More about McCain’s running mate

So who is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and why did McCain pick her? It seems I’m not the only one with that in mind. 

Here are some bullet points about her:

 -Roman Catholic
-opposes abortion

-44 years old
-conservative mother of 5
-she played on her college’s basketball team, is a hunter, a lifetime member of the NRA
-she was the runner up for Miss Alaska

 Here’s one story:

NEW YORK (CNN) — John McCain’s brilliant but risky “Hail Mary pass” choice for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah “Barracuda” Palin, has the political world saying first: Who? And then: Why?

The “who” is a young, articulate, smart, tough, pro-life Roman Catholic who is the governor of our northernmost state. She is conservative and a mother of 5, including a son in the Army who is set to be deployed to Iraq on September 11. Her youngest child has Down syndrome.

The “Barracuda” nickname came from her aggressive basketball play on the state championship basketball team. She is a hunter, pilot and lifetime member of the NRA.

She is blunt, outspoken and charming. And don’t assume she can’t stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden. She is a great debater. And she was runner-up for the Miss Alaska title, won Miss Congeniality in that contest, and plays the flute.

She also has a compelling story and is a most interesting choice. She will be known by all in 24 to 48 hours in this instant media world and I am betting she will be well-liked.

The “why” is she is a governor and outside the Beltway. Conservatives love her and she shares John McCain’s value system. She is also known for taking on the establishment and ethics is her forte.

She defeated the longtime senator and Republican governor in a primary and then went on and defeated the former Democratic governor.

I don’t believe people vote for vice president but only for president. That said, I think she is every bit as good a choice as Biden. Alaska has three electoral votes and so does Delaware — so that part ends up being a wash.

  • Another Interesting Fact

    She’s under investigation. Here is the Wall Street Journal Article:

  • Anonymous

    Awesome choice. Maybe for Secretary of State he’ll name that guy who headed FEMA Michael “Great Job Brownie” Brown. Because we all know experience in the horse breeding business is a stepping stone to foreign policy experience.

  • Todd K

    The electoral college math in the CNN story is ridiculous. Biden’s Delaware has only three electoral votes, yes. But the whole state is practically a suburb of Philadelphia. Plenty of Delaware news gets aired on Philly stations, and Biden played up his Scranton connection in his early appearances.

    Delaware is also adjacent to Maryland and Virginia, which are also at least potentially in play in November, and Biden can help with that. He also brings the foreign policy experience and “gravitas” that the Obama ticket needed.

    Add DE, MD, VA and PA to the Obama column and suddenly he can reach 270 even if he were to lose OH, FL and MI (and I wouldn’t count on Obama losing OH, FL and MI!).

    Meanwhile, Alaska is adjacent to the Yukon Territory and the Arctic Ocean: No electoral votes there.

    I don’t doubt she’s tough, smart, competitive, what ever else. I do doubt that she is “Ready to Lead on Day One,” which is what the McCain placards have been proclaiming. Two years as governor of Alaska? Alaska’s population makes Arkansas look like the big time. Executive experience? There are about 19 mayors who oversee bigger populations than Palin does in Alaska. The Hillary vote? No way!

  • Anonymous

    I fear her “I’m a plucky, fiesty, crypto-feminist, ‘hockey mom’ who stuck to the ‘good ‘ol boys'” story narrative will get alot of play among woman whose life stories are somewhat similar to heres. I’m sure the Republican’s are just salivating at the prospect of having Biden come across as just another condescending MAN talking down to this phony “blue-collar” heroin. Yes, I agree this is clearly a cynical ploy by the Republicans but one that Democrats should be cautious about. Make her defend her defense of Republican part polices; don’t attack her as a person. That will only make her an undeserving “folk martyr” in the eyes of blue collar woman.

  • gilman

    Well lets see….Obama campaigns on a platform of change and reform, then selects a long time insider as his running mate….you know, the very kind of professional politician we are all fed up with.

    McCain, chooses to select a woman who clearly is not part of the Washington establishment….

    and who plans on making some changes?

  • Anonymous

    Wow gilman based on your superficial and conclusory assessment of all the candidates gives me all I need to know in deciding who to vote for. Obama will make a terrific president who should be a welcome departure from the policies of the last eight years.

    Thanks for simplying the choice so artfully.

  • gilman

    Thanks, but I am sure your decision to support Obama was made long before I uttered a word. I tend to base my decisions on actions versus talk….as of now, Obama has “talked” change, but his VP selection illustrates a far different course.

