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August 29th, 2008
07:06 PM ET

The Game-Changer

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John P. Avlon
Author, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics

The secretive selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice president is a small masterpiece of tactical and strategic triangulation intended to drive a deeper wedge between Hilary and Obama supporters. With both parties now offering historic campaigns of change, Obama loses exclusive use of that emotional real estate, and Republicans may gain a new edge with swing voters by offering both change and more of the same.

The downside for Republicans is that Palin's selection will undermine their attacks on Barack Obama's youth and inexperience. Governor Palin was first elected governor in 2006 – and before that she was mayor of her home town in Alaska, Wasilla, with an operating budget of less than $6 million. But Democrats will have a difficult time attacking her without provoking accusations of sexism – Joe Biden's attack-dog instincts could backfire badly in the VP debate. That is a variation off the same problem Republicans had with Obama until they stumbled upon using humor with the Achilles heel of the "celebrity" argument.

Governor Palin's status as a pro-life second amendment soccer mom keeps conservatives happy while offering the only (albeit brief) experience with executive leadership on either ticket.

McCain was grinning the grin of the successful gambler as he unveiled his pick in Dayton today. Palin's introductory speech hit themes designed to appeal across the political spectrum – saying "this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line."

Fiscal conservatives who felt betrayed by the GOP during the era of Tom Delay found plenty to like in her record of cutting taxes and government spending – she actually refused the federal funding for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

Independents and centrists will appreciate her role in filing ethics charges against the Republican State Party Chairman and Alaska Attorney General – she is an outsider and a relative reformer in the home state party of indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Liberals may appreciate her shout outs to Geraldine Ferrarro and Hillary Clinton – and her status as a 44-year old working-mother, married to her union-member high-school sweetheart, and their 5 kids – including an eldest who is due to ship out to Iraq.

The McCain campaign did an M15-job of keeping her selection under-wraps – there were no leaks or rumors even in the early morning of the announcement. In some ways it was a counter to the selection of Joe Biden and McCain's "7 houses" gaffe. Just as Biden was an acknowledgement of Obama's weaknesses on experience and foreign policy, Palin brings youth and a blue collar background to the McCain ticket – without angering social conservatives who were threatening to revolt if he defied their pro-life litmus tests.

Palin fits the Republican bill perfectly – but her fast rise from obscurity to being a candidate for vice-president was fast even by Obama-era standards. This is a person who had not been on the national political radar screen at all when the 08 presidential race began in the build to the 06 midterm elections. Whether she will prove to be a seasoned campaigner in the 67‑day sprint to Election Day remains to be seen.

Her selection speaks in part to the striking lack of diversity on the Republican bench, even when it comes to women. And more seasoned figures like Senator Olympia Snowe – who routinely wins 70% re-elections in the blue state of Maine – were never considered due to her liberal social positions. But Palin is an appealing young face – disarming decades old conservative stereotypes – and the Democrats must be on defense the day after their convention.

On a side note, the 2008 election has proved to be big-time for our non-continental states – Hawaii and Alaska, traditional presidential politics after-thoughts, now have native sons and daughters on the each ticket in the form of Obama and Palin. Our 49th and 50th states have come along way since Ike, and half a century since reaching statehood they've reached political maturity.

The bottom line: this already historic campaign just got more historic, and more competitive. Sarah Palin's selection represents an extraordinary evolutionary step forward for the Republican Party, and by extension, for our nation's politics. Neither the ticket looks like those of the past –and that's a good thing for America in the 21st Century.


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  1. Mike

    There are striking similarities (and differences) between Gov. Palin and Former Vice-president Spiro Agnew. He went from Local Council to Governor and then the VP in a meteoric time frame. Once in office it was found he had been guilty of 39 counts of extortion, conspiracy and bribery, and his ties to the Mafia had the Presidency just a heartbeat away from their control.

