Friday, August 29, 2008

A Perfect Pick

The Democrat National Convention wasn’t perfect for Barack Obama, but it was good enough. Hillary Clinton finally conceded, Bill Clinton gave his A-speech (which means it was very good indeed) for Barack Obama, and Obama’s long-awaited convention speech was strong. (Although how is it possible for Obama not to mention Martin Luther King, Jr. even once, given that his address fell on the forty-fifth anniversary of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech?). The Democrat Convention was a success for Barack Obama—and the polls show it. (Gallup has Obama by eight, Rasmussen has Obama by four).

John McCain was to pick his running mate the day after the convention. To break Obama’s momentum, he needed a perfect pick, and a flawless announcement of that choice.

He got both. Sarah Palin is probably the best pick McCain could have made. She is brilliant—young, articulate, conservative—and female. Almost as importantly, McCain’s announcement of the pick was impeccable—he announced it twelve hours after Obama’s convention speech, pushing Obama’s excellent speech off the front page, ensuring that there will be little media coverage of it.

(Contrast McCain’s professional handling of the matter with Barack Obama’s announcement of his running mate. McCain kept his pick secret till perhaps two hours before he announced today, while Obama’s pick leaked at around midnight last Friday. McCain announced on a Friday morning, while Obama, incredibly, officially announced his selection at 3 a.m. on Friday night).

The Left has come up with one real criticism of Palin—that she is too inexperienced for the job. They are right. She served at mayor of Wasilla, Alaska for eight years, and governor of Alaska for two years after that. That is simply not enough experience to be president.

Is this lack of experience a disqualifying issue? No. Palin has roughly the same amount of experience as Barack Obama, and she is, unlike Obama, at the bottom of the ticket. In addition, her experience as governor was probably more productive than Obama’s in the Senate—she has not spent the last year and a half campaigning. Palin has had more executive experience than Obama, Biden, and McCain—combined.

The experience issue is mostly off limits to Democrats anyway, given Obama’s lack of it. Accusing Palin of having only as much experience as Obama would be an excellent example of irony, and probably not a winning issue.

Experience aside, Palin is literally a perfect choice. She is strongly pro-life (she refused to abort her fifth child, even after tests showed that the child would be born with Down Syndrome), pro-gun (how many other politicians have video of themselves firing an M-16?), pro-drilling, and anti-pork (she claims credit for shooting down corrupt Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ infamous Bridge to Nowhere). In addition, she is good-looking and articulate, in stark contrast to Joe “Hair Plugs” Biden, who is seemingly always either shouting or getting ready to shout. (At least when he isn’t making embarrassing racial gaffes). Palin attract a great many conservatives, and will be a perfect counterpoint to Joe Biden.

In fact, most conservatives seem overjoyed at the news. Rush Limbaugh called the selection “a great pick,” while the conservative blogosphere (which was probably Palin’s most enthusiastic base of support) was ecstatic. A great many unenthusiastic conservatives, such as Mark Levin, seem to be coming back to the Republican party. Palin has brought the conservative movement into McCain’s corner.

And finally, Sarah Palin is a woman. A qualification for higher office? No. But will it help McCain a lot? Absolutely. Many former Hillary Clinton are angry that their candidate was never even vetted by Obama, and cannot support Barack Obama. Many more moderate female voters like the idea of voting for one of their sex. And Palin will blunt the idea of “making history” by voting for an African-American. The Republicans have their own “minority” on the ticket—history will be made either way. (Of course, women are not actually minorities—there are actually more women than men).

Another Palin benefit—the Republican party is patriarchal, and tends to choose the next person in line as its presidential nominee. And if McCain chooses not to run in 2012, the next person in line would be the most conservative candidate in the history of the Republican party.

Sarah Palin is attractive, unimpeachably conservative, and wonderfully articulate. McCain’s pick completely upstaged the fawning media coverage of Obama’s convention speech, and put Obama on the defensive. (Outside the experience criticism, there isn’t much not to like about Palin, and pointing out her lack of experience isn’t exactly a winning issue for Obama). McCain can now count on enthusiastic conservative support, as well as some additional support from women voters. Perfect days are rare in politics, but for McCain, today was perfect.


At August 29, 2008 at 6:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least we now know that Republicans DO believe in Affirmative Action. But they only believe in it for unqualified low level beauty queens.

This is such a blatant insult to women that only someone from McCain's generation (or a misogynist) could think of this as an equal replacement for an intelligent running mate.

Not only does is Palin just another BIG OIL crony in a party plagued by such accusations, but she hasn't even displayed the same level of intellectualism or drive that we expect from men. She's not pushed herself to achieve so that she could go to the best schools. She could have at least earned the grades to go to a Harvard, Yale, or Columbia even if she declined later on.

And her exposure to the world is limited to a town of 9,000 people, and a state with one of the lowest population levels in the country?!? If this were a male candidate would he stand a chance of becoming President? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! And Huckabee's loss during this Presidential season helped prove that.

Obama has represented hundreds of thousands for 2 terms as a State Senator and millions as US Senator.