  • “Country-(club) First”

    What pray tell is it that John McCain has promised to change?????…I’m mean in concrete terms. Not in the same old “I’m a ‘Maverick’ elect me and I’ll shake up Washington” trope that you apparently critize Obama for. Christ, McCain’s been in Washington for 20 plus years. Exactly how long is it gonna take for his brand of change to take hold. Oh wait let me guess….in the 9th year of his 8-year Presidential term. Sorry gilman. I’m afraid McCain is an example of Washngton changing the man, not the man changing Washington. I’ll put take my chances with Obama. He’s backed away from a number of the policy positions that truley made him a Maverick in order to make himself appealing to the Reublican Country-Club/Wall Street Establishment.

  • Anonymous

    I am at least glad that the Republican’s had the foresight and wisdom to find a vice presidential candidate who actually knows how to use a fire arm. Maybe this is how the Republican’s proposed to break the stangle hold of lobbyists in Washington.

    Maybe their slogan should be: “McCain-Palin in 08 – She’ll Shoot for the Heart.”

    …………………………unless your a corporate lobbyist…then you’ll just be given a cold and merciless “wag of the finger.”

  • gilman

    yes indeed, McCain has been in Washington for 20 plus years….while the Obama ticket brings that fresh, new and vibrant change by bringing in Biden…who has been in Washington for 35 years! Yeah, that’s change.

  • Anonymous

    gilman: You still didn’t answer the question. Predictably, you simply turned the question on its end by placing it on Obama. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Tell me: What change will our brave Maverick and his Pistol Packing sidekick Calamity Jane be proposing? I’d just like to know so that I can make an informed decision. (THIS IS NOT A RHETORICAL QUESTION). Here let me ask?

    1. In Alaska she got some heat for making oil companies pay higher licensing fees for drilling. Will President McCain be proposing higher drilling fees for oil companies seeking to drill elsewhere in the US? That would be nice but will they do that?

    2. If oil is drilled in Alaska – with the understanding that it will lead to lower prices here at home – does that mean that the oil drilled there will be placed into the US domestic market only. Or will it be sold to non-US developers who will simply selll our oil overseas with no direct benefit to us. Ms. Palin herself is on record as saying that these resources belong to American’s … Can I presume that McCain will take the same position?

    3. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the 2nd amendment does allow people to bear arms in principle, but still ruled that the State has the right to establish reasonable hand gun laws. Both Republican’s are avid firearms users. What do they believe is reasonable regulation of firearms? a handgun? a rifle? a semi-automatic assault rifle? a fully automatic assault rifle? Where do they intend to draw the line?

    4. McCain insists he will follow Osama bin Ladin to the gates of hell. Can I assume from this he intends to step up the U.S. presence in Afghanistan? How will he be able to do this while consolidating gains in Iraq?

    5. McCain has told the international community that Russia’s intervention in the nation of Georia will not stand. How does Mr. McCain propose to get the Russian’s out of Georgia if it is his heartfelt belief that Russia’s occupation is wrong?

    6. How will President McCain deal with the credit market and help restore stability and solvency for major lenders like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae?

    7. What sort of Judge’s does Mr. McCain intend to appoint to the US Supreme Court.

  • gilman

    Hmmmm….I am sure you already have what you believe are the answers to your questions, but you can always visit McCain website and view his position on a wide range of issues including most of these..

    Let me give it a try though- I will try to pull it up from his website….

    1. yes, he proposes raising licensing fees and many other costs associated with drilling..his logic is that by raising fees and costs the consumer will get the product at a lower price?
    2. It will be sold to whomeever has made large campaign donations to his party and has spent millions in lobbying him…like helping him buy his house for $300,000 less than the market.
    3. He plans on regulating all firearms, since they are tools of the devil. He will allow continued ownership of sporting arms, such as shotguns..but ammunition will be outlawed, so it won’t matter anyway.
    4. No he will not step up the presence in Afghanistan…instead, he will follow the Clinton Somalia model – he will send in a small, under staffed and under supplied military group to act as peacekeepers.
    5. He won’t do anything…sending the message to the world that we abandon our allies and buckle
    when times get tough.
    6. He will help everybody…he will have the government make your house payments, he will waive having to pay any income tax if you are in foreclosure and he will give billions to the major players to cover their losses.
    7. He intends to appoint judges who could care less about the law, or rule of law, but who will actively promote their social agenda.

    Oops…..I was pulling the information off the wrong website, it wasn’t McCain’s… was Obama’s.

  • Obama in 2008

    gilman: I give you props for humor. That was a funny fake out. Not so funny, however, is the fact that you seemed to prove my point about Republican’s not really wanting to come clean – much less have a grown-up discussion – about some rather important issues. Granted you guys whine like little babies about how the Democrats are the one’s who are all talk etc etc.

    Oh well, I tried.

    Obama-Biden in 08.