    With all due respect to Gov. Palin, we just don't have much time to get to know enough about her. Spiro Agnew was a much vaunted conservative Republican, too.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  2. Tom Maiolo

    I think this move on John McCain is brilliant! Watch her on the t.v. screen. She seems charming, real, and intelligent. It's also hilarious watching the media trying to find a negative comment against her...EVERYONE'S FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THEY"VE ALL BEEN CAUGHT SO OFF GUARD. She is a U.S. governor; give the lady a chance!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  3. Muganbo

    On the match again searching for a president who can turn the country around from eight years of doom, Senator McSame critized Sentor Obama of being inexperience and a celebrity . It is unfortunate that it was this same McSame who made a reckless and irrational decision/ judgement to pick up a model and an Entertainer as a running mate. Wow what a high risk and a big gamble. Our dear country can not afford such risk most especially when Russian, Iran, and Korea are a treat to the world. I will rather pick Sentor Clinton as a VP than pick a chicken as one. McSame I thought you have a big game but unfortunate you the same joker like that Texas Cowboy in Whitehouse.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Julie W

    What a JOKE! How incredibly hypocritical of McCain, after everything that he's said about Sen. Obama, then look at what he does!!! He just proved Obama right (regarding his "judgement" or I would say "lack of". Unbelievable! This really scares me! If he can do something like chose a VP on a whim, then GOD HELP US!!!! God Help Us!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  5. florian

    McCain will out-live his life expectancy during his first term, should he become the next president of the USA. Who in their right mind thinks it's a good idea to have her step in as commander in chief?!?! She has ZERO experience.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  6. Bob

    McCain has rolled the dice and come up with snake eyes. I'm sure Mrs. Palin is a good politician, wife and mother but I don't think she's ready for a stage this big. The implications could be huge if McCain wins this election. She is no way ready to be a heart beat away from the oval office. This choice is unacceptable for the American people. I find it appalling the republicans spin on this decision. If Obama had chosen someone he'd met once the republicans would be screaming, see we told you he's not ready to run this country. Right now I'm very afraid for this country because the republicans continue to make this election a game. It's just a shame!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    I think the game stays the same with this decision but the two players have exchanged benefits and risks with each other. I also think McCain's gamble on selecting Palin will prove a big negative – this may be one poker hand he won't win.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 29, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Chris

    NOW, not in a few days, but NOW is the time for Hillary to body-slam the woman who is trying to waltz along behind Hillary, down the road Hillary paved, and cynically exploit the glass-ceiling issue that Hillary raised on behalf of so many women–all to elect a man whom Hillary (and Bill) have passionately said would be the worst thing that could happen to this country. Hillary is the only one who can slam this woman, as well as McCain for this reprehensible choice, without having it twisted into being a sexist attack. This move by McCain is the most grotesquely cynical, transparent, and recklessly irresponsible act of jeopardizing our country and our future by deliberately exploiting the misplaced anger of women who wanted Hillary to win because she's a woman. One thing is crystal clear from this: when McCain questioned Obama's motives, McCain was projecting onto Obama his own corrupt motives of political ambition. But more importantly, strictly in terms of every public policy Hillary says she believes in for this country, and everything she says she abhors, this new gun-toting female from the frozen tundra might as well be Hillary's idea of the policy anti-Christ. If Hillary doesn't show her superior class, intellect, and power against this little Repugnican reptile in female clothing, by making clear that the election is NOT about gender, it's about the substance of public policy, then Hillary just obliterated any shred of credibility or integrity she could have claimed in saying so stirringly at the convention: it's not about her, it's about the country, and all the people she met on the campaign trail who need the same kind of change we all need. HILLARY: take this woman out NOW, or don't ever try to say you aren't all about yourself, your gender, and your own quest for power! Do what is needed NOW to bring about the sane public policies and leadership for which you so passionately advocated at the convention. Don't let your own quest for power, or some pathological paralysis over the gender issue, be exploited by this new Repugnican in female clothing. If you spend time trying to parse what "the meaning of is is" in your response to this grotesque ploy by McCain, you will by guilty of doing just what Bill did by putting your own political interests ahead of the well-being of three hundred million people. DO THE RIGHT THING, NOT THE POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT THING!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  9. Phillip - Cincinnati, OH

    I applaud John McCain for being willing to be politically risky, but I am truly beginning to worry about his judgement. I have to wonder if Sarah Palin’s reputation for being a Republican who has challenged the old guard in the party and sought to reform the political machine of Alaska reminds McCain of himself years ago. John McCain may be attempting to establish his legacy through Sarah Palin and perhaps mentor her to become a Jane McCain. The ability to upset the dynamics of the this race by placing a woman on the ballot who is a strong conservative, (in an obvious attempt to both energize the base and attract the angry Hillary faction as well as more independent women) may be just added bonuses. We need to analyze further John McCain’s decision making process. Republican should be worried.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  10. Tee

    Why do we keep hearing Barack didn't select HRC? Didn't HRC make it very clear that she did not want to run as VP? I don't blame her for not settling for 2nd place when she is very capable of being 1st place, certaintly moreso than Palin. HRC supporters don't fall for the okey doke of the republicans! Eight is Enough!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  11. Pitt Republican

    Obamatons:

    Get over it. You just lost the election, and I think deep, deep down you know it.

