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Palin inexperienced? I triple-dog-dare you! by American Elephant
August 29, 2008, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, News, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Like millions of Americans, I know little about Alaskan Governor and sudden Republican vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Like many, I have embarked on a crash course. I reserve the right to change my mind, but my first impression is that this was a brilliant pick.

My observations:

The choice of a vice-presidential nominee has always been one of the strongest indications of how a candidate intends to lead. It is striking to me, then,  that in an election that is “all about change” it is the Republican ticket that looked to the future for the vice-presidential nod — a position that by definition is about the future — and it was the Democrat ticket that looked deep into the past, decades old recycled liberalism and the Washington establishment.

Perhaps I am the only one, but, ironically, the McCain ticket now seems the younger and more forward looking.

Obama who? What Democrat convention? Is anyone talking about his speech last night? If they are, I certainly haven’t seen it. McCain has cut off that discussion entirely and stolen the spotlight completely with his unexpected and perfectly executed VP announcement.

The press is already working feverishly to undermine her. They have already determined the information most important for Americans to know is that she was a beauty contestant, a hockey mom, mayor of a tiny town, that NARAL calls her “extreme” on abortion (irony anyone?), and that a late night talk show host said she has a “naughty librarian” look to her.

As governor of the Land of the Midnight Sun, one of America’s most beautiful states and home of ANWR, Palin not only locks up the energy issue for Republicans, but could very well take back environmental issues from the insane leftist fringe for rational Americans.

She is a conservative who shows that McCain, despite his deeply misguided populist stances on some issues, wants to lead America in a conservative direction.

The Republican ticket has two proven reformers (granted, McCain has reformed for the worse in some instances). The Democrat ticket features two of the most partisan old-school liberals in Washington with zero record of reform. She has taken on corruption in her own state, including corrupt Republicans, and shown she is more than willing to confront “big” oil if need be.

However, she is under investigation for allegedly trying to get her sisters ex-husband, a state-trooper fired. I find it hard to believe McCain would pick her if there were anything to this whatsoever.

And on the charges, launched almost before she finished her speech, that she lacks the experience to govern — it is to laugh! I think there is nothing the McCain camp would love more than for Democrats to claim that as the Governor of a state with real executive experience she lacks the experience to be Vice-President. They would be making McCain’s commercials undermining Obama for him!

Sure, she may be light on foreign policy experience, although her state is separated from the lower 48 by another country, rests just miles across the Bering straight from another and has a vibrant international trade. But she has more executive experience, and more importantly, more accomplishments, than both the men on the Democrat ticket combined.

And unlike Obama/Biden, our nominee put the less-experienced person at the bottom of the ticket, not the top. Which one would think is the way it should be.

What do you think?


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Alot of us have been watching her for months as a potential pick. There’s been a petition out to sign voicing our hopes that she would be the one. McCains blogs have also accumulated many messages expressing hope for a McCain/Palin ticket.

People are going to underestimate her, just as they did in Alaska and she’s gonna rock it 🙂

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Comment by sooshisoo

Nice article. I’m quite curious as to how or why Mr. Obama’s campaign would begin the critism of this pick with “only a heart beat away” with inexperience. It’ll come back to bite them. There are no heart beats between Obama’s inexperience and the Presidency.

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Comment by TennesseePaul

Sooshisoo,

It’s an exciting pick! I am looking forward to getting to know her better.

Tennessee Paul,

Hopefully there are enough votes to keep Obama’s heartbeat from getting anywhere near the presidency!

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