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Sarah Smile

Amid a host of reactions, Noah Millman over at The American Scene seems to be the most impressed.

McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin (assuming it’s confirmed) is a brilliant first counter-stroke. She helps the ticket on so many different fronts: she gives women who are angry about Hillary being passed over another reason to vote McCain; she gives fence-sitting whites who feel they “ought” to vote for Obama because of the historic nature of his candidacy an excuse to find history on the other side; she burnishes McCain’s credentials as an independent, reform candidate; she restores McCain’s credibility on energy and environmental issues, where Obama personally feels most comfortable going on the attack; she will generate enthusiasm among evangelicals among whom Obama was hoping to make inroads; she absolutely locks down the gun-rights vote (where McCain needed to play a bit of defense against Barr); she helps McCain in the Mountain West (Colorado and Montana) where he cannot afford to lose any states (except New Mexico); she neutralizes Biden in the debates (if he comes out zinging, he’ll seem ungentlemanly); and, most important, she makes McCain seem bold, future-oriented, and in control of his Administration, where Obama has seemed timid, defensive and unable to control his own party.

I’m not sure about the diehard Hillary-ites. But this makes me like her already:

Palin doesn’t support legalizing marijuana, worrying about the message it would send to her four kids. But when it comes to cracking down on drugs, she says methamphetamines are the greater threat and should have a higher priority.

Palin said she has smoked marijuana—remember, it was legal under state law, she said, even if illegal under U.S. law—but says she didn’t like it and doesn’t smoke it now.

“I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”

A more libertarian Veep isn’t necessarily a bad thing. She sounds more socially conservative in other areas, but doesn’t come across as a nutbar. I think I could live with this.


Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 08/29/08 at 02:42 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 08/29/08 at 05:13 PM from United States

Palin Positions You May Not Know About:

1. Creationist who wants Creationism taught in schools.

2. Denies Global Warming exists

3. Anti-Abortion, including in situations or rape and/or incest.

4. Supported Pat Buchanan in 2000.

5. Agreed with Barack’s Energy Policy as of… 24 days ago.

6. Said… 25 days ago.. that she didn’t even know what the VP does.

7. Under investigation by Special Prosecutor in Alaska for possible ethics violations.

8. Entire Alaska budget is only $2.9B, less than most medium sized cities in the USA.  For example, San Diego, CA, has a City Budget of 3.29B

9. She vetoed wind power and clean coal projects, including a 50-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island and a clean coal facility in Healy that had been mired in a dispute between local and state governments.

10. McCain offered her the job after meeting her one.  I’ll repeat that… ONCE.

Sorry for the double post.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/29/08 at 05:28 PM from United States

Yes, Gadman, there are a lot of things to worry about with Palin (although the ethic violation appears to be garbage).  But she’s a step above a lot of the other idiots were under consideration.

Posted by on 08/29/08 at 05:48 PM from United States

Hal -

Simple Question: After reading the following, which is a vertabim quote, do you feel comfortable as this woman as president if something happens to McCain if he’s elected?

The GOP agenda to ramp up domestic supplies of energy is the only way that we’re going to become energy independent, the only way that we are going to become a more secure nation — and I say this, of course, looking at the situation we are in right now, at war, not knowing what the plan is to ever end the war that we’re engaged in, understanding that Americans are seeking solutions, and they are seeking resolution in this war effort, so energy supplies, being able to produce and supply domestically, is going to be a big part of that.

....I have a 19 year old who’s getting ready to be deployed to Iraq. His Stryker brigade will leave on September 11th of this year. He’s 19, he’ll be gone for a year. [And so] kind of on a personal level, when I talk about, umm, the plan for the war, you know, let’s make sure we have a plan here, and respecting McCain’s position on that.

The link is here.

Posted by InsipiD on 08/29/08 at 06:46 PM from United States

More coherent than anything Barack ever said without a TelePrompTer.

Posted by mikeguas on 08/29/08 at 07:31 PM from United States

Here is the COMPLETE transcript, and not the cut and paste audio.