    Parrot the "inexperience" thing all you want–it just makes everyone ask the same question about Barry Boy. We get her if McCain becomes incapacitated. We get him on day one. Which is the bigger risk?

    Watch a few of this lady's interviews on the talk shows. Read her bio in Wikipedia. She gets it, and it shows. Best thing of all: she's a hockey mom–one of us!

    She looked Ted Stevens right in the eye and he backed down. Trust me, Sister, old Teddy not getting his earmarks is much tougher than our Iranian fruitcake friend.

    Accept the nomination for what it is–a bold political masterstroke.

    May the best team win-and no, being against George Bush and for nothing else but liberal dogma 75 years old is not a winning message.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  12. Ernest

    I am pleased with McCain's choice for selecting Governor Sarah Palin. I think many women who have criticized Sarah Palin are in pain, because they are disappointed that Hilary Clinton, did not win the nomination. Obama then has the opportunity to chose her as VP, but does he "NO". The media has built Obama as though he is a God, as if he has already won the nomination for President.

    McCain, seems to at least respects women in the U.S. he seemed to see the disrespect and humiliation on how Senator Hilary Clinton lost chance to win her opportunity for Presidency. She was the more experienced candidate, not Obama (who the heck was Obama and what, what experience does he have). I am a Democrat, and I am sick of what the media and what the Obama campaign stands for.

    Obama talks about change, (a change to what???). He needs to change to really look @ what this country really wants, not the change that he looks at. His stage was a joke, it looked as if it was the Roman Empire, or the White House..as if he was already president.

    He also looked for a VP who has experience, just to play the game...that Mccain will not be the only one who can shine having experience.

    Obama.."What did your show cost you???" just to say you accept the nomination for Democratic candidate for President. What a joke you are!!!!!!!!!

    I will definitely not vote Democrat!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  13. Kim

    Paul Begala stated how frightening it would be having someone in the military with Sarah Palin in command. I have a son who enlisted in the Marines 3 months ago, and the thought that terrifies me is Barack Obama with his ideas in that position.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  14. Lou L.

    Is there anyone out there intelligent enough to realize that the ONLY capability needed in a Vice President is the ability to EMERGENTLY step into the role of protecting the nation from foreign attack if our President dies or is assasinated? Nothing else matters! Everything else can be learned on the job with the advisors at hand. In fact, one could argue that because of this logic, the President himself/herself does NOT necessarily need to have extensive foreign policy experience. The President is obviously surrounded by multiple advisors and therefore most importantly only really needs to enter the office with the ability to filter information and intelligence and then utilize GOOD, LOGICAL, OBJECTIVE, UNEMOTIONAL, AND INTELLIGENT judgement to make decisions.
    Therefore, our President should be picked based on decision making capabilities once given the intelligence he/she needs. Our Vice President should simply be a person that can emergently take over command without the time afforded usually to the President.
    For these reasons, Obama got it right! McCain (if he wins) has just put this country in jeopardy of becoming a colony of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, etc. For a person running on a platform of having good judgement, McCain is a hypocrite (or dumb)!
    If he wins, I'm moving to Canada or Mexico (since there is a good chance he could die any moment).

    August 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  15. Tee

    Is it plausible that the McShame team is using the VP nominee in an attempt to win the election? Is it possible that McShame selected Palin just to get through the elections and win by pulling HRC votes, and possibly making some deal to have Palin resign due to family issues after winning the vote, thus allowing McShame to select a VP that ordinarily would not have won the election for the republicans? This selection, after only having met Palin once, smacks of the typical tactics used by the Republicans. There are so many other republicans that could qualify, including Women. I smell something very foul here. Geez, did she really ask what does a VP do? People wake up and stop being taken by the republican party, that's what has gotten this country with 8 years of GWB and his cronies.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  16. Robert in NY

