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Saturday, August 30, 2008
posted by Justin Hart | 12:53 PM | permalink
The shocking pick of Sarah Palin yesterday has sent the political world spinning wildly. The right is energized and the left is caught shorthanded flailing for anything that will stick.

In fact, McCain's pick of Governer Palin has lathered the Presidential game of Twister with a nice coat of vaseline. Obama and Biden best be wary how they contort themselves here. In the words of comedian Brian Regan: "Right foot red... BROKEN! Left foot green... BROKEN."

Let's review the minefield that Team Obama/Biden must navigate with Palin on board.
  • Palin has more executive experience than Obama himself (having run a company, a PTO, a town and then Alaska).
    • WARNING: Bring up the experience issue at your own peril.
    • SAMPLE: "When Senator Obama started his first run for local office I was already a two-term mayor. If you simply count the years of experience, I win, frankly."

  • Palin has more direct military experience than Obama and Biden combined having served as Commander of the Alaskan National Guard:
    • WARNING: Don't fuss with military issues. Be cautious around foreign affairs.
    • SAMPLE: "Alaska has a shared border with Canada and shared Islands with Russia. Illinois and Deleware...mmm... not so much. I've actually commanded hundreds of military volunteers in person not just from a DC hearing room."

  • Palin is pro-life in ways that other just aren't. Namely, the pro-life decision she made was real.
    • WARNING: Don't even bring up the word "abortion" around her
    • SAMPLE: "Since everybody's worried about my experience I'd like to know how Senator Biden might react if he were in my shoes. Abortion isn't just some idealogical issue for me... I've had the face the very real decision. So I ask you, Senator Biden, what would you do if your family faced a similar choice?"

  • Palin solidifies the so-con vote by demonstrating unquestionable social conservative values (it doesn't hurt that she has 5 kids)
    • WARNING: Don't come even close to using motherhood as a leverage against her qualificaitons
    • SAMPLE: "I believe I've given birth to 5-times as many children as Sentaors Obama and Biden combined."

  • Palin taps into the Hillary vote giving a voice to mothers and women across the country when Obama wouldn't even vet her.
    • WARNING: Don't imply that the Palin pick was just a play to women or even remotely hint at chauvinistic overtones
    • SAMPLE: "Are you saying that women shouldn't be excited about this opportunity? Are you saying that there isn't a glass ceiling.

  • Palin was a former sportscaster and journalist
    • WARNING TO THE PRESS: She's one of your own.
    • SAMPLE: "Hey George, like you, I've had a foot in politics and a foot in journalism. My timing was just opposite of yours. I realized that journalism is great and all but real change comes through sacrifice and service."

  • Palin was a beauty pageant contestant so she could pay for school with the scholarship
    • WARNING TO NOW: Don't diss her pagaent story until you actually hear it
    • SAMPLE: "I entered the beauty pagaent because sports scholarships for women in the 1980s were almost unheard of. So sue me."

  • Palin is a lifetime member of the NRA and use to hunt elk
    • WARNING: Biden, avoid your terrible history on the 2nd right amendment .
    • SAMPLE: "Like Senator Obama, I agree with and I'm proud of the recent Supreme Court decision. I've been a hunter all my life. In fact when my parents found out about Senator McCain's decision they were on a caribou hunting trip. I think my dad is like many people in this country as he follows this heated debate: he said: 'I'd rather go moose hunting than be involved with politics.' Sometimes, so would I."

  • Palin fought corruption in an AK GOP party that was (and still is) full of it
    • WARNING: Careful around the "ethical" issues
    • SAMPLE: "Like Chicago politics, Alaska politics can sometimes get dirty. In my case I fought my own party tooth and nail for substantive change. I'll let voters decide what Barack Obama did in Chicago."

  • She's a true outsider who's likable, young, articulate, devout, down to earth.
    • WARNING: Don't much about trying to stick the DC inexperience on her.
    • SAMPLE: "You know, some reporters were shocked and amazed that I have never appeared on any Sunday political talk shows. I think many Americans would accord that as a medal of honor."

