“Big Dog” McCain Picks "Husky" To Run On Republican Ticket
Let’s review the headlines from Google this morning:
Russia: G7 Condemnation over Georgia Shows 'Bias'
Zimbabwe poll crisis talks resume
Oil Rises in New York as Gustav Threatens US Gulf Platforms
Thai protesters, police scuffle as turmoil escalates
Ready for the fight: Obama blasts McCain, details vision for change
Texas Leads US In Number Of Uninsured Residents
… and the Senior Senator from Arizona, John McCain, from the “Nutter Center” (no, we did not make this up) decides on a cynical and calculating choice for Vice-President a standing 18 month Governor from Alaska.
Sara Palin, a woman in her mid-forties with minimal international experience and name recognition and former Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, is a cynical pick in that, if one were going to pick the strongest replacement for himself - if he, John McCain were to die or become disabled in office … by all standards, in the Republican Party, that person would be Mitt Romney.
Although not due until May 18th, the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, gave birth to her fifth child today, Friday, April 18th, at 6:30 am. Trig Paxson Van Palin weighed in at 6 lbs, 2 oz when he was born at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Trig is a Norse word meaning "true" and "brave victory." The name is in honor of his great uncle, a Bristol Bay fisherman, while the name Paxson comes from the well-known snowmobiling area in Alaska, which Sarah and husband Todd Palin love. Image Credit: People Magazine – Celebrity Babies Blog
The cynical case for Governor Sara Palin:
Well, she is a women – given the disrespect and pass-over by Barack Obama for Vice President Hillary Clinton, and her 18 million voters, received from the Democrat Party over these last couple of months McCain believes he could pick up conservative Democrat support.
Palin is for drilling and developing our access to oil – She served as Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
High approval ratings – In July 2007, Palin had an approval rating often in the 90s. A poll published by Hays Research on July 28, 2008 showed Palin's approval rating at 80%. /// Fred Barnes (Editor of The Weekly Standard) praised Palin as a "politician of eye-popping integrity" and referred to her rise as "a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle—especially to transparency and accountability in government—can produce political success."
Palin is pro-life – This would be consistent with John McCain’s political record of supporting the rights of the unborn.
(Palin interview begins at 4:20)
This excerpted and edited from Wikipedia -
On August 29, 2008, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends reported that Palin's family departed hastily from Anchorage, Alaska, aboard a Gulfstream jet that landed near Dayton, Ohio, site of McCain's planned vice presidential announcement. They cited the website Change&Experience.com, which also had correctly leaked travel details for Senator Joseph Biden to Springfield, Illinois, for Barack Obama's announcement. . The report cited two men, a woman and two teenage boys, were seen departing the plane, in "the most secretive flight we have ever had" at this particular airport.
Palin has been rumored as a candidate for the vice-presidency with Republican presumptive nominee Senator John McCain in the 2008 election. Due to her gender, youth, background in government reform, pro-life stance, fiscal and social conservatism, and an approval rating in Alaska generally in the range of 80 to 90 percent, Palin could become the second female vice-presidential nominee of a major party, following Geraldine Ferraro as Democratic nominee in 1984. Palin is supported by a community of online groups.
On the face, this pick would appear to be cynical but could actually become a swing for the fences to counteract the celebrity of Barack Obama and lack of executive experience that the nominees for the Democrat Party actually has - THAT WOULD BE NONE.
Oh, and did anyone happen to notice that one of the issues that is always front and center to any Alaskn Politician - Russian Politics?!