    I'm all for more women in politics due to the fact that my mother was first elected to the Tenn. Legislature at age 23 way back in 1948 defeating Walter White who was the superintendent of the schools that prosecuted Scopes for teaching evolution in the schools in the Monkey Trial which happened the months my mother was born in 1925. If there are people that will vote for a person becuse they support the teaching of creationism in the schools and like to shot assualt riffles over other issues, God help us. My mother left politics to raise 7 children. It makes no sense to me that someone who has a special child in their 40's (don't believe in birth control?) can leave that responsibility to take the job of VP. Bubble head comes to mind. Sorry, that was not nice and my mother taught me to be nice but, please!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  17. Terry

    Now I'm really scared! Will rebublicans want to keep the white house so much that they will vote for someone that doesen't even use the internet and a soccermom/govenor?

    I still am a Hillary supporter, but as Hillary said, 'am I for her or for what she stands for? ' – If McCain thinks the 18 mill supporters are that shallow that we want a woman – any woman- and we will swing right over to the red side now, he is more senile than I thought! I wil vote for Obama and I believe Hillary, Bill and all the democratic leaders will be by his side to move us forward and so will I

    August 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  18. WA

    Shannon I did read about ALL OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Just finished in fact! And I know women in my own small community who have accomplished more than Sarah Palin and for that matter McCain!
    A Citizen of the week here could run neck and neck with Sarah!
    Not to mention she herself stated today,"I don't know what is expected of me as Vice President." Now that has to make Americans feel secure in our New Nuclear Age (which she pronounced as Nuclur)and Terrorist Infested World! A Mayor of a small town in Alaska and Govenor of Alaska given the population is a FAR CRY from Leading a Nation in a Crisis if McCain isn't able! And where will she find the time with her great moral character to care for an autistic baby, four other children and our Nation?

    Even the Alaska Military Position she held is over rated. Since 2005 the military there have been in Iraq and there are three other high ranking officials also employed at the base. So what would she have to manage? McCain has lost all credability and accountability as a Leader. If this is an example of his judgement the Republican Party needs to ask him to step down!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  19. Evelyn Phillips

    Anderson, I get it. Republicans think the American people are either stupid or fools are both. After 9/11 all the people in Washington DC knew who had attacked us. So our President Bush set out to capture them. My husband and I are retired so we could watch the coverage on TV closely everyday. One night we went to bed and the next morning we turned the TV on and we were going after that other man in Iraq. We said what happened? Now Sen. McCain wants the American people to vote for a V.P. that nobody knows, including himself. At his age of 72, the V.P. is much more of a concern. She would be the next President of the United States. If anything, anything happened to him. Same as President Bush. He thinks the American people are stupid and fools. She is not Hillary Clinton. He can not just throw any woman up for that office, I will never vote for that ticket.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  20. babatunde aremu

    Good evening folks...i am from Nigeria and have never written on any news blog both in the United States and back home in my country but i think this is worth writing about.Except Anderson has a different opinion,i see no reason why Mccain would buttress Obama's argument that he does not have a good judgement by selecting a woman who is against everything that women stands for.
    All across the globe Obama is creating a movement and the response to this movement is Palin?I will say it clearly that everyone i called back home today about the news said it was Mccain's way of saying it is my birthday but i am presenting Obama with a gift.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  21. indy

    Brilliant pick! Excites the social conservatives, picks off some Hillary supporters, starts to bring the GOP back to its spending restraints mantra, and shows tremendous campaign discipline in no leaks, throwing the talking heads for a loop. McCain smacked this one out of the park, and her initial speech was outstanding, on-point without the sarcastic pit-bull Biden routine (too bad McCain can't speak as well as she can). Do all the whiny Dems who are blasting her on cue (and let's face it, a woman doesn't count to them unless she's a Dem) remember how avidly they supported Edwards, that insipid charlatan snake last time? Give it a rest, folks.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  22. dan r.

    It is stunning to see so many blast Palin for inexperience, while not drawing the obvious conclusion: a bright but inexperienced vice president is far preferable to a glib but inexperienced president. Palin has achieved a record of accomplishment in her brief political career. Obama has done nothing. Four of our last five presidents had zero national political experience, and thus no international experience. Why is Palin so different? People seem to be implying that the process of running for office for Obama is the equivalent of actual experience. This is completely surreal. And, by the way, all you bitter Hillary supporters might consider listing her accomplishments sometime. Palin has immeasurably more experience than Hill did when running for the Senate. Once Palin actually makes a few appearances, try offering informed critiques. Right now, you all sound like the ridiculous hyper-partisans that Obama claims have ruined the fabric of our national discourse.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Mark

    A great choice. Pro life. Pro gun. Pro military. Pro cutting wasteful government spending. Pro America. For the first time in many years I am ready to work my tail off for a candidate for President. Go John and Sarah!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  24. adam

    if McCain dies, can she a good commandeer in chief? if so, then McCain's argument about age and experience is a wash?

