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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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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. JT

    They talk about heart beat away from the Presidency.

    The Democrats are in worse position.

    If the democrats win, Obama with no experience is the President..

    If the Republican win, McCain with a lot of experience is the President.. Because his mom going 0n 95 years old, I do not think McCain will die immediately. Let just say he die on the third year, Palin would have 3 years experience as a Vice President, 2 years experience as a governor plus experience as a mayor.

    Palin experience is more superior than Obama the community organizer.

    Vote McCain/Palin.

    August 31, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  2. nocas

    think McCain suddenly goes against all he said before regarding picking a VP merrily, to use a woman to get the indecisive women and the Hillary supporters and to use the sexism argument against Obama/campaign and the media each time they attack Palin, criticize her experience and skills has a politician. He knows women will not like it; they will try to get the same reaction that happens with Hillary. To me is politics, is low and shows again that republicans don't care about governing well this country, only to continue having the power. I am not American but I am following this election very closely because the president of the USA does have a key importance in the world. So yes, we are all anxious and nervous!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  3. Mike

    I am old enough to remember another election where a "surprise" VP selection was brought on board. He had gone from Baltimore County commissioner to Maryland governor to VP in just over two years. His name? Spiro Agnew. He had to resign because of his ties to the Mafia and 39 counts of extortion, conspiracy and bribery.

    I am not saying Gov. Palin has those particular flaws, but we sure don't know enough about her to put her up as the next President of the US. (Young people forget this has happened frequently. Within my lifetime several VP's have risen to the unelected status of President, specifically Truman, Johnson, Ford).

    As a registered independent I strongly believe this is a terrible decision on the part of Sen. John McCain.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  4. Jeff

    While Barack has been thinking, Sarah has been doing. The old saying "action speaks louder than words" is true here. She has just got the natural gas pipeline approved which is a major issue facing America. What has Barack accomplished? He has not governed at all and may have faced issues in the State senate, but was not the decision maker. He was only part of a group that voted on issues. It's a whole different thing, when as a Governor, you have to make tough decisions. The outcome doesn't allow you to blame others on how they voted.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Timmy Baker

    I voted for Hillary Clinton in our primary and if she had won the nomination I would have voted for her again. That being said I was in the middle watching and waiting for the VP picks. I like McCain's pick it is fresh to have a new face that is not a Washington insider, and I am not concerned about the lack of experience. It looks like her biggest lack of experience will be how to play the games our congress and others like to play in the political arena. This is why I am going to vote for a Replublican this time instaed for a Democrat.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  6. Mike Wadner, Portland OR

    Note to Valerie – wake up woman!!!! How easily you are sold. And what, the Republicans aren't going to spend a small fortune on their own Dog and Pony Show with some smoke and mirrors of their own? "Palin holds the change we need"? How in the world would you know that? Know one even has a clue who this Sarah Palin is and what she is capable of. Hey if you don't trust Obama, fine. But at least sound like you know what you are talking about instead of just repeating misc. sound bites. Sarah Palin ain't no Hillary Clinton – not even close.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  7. JC-Los Angeles

    As an Independent, I find it interesting that the Democrats have been talking about change but failing to act (Biden) while the Republicans failed to talk but made sure they did act.

    It's easy to point out Governor Palin's inexperience, however, each time it's mentioned, the Republicans can drive home the fact that Obama lacks a vast resume.

    Prior to being elected Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton had no experience; prior to becoming an Illinois Senator, Obama was a community organizer; with Palin being a relatively new Governor, there seems to be a pattern here that can be evenly applied.

    The debates will decide who has the chops and who blows hot air.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  8. Lauren

    As a voter undecided until recently, I can say the announcement of Palin today confirmed I will be voting McCain this fall. She is an excellent pick who stands up for what she believes, understands the average, hard-working families, and has had experience serving as commander and chief of her state of Alaska. Can Barack say that? Don't get me wrong, I obviously like Barack, or I wouldn't have considered voting for him, but his healthcare plan scares me. I fear it will hurt our system and bring lower quality healthcare. Family physicians in Canada can hardly make a living due to socialized healthcare. Also, when and where do we draw the lines on what government can regulate? America was founded on the principles of small government. People work hard and earn more. Yes, changes need to be made. Programs put in place, but his healthcare program is too "big government" and down right scary for me. On top of this, his promises haven't matched his record in the past.

    Some say voters don't know Palin well enough. I say, "I didn't know who Barack was six months ago." Some die hard democrats most certainly did; however, some die hard republicans knew Sarah Palin as well, which is why they had online sites pushing for her selection for VP.

