So, what do you think of Palin?

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Well, the pick of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate has given everyone something to talk about, hasn't it?

In my Aug. 13 blog posting, "A Woman for Vice President?" I explained why I thought it seemed quite possible that at least one of the candidates for vice president would turn out to be a woman, even though national pundits were mostly mentioning men.

I wrote, "If Obama picks a white male as his running mate, I would think pressure would build on McCain to pick a woman."

My blog also pointed to Sarah Palin, although that didn't come from me -- it came from a reader comment. On my August 4 blog posting, someone posting as "Sarah Palin" wrote, "Come on McCain, give Sarah Palin a look." My wife spotted the comment and asked if I'd noticed the governor of Alaska posted on my blog. Of course, you can use any name you like when you post a comment here.

It's too early to judge the wisdom of McCain's pick, but the early attack line by the Obama camp that Palin lacks experience rings false. After all, she's the governor of a state, and has more executive experience than Obama, Biden or McCain. My boss, a woman, wants me to point out she has more experience hunting moose than the other three.

The consensus so far seems to be that Palin was a risky pick. We'll see how she does when she speaks in prime time tonight.

Comments

Anonymous

I don't think she's a game changer, but I do feel she's a lousy pick none the less.

Pros:
- 20 Months governor experience
- PTA Experience?
- Mayor to a town of 7,000?
- Helps convey McCain's 'Maverick' campaign strategy.

Cons:
- Proponent of Book Banning.
- Wants Intelligent Design (read: Creationism) taught in the public classroom.
- Bit of a religious nut job seeking ultimate power for all the wrong reasons. She's been quoted referencing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as our chosen Crusade.
- Does not believe humans have any effect whatsoever on global climate change.
- She's an Alaskan Separationist.

Anonymous

I think that if McCann had chosen Mitt Rommney, he would have a chance against Obama. Both Hillary and Rommeny have been had by both parties. This election makes me not want to vote. Either one of these condidates are capable of making our country even worse off than it is already.

Anonymous

It’s time for the Repubs to throw out the Rockefeller country club faction and bring back a little more of the Goldwater libertarian philosophy.

Palin is a good first step in that direction.

Also, it’s high time that the Dems throw out the limp-wristed Marxists and bring back the old JFK pro-business, pro-national defense mentality. Sen. Lieberman is one of the last and they tossed him out of the party.

Anonymous

And I'm an undecided Independent! (Testosterone aside), Sarah Palin brings a whole new dymanic to the ticket. A female perspective most men fear and most women admire. She has the savvy and backbone to take on any issue without concerns of political repercussions. She is young and vibrant and exudes Red, White and Blue Patriotism. Her 13 years of service have prepared her for battle at the Federal level. And she already has a Energy Independence Plan in the works.

I am truly undecided, but McCains choice of Sarah Palin has me thinking she will add the Yang to the ticket. Besides she can run against Hillary in 2012 and she will already have the experience to sit in the Oval Office.

Anonymous

You need to branch out and read more blogs other than the liberal Bush Hater rants.

Palin is going to blow out the Republican convention and then take aim at Obama because whatever criticism one has of her is double jeapardy for Obama who is less qualified and has no executive experiences. Obama has never managed a budeget and while Palin is in charge of her state's National Guard, Obama only recently started to wear a flag pin.

reader

I am amazed that any parent, whether a mother or a father, would want to assume the nomination while coping with a new baby with a handicap and an unmarried teenage daughter expecting a baby.

What was that baby doing at the convention at a late evening hour and with all that noise ?????

Anonymous

What a Woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (not ...

One speech doesn’t make a campaign. Like Obama she has shown a talent for reading from a teleprompter.

Wait until a reporter shoves a microphone in her face and asks her a complicated world affairs question.

I believe her strong suit is energy. McCain should use her as an attack dog against the Dems on that issue.

I believe that the campaign theme for McCain should be – It’s energy stupid!

I found it interesting that she mentioned Harry Truman. I had already concluded that the last VP or President with little to no executive experience was Truman.

The not-ready-for-prime time Truman gave away Eastern Europe to the Soviets at Potsdam, but that’s a whole other issue.