    August 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Jean

    I have been following CNN all day on the nomination of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential candidate. Why would John McCain possibly think that a woman, just any woman, would sway all women?

    Alaska is a very rich state due to its natural resources and each resident is given a stipend each year as payment for the resources that come from its land. No other state has this luxury for its citizens. In most states, people are hurting financially and pay taxes to the state where they live. So, does coming from a rich state and being its governor for only 2 years qualify Mrs. Palin as the leader in fiscal responsibility?

    Alaska only has 670,000 residents and most of the towns are physically isolated from each other. There are no large urban centers and not much diversity. Does this qualify Mrs. Palin to lead a diverse nation?

    Does being a runner up in a beauty contest and a sports announcer qualify her to work with countries that do not revere women? Did she learn how to woo men in the locker rooms and is this the skill that is needed for diplomacy?

    This appointment by John McCain shows how desperate he is at this time. Putting a semi-unqualified woman in the vice presidency is equivalent to when affirmative action laws were first inacted and people were put in to jobs not because they were qualified, but because they met certain quotas. We, as women, do not want to meet a quota. We want to be accepted, rewarded, and respected because of our abilities, not because we are beauty queens who are mothers and are a warm body that can fill a spot. We don't need a token in the vice presidential spot.

    We need a person who has extensive experience in helping the USA reclaim its status as the leader of the free world; who can solve our economic woes; who can work with diverse groups on the home front; who can be a diplomat; who can bring our trooops home; who can help find affordable health care for teh masses; and who can instill confidence in our nations citizens. Being a beauty queen and a 2 year governor of a small populated state does not instill confidence in me for Mrs Palin to ever be the vice president let alone the president.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Whittman

    Palin did not even know what the job of VP entails. She said she would give her views on the VP job when someone tells her what the VP really does. Great judgement call McCain. She is a FLAKE!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  27. stella

    I cried listening to a Sarah Palin accept this Vice Presidential opportunity but and this is a big BUT I don't think a PTA president is qualified to run the United States. I know that Sarah Palin is a Governor but she is not a Governor of a major city like California or New York, she’s a Governor of Alaska, who has been in office for ONLY 2 years.

    There is no way that she is even close to being qualified for this position. The problem that John McCain has is his age and health is a MAJOR factor. With any other Presidential candidate their age was never a factor but for McCain it’s a MAJOR issue and one that NOONE can take lightly. So out of every President elect it is especially crucial that McCain select a Vice President that can fill his shoes immediately.

    Even Dick Cheney is smart enough not to run for President because of his health issues but it’s one thing to select a Vice President with health problems but it is a completely different issues to select a President with health problems. (And YES, old age is a health problem)

    If Republicans can debate that Hillary Clinton was not qualified to be President of the United States than how can they stand behind Sarah Palin to be the next Vice President or President of the United States.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. No V

    It's not just about women – it's about the Republican base and Reagan Democrats (the ones who are bitter and cling to their guns and God...)

    August 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Eileen

    Game Changer? You have to be kidding me! This is an insult to all the women who voted for and worked for Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Tony

    Great choice McCain! You are a true maverick. I will be voting for a republican for the 1st time ever.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  31. A M

    Gimme a break! This is a GLARING lapse of judgement! Who is this woman? Are you kidding me? Now I am a proud and working mother too. But my idea of the first woman in the White House does not include diaper changes in the Oval Office! (Could happen since she would be a heart beat away.) Making sane and sound decisions is no longer a priority for Republicans, which is truly a loss for all Americans. And with McCain's fixation for beauty queens, who knows, maybe Paris Hilton has a place in his Administration too! After today, anything is possible!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Laura

    As an officer in the military, there is not the slightest chance that I will vote for Barack Obama. His lack of experience and ignorance towards foreign policy, lead me to believe that he will move our military assets from Iraq into another Middle Eastern country.