    Great pick!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  9. Sonia

    When I saw the Democratic Convention, I really felt for Hilary Clinton. She is still attacked and criticized for being who she is. She was the better candidate not Obama.

    Why did Obama not choose her as his VP canidate. The Obama media attacked her for making her stand on having all votes count. The media never favored Hilary Clinton. She is viewed by the world to make sure that she says the exact correct words which Obama supporters wanted to hear.

    Give me a break, Hilary had the largest vote, even had the largest cheer at the Democratic Convention. Why did he not chose her for VP candidate? Obama seems to have a negative issue against women.
    Obama knows he will not win without Hilary Clinton's support. Now the Obama campaign will be requiring more and more of Hilary Clinton to speak for the Democrats. So who is really the candiate shinning more, it has to be Hilary Clinton.

    Some women maybe upset with McCain's Choice, stating that he could have chose other women, Obama insulted all women when he did not chose Hilary Clinton for his plan of change.

    Media state that many women voted for Obama because he is handsome, now as McCain has chosen a VP candidate, who was a model she too is now attacked for her looks. It is time for women of all ages and ethnicities to show that women need to be respected. I

    I read a blog that some are upset as to who McCain chose, I am more ashamed to how the Obama campaign has viewed women in total.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  10. Angie

    Reckless McCain Decision. Being Governor of Alaska is less stressful than being a councilman in Chicago. For people who even consider talking about Palin in the same as Obama, where are the records of her understanding of anything other than some schol PTA meetings and the running of Alaska, where clearing snow might be the biggest policy decision.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  11. Rose from Canada

    I think it was a good pick. She was a mayor for 6 years, a governor for 2 years and a mother//wife of 5 for 20 years. That's a lot of experience. Any mother of 5 or less can handle this country. Have you ever seen kids fight???? Most of the men in power would not be able to handle it. If she can fight the oil company she can fight the lobbyists and more power to her. Besides, if Obama is supposed to be good at bringing sides together and working with opposing people, why could he not work with Hilary. I would say that he failed. Bidens a good man, but Hilary had 18 million people voting for her. If he can't handle Hilary how in hell is he going to handle Putin, or any of the terrorists. His first oportunity to show us that he could work with anyone and he failed, in my opinion. If it's not his way, he will take his ball and play with someone else. He just said I don't care to 18 million people.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  12. Carmen Tolbert

    They have set this woman Palin up for failure! She will not be able to stand up for herself or anyone else in a debate! She does not have the experience or background nor the time to prepare! The Democrats are going to chew her up am spit her out! She is completely out of her league.... personally I feel sorry for her because she is just a piece in a Republican game!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  13. Shireen

    With what is at stake in this election, I'm surprised at McCain's judgement in choosing Palin as his VP, hockey mom turned politician (one of the thinest resumes in Washington up for one of the heftiest jobs in the land). His choice is merely political, he doesn't have the country in mind. Is she honestly the BEST person for the task at hand? Win at any and all costs–the Republican motto.

    It's too bad that Hillary supporters gave legs to the idea that they would consider voting for McCain. Like Hillary said Tuesday night, were they in it for her, or are they in it for the causes both she AND the Democratic party support?

    If the Hillary supporters prospered under the Bush Administrition, then more power to them. They're in the minority. Consider voting to help the majority improve their economic outlook. If that doesn't inspire you, then consider the brave soldiers who are fighting the wrong war in Iraq.

    It's too bad the American people will have to pay for your stubborness.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  14. MG

    What a joke! Do McCain really thing that women are that stupid. Oh now all of a sudden experience doesn't matter! I wonder why????

    August 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  15. RJ

    Gergen, Anderson, how high can you guys hold your noses up in the air and look down on Palin and question with such liberal bias her experience to become President should McCain die in office. How dare you! What insults! Come November you guys are going to have a lot of crow to eat. Palin has more integrity and experience in her little finger than the almighty Obama possibly understands. Obama, Obama, Obama...when are you guys gonna become objective journalists and stop trying to dictate what is truth. Palin is a wonderful, refreshing change who connects with the average American work for a living citizen and it's a choice that is making the media and Democrats squirm in their seats. Its ok guys, Washington is getting ready to get a wake up call when McCain-Palin take office and the real house cleaning is coming from the American voter. We've had enough of your liberal bias and you're right it IS time for a change I think this election will send the liberal media into orbit and they will be spinning from the election of McCain-Palin come November. I can hardly wait!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:42 pm |
  16. Armando O.

