September 4th, 2008
02:34 PM ET

Sanchez: Palin is a VP for the rest of us

Editors note: Republican Leslie Sanchez was director of the Bush White House Initiative on Hispanic Education from 2001 to 2003 and is the author of "Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other." She is not a paid consultant to any current candidate. Sanchez is CEO of the Impacto Group, which specializes in market research about women and Hispanics for its corporate and nonprofit clients.

Leslie Sanchez
AC360° Contributor |
Republican Strategist

In 1993, Kevin Kline starred in a movie called "Dave," playing a look-alike who winds up impersonating the president. In the movie, the real president has a stroke and is kept on life support in a restricted area of the White House by a power-mad chief of staff, played by Frank Langella. Dave fills in.

He brings in his accountant, and over bratwurst, they find $600 million to build homeless shelters for kids. At a Cabinet meeting, he gets the commerce secretary to kill an expensive program to make Americans feel good about the cars they've already bought. He becomes a better, more beloved president than the real one.

Dave's tagline was, "In a country where anybody can become president, anybody just did."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Lily

    I am so disappointed with the way this country has deteriorated.
    John McCain and Sarah Palin now have you to believe that teenage pregnancy is acceptable as long as the couple agrees to marry. Where is you morals America? Why would Sarah lie about Obama's tax proposals. He is not going to increase taxes on poor people. As far as I am concerned, all Sarah's talk was trash.
    Before you bring her into the white house, note that she has called herself a pitbull in lipstick. You will also need extra rooms in the white house. Who knows how many more she is planning to bring... as long as they agree to marry. Your probable first man is a fisherman. Could she please be a mother to all those kids instead of a pitbull?
    Shame on a country that says" in God we trust".

    September 4, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  2. Barry Shapiro

    Republicans are insulted at the mention of "sexism"; why are they printing campaign buttons saying "Hot Chick for VP" and a variety of other slogans?
    Isn't that insulting and demeaning to women in high executive positions? What does that have to do with her qualifications?

    September 4, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Thank you Lou above. My sentiments exactly. She is not a VP for me any more than she is a role model. And the fact that she was chosen not as a VP for the masses but to appeal to a specific voting demographic speaks volumes about the GOP.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Amy

    You lost your credibility the day you gave Obama a C for his speech! Even your republican friends gave him an A! you are such a partisan! You don't deserve to be on CNN!

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  5. nerakami, Miami

    Dear Leslie,

    As a single mother raising two children with no health insurance and like so many other millions of Americans like me facing our realities each and every day....

    Sarah Palin DID NOT speak one word last night to me, about me or proposed any agenda that remotely relates to me.... so I really dont know where that leaves the "rest of us" who Palin did not speak for...

    refugees perhaps... in our own country.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Reena , Phoenix AZ

    It saddens me to see the big production and partying atmosphere of the republican convention. People seem to forget taht it has been a republican president who has run this country into the ground. Failed Bush /Cheny policies which will be carried on by McCain / Palin.

    Palin is just what the ticket needed she is dynamic and articulate, and makes mcCain look more of a dithering old man who can't quite remember . But this is a flawed campaign, Republicans have to claim the last 8 years

    Do these republicans think that the rest of us are so shortsighted that we are going to let them do it again?

    Sanchez is just one in a long line of die hards who have to tout the party line even if they don't really believe it themselves

    September 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  7. Maritza

    Excellent speech , she is capable of a TKO , not just in how relevant the speech was in it's entire content , but her presentation was one of confidence, sincerity, and direct, she highlighted the difference between her experience and Obama 's hard to ignore (unless your a blind , stubborn liberal,) lack of relevant job related skills , Rudy Gulliani laid out a contrast on resume's, Obama's flimsy at best. Palin;s is hands on executive background makes her more qualified than the # 1 spot of President, this is what liberals are foaming at , she pointed out the truth in comparison to Obama, she pointed out that he is all talk with no real substance , she pointed out his misleading tax plan , Americans are by in large very smart, all eyes of the world are on her , she proved she has class, stature and has the skills necessary for the job , take down your greek style props, send them back to your frivolous hollywood followers Obama, looks like your gonna need another 300 advisors, 300 advisors? what... he can't even have one original thought, and that's the reality liberals can;'t hide. thanks Leslie for your commentary, you can hang with all of those biased commentators, I'd probably strangle any one of them.


    September 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  8. Lou

    Your comments that Sarah Palin is a VP for the rest of us is part of the arrogance of the Repubcan Party. She is certainly not a VP for me. Please do not speak for me

    September 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  9. Cindy

    GREAT article and SO true. Palin is an every day woman. She didn't come from money or a political dynasty. She does and will appeal to the ones that really carry this country. That is the small town people. Not the rich and famous who have it all, and BTW pay people to raise their kids even when they don't work. Sarah works and still raises her kids. What more can you ask?

    For the haters...get real. Obama and his clan are all millionaires and have no clue how you live! The only one in this election that does is Sarah!!


    September 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  10. eric

    Leslie, when RFK was running for POTUS his wife was pregnant with their 11th child; did we hear the people get outraged? We're talking about 11 kids; how was he supposed to spend any quality time with them?

    September 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  11. Deb in AZ

    Oh Enough people!!! This is not an issue of gender! This is an issue of common sense!!!! I don't care if Palin's husband is Mr. Mom on steriods! It takes the whole damn family to properly nurture a child with a disability and the dynamics of 4 other children while doing so. It takes a whole damn family to help a teen in crisis through an incredibly hard time. Would I want a man who had the same family issues second in charge of my country? Hell No! Either Palin has not done the research on what it takes to give her family what they need to be happy and healthy, or she has not done the research on what extreme demands are going to be made of her as the VP. Either way this is not someone I trust to make decisions that will impact my children!

    September 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |