special interest.

A candidate claiming "Change" in his campaign, in my opinion, is taken with a tad more credibility than a candidate who's willing to carry on with the present direction this country is travelling without changing direction at all.

You don't think Obama has special interests in his ear? You don't think unions will come knocking at is door 15 minutes after the inauguration? You don't think NARAL will be offering up major donations to get a friendly nomination to SCOTUS?

Obama is from the most corrupt and imbedded political machine in the country (the Chicago Democratic Party). You can't be elected dog catcher there without kowtowin to the Daleys. Don't think for a minute that the Chicago Machine won't have major influence in the Oval Office.

but I feel the least evil is the better.

Hey, do I think Obama is better for the country? nope. Do I think Obama is better than McCain? I do now. The vice-president selections sealed the deal for me.

The primaries are here, the delegates have spoken and this is what we got.

I'd have voted the 5 times I'm allowed here in Florida for Ron Paul, just so you know.

The conservative National Review questions her experience in relation to Obama's:

"Inexperience. Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain’s decision, Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain's age raised the stakes on this issue.

As a political matter, it undercuts the case against Obama. Conservatives are pointing out that it is tricky for the Obama campaign to raise the issue of her inexperience given his own, and note that the presidency matters more than the vice-presidency. But that gets things backward. To the extent the experience, qualifications, and national-security arguments are taken off the table, Obama wins.

And it’s not just foreign policy. Palin has no experience dealing with national domestic issues, either."

Pink Slip

McCain can't win on the issues, so he makes a blatant attempt to win the vote of Hllary suuporters merely by running with a woman. How can McCain continue to say that Obama doesn't have enough foreign policy and defense-related experience, when he selects someone who would be a "heartbeat away from the Presidency" with no experience in these areas?!

As far as Palin's "experience" as an "executive", give me a break! She was a mayor of a town smaller than Sylvania or Maumee. She has been the governor of a state for less than two years that has a smaller population than at least twelve U.S. cities!!

Let Americans evaluate the first big selection that McCain and Obama made to their team that would help each to govern the nation. Obama selects a veteran of national office with great expertice in several areas including foreign policy. McCain selects a pretty woman. Makes one wonder who each would pick to be Secretary of State, or Defense, or Homeland Security? Might Paris Hilton or Brittany Spears be high on McCain's list? After all, he divorced his first wife to marry an attractive, very rich woman.

But Rush Limbaugh is happy! Here's a quote from Rush, "We're the ones with a babe on the ticket!" Makes you proud, doesn't it, Republicans?

as I had a very capable one who raised me and my siblings after the death of our mother. Maybe you didn't read what I wrote, "I am sure that dad is as capable and competent as the mom but there is something about a newborn and it's mother that should not be separated at such an early age." I did not insinuate anything negative about fathers. I don't know where you are coming from.

I am not questioning anyone's experience, but I am questioning the wisdom of leaving a newborn for the office of vice president.

HeYHey, I did not say that anyone was on an antidepressant. Where did that come from?

I think that when you decide to bring a baby into the world that you are responsible for that life and a mother is more responsible, as the baby emerged from her body. I think my post was more about the blurring of male/female roles than anything else.

I am an Obamer come hell or high water and if the American people want four more years of George Bush and his destruction of this country, so be it.

As an argument against Palin you said that you didn't want someone with Post-Partum depression in the White House. I'm assuming then that you also would not want someone with Major Depressive Disorder in the White House, which would be treated with anti-depressants. Post-Partum Depression and Major Depressive Disorder have the same symptoms, but Major Depressive Disorder is much longer-term.

I was also pointing out that using that argument is absolutely ridiculous and narrow minded considering both McCain and Biden are more likely to be depressed than is Palin since they are older. If you're going to use the argument of "Post-Partum depression" on Palin then you have to use the "Major Depressive Disorder" argument on McCain and Biden. I hope you see the ridiculousnes of that statement now.

Twila -- We finally agree 100% on something! Obama is the one! For all of the Ditto-heads: Are you better off now than you were 8 years ago? Is America better off know than we were 8 years ago? Are you as proud as Rush is (this is a Rush quote that I heard with my own ears) that, "We have a babe on the ticket!"