    So, if you were a mayor in a small town, that qualifies you to be "one step away"...? Wow, whos running the Hollywood game now? Yes, I am all for women...but the right ones. Should have gone with the Rep. From Texas: Hutchison, she would have been a better choice!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  17. Pedro (Miami)

    It is true that people believe whatever they want. So McCain was irresponsible when he appointed Palin because he can die and she has no experience. Wow! But if McCain dies on his first day as President we will be as bad as if Obama wins, no?! Obama has less experience than Palin! Oh! no, no, you're right! It's OK that Obama has no experience because 19M people voted for him. What a relief! But... hang on a second, for Palin to be VP doesn't she and McCain also have to be elected and by a lot more than 19M votes? And these votes must not be as good as the 19M because she is still not qualified...
    This is fascism or communist at its best: "The American People are always right as long as they agree with me..." And this is also the reason why I am voting republican for the first time in 35 years!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  18. Joe

    The only game this changes is to increase the margin by which Obama/Biden win in November.

    Everything about this pick, from the person, to her demographics, to timing the announcement the day after Obama's acceptance speech, has all the earmarks of a desperate candidate and campaign.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  19. vivian klinck

    The selection of Palin is an insult to our national intelligence. This is not country first, it is politics first. This exercise in bad judgement scares me. We can not have someone so unqualified to be one heartbeat from taking over. She actually asked what the vp does on a clip that I just saw. This selection is a joke.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  20. Vicki Z

    Congrats Senator McCain-I am a life long Democrat. I got out of the shower today and stood in front of the TV naked and cried when I heard McCain's running mate. I am entergized. ! I love the picture of the candidate with a rifle and actually firing. I'm a successful officer of a Fortune 500 company. I am tired of the male talking heads questioning the Palin candidate's qualifications. She may not be an ace on foriegn policy but so what ! Other so-called experts haven't done such a great job. McCain/Palin has my vote. Look out Dem's, here we come ! I don't care about her views on abortion or whatever. You go girl....

    August 29, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  21. Sue Bradley

    I am very insulted by McCains choice for running mate. Hilary Clinton earned her way into the presidential race, this woman has done nothing except being born a woman. Does McCain think the women of the USA are stupid? We are intelligent people able to make choices based on abilities of the person. To choose a person for such an important position simply based on the need to break the "glass ceiling" is again, very insulting. My mind is now made up, I will be voting for Obama for President.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  22. Susan

    McCain seems to have LOST HIS MIND! Gov Palin seems very nice but nice is not going to run this County. And for her to compair herself to Hillary Clinton was so far out of line. McCain has shown his judgement is not up to Par to be the President of the United State.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  23. Paul Popper

    The McCain camp makes a big deal out of Gov. Pali's executive experience and emphasize tObama's lack of it. But McCain does not have any either.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  24. Nina Singh

    WOW!!
    As a Women(registered democrat) I am so tempted to vote Republican.
    After how my party treated a talented strong women they have been shown the light by the party considered CONSERVATIVE! All the best to Ms.Palin.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  25. Sandee Wilson

    I am amazed that most comments are so off the mark. McCain knew exactly what he was doing when he chose Palin for VP. What a strategic move. What a way to take the thunder away from the Democrats the day after their convention.And what a brilliant way to energize those of us Conservative Republicans who have fallen out of love with our party and Washington a a whole. We long for a conservative representative who is not a part of the Washington crowd; someone who actually has accomplishments that she can list on a resume. And she has only been governor for two years. Sounds to me like she has accomplished more in two years than alot of the Washington insiders have accomplished in careers that have spanned decades. I didn't know who I would vote for or if I would vote at all in November but McCain just made my choice a lot easier. McCain and Palin all the way....

    August 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  26. Suzanne

    Let's see now.......Mrs. Palin is a right wing conservative who shares all those great family values.....except when it comes to her own children. She went back to work 3 days after giving birth to her down syndrome child. I am sure her newborn wasn't impressed with her "family values." What mother, or should I say what kind of mother could actually take on the huge responsibility and time commitment this would take when you have a 4 month old very special needs infant PLUS 4 more children. I am not impressed. I do not admire a woman that sacrifices the needs of her children for her own career growth and I am a pro-choice feminist all the way. There are times in our life for everything and saying you could adequately parent your children AND adequately fill this responsibility is RIDICULOUS.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  27. Stella

    How dare Palin imply that she would shatter the glass ceiling that Hillary would crack with 18 million votes! Is she comparing herself to Clinton because she is a woman? There is no comparison. She must be delusional. Shame on you, John McCain, for insulting every intelligent, thoughtful woman who is ready for change. And thank you, John McCain, f or making that change even more possible than ever.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  28. Ron Stein