I still think that this is the worst presidential selection since 1976 with Carter and Ford.

Sam

To reader, get over it, there are many women not only taking care of their family, but also are sucessful. She is a real role model for all young people. I have a young professional daughter, my hope is that she can reach for leadership and succeed like Sarah. She did not ride her husband's name for sucess, like some poltical women I could mention. Maybe having a real marriage and a loving husband is the difference.

Anonymous

Why not talk about Joe Biden's brother and son being sued for hedgefund fraud.
Where is the media? Maybe the Murrays can file a class action suit, or maybe not, Biden is a D.

Anonymous

With lipstick on! That's not only a Hockey Mom, that's most Moms, should the situation arise! Why hasn't it been focused on, regarding men, the Dad-time taken away when they seek public office? Sexism at it's best, and we thought we'd grown? Just goes to show you how brutal politicians can be with the personal attacks! Following in the foot-steps of Rudey (didn't catch Mitt), she was quick to insult Obama. Pretty sure the Obama Camp was doing "Damage Control" as soon as the words came out of Rudey and this womans' mouth! If they (Sara & Obabma) can stick with the issues.....the War on Terrorism and funding of that war, the protection of OUR HOME SOIL, oil production right here, along with wind and Solar power (Nukes are nothing but a cancer-promoting, mushroom-cloud target), the economy, the jobs needed right here in the US, Education and Healthcare we'll have a real campaign! The US, as a country, is ranked 25th in Education! Can she help as VP, do for the entire US what she managed to do for the State of Alaska, give it back to the people? The Democrats have pretty much shown me their double-standard-kind of politicking over the last 16+ years, at the Federal, State and Local levels! I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I'm not picking sides, and am hoping that the "meat and potatoes" of this campaign will be what's focused on, rather than insults, back-and-forth, of the personal/religious nature, from those in both parties! Wasn't it Geo. Washington that commented about the divisions of the political parties being the demise of this country? Well, it's been brewing for a long time now!

Anonymous

What a sea of white faces at the Republican convention!

Certainly not reflective of our country's population.

Anonymous

You must be color blind pal. There were hundreds of Black American Patriots in that crowd.

Sarah Palin has effective brought the Democratic ticket to their knees. This woman a real Patriot and is more in touch with the issues the common man than OBiden has been in 30+ years.

John Mccain will show the "community organizer" that real (not fabricated) experience will prevail.

Anonymous

Gov. Palin can read a speech with energy and a charming smile. She has shown us nothing beyond that.

Anonymous

The Republican party has no monopoly on patriotism. Its thinking like that that makes me fearful of putting people like Sarah Palin in positions of authority.

Will she be censoring our library's books next?

You right wing nuts who think wearing a lapel pin and buying a yellow ribbin sticker for your car makes you patriotic make me ill.

The reasons to go to war in Iraq were manufactured by a group of Republican idealogues who were too busy to serve in the war during their youth.

Rudy Guliani should be ashamed of himself for still trying to link Saddam Hussein to Al Quaeda. No link...he hated Islamic extremism. And no weapons of mass destruction either.

Just lies and more lies....and obscene profits for the military industrial complex.

Just like President Eisenhower warned the country about in his farewell speech.

Anonymous

I completely agree, and have some of the same fears. She's already done book bannings in her own public library. She's also talked about holy crusades, and righteous powers instilled in her by the almighty. Scary. What happened to the real Republican Party, the one that Lincoln was part of?

Anonymous

Appears Palin stretched the truth on a few things last night...
http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/s...

Anonymous

Forget she's a woman. She wants to be vice president...and maybe president. Don't think Vladimir Putin will care she's a woman - unless he can use it.

Leave the family out...except she brought the family in and that means SHE, not the media, made them fair game.

Daughter's 'goney' marry the dope...then DO IT! You're a governor - you can do the deed.

She favors abstinence-only in schools..how's that workin'?

And what about Treg? He never moves - even when the crowds are roaring. He needs constant stimulation. But he never responds to anything...even when he's handed off to someone else. He needs a mother's touch...and we never see her holding him.

Anonymous

Just read some of the women thinking comments about Palin are sexist.