Twila and I want change for the better. America needs Obama and Biden!

Am I better off? Yes
Are my parents and family better off? Yes, without a doubt.
Does my future look good financially? Yes

Is America better off than 8 years ago? Maybe, maybe not. But considering we faced 9/11, the 90s tech boom collapse, and a recession in 2001, we've come through pretty unscathed with the exception of the national deficit (which probably woud have been even worse if Gore had been elected in 2000).

We are ever increasingly entering a merit-based economy where those who work hard, pursue education, and innovate are the winners. If you don't do that then you are left behind. I don't really think that's a bad thing either.

HeyHey...You then have every right to vote for more of the same. I doubt if most people in this country -- especially most people in the Toledo area -- are in the same position as you and your family,

As far as the Al Gore comment, you're in total denial of the borrow and spend neo-conservative agenda adopted by the Republicans starting with Reagan in 1981. And the date 1981 is crucial. In the 1980 election campaign, one of the biggest criticisms leveled by Reagan and his surrogates against Jimmy Carter concerned Carter's budget deficits. Shortly after Reagan took over, his administration took the public position that deficit budgets were not bad for the economy and the nation, to the tune of tripling the national debt in 8 short years.

I know you hate to admit this, but it was Democrat Bill Clinton who was the best traditional fiscally conservative President of the post-World War II era! All the national Republicans know how to do is borrow and spend. It doesn't bother you that Communist China holds a growing percentage of our national debt? It doesn't bother you that American companies earn tax credits when they close manufacturing plants in America and open them in China because of laws passed by a Republican controlled Comgress and signed into law by a Republican President?

No matter how many flags he flies, and we have to make sure that these flags aren't made in China, as a growing number are, George W. Bush is the least patriotic President in the history of the United States!!! He may have brought to life the "Manchurian Candidate".

As a guy who doesn't give a damn about either candidate, let me at least lay this out for you all: You would rip on McCain's pick for Veep no matter what.

With Hillary off the Dem's Ticket: "It's a classless ploy to win her supporters over."
If Hillary was on the Dem's Ticket: "This is simply a me-too maneuver."

Her limited experience: "Ha! She could barely run Toledo, let alone the Country!"
If she were a seasoned veteran: "Yet another politico, not the change this country needs!"

Don't get me wrong, that's your job; protect and defend your candidate. But don't pretend that you're "The voice of the nation"... you're "the voice of your candidate's supporters". Much like the "OHMIGAWD SHE'S PERFECT!" types are the voice of their candidate's supporters.

Yes, she was picked because she's a woman, and it gives that Republican ticket that flavor. But she's also a good pick for McCain, as it shores up the conservative base that was probably considering voting third party (damnit!).

Now that the VP picks are out of the way, the political discourse can go back to it's normal back-and-forth...

Democrats: RICH PEOPLE SUCK
Republicans: 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11

Amusing, Obama is the one spouting, "change" over and over. Yet, who does he pick for VP? An old white guy who has been in Washington for about 30 years too long.
McCain is the one who chose someone other than the usual suspects.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Biden has a whole lot of ethical fortitude as well as foreign relationships...relationships needed to heal the damage that's been done.

Palin? not so much. At all.

Besides, I'm voting for what will be advantageous to me and my perception of how things will become. I'm not honestly comfortable with what America will look like under McCain's tenure.....

Does anyone remember when Ron Paul was a choice?

Anyone?

NEVER vote for Condi Rice. She may work for a Republican administration, but she's in actuality a flaming liberal, as is Powell.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

you are not the teacher and I am not the pupil. Check your spelling before you tell me how ridiculous my statement is. :=)

There must be some sort of student-teacher relationship between you and HeyHey, because you just got schooled.

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
Bukowski

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I've read my post several times, and I still haven't found a spelling error. I'm sure there's one in there I'm not seeing. However, that doesn't address any of the points I made about your reasons for choosing Obama/Biden over McCain/Palin. Try addressing those.

could use another 's'.

My Friends,

I am honored to announce that I have chosen Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as my choice for the Republican nominee for Vice President. As a father with three daughters, I can't express how proud I am to choose the first female Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.