  • Obama in 2008

    gilman: I give you props for humor. That was a funny fake out. Not so funny, however, is the fact that you seemed to prove my point about Republican’s not really wanting to come clean – much less have a grown-up discussion – about some rather important issues.
    Oh well, I tried.

    Obama-Biden in 08.

  • Anonymous

    That’s too funny gilman. I can see how it can get confusing for Republican’s seeing how many times McCain’s flip flopped on his policy positions just to get his party’s nomination. It’s an honest mistake. Please feel free to actually answer my questions whenever your ready or whenever the election is over and your candidate no longer has to pander for votes.

  • gilman

    A supporter of Obama complaining about flip flopping… that’s funny.

  • A resident

    Obama has been in the senate for less than 2 years. Before that, he was in the Illinois legislature working for the Chicago political machine. People are willing to vote for him for president, and they question Palin’s experience.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t question her experience, I question her judgment. I question whether she will end up being nothing more than window dressing for a party that doesn’t even support her policy positions. Kind of like Colin Powell was used by Bush and quicly abandonned when he dared to question how the Republican’s ran the plantation.

    As for you gilman: too bad for the rest of us that the Republican’s don’t lead as well as the run political campaigns.

    You stil have not answered anything about your candidate: the Panderer in Chief.

  • gilman

    ahhhhh…the plantation crack is so typical and predictable. Funny how the Republican party has brought high end opportunity to more minorities than the Democratic party ever has…just look at the myriad of Bush appointments.

    When Obama loses it won’t be because he is black, but because Americans don’t believe in his position on the issues. Geez, folks don’t care if a candidate is white, black, asian, hispanic, male or female…they care about their position on the issues that effect our lives.

    Pander??? is that like Obama speaking at an AIPAC meeting awhile back saying he supports Israeli control of Jerusalem and then the very next day, in an attempt to satisfy angry Arab supporters stating he believed negotiators should work out the Jerusalem issue?

  • Anonymous

    Gilman -first of all: you DO know that Barrack Obama (the Democratic Party’s NOMINEEE for PRESIDENT) is black???? [I’d say that’s a nice “opportunity” – one that didn’t have to come from the benificant genrosity of some great white father].

    Secondly you miss my point. Bush’s appointees are less about appointing people who are given the freedom to express the beliefs and more about creating a facade of diversity. Their value to the Republican’s is literraly speaking skin deep. Their independent opinions mean nothing to the Republican party, much like Ms. Palin’s may sadly mean nothing to McCain and those who will influence his policy making. The minute anyone tries to express a second opinion or questions the premises of the Party they are disgarded and dismissed….JUST LIKE COLIN POWELL.

  • gilman

    “you miss my point”? – I don’t think so. You bash the Republican party by saying they create “a facade of diversity” but really don’t support their minority appointees…just because they parted ways with Mr. Powell.

    Imagine that…abandoning someone simply because they disagree with you. Would that be like turning your back on the man who married you? or the man who gave you personal advice for years? or the man who guided your religious beliefs for years?… know, like the way Obama abandoned his friend, and advisor, Pastor Wright simply because it would further his political career?

    Your cracks about the “plantation” and “some great white father” are unfortunate. Folks in America don’t care about someone’s color or gender, they care about their ability and performance. I suspect that if Obama loses the election, you will try to make it an issue of America not being ready for a black President, but of course it will simply be because he was not the best candidate.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that most folks don’t in America don’t care…that’s how it should be. But I’m not so sure that’s true of some of the more orthodox members of your party…at the very least they are not accepting of anyone who doesn’t parrot their orthodoxy. That’s all I’m saying. If Obama loses it will likely be because his policy positions were distored by your party.

    Funny you should jump to the defense of Reverend right seeing as Republican’s pounced on the opportunity to denounce the man for his comments. (But of course you couldn’t miss an opportunity to “innocently” drege that up).

    Finally, speaking of turning your back on someone who trusted you…tell that to John McCain’s FIRST wife (you know…the one that wasn’t a trophy wife…the one who is the father of his biological children). The one who waited for him while he was a POW. The one who suffered an automobile accident in his absence. The one he dumped when he was already 43 years old to “get it on” with his current wife who was then 25. Talk about betrayal.

  • gilman

    Your resorting to taking a poke at McCain’s marriage to Cindy?…you know, his wife of 28 years! Sure he was married before, so what…folks get divorced everyday. As for his first wife not being a “trophy wife”….get your facts straight. Carol was a famous beauty and successful swimsuit model. Maybe the marriage just failed?

    Now if he was out catting around on Cindy, having numerous affairs with anything in a skirt or just behaving badly, that would be different. If he was doing that, we would have to call him Bill or John….you know, Bill Clinton or John Kennedy – the icons of leadership in Democratic circles?