All of these items show serious head pounding variables that the Democrats and the liberal media must take into account. But were' not done. Consider also:
  • Palin is a former union member, her spouse is still union member
  • She knows the energy and oil issues like the back of her hand (or her husband's hand who actually worked on an oil rig)
  • Palin has actually BEEN to the Alaska Wildlife Reserves
  • Palin is a conservative environmentalist and outdoorsman who understands the issues well
  • Palin owns one home
  • Palin has left the MSM stammering to find information about her
  • Palin has left the Obama campaign stammering to find information about her
  • Palin can tell you what the price of milk is
  • Palin cut costs across the board in Alaska
  • Palin got rid of the "bridge to nowhere"
  • Palin has put Biden back in a box
  • The expectations game plays in her favor
Yes, she has a lot to prove on the national stage but she brings A LOT to the table that conservatives can get excited about.

Your thoughts?


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I very much would liked to have seen Mitt in the top seat. He is my idea of a leader. It may be better for him to not be #2. He's not a #2 kind of person. That said, I think Palin is terrific. I could not care less about the whole "woman thing" even though I am a 54 yr old woman. I DO care about the O&G and ethics issues. I think she'll be terrific!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2008 at 4:44 PM  

The dems talking about her lack of experince is a huge case of the pot calling the kettle black and all it really does is hightlight Obama's own lack of experience. I'd like to see McCain announce that she's going to be in the room on policy making. This will help mute the inexperience mantra.This woman didn't get where she is by being a dummy or shrinking violet and she wouldn't have taken this job as a tken. Republicans don't accept tokenism anyway like the liberals do.

I wish Sarah all the luck in the world. Thank God for her. She has a good life in Alaska and I'm sure it's hard to give up for her country.

I'd rather see Mitt as a cabinet secretary than VP. Or running the RNC. Something where he's the CEO of his domain and can shine.

Palin is an excellent pick. A big risk, and I'll be praying for her to weather the class-5 scheisskrieg already slamming against the pick.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM  

Experience without judgement is worthless. Sarah has exhibited excellent judgement, apparently in all facets of her life. What more do I need to know about her.

On the other hand, Obama has apologized repeatedly for his poor judgement in each of the limited instances we see of his life.

This is not even a contest.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2008 at 2:45 PM  

I liked Palin at first. She seemed likeable, conservative, basically a not quite as good version of Romney.

Except it looks like McCain either didn't vet her or chose to ignore lots of stuff that should have disqualified her.

Perhaps he will add Britney Spears to the cabinet next? Because Palin seems to be about as good a mother as hers. Strangely enough, I didn't see Mike Huckabee defending her sister when she was pregnant at 17. What exactly is the argument for picking her over Romney?

FORGET IT! It's over for McCain. Even Repubs in Palin's OWN TOWN don't think she's ready to be governor much less VP! Even Palin's own mother-in-law isn't voting for her!! She left her hometown $20 million in debt.

McCain is DONE! Mcain is a FOOL for not picking Romney.

Justin- Amazing use of the Brian Regan quote. That's just classic.

Ok- Palin has a 17 year old pregnant daughter. Whoopty crap. Tons of the evangelical movement will identify with her in this regard, not condemn her for it. And her daughter is keeping the baby and marrying the father. What more can you want? A politician that had never made any mistakes or ever had family problems in his/her life? Good luck.

When she has the guts to appear anywhere and answer questions about anything of substance, she will be proven as the pick of desperation that she is. The truth will be known and it won't damage the democratic ticket in the least.

Go ahead and spin, we'll play twister with you. Sure McCain can turn around 180 degrees in an instant, and Palin seems quite adept at flip-flopping also. But to win the game of vaseline twister you must keep your feet firmly planted on the truth. And that alone will be the republicans undoing.

The american public has had enough of the lies.

Romney was my man but he is no longer running. Sarah is a breath of fresh air to this stale political race. We now have excitement, at least on the Rep. side. My vote goes to McCail/Palin.

I am keeping the USA and my canditates in my prayers.

Texas Gal

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