Lots o’ links about Palin at this post and those that follow it.
Update 8: The ridiculous “cover up” rumors of Palin’s Down Syndrome baby belonging to her daughter have been thoroughly debunked. Nice, big, black eye for the Kos kids. Her daughter is pregnant, and is taking responsbility for it along with the father. Hypocrisy rating: Zero. If she pushed her child to have an abortion, that would be hypocrisy.
Kudos to Obama for asking, in apparent sincerity, to leave the kids out of the attacks, and for not encouraging abortion to avoid the “punishment” of the baby.
Also, on the age thing, Biden has had health issues and is 66 himself. Also, the Dems had no interest in him as President. So why does he make such a dandy replacement if Obama is incapacitated or dies?
Update 7: Sarah vs. Hillary = no contest
Consider: Hillary has spent her whole life in the quest for power. She is a political animal through and through, willing to do what ever it takes to obtain the highest office in the world. —-
Speaking of the real world, Sarah Palin is a life long member. No power hungry politico, she. Gov. Palin, by all accounts, is a woman who embodies the best of the female species. Experienced in real life, she is the epitome of what America stands for. She exhibits the traits that have made America great. And she does it effortlessly, because that’s who she is. A mother of five, a wife, a conservative, a person who has lived life and succeeded at everything she has set out to do. That’s what America is.
Unlike Hillary, Gov. Palin has never had the need to ‘reinvent’ herself. Unlike Obama, her message comes from the heart instead of the teleprompter. Unlike McCain, she is not a career politician. She has a life, and politics is a part of it. Kinda like the citizen legislators our founding fathers favored.
Fabulous summary of Palin vs. Obama
. Obama looks even worse compared to McCain.
Update 5: The biggest thing going on with the lefty nutroots is their claim that Palin didn’t really deliver her Down Syndrome child, but that her daughter did. This leads to amazing comment threads filled with profanity, awful grammar and escalating paranoia about her “hypocrisy” and such.
As irritating as people like that are, I view it is a major positive that the Daily Kos-type sites are focusing on something like that. I mean, that’s the best they’ve got? Yeah, the whole state of Alaska is involved in the cover-up. Shhhhhhh. They even got a blogger to plant the “fake” story of her pregnancy back in April about a March encounter, because they anticipated all this. Actually, the blogger’s insights are fascinating because they occured so long ago. They highlight what a truly amazing and down to earth person Palin is. I think the more people learn about her the more they’ll like her.
Of course I had to check out the “Hottest Governor in the US” and quickly turned to see her pregnant (she has since had her baby) with bags and daughter in tote. Then it struck me as odd. Why is the Governor of Alaska in the airport and preparing to get onto my commercial flight?
Sarah’s got a gun – “You’re hitting it pretty close to dead center.”
Sarah on energy policies – can’t wait to see her debate Biden on this topic.
Update 4: The mainstream media was able to find some people critical of McCain’s choice of Palin. The people quoted – and I am not making this up – were Democratic politicians.
MSNBC couldn’t find any of the three (heh) people in Alaska to say anything bad about her. Seriously, I was surprised that they were so gracious in reporting about her.
Even if Palin just gets a fraction of ticked off Hillary supporters and causes a few of them to stay home that will be a big win. She has obviously and immediately energized many true conservatives who had planned to sit out. The hard core pro-abortion types were going to vote for Obama no matter what. I am continuously amused at the sexist comments made by liberals while the conseratives are focusing on her actual viewpoints. It is always nice when the truth comes out.
So the only question is whether Palin hurts McCain with the undecided folks. I don’t think it does, but it will be interesting to see what the polls show. Like McCain and unlike Obama/Biden, she has done real, live reforming, and that should appeal to the middle ground folks.
Nice summary of Obama’s experience vs. Palin’s - and remember, this is the #1 on the Dem ticket vs. the #2 on the Republican ticket.
Update 3: It is interesting that the main folks commenting on her looks are the Democrats. All the conservative bloggers I’ve read are excited about her views and her experience. Who’s sexist again? Oh yeah, anyone who votes against a woman, right?
