Sarah Palin for VP? Are you kidding me?

Is it just me or does John McCain seem to be grasping at straws here?  He chooses a 44 year old governor of Alaska that hasn’t had any national or international political experience as his Number Two?  As a matter of fact, she has not even seen two years in office as Governor!  John McCain has bashed Barack Obama for his lack of experience yet would leave the fate of the country in the hands of a novice if he fell ill?  I find it an interesting gamble for McCain… an opportunity to court the female Hillary Clinton supporter but her stance on the issues is the exact opposite of Hillary: she is against a woman’s right to choose an abortion, she is pro-death penalty, and she opposes same sex marriages (while claiming to have gay friends) enough to support a constitutional amendment barring benefits for same sex couples, and she supports the war in Iraq.  An interesting insight from colleague and State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican who has often feuded with Palin, remarked, “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?”  Would a woman vote for her just because she is a woman… even if she disagreed with her politics?

9 Responses to “Sarah Palin for VP? Are you kidding me?”

  1. 1 bobbyjones August 31, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I think Palin is a brilliant choice. Granted it’s a Hail Mary pass, but it’s what McCain has to do to counter Obama’s cult of personality. The “hockey mom” of five is so much more appealing than Pawlenty or Romney are or would ever be.

    And, if you bristled at the criticism of Obama as inexperienced – you should bristle at the same criticism of Palin. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld personify Belt Way experience – and look where they got us.

    This country is great because a hockey mom from Alaska can be nominated for the vice-presidency. The fact that she is no Geraldine Ferraro or Hillary Clinton is beside the point.

  2. 2 Ridgeliner September 2, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when elected Vice President . He had been governor of New York for about as long as Palin has been Governor of Alaska. He became President one year later. Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished President’s in our nations history. He is on Mount Rushmore for God’s sake. He was an avid hunter and one of the first environmentalists, preserving millions of acres in National Parks.

    Your “argument” lacks facts, logic and credibility.

  3. 3 Dave K. September 2, 2008 at 8:06 am

    “Your “argument” lacks facts, logic and credibility.”

    Now THAT’s funny… I love good humor. I mean, I can only assume Ridgeliner was making a joke there when he said that about the original poster… Because clearly there was no valid argument established in his post. Oh, the irony!

  4. 4 bobbyjones September 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Ridgeliner rightly points out that Teddy Rosevelt is the exact connection the convention was shooting for and that some of the most persuasive environmentalists are the outdoors types (many of whom are hunters).

    Dave K. is right when he says Matt H. made no argument in his post – instead Mr. H. dismisses Palin out of hand.

    On Ridgeliner’s blog, he links to a great article by Barbara Amiel that defends Palin and draws interesting parallels to Margaret Thatcher:

  5. 5 Matt H. September 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Ridgeliner… please tell me that you are kidding? Please? Prior to becoming Vice President, Teddy Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Commander of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, and Governor of the State of New York (population of 7,268,894 in 1900 or 10% of the nations population at the time).

    Prior to becoming the VP candidate, Sarah Palin was a city council member and mayor of a town of 7,025 and then Governor of Alaska (population of 683,478).

    Are you really trying to suggest that Palin is the next Teddy Roosevelt? When you talk about facts, let’s make sure that we talk about ALL of the facts!

  6. 6 Matt H. September 25, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Another great report on Palin from The Daily Show – Sarah Palin Won’t Blink make sure to replay the part about making victims pay for their rape kits. Nice work.

  7. 7 bobbyjones September 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    The NYT “Public Editor” Clark Hoyt wrote about the reports of Palin’s cronyism, saying that the coverage didn’t go deep enough. The real story is that “shortly after [Franci Havermeister] took office, the dairy’s losses accelerated — $300,000 in July of last year alone”

    Here is some more of the article:
    Havemeister was introduced as a former real estate agent who “cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.” That made her sound ridiculous and called Palin’s judgment into question. But was that Havemeister’s only qualification? Has she been a competent agriculture director? Readers were not told. Havemeister was not mentioned again, after being described as “one of at least five” schoolmates hired by Palin.

    Similarly, the article said, Palin appointed Talis Colberg, a local politician from her part of the state, to be attorney general, “provoking a bewildered question from the legal community: Who?” A family friend was quoted as asking him if he knew how to supervise people, and he replied, “No, but I think I’ll get some help.” So how has he performed in office? The question was never addressed. Palin was challenging the establishment, perhaps a reason to appoint someone little known in legal circles. But if Colberg is doing a poor job, it would show that her style can mean bad results.

    The article was researched by three reporters, including Peter Goodman, who worked for the Anchorage Daily News for several years and covered Palin in Wasilla. He said the story was “fair, deeply reported and solid to the point that the McCain-Palin campaign has not challenged a single fact.” But had the article focused on fewer episodes, giving more facts to paint a fuller picture, it might have better served skeptical readers inclined to think The Times is biased. After several e-mail exchanges with the reporters, I think they had the answers to many of my questions, and some of the answers were in early drafts of a long story that was cut to fit in the paper.

    Bill Keller, the executive editor, Jill Abramson, the managing editor for news, and Matt Purdy, the investigations editor who handled the Palin article, defended it. Keller disagreed with my premise that the article should have gone into the results of Palin’s style. He said, “We had to fit it into a manageable space, and the focus for us and for the reporters was how she hires.” The story demonstrated “a style very personal, sometimes petty, peremptory, and a style that demands a high degree of loyalty,” he said. “That tells you something about somebody who might be president.”

    But it doesn’t tell you the consequences of that style, which readers like Blum needed to be convinced. Interestingly, some of the information that was cut might have done that.

    The story of Franci Havemeister, for instance, turned out to be much more instructive than what appeared in the paper. Not only did she love cows as a child, she married into a farming family that depended on a state-owned dairy for its livelihood — a dairy that was one of the responsibilities of her new office. Before her appointment, the board that oversaw the money-losing dairy recommended closing it. Palin fired the board and appointed a new one, including Havemeister, a childhood friend. Havemeister then applied to be agriculture director. Shortly after she took office, the dairy’s losses accelerated — $300,000 in July of last year alone — and it was finally closed.

    Had I read this, I would have stopped laughing at Havemeister’s childhood love of cows and started worrying about taxpayers’ dollars.

  8. 8 Matt H. October 16, 2008 at 8:44 am

    More on the actuarial table probability of John McCain not living until the end of his first term… all hail the Commander and Chief President Palin?

  1. 1 appletree » Blog Archive » Sarah Palin’s Personally Picked People, Old School Pals’ Pay Packets, Pretty Hefty Perks, etc, etc … Trackback on September 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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