Friday, August 29, 2008

The Palin Pick: THIS is Change we can actually believe in

Six months ago I wrote

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin brings a lot of things to a potential national ticket. First off, she already has a record as a reformer. She challenged a Governor of her own party in a competitive primary and defeated him easily. She also brings a different demographic to the ticket. While Senator McCain can easily be portrayed as an old Washington insider, scarred from battles both real and political, Governor Palin will give voters something different. A feeling of vibrancy, of renewal. About as far away from being a Washington insider as you can possibly get. She's so popular, both inside and outside of Alaska, that a Draft Palin for VP movement has existed on the internet for over a year....

...The people of Alaska probably don't want to lose Governor Palin yet, given that she has just started her work as their Governor. However, I'm not sure there are many other choices Senator McCain can make that would energy the base as much as the selection of Governor Palin would. I hope that Senator McCain calls her to serve her country, something she would do admirably
So needless to say, I am downright giddy today. So you can consider this and the shoutout Media Superstar Mark Newgent gave me on WBAL today as part of my Victory Lap.

Needless to say, I am surprised, and I shocked, I am ecstatic, and I am extremely enthusiastic about this pick. Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party. She's both conservative's conservative, and a reformer. She took on the corrupt Stevens/Young/Murkowski wing of the Alaska State GOP and has succeeded in changing her state and her party for the better. THIS is the type of change that Barack Obama wishes he could bring; Sarah Palin has been there, and she's done that already.

What's best is the fact that it seems like the Palin Pick left Team HopeChangeHope in
complete disarray, with the Obama Camp launching an insulting attack on Governor Palin's experience (never mind the fact that she has more experience than Tim Kaine, an Obama shortlister, plus they skewered small town America to boot) before Obama himself had to try and smooth over the damage prior to the start of his three day campaign trip through several swing states.

The left blogosphere is reacting poorly too. America's biggest hatesite, DailyKos, is laying into Governor Palin, with posters there calling her selection
unserious, a distraction, the worst VP pick ever, and asserting that her husband is the "Shadow Governor." So much for supporting the equality of the sexes fellas.

Obviously, Senator McCain did something right in order to get the Obama folks in a panic and the leftroots in a lather.

The Maryland leftroots have not reacted too poorly to date, though I want to point out something Isaac said:
I think we can also discard the question of whether the candidates have enough experience, since Palin has even less political experience than Barack Obama.
Except it doesn't. Sarah Palin has more experience in government than Barack Obama does. She has no less foreign policy experience than he does. And, unlike Obama, she is the # 2 on the ticket. Obama's glaring lack of experience to be President still shines through. Friends, this is what we have been waiting for. This is what we have wanted to see all along. We have had our ideological issues with Senator McCain, but he has selected as his running mate somebody who most embodies the conservative movement and the movement of reform. I wrote a while back:
the problem with Republican politics in the 21st century is not the ideology of conservatism, but leadership that itself is not conservative. Once we figure out how to fix that, Republicans will reassume the mantle of ascendancy that we lost when Congressional leadership went native a few years back.
THIS is the first step back. Governor Palin is a conservative reformer, and one with results to boot. This is how we are going to restore conservatism in the Republican Party. Senator McCain did us and the nation a great service through her selection.

Barack Obama talks about change, but who wants the failed liberalism of the past thirty years disguised as change? Barack Obama is the posterchild for identity politics and the politics of failure. McCain-Palin is the ticket that will truly be able to reform Washington.

Sarah Palin represents change that we can actually believe in...



AnotherWatcher said...

What a knockout punch. This will be the most interesting race in my lifetime. Palin is the best choice. Let's roll!

Bruce Godfrey said...

Brian, you guys must be out of your minds. Game over. Talk about whistling through the dark.

Palin's "experience" is in running a state for 18 months that's smaller in population than Baltimore County, and a couple of terms running a town about half the size of Westminster. By comparison, Martin O'Malley is Julius Caesar slaying the ancient Gauls and enjoying a triumph back to Rome.

Her views on abortion are actually to the right of most pro-life activists and her sole contribution out of her Alaska residence is being an oil industry ally. (Y'all do have the 3 electoral votes reasonably safe.) While that harmonizes well with Republican policy priorities, a reasonably experienced K Street oil lobbyist would have been a more competent choice for dealing with federal oil policies and administrative realities.

Her background in foreign affairs is zero (being governor of Alaska or of New Hampshire is not a "foreign affairs" position) - a fact essentially conceded by McCain's clumsy spokesman tonight. Her background is in commercial fishing and in sports journalism. She may be competent to be Vice-President of the NCAA but not the USA. And she is under ethical investigation by her own legislature, though in fairness it's only an investigation.