    His speech at the Nat'l Convention was full of fluff, and was void of any substance whatsoever. Empty promises... It's heartbreaking to see that the citizens of the United Sates have stooped to all-time lows, actually believing that Obama is suited for this office. How are you going to lower taxes and increase spening for healthcare and educational funding? He'll say whatever it takes to get the votes.

    Don't get me wrong – McCain isn't without fault – but I have far more confidence in him and Palin. McCain has proven himself over and over again, and he won't lead us astray.

    I have spent 2 tours in Iraq, and will seriously consider a break in service if Obama is elected to presidency. I'll be damned to call him my Commander in Chief.

    Laura............Austin, TX

    August 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Kevin

    Brenda Harris,

    That might be one of the most insenstive, ignorant and crude remarks I've heard. Who says every woman breast feeds for more the 3 months. My wife is not. She can't, because she works, like Gov Palin. Maybe her husband had planned to be a stay at home dad. Someone who has 5 beautiful healthy children clearly hasn
    t neglected them. Envy of a woman who has a work/life balance is unbecoming of anyone....especially a woman, who seems caught in the '50's. It's 2008 and women can do everything a man can do and in this case, more.

    Kevin

    August 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Tom F

    If Obama's "education" qualifies him for the presidency, why won't he release his Harvard transcript?

    August 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Larry V

    Undeniable proof of how poor McCain's judgement is. To neutralize the inexperience claim – arguably the strongest case toward stopping the Obama express – is unfathomable. Nothing against Mrs. Palin but this is a certain squandering of the VP pick. Barack & Joe might as well light up the victory cigars now

    August 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  36. abel

    McCain's very first important decision tells a lot about his judgment. Terribly poor!!!! Voting for Obama/Biden is the only option.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Lady SD

    The other VP potentials on the short list must be pulling their hair out. They sit up straight and true and say that it is a good choice and you can tell they don't mean it. I feel bad for them. Wow. They put all what the had into campagning with and for McCain and this is that thanks they get. As Flava-Flav would say wooooooooooooooooooow.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Ibe

    I hope John McCain picked Sarah Palin to shoreup his evangelical base. Hoping that she will help him with women or Hillary Clinton's voters is laughable; WOMEN WILL VOTE FOR HER JUST LIKE BLACKS WILL VOTE FOR JUSTICE CLEARANCE THOMAS OR JEWS FOR MIKE WALLACE. Palin's veiw on women's issue is so out of touch with most women.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  39. Mark

    I'm looking at this woman's experience and she was on city council just 16 years ago and 11 years ago was mayor of a city smaller than Hick Town, Kansas and she lost the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002 and finally in 2006 became Governor of Alaska. So she was only Gov. for 2 years and I don't even know what she did for four years between 02' and 06'. So in conclusion she has doesn't have any experience because who ever heard of a mayor becoming Vice President (maybe even President if McSame kicks the bucket) of the U.S.A. A governor for 2 years isn't good enough to convince me anyway but Governor of Alaska is like being mayor Knoxville, TN or except Knoxville has more people to govern. It's not the first time a mayor almost could of been President, Giuliani ran for president but at least he was mayor of a decent sized city. McCain looks like he just quit because there is no way McCain can win this election now.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Tom F

    While Palin IS a good tactical choice, she really is the best choice McCain had available to him. The other options were either too liberal or proven to be unviable in their own presidential bids.

    Palin is the only candidate on either ticket who has administrative experience. She has drafted budgets, set policy and proven herself as a leader with grit and character.

    No matter how much the Democrats complain about her "lack of experience", they will have to be reminded: Obama has much less in terms of what a president actually does.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  41. callie

    I am 57, and this is the most frightened I have ever felt for our country. Where are we headed? I am not surprised at Mccain's choice. It is an obvious attempt to placate the one issue voters of the Republican party and an insult to Hillary supporters. The world is a dangerous place, and the U.S. just became more dangerous. Dems, don't become complacent-

    August 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Elior Miller

    Sara Palin is just your average hockey mom from Alaska, and if I remember George Bush was someone to have a beer with. Not this time, I am going with education, literacy, organizational skills and someone who has thought about world events and our position in the global economy. I don't need someone to have coffee with. I need a leader to bring America back. That is why I am voting for Obama/Biden. Values voters you helped give us George Bush and America has never been in worse shape.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Marie

    John McCain, is only using her to get the vote of women! She has hardly any experience in Washington, it's politics people! Like dangling a piece of meat in front of a hungry dog, hopefully American's won't be fooled! We must change, America have the intelligence and open-mindedness and yes-Love to change this country for the better, it's time- DON'T BE FOOLED!!!! This country must change! We must unite, America! Or fall! Or fall!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Jamie

    I think John McCain made an insulting choice to day. He picked a person with no experience, but he picked a woman. If she were a man would she have been picked?