Sarah Palin is a trailblazer and a reformer. As the first female governor of Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and has been a tireless advocate for reform - passing a landmark bill on ethics reform. She has taken on the old politics in Alaska and reformed the state's energy industry. She rejects wasteful pork barrel spending. She's fearless - exactly the type of leader I want at my side and the type of leadership we will bring to Washington.

My friends, together Sarah Palin and I make the strongest presidential ticket and I know that she joins me in asking for your support as we head into our Convention week in Minnesota. We're shaking things up in this campaign - and Governor Palin and I are ready to bring real reform to Washington.

The polls indicate this will be a tight race as we head into the fall campaign against Senators Obama and Biden. I expect the polls to remain close all the way up to Election Day and that is why any help you can give today will go a long way to make history on November 4th.

You may already know that I have decided to accept federal matching funds for the final months of this campaign- keeping a campaign promise I made. But that means that August 31st marks the last day I can accept your primary contribution. Will you make an immediate donation of whatever you can give- whether it's $50 or $500 to ensure Governor Palin and I win in November?

You can be assured that as President and Vice President, Governor Palin and I will always put country before all else. We are ready to lead and I ask that you join our campaign today. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,

John McCain

P.S. I have chosen Governor Sarah Palin as my running mate and today we held a joint campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio. I hope you'll visit my website to financially support our ticket as we head into next week's Republican Convention. Thank you.

could you imagine how fiscally overwhelmed the GNP would have been had no one in the private sector contributed to either of these 2 year old political campaigns?

It is fascinating to sit back and watch the media and the bloggers spin this event. The Blade describes her "paper thin" resume, though it appears she already has more positive accomplishments in her 20 months as governor than many have had after multiple terms. Her resume also contains something that is missing from the resumes of many career politicians - she has actually held a real job. Its also amazing how they conveniently "forget" important details in the stories to make their points. I read in more than one article there was controversy regarding her involvement in the divorce and custody procedures between her sister and the state trooper husband, but no mention the guy had signed an authorization for the release of his own records or that he had used a taser on his 11 year old stepson until I read the link to the story Maggie posted. In the period of just hours since the announcement was made, predictably the Democrats have found nothing right about her and the Republicans have found nothing wrong.
Twila, my first thought when I heard the announcement was similar to yours in that her kids, including a 4 month old baby will be immediately placed in a fish bowl with a much brighter spotlight than the one they experienced in Alaska. I wouldn't put my family through that, but it is not my place to decide what is best for the Palin family any more than it is for them to make my decisions for me.
Can she handle the jump to the bigger stage? I am sure with interviews, media scrutiny and debates she will have opportunities to make her case.

BTD

good observations

Dear Friend,

I'm honored and humbled to join this historic campaign as John McCain's running mate. I feel privileged to join a man I admire and the man I know is ready to lead our country as the next president.

Some of life's greatest opportunities come unexpectedly, and this is certainly the case for me. I never set out to run for office. But life has taken me on a course that first led to the Alaska Governor's office and now the country's first female Republican vice presidential candidate.

I want you to know that John McCain and I will challenge the status quo in Washington. We're ready to address our nation's great challenges - from reducing our dependence on foreign oil to cutting wasteful spending and creating good jobs for Americans. I look forward to working with him to achieve every goal he has set out during this campaign to improve the lives of all Americans.

As the mother of a son serving in the U.S. Army and the commander of Alaska's National Guard, there is no doubt in my mind that John McCain is prepared to serve as our next Commander in Chief.

What I admire most about John McCain is his unwavering ability to put our country first and to ask for nothing in return for his decades of service. He's shown his resolve, toughness and strength of heart in the darkest of places; all in service to his country. This speaks volumes about the type of selfless leadership John McCain will bring to the White House.

Our team is ready to lead the country as the next President and Vice President of the United States. We're ready to win in November and we won't be able to do it without your support. If you want change in Washington, then John McCain and I are asking for your support. Please join our team today!

Sincerely,

Governor Sarah Palin

Wow - she sounds a lot like Carty when she was mayor...

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/29/1223/87119/35/578632

"""" I hope you see the ridiculousnes of that statement now.""""

people names you should at least know how to spell them!! :=)

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