If he had Palin's extremely limited knowledge and educational background, he never would have made it on ANY parties ticket less known been nominated to potentially become the next Commander and Chief.

Worse yet, apparently, her supporters expect that Biden will have a difficult time debating her because he may be overly forceful with her.

LOL!!! There's a very realistic chance that she may become President and she will have to deal with world leaders who will most certainly treat her roughly. If she wants to play the weakling woman then she has NO PLACE in politics and certainly no PLACE IN WORLD politics.

What a pathetic choice!!!

Her only real drive has been to have 5 kids and to tell other people what they can and cannot do with their bodies even though this is a democracy.

This is a resuscitated version of that unqualified idiot Qualye all over again, except this time it has Nazi women overtones.

Welcome to the Republican version of the Nazi Female leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink. Another 'cute' woman who happened to be a good speaker and the epitome of backwards thinking for both women and democracy.

The only ones impressed are the Press that continues to trumpet this woman as if she's the 2nd coming of Christ.

Oh...wait that's right most of the television commentators focusing on this woman ad nauseum are in that top 5% of income earners that would be affected by having to pay the same percentage in taxes that the 95% below them do.

No conflict of interest there ;)

At August 30, 2008 at 4:43 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Anonymous - do you know the difference between the EXECUTIVE branch and the LEGISLATIVE branch? Do you know it's different running a state vs. simply representing a state? That is why she is more qualified than Obama for the executive office. Plus, I'd like to know when Clinton was governor running for president, how much foreign policy experience did he have?

At August 30, 2008 at 5:22 AM , Anonymous Throwing Stones said...

Anonymous; You a obviously a jealous let down individual, so while you soak in your sorrow and your jealousies, and pain.
I have 2 words for you.
The first word begings with T.
and the second begings with S.

At August 30, 2008 at 9:03 AM , Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

I'm not just happy about voting for Sarah Palin because she is a woman. And I'm not not just happy about voting for Sarah Palin just because she is a Republican/conservative.

I'm happy about voting for Sarah Palin because she is one of the first genuine, 100% American, hardworking, intelligent and real politician I get the privilege of casting a vote for. Thank you, John McCain.

At August 30, 2008 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Throwing Stones said...

I am now starting to believe that there really is no way that Obama can win in November, and it’s not just because of McCain’s slam dunk in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate. Obama’s biggest weakness isn’t his leftist views, the criminals and America-hating sickos he counts as friends, he has already lied his way thru all of that. It’s not even Michelle or even his inexperience. It’s the fact that he doesn’t have the PR skills necessary to get elected DESPITE all of the reasons he shouldn’t be President. Democrats can’t get elected on their ideas, so they pretend to be moderates, and when the mask slips off and their socialist ideals are exposed, they spin, attack their accusers and masterfully cast themselves as victims of a “smear campaign.” Obama has all of the usual baggage of a leftist candidate––just none of the PR skills to make the public forget about it.
A liberal candidate without the skills to maintain the image of being a moderate is dead in the water.

At September 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM , Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Ever notice how many cowards post as "anonymous?"

Anyway, Dan, I've cross-posted this to the RNI 2008 blog!

At September 1, 2008 at 2:44 PM , Blogger The Saint said...

The Democratic National Convention and Barack Obama’s acceptance speech failed to boost his ratings despite their favorable reception, reports CNN. Obama and John McCain were in a dead heat a week ago, and remain virtually tied, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey. McCain’s well-timed announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate which was also favorably received.

At September 1, 2008 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Kris said...

I am far from describing myself as a feminist, but I must say that I cried during her speech on Friday. Kinda corny, I know. But it was a beautiful pick on McCain's part. This race has gotten very interesting.

btw: many say that it is a shame that women will vote for Palin simply because she is a woman or that the RNC is stupid to think that women will vote for her simply because she is a woman - but how many people will vote for Obama just because he is black? the left has got to play fair...

At September 2, 2008 at 8:34 AM , Anonymous The Voice of Reason said...

Those making a big deal about her daughter being pregnant forget she, unlike many others in a similar situation, could have quietly aborted the child and we would have never known about the pregnancy. I see in the Palin family a fundamental decency that will add much to the Washington scene. Bless you Sarah, I would sleep better with you as President than either of the Democratic pretenders.

At September 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM , Blogger The Saint said...

Bristol (Gov. Palin’s daughter) Chose life ! she also chose underage sex. She chose sex out of marriage etc. It's her choice and her life.
Not mine or yours or the media's.
How they cope with the situation after the fact is none of our business.
I support Sarah Palin regardless.

At September 2, 2008 at 2:58 PM , Anonymous Victors Voice said...

Bristol Palin Chose life ! So that's her choice, not mine and not yours. she also chose underage sex. And she chose sex out of marriage.
Also her business ant not ours.
The Abortion Question is an individuals choice not mine and not yours.
Whatever happens here, i wish the best of luck to the whole family, they look like wonderful people to me.
Thiswas a mistake and they are prepared to deal with it their own way.
I for one support them. And John McCain as well

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