    Senator McCain, Hillarys voters weren't dogs. So you don't need to throw them any bones. American women can and will break the glass ceiling without your help.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Sandra

    This is an insult to Hillary Clinton and all women everywhere, not just in America. That John McCain thinks that women are such irrational, emotional beings that they will vote for anything in a skirt and watch what they've fought for go down the drain is nothing but a slap to the face. There should not be one Hillary Clinton supporter that would vote for her. She IS NO HILLARY CLINTON, and she plans to overturn what women have worked for all this while.

    It is also a show of McCain's lack of judgment and not just that but also temperament. That he has been beating down on Obama for being inexperienced and here he goes picking an inexperienced woman who is even more inexperienced than Obama. There is a BIG difference between being chosen by a man who frowns on inexperience and being chosen by the people regardless of your inexperience.
    McCain showed that all he wanted to do is win. So much for putting America first.
    He just overturned everything that he has been saying.

    This only shows what McCain thinks of women. Basically he's saying 'hey they wanna shatter that glass ceiling?, put a cow in a skirt and pass it off as a woman (the cow is not in reference to Palin)" basically put anthing in a skirt and pass it off as a woman, and they would vote for us.

    He doesn't even know the woman.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Gina McClendon

    As a female republican sitting the fence, I am exceptionally disappointed and somewhat insulted with John McCains choice in Govenor Palin. While I expected Sentaor McCain to choose a female as an obvious way to attempt to level the playing field, with so many other more qualified femaie candidates to choose from, I'm not comforted by a soccer mom who served on the PTA being used as credentials and potentially running the country! While I am not an admirer of Hilary Clinton, I don't think there is even a comparison in the ability to crack the ceiling. My husband is a disabiled veteran we own a business located on a large military base. It was interesting to discover over the past several months and particularily today, that many military "republicans" will not be voting for McCain and indeed want the encouragement and optimism that Barack Obama is offering....

    August 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Jean

    I don't believe women should be able to have abortions just because they find it inconvenient to have the child. We have all kinds of birth control, that if women want to be in charge of their bodies then do the right thing and becareful of what you are doing. Since there have been 50 million abortions in this country, now we have to import all kinds of people from all over the globe to work here. We have 30 million illegal aliens here. We could have just as well have paid the welfare of the American kids, instead of all the illegal aliens who sneak over our border to have their kids, and we have to pay the hospital bill anyway. These women should be giving up these babies for adoption and the states will still have abortion on their laws. My relatives will be voting for McCain now, we wouldn't have voted for McCain, Leiberman ticket. I had seen this woman on another tv program, and I thought boy this woman has a brain. I don't think she would have by while her husband had an affair, ahla Clinton. Who says these people in D.C. have a brain. Money grubbers is all they are, and Obama made $4million on his book. Talk about money. We really don't like him at all.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  48. KJ

    GREAT JOB McCain!!!

    I am an Independent Hillary supporter- who is now a McCain/Palin supporter!

    How quickly women turn upon each other. (by the way one reason men have often said women should never hold office) Palin is a wonderful example of a political leader, reformer, mother, and woman. Do not find fault in her because she is also beautiful. If that is the case, all the remarks about Obama (looks)needs to be revisited.

    Truth is now we have a race, Obama missed his chance to walk away with the election by having Hillary at his side as the VP choice. Now there is an even playing field.

    Obama has no experience- and is running for President
    Palin has no experience- and is running for Vice President

    McCain has tons of experience- and is running for President
    Biden has experience (and is a basic carbon copy of McCain) but is only running for VP........................ umh?

    I think the McCain/Palin ticket is the best bet here!

    Good news though.........this opens the door wide- for Hillary 2012!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Charles Browning

    I am not sure why anyone is concerned about what the 'serpent head' thinks about anything.... He is so far left, no one cares...

    August 29, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Leigh

    This poor woman is nothing but a pawn.
    She has five children and the youngest has downs syndrom.
    Those children are her job. What a joke. McCain is insane.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
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