Posted by mikeguas on 08/29/08 at 07:37 PM from United States

Simple Question: After reading the following, which is a vertabim quote, do you feel comfortable as this woman as president if something happens to McCain if he’s elected?

Not quite verbatim when several paragraphs are left out, and each response was to a separate question.

Posted by on 08/29/08 at 10:13 PM from United States

do you feel comfortable as this woman as president if something happens to McCain if he’s elected?

While she’s not perfect, I like her as president better than McCain, Obama or Biden…

Posted by on 08/29/08 at 11:44 PM from United States

The Obama camp’s response to Palin has been pretty lousy. “More of the same"… Seriously? She’s hardly a perfect veep pick, but that accusation is absolutely absurd. Then again, I imagine that McCain could’ve selected Barney Frank and the Dems would still try and use that line.

One great aspect of the pick is that “Scrappin’ Joe” Biden now looks like a huge phony, now, rambling on about his “blue collar roots” and how he rides the train to D.C. every day. Please.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 08/30/08 at 01:17 AM from United States

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin’s husband and Mrs. Biden’s?

Sarah Palin’s husband actually works for a living.

Posted by Ed Kline on 08/30/08 at 06:18 AM from United States

Palin Positions You May Not Know About:
1. Creationist who wants Creationism taught in schools.
2. Denies Global Warming exists
3. Anti-Abortion, including in situations or rape and/or incest.
4. Supported Pat Buchanan in 2000.
5. Agreed with Barack’s Energy Policy as of… 24 days ago.
6. Said… 25 days ago.. that she didn’t even know what the VP does.
7. Under investigation by Special Prosecutor in Alaska for possible ethics violations.
8. Entire Alaska budget is only $2.9B, less than most medium sized cities in the USA.  For example, San Diego, CA, has a City Budget of 3.29B
9. She vetoed wind power and clean coal projects, including a 50-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island and a clean coal facility in Healy that had been mired in a dispute between local and state governments.
10. McCain offered her the job after meeting her one.  I’ll repeat that… ONCE.
Sorry for the double post.

ok ....

1) not entirely true, but yes I find that troubling in general...I also expected things like this to be true of any McCain vp pick.

2)Denies anthropogenic causes of ‘climate change’, and lets divert for sec...they’re now calling it ‘climate change’ , because the planet isnt actualy warming right now, and hasnt for a few years...Her views on ‘global warming’ are perfectly reasonable to me.

3)To me rape and incest are different. Otherwise I am not fan of abortion on demand either.

4)Who cares...I supported Perot in 92...my secret shame.

5) Agreed with part of his energy policy...actually he doesnt hae a coherent energy policy whereas she has been supportive of a ntural gas pipeline in Alaske for some time now.

6)This would be a worthy criticism if the VP actually was expected to do anything.

7)Last time something like this happened to her, the prosecutor got fired, and she unseated the governor. Pople make enemies in politics.

8)You say this like its a bad thing...the people who run San Diego could learn from her.

9)no, no, no...dont list a ‘veto’ as evidence of her opinions without details...thats like saying someon vetod ‘care for the elderly’ when they veto some ridiculous new entitlement program. Its not the place of government to dictate to the private sector.

10) If they had met 3 times, she’d have to sleep with him.

5)

Posted by Ed Kline on 08/30/08 at 07:09 AM from United States

I’ve been reading the lefty blogs, and they are genuninely scared of this pick. Sullivans ( not neccessarily a lefty, but someone whose kneeling before Obamas ding dong) reaction borders on apoplexy. This is good…

Posted by on 08/30/08 at 08:03 AM from United States

Sullivans ( not neccessarily a lefty, but someone whose kneeling before Obamas ding dong) reaction borders on apoplexy.

Sullivan has gone completely over the edge on Obama. With Bush/Gore and Bush/Kerry, he actually had insightful analysis, and his posts generally displayed serious thought about the issues. Now every post he makes is borderline hysterical.

Posted by on 08/30/08 at 08:42 AM from United States

If Sullivan finds a generic liberal gasbag like Joe Biden preferable to Sarah Palin, he should give up any pretense of being a conservative.

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