    This is a shallow pick by the "Maverick McCain". This pick shows McCain should not be President. He could have picked a woman who was more qualified. Condi Rice, Elizabeth Dole, Anne Bailey Hutchingson.
    Obama is now positioned to win without Hillary. McCain Blundered this!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  29. Sherry from Arizona

    As a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as a running-mate is a slap-in-the-face to every woman, Democrat or Republican, in America. Women who wanted Hillary for president wanted her not just because she was a woman, but because we believed she was the most qualified candidate for the position who happened to be a woman. To select an ex-beauty queen who happens to be pro-life, pro-gun, pro-oil and pro-population growth insults the very notion of advancement through merit. Hillary earned our vote through her fierce intelligence, hard work, and paying her dues, not because she posed for the right people. I am disgusted that John McCain has trivialized the democratic process and women in this way. Who does he think we are? The French? We are the United States of America. We are the largest Super Power in the world. How dare he mock our nation like this and set us up for more international ridicule. How dare she accept this nomination!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  30. Lisa MacAllister

    Wow! Talk about pandering! Does McCain really think women that voted for Hillary will swoon over this pick? If women looked at Mccain's voting record on women's issues they would be shocked. He has not only repeatedly let down women in his voting, but has consistantly voted against funding for veterans. In fact, the Disabled Veterans Association recently gave him a grade of "D" on vet's issues. His voting record is an outrage. Please look it up for yourselves. He is no maverick and he's no friend of middle class America. I have always voted Republican. Now this party has shown us they will bail out corporate America while the rest of us twist in the wind. Where is the outrage!? Look up his lobbying to send the Boeing Tanker contract overseas to Airbus. McCain should thank God the media hasn't covered him more intensely instead of "whining" like the rest of us have been about the economy he thinks is doing well.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  31. Nelly Mauras

    For a 72 years old with bouts of melanoma it is amazing that John McCain would pick a woman with no national experience and no significant political background. Is this the best the Republicans have to offer us? I have admired John McCain throughout this campaing but he really blew it here. If we cannot trust his judgement in who should be his key back up, how can we entrust him the biggest job in the world? He just handed the presidency to the democrats on a silver plate.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  32. Dan Barnes

    Wow…..the level of angst indicates that McCain’s “affirmative action” VP pick trumps the Democrats “affirmative action” presidential nominee. Neither has the real experience to be where they are. The beauty of McCain’s choice is that Palin is really more experienced than Obama. Bll & Hill are laughing now. I bet Obama has started to reach for his Kools again.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  33. addy

    Gamechanger? No. This was a cynical and desperate hail mary pass to the base and the far right wing of the Republican party who have been shilling her as the anti-Hillary since she came to Washington to argue against making polar bears endangered. She also does not believe in choice even in cases of rape or incest and is a Pentacostal. This election is about judgment and McCain's is obviously on vacation with Leiberman and Graham.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  34. Thom Huebner

    How can John McCain embrace the slogan “Country First” without blushing in light of his selection of an inexperienced governor from Alaska, clearly a politically motivated choice. Is he saying that this is the most qualified person the GOP has to offer to potentially step into the office of the President should, God forbid, McCain get elected and something happen to him?

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  35. frances

    I am pro choice.
    It is my opinion that once you decide to bring a child into this world, it is then the birth parents responsibility to care for this child. Now we have this very special little person born into this world by a mother who has accepted obligations that must take her away from the care of this child. Poor child.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  36. Tom

    Wow, the DNC is working overtime with all these post. Johnny must be making you ill. I felt the same way watching that circus last night. Change is coming just not the way you want. Yes we can (nice slogan)

    August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  37. Carl

    I know you will not put this on the air. I dare you to put this on.

    How can you say Palkin is the largest gamble when Obama has less experience? The Dem's have taken the largest risk!

    Palin is more qualified for President then Obama. Obama has 142 working days in the Senate. (He has been campaigning) Palkin has 16yrs governing. She was elected in 92.
    You make more decision in 1 month of governing a state than years in the Senate.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  38. Valerie

    Yeah! McCain did a great job picking a VP – I was one of the 18 million Hillary supporters. I will now be voting for McCain – Palin holds the change we need – Obama hasn't won my trust – not even that "Dog and Pony" show he put on – all that money going up in smoke on that stage – how much better all that money could have been spent!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  39. Makes Me Wonder

    If Republicans are so utterly foolish as to believe that women; and Hillary supporters in particular, are so impressionable as to be attracted to just any female candadate; then they are getting precisely what they deserve. I must admit that John McCain's choice of this woman has done more to convince me to join Obama than anything Obama could have said or done. A gun-toting, moose eating, choice-denying former Ms. Alaska runner-up looks nothing like the accomplished, experienced, and tested candidate we had in Hillary Clinton. Makes Me Wonder if McCain hasn't made this choice in much the same manner as the choice to abandon his first wife and hook-up with the rich and influential Cindy McCain. Just no accounting for character.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  40. Blair Pittsburgh Pa

    I smell fear...is that an Obamabot shaking in their Flip-Flops...