Frankly, this choice bespeaks the intent to throw the election, as if Senator McCain decided he didn't want to win, but wanted to keep it going for the sake of down-ticket races. If he wanted to win, he would have picked Pawlenty, a man with a much larger Rolodex and donor base and with pro-life views more at the center of the Republican Party (i.e. allowing it reluctantly for rape and incest.) No, McCain knows he wants a better life, and is finding an honorable path out. This election is thrown.

Bruce Godfrey said...

And not to be cruel, but the look of horror in the faces of the easily spottable McCain volunteers at their Crystal City national headquarters and on the nearby streets was clear. They get it too.

fed up with red said...

I'm you ever disagree with anything the Republican party does? This is obviously a bad choice. A very bad choice. It's a gimmick. Not a knock out punch. Not a game changer.

If you truly believe that someone with less than two years experience running the state with the smallest population in the US is qualified to be President, then why are you even pretending to be a serious commentator on this process?

Now the obvious comeback on this is Obama's relatively thin resume for a Presidential candidate. Here's the differences:

Obama - Columbia University
Palin - University of Idaho

Obama - Harvard Law School
Palin - None

Obama - Editor of the Harvard Law Review, the most important student legal publication in this country
Palin - No Grad School

Obama - Built up one of the most impressive, well-run, grass roots political organizations in US History, with groundbreaking fundraising capabilities and innovative, highly successful media operations
Palin - Was tapped on the shoulder in a desperate effort to draw Hillary voters.

These are the facts. America needs more than gimmicks to provide it with new leadership and so far that's all we've seen coming from a desperate McCain campaign.

Brian Griffiths said...

So fed up, is your argument based on sexism or classism? I just want to ensure I have your form of typical liberal discrimination down before I continue to assault your logic.

(And as far as "I'm you ever disagree with anything the Republican party does?" I'm curious, do you ever read anything I write or you do only stop the self-rectal exam to write something silly?)

And Bruce: I don't think you understand the level of enthusiasm through the Republican base right now for this. The conservative wing of the party was not nearly as enthusiastic for the McCain campaign as they are right now.

warpmine said...

Right, so a Chicago Daly disciple politician who instead of standing up to the corruption from Cook County, Ill he went along with all of it, that's change only a liberal can believe in.

Damn that's truly pathetic on your part. And considering that the"One" still has yet to specify one item on his agenda for all to examine, you folks will still cast a vote for him why...because his slogan is "change and hope". Unbelievable!
I suppose that if and when he does decisde to give the specifics, we can finally ridicule them and him but then again, we'll be cast as racists. Forgive me your arguments are so very hollow.

Justin said...

Fed up

Your claim that Alaska has the smallest population in the US is wrong

That's a nice comparison you have,I find it interesting that you chose to compare the Democratic Presidential nominee and the Republican VP pick

Higgy said...

Judging by the reaction of these local yokels and garbage blogs like the dailykos Sen. McCain hit a grand slam by selecting Gov. Palin. As a Reagan conservative I think his selection is outstanding.

Gov. Palin as VP nominee is being compared to Obama, pres. nominee. She has far more management experience in that he has none. She has 2.5 years as gov., he has 143 days in the sen. She has proven her brass by taking on the AK old boy network and winning. Obama wants to "negotiate" everything. I could go on and on but you get the point. Incidently, she also has more executive experience than Biden.

Wind River said...

fed up red, I just LOVE the fact you are comparing Palin to Obama.
VP v P. Keep it up. The only people I am hearing say it was a bad choice is the left.
I MUST agree with you and those on Kos and Huffington. This is indeed the worst choice McC could make. FOR YOUR SIDE!! THE WORST.

Keep comparing your TOP man to our SECOND . Can only get better.

Wind River said...

Obama Thoughts part 2.

Listen close to this at 30 seconds in. “Or the Sermon on the Mount, a passage that is SO RADICAL thats it doubtful if our own Defense Department would survive its application. People haven’t been reading the Bible.”

For those who forgot or did not know what the Sermon was, just glance at this link.
A sample, “The Law On Murder, Reconciliation With Friends and Enemies,
Law On Adultery, The Law On Divorce, Law On Oaths, Love For One’s Enemies,
Judgement Of Others.

Put simply, The Sermon on the Mount is an extension of the 10 Commandments.

And to Barack Hussein Obama, this Sermon is “SO RADICAL” in its application, that the military might of the USA could not survive it. This is THE most telling speech I have heard from this man, proving to me that he is not safe for our traditions and way of life.
These are the “rules” we have lived with for a few hundred years in this country and seems to have worked pretty damn good to me. If these rules “are so radical” to this man, how in the hell can we possibly elect him. This video needs to be shown nationally. I wonder if it will be pulled from yt.

Is this man the man YOU want as President?