My heart’s a-flutter: McCain picks Palin!
My heart’s a-flutter: McCain picks Palin!
When I heard the rumors this morning about Sarah Palin, I was giddy. When the confirmation came, I was jumping up and down screaming like an idiot. I blogged earlier about how Sarah Palin was officially “my” pick for McCain’s veep, but I didn’t think she’d actually get it! I honestly think McCain has just saved the election for himself. GOPers and conservatives are swooning. Hillary voters will likely be considering voting McCain now. And Obama’s been put in a bad spot.
First, there’s his completely classless response, as Lorie Byrd accurately calls it:
Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.
Do they really not understand how stupid that reaction was? First of all, it shows zero class on their part. No congratulations for Sarah Palin until after they realized they blew it with this one. Their first impulse was to attack her. McCain could put the attack dog away for one day. This apparently is too much to ask for the Obama campaign. Second, it’s incredible that the Obama campaign would even want to open that can of worms. Palin’s still got more executive experience than Obama does (he’s got ZERO), and she’s running for Vice President. The guy with no experience in the Obama campaign is running for the big boy job, one he said just a few short years ago he wasn’t ready for. Hypocritical and idiotic, much? Third, the Obama camp just insulted small towns everywhere. Way to go, buck-o. Way to go.
Geraldine Ferraro gets it. The Obama campaign doesn’t.
Sarah gave a brilliant hat tip to Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton:
“The women of America aren’t finished yet…We can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all!”
See, Obama? It’s called class. Too bad you can’t buy any, because you are sorely lacking. And while I don’t like to meddle in the identity politics, it does make me proud to see a woman running for the Vice Presidency. Know why? Because it’s the right kind of woman: a woman who made it on merit, and not whiny victomology; a woman who is smart, and strong, and capable.
Melissa Clouthier makes a great point about the image Sarah Palin gives off:
As a side note, I’m glad she didn’t go all mommy-ish like Nancy Pelosi. She struck the right tone–aggressive and upbeat and supportive and exciting, but made it about America.
Here’s some video of her home-run speech:
Ed Morrissey gives some good points:
Palin has served less than two years as Governor of Alaska, which tends to eat into the experience message on which McCain has relied thus far. At 44, she’s younger than Barack Obama by three years. She has served as a mayor and as the Ethics Commissioner on the state board regulating oil and natural gas, for a total of eight years political experience before her election as governor. That’s also less than Obama has, with seven years in the Illinois legislature and three in the US Senate.
However, the nature of the experience couldn’t be more different. Palin spent her entire political career crusading against the political machine that rules Alaska — which exists in her own Republican party. She blew the whistle on the state GOP chair, who had abused his power on the same commission to conduct party business. Obama, in contrast, talked a great deal about reform in Chicago but never challenged the party machine, preferring to take an easy ride as a protegé of Richard Daley instead.
Palin has no formal foreign-policy experience, which puts her at a disadvantage to Joe Biden. However, in nineteen months as governor, she certainly has had more practical experience in diplomacy than Biden or Obama have ever seen. She runs the only American state bordered only by two foreign countries, one of which has increasingly grown hostile to the US again, Russia.
And let’s face it — Team Obama can hardly attack Palin for a lack of foreign-policy experience. Obama has none at all, and neither Obama or Biden have any executive experience. Palin has almost over seven years of executive experience.
Patrick Casey at American Thinker is beating Democrats to the punch when it comes to attacks, too.
Palin herself responds to the “no experience” attack:
I admit, someone with only two years of experience in a top elected position isn’t ready to be President. But I’m not running for President. Barack Obama is.
Hillary fans are swearing they’ll campaign for McCain/Palin. Bet a Hillary VP pick is looking a lot nicer now, huh, Obama?
You want change you can believe in? Vote McCain/Palin. Obama certainly hasn’t taken on his own party to get rid of corruption, wasteful spending, and the influence of lobbyists. Both McCain and Palin have.
I really feel like Palin’s pick was a slam-dunk for McCain. The media’s focused on it, the Obama camp is running scared, and the base is energized for the first time this election season. And I literally cannot describe how excited and thrilled I am about this.