Joe Biden was sworn in at his injured son's bedside. She doesn't even hold Treg when she's not speaking. What mother doesn't take EVERY chance to hold her infant - even when running for office?

JFK had his kids playing in the Oval Office.

What PARENT takes a 5-month-old infant into an arena of 10,000 screaming people at 10 at night...complete with God knows what germs, bugs and diseases flowing through the air?

What PARENT makes an unspoken statement that teenage pregnancy is acceptable by parading the 'bump' before international audiences?

She'll be off the ballot before the election.

Anonymous

TO ELMERSON, Why are you people so afraid of Sarah, maybe because she is is a strong women that did put up with a cheating husband for political gain, like Hillary the joke!

Anonymous (not ...

Tell ya what. Given a choice, I'd rather have Palin than Strickland as guv.

Anonymous

What a great political move!I pulled my Obama sign today. Mrs. Palin will win the middle class over. A real human with everyday problems....

Anonymous

She doesn't even hold Treg when she's not speaking.

His name is TRIG and if she did hold him you would be on here saying
"She's only holding him to get good publicity"

What PARENT takes a 5-month-old infant into an arena of 10,000 screaming people at 10 at night...complete with God knows what germs, bugs and diseases flowing through the air?

I would...and have...taken my 5 month old everywhere. He's not going to catch anything being held by his own family. Never had a kid have you? At 5 months he's probably still up and down every 3 or 4 hrs...he doesn't know it's 10 at night and even if he did..he wouldn't care. Babies sleep when and wherever they are tired.

What PARENT makes an unspoken statement that teenage pregnancy is acceptable by parading the 'bump' before international audiences?

Oh sure she should send her away to "boarding school" for 9 months. God forbid she love and support her daughter. Do you even have a clue what year it is?

She'll be off the ballot before the election. "

Keep dreaming. She WILL be our next VP. Obama is history.

Anonymous

What PARENT makes an unspoken statement that teenage pregnancy is acceptable by parading the 'bump' before international audiences?

What parade? The only reason anyone knows that the poor girl is pregnant is because they had to prove to the whackjobs that Trig was actually her baby and not her daughter's. They didn't PARADE anything. All they did was love and support their daughter.
You are truly pathetic. I guess the realization that Obama is toast is starting to sink in and get to you. You need to just accept it and move on.

Anonymous

Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is "God's task." She's even admitted she hasn't thought about the war much—just last year she was quoted saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

Palin has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. Six months ago, Palin told members of the group—who advocate for a vote on secession from the union—to "keep up the good work" and "wished the party luck on what she called its 'inspiring convention.'"

Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn't made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.

Palin doesn't believe that humans contribute to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being manmade."

Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP.

Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn't even support abortion in the case of rape or incest.

Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She's said she will only support abstinence-only approaches.

As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, "news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor."

She DID support the Bridge to Nowhere (before she opposed it). Palin claimed that she said "thanks, but no thanks" to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. But in 2006, Palin supported the project repeatedly, saying that Alaska should take advantage of earmarks "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."

Anonymous

It's sad that so many like you have to make up things to make her look bad. The funny thing is that the more you try, the better she looks. You are just making yourselves look petty and ignorant. Keep it up. You are making it so easy for the Republicans.

Anonymous

So many of you can only use the talking points you hear on MSNBC & CNN, which comes straight from the DNC. Why do you fear Gov. Palin so much? Keep up the good work Gov. Palin!

Anonymous

You right wing nuts follow along behind the Bible thumping, warmongering Republican fascists.....not a thought or concern about a war of agression begun under false evidence, the crushing of individual rights all in the name of a war on terror, the politicization of the justice department to appoint attorneys who follow the far right line, the budget blowouts leaving the next generation saddled with trillions in debt for a war we never should have started, the injuries and deaths to our best and finest young people, the lack of leadership toward energy independence, only a mindless loyalty to big oil....

Are you really proud of the last 8 years ???????

Anonymous

I thought I'd get some T shirts made up with Palins face on one side of the front and McCains face on the other side, with the caption "Vote for these two".

Anonymous

and I am seeing very, very few people of color in the audience.

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