So in this election you get to vote between being a racist or a sexist. Actually, as usual, I couldn’t care less about the skin color or gender. I care about their positions and leadership abilities. I dislike Obama because he is awful from virtually every angle – no executive experience (less than Palin), no foreign policy experience (less than Palin!) and terrible ideas on Iraq, truly monstrous pro-abortion views (to the left of NARAL!), pro-oxymoronic same-sex marriage, bad economic ideas, no loyalty (he threw his grandmother and his preacher under the bus), and so much more.
Update 2: Early conservative sentiments are interesting. The media tried to act like some are disappointed because of the “experience” issue. A Time editorial online tried to make it sound her her experience is an issue (“a heartbeat away from the presidency”). But that is simply laughable when you realize Obama would be the President from day one and that he has even less experience.
And once they dig into the details the media should realize that she has more foreign relations experience than Obama and she is in charge of the Alaska National Guard.
Every blog I’ve read has been elated – mainly like, My shift from protest vote to “Can I have a yard sign?” The fact that she is an authentic conservative seems to be getting people jazzed up. Dobson did a quick turnabout on McCain already.
And McCain’s donations page is said to be running slowly.
I didn’t sense anyone thinking, “Oh no, Obama picked Biden, now he’ll be tougher to beat.” But the pro-aborts seem mighty spun up over Palin.
McCain on the issues
Update: Be sure to watch her speech. Great stuff.
Initial reports are that Obama’s camp is attacking her lack of experience. Sure. Go strap the polygraphs and see the truth. This is the worst possible pick for them.
Obama – the “change” guy – in his first big decision as a candidate, picks Biden, a Washington insider. Not Hillary or any other woman. Not a person with executive experience. McCain picks a woman who is roughly Obama’s age.
Who’s really for change?
Obama, who has no executive experience, and who has spent most of his short time in the Senate running for President, is making a mistake in criticizing the VP pick for not having enough experience.
And true conservatives will love Palin. Check out her views and her voting record. Truly pro-life, including keeping her child with Down Syndrome when many would have aborted. She has done real, live government reform. She told the Federal Gov’t to skip the “bridge to nowhere.” She sold the governor’s jet that a Republican had purchased.
The only downside is that she and her husband are in unions, and I’m not a big union fan. But on the flip side, that could be good politics. Biden and Obama can claim to be pro-union, while she can say how her family belongs to one.
The original: Read about it here. That sound you heard was the momentum leaking out of Obama’s convention bump.
I’ve noted this on other blogs but I don’t think I mentioned it here. She was my #1 preference and I was just praying yesterday that this would happen.
Republican John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate on Friday, a senior campaign official said, in a surprise choice that could help him appeal to women voters.
Palin is a conservative first-term governor of Alaska with strong anti-abortion views and a record of fiscal conservatism. She is an avid sportswoman who would bring youth and vitality to the ticket. McCain turns 72 on Friday.
Palin is not well-known nationally, and that could cut into McCain’s argument that Obama is too inexperienced to handle the White House. But she could help him appeal to disaffected supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost a bruising primary to Obama.
In his acceptance speech on Thursday, Obama directly attacked McCain and linked him to what he called the failed Republican economic policies of President George W. Bush.
Palin, former mayor of the town of Wasilla, built a reputation as a reformer in a state that recently has been hit with corruption scandals. Elected in 2006, she is Alaska’s first woman governor.
Palin and her husband, Todd, have five children, ranging in age from 18 years to 4 months.
She is very strongly pro-life, has executive experience, knows the energy issues well, and seems to be very energetic.
I can’t wait to see how the Hillary backers react. Did they really want a woman, or did they want a pro-abortion woman?
Time will tell if this was a good pick politically, but I couldn’t be happier. I think she was the best choice – way better than Huckabee, who many evangelicals seemed to lean towards.
Now who’s for change? Barack picks a male Senate lifer. McCain picks a woman. A woman who has more executive experience than Obama, in case anyone cares about that sort of thing.
I hope McCain wins a term or two followed by a couple terms of President Palin.