    Yes and wouldnt you much rather be talking about Obama's big night?

    I would say Palin is a success.

    Clinton Supporter for McCain/Palin 08

    Obama got this one wrong and will lose because of it,

    Its ok he can let Bill Ayers are Rev Wright console him in November.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  41. Mike

    McCain has questionable health and is 72 years old. We are supposed to entrust the United States and the Presidency to Palin if something was to happen to him? Alaska is far removed from the worlds stage. Will she offer cookies and milk to Putin? This is a domino that will knock over all the other dominos. If McCain is so irresponsbile in picking Palin for VP who is he going to pick for Sec. of State or Sec. of Defense. I thought the Republicans liked having a strong VP as in Dick Cheney. This decision wasn’t made about the future of the United States it was more in line with two children (McCain and Obama) fighting in a playground and who can be better at the “change” mantra. She is also no Hillary Clinton. The Clinton voters will never go along with her since she is so conservative and pro-life.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  42. David

    Outstanding choice. As a father of 2 daughters, what an outstanding choice by John McCain. It is amazing to me to watch these Democrats critize her about her "lack of experience" when she's got more executive experience that Obama. Has Obama been a governor? No.... Has Obama been a Mayor? No.... Has Obama every run his own company? No.... Has Obama ever led any organization? Not that I'm aware of. So how about the risk of putting someone on top of the Democrat ticket with no experience..... Think about it...

    August 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  43. Francisco Alvarenga

    Two things are clear about McCain pick for VP:

    1-He's desperate to win the White House.

    2-The argument that he has superior judgment has been seriously compromised.

    How is it possible that with all the experienced, proven, competent candidates he had to pick from, he decided in favor of Ms. Palin?

    How is it possible that he picked someone he only have met in person once and put her a heartbeat away from the highest office in the country?

    What does this tell you about McCain decision making process?

    This may be exciting for his Campaign, but is it good for the Country?

    August 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  44. Lori Prorok

    I just saw an interview with Gov. Palin on CNBS. She presented herself as a well- informed, articulate person on oil issues regarding her state of Alaska and the overall state of the United States regarding oil issues. Her statements also included issues regarding foreign policies with other countries. I was impressed with her. I think she is a wonderful VP choice for John McCain. And we should not forget who is running for the highest office in the U. S. – it's John McCain!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  45. David Edmonton

    Quick review of Gov Palin's accomplishments shows that she was able to negotiate a pipeline from Alaska through Canada to the lower 48. No other candidate on either ticket has experience in dealing with the largest trading partner of the US. She also knows where the longest undefended border of the US is and who is on the other side. Sen Obama has only managed to irritate on the north side of the 49th, not the best way to ensure a steady supply of Alberta oil and gas.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  46. Jason

    Haha, This is the stupidest, most Bush thing McCain has done. He relied totally on his gut and own so called experience. Instead of the consultation of his own party are even his closest role models. He didn't even listen to the people he was trying to attract. Everyone is going to talk about her personality and charm. But she has no weight, with her position. Point blank can you see her as the PRESIDENT of the United States. If you can, then it's obvious you're not considering her experience and longevity in politics. Which means you can't say no to Obama because of experience. Which will bowl down to policies and decision making. So Candidate to candidate who has the entire nation and every individual in it at heart or gut, they make their decision based on the United States of America.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  47. Jon from San Jose

    I have heard talk that since her husband is involved in the oil business, Mrs. Palin will bring that expertise to the ticket. Hasn't that promise been made before? And look where it got us – secret meetings with oil executives, $4.00+ gas and greater dependance on foreign oil. Can we really afford to believe this promise again?

    August 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  48. JAZ

    I don't care what your political persuasion is when it comes to issues of whether to call up our troops, I would trust the judgement of a mom whose son is on the front line.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  49. Linda Bartlett

    Walk into a corporate board room and you will see the token woman. This attitude is consistent with McCain's overall matcho stance (along with "Bring 'em On"). We now have a token woman on the Republican ticket.

    McCain is in error if he thinks that women will be attracted to the Republican party by pandering to them. And that is what he has done here. Someone should tell McCain that women are not fools.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  50. Jim Blackwell

    Miss Alaska, Miss Congeniality, plays a flute, governor for 19 months – Am I missing something here?

    August 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
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