  • A resident

    Shucks Gilman, I thought you were referring to “John” Edwards.

    To Anonymous: You said: “FIRST wife (you know…the one that wasn’t a trophy wife…the one who is the father of his biological children).” HUH? His wife is the biological father?

  • Anonymous

    That’s right resident my apologies the FIRST Mrs. McCain was the MOTHER of McCain’s children – Mother who waited for McCain while a POW but who suffered a dibilitating injury due to an auto accident. That is the person he left.

    Okay, gilman: we can all take the high-road and talk about issues. I think that’s what I was trying to prompt a few days back but you seemed to be in more of a mudslinging mood then. No more silly talk about “who left who”, “who is arrogant” “who is a muslim”, “who owns how man homes” etc. I’ll play by those rules….CAN YOU?

  • Resident

    Actually Anonymous, the first Mrs. McCain had two sons when she married John McCain. He adopted the boys and they had a daughter. He and his second wife Cindy had three children, a daughter and two sons. They later adopted a second daughter.

  • gilman

    Sure Anonymous….I can play by any rules you would like, just let me know which rules work best for you and furthering your democratic agenda.

    I know you would like to believe that I am a Republican spinmaster, but nothing could be further from the truth. While you are clearly part of the Democratic Party operation, I have no involvement with the Republican party.

    I have never donated time, energy or money to any Republican candidate. However, I have donated time to working on several Democrat candidate campaigns.

    I am just an average guy who is fed up with our political system and the folks involved in it. However, I don’t gobble up the “I am for change” line that Obama is selling….I want to see the actions to back up the words. So far, and with his selection of Biden for his VP candidate, I don’t see him backing up his words. Instead, I see more of the failed policies of his party and business as usual in Washington.

    No mistake that for total support of McCain on my part….I wish we had more choices and that the system was totally re-vamped. But in the meantime, I must make an informed vote for what I believe is the best candidate, not fall for the spin of an up and coming professional politician.

  • Anonymous

    “Part of the Democratic Party Operation” …wow, that’s kinda flattering. Alas, I’m afraid you’ve spent more time in politics than me. My “campaign experience” consists of putting up the occassional lawn sign in my front yard.

    Well how about this: rather than discussing issues in terms of what our 2 respective Messiahs (i.e., Obama-Biden/McCain-Palin) will do, why don’t we discuss what each of us thinks are the top three issues of importance for the County? (Again, not a rhetorical question; as much of a jerk as I may seem, I glady concede that I don’t have ALL the answers).

    Are you game????

  • Anonymous

    My top three issues of importance for the country are:

    1. Getting out of this recession, which people are still claiming we’re not in

    2. Healthcare

    3. Getting out of this war

  • gilman

    Sure I am game….

    It is tough to pick just three, but I think a couple of your picks would be on my list of the top 10..

    While I don’t agree that we are in a recession, I feel improving the overall state of the economy is a key issue….at least to me.

    Improving the affordability of healthcare is another important issue.

    Getting “out of the war” is not as important to me as succeeding in the outcome we embarked upon in Irag…so it doesn’t make my top 3.

    Improving and re-vamping the current income tax collection system (IRS) would be a top one for me.

    So we really aren’t that different in our thoughts about what is important……but I bet our views on how the candidates would address these issues is.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, gilman, the “Anonymous” appearing above you is a different Anonymous; though he/she raises some intriguing issues. I guess to differentiate myself from all the other “Anonymice” you can just call me JT. Hope that helps. I recognize there are alot more issues of importance to folks than three but I think there is a text limit.

    My issues are:

    1. Energy Indepedence.
    2. Business Competitiveness.
    3. Our two-front war in Iraq.
    These are not in order of importance.

    I’ll deal with energy first. Why is it important: first and foremost dependency on foreign oil undercuts our geo-strategic strength in the world and enriches regimes that and governments (e.g. Russia, Iran, Venezuela) whose interests are not our own. While I am concerned that any additional drilling in the U.S. be done in an evnironmentally safe manner, I can’t say that I am opposed to drilling per se. My real concern is that an over emphasis on domestic drilling only delays the inevitable transition to alternative energy sources without really given anyone any sort of sustained price relief at the gas pump. It’s a short term fix. If I’m not mistaken, the reserves in Alaska even under the most optimistic assumptions are not anticipated to provide that much fuel. Plus we have no gurantee it will benefit us here in teh US.

  • Gary Scott

    She’s not a practicing Roman Catholic:

  • Anonymous

    You are misinformed in stating that Sara Palin is Roman Catholic. Please review her speech at the Assembly of God Church. Video Streaming Demonstrations