Sunday, August 31, 2008

What Sarah brings to the ticket

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1. She has rejuvenated the Republican party - especially the core. Now the Republicans have an opportunity to make history also.

2. She has taken on big oil and is fiscally responsible. Energy is the nation’s #1 issue and no candidate on either ticket has more knowledge or experience in that area. She also understands the importance of energy and its relationship to national securtiy.

3. She is the ONLY candidate with Commander In Chief experience.

4. She is a reformer. Has taken on corruption and cleaned house in the Alaskan state government.

5. She is a true conservative, a former union member, small business owner, and a mother. Most of us can relate to that.

6. She has caught the imagination of the nation. Is there anyone who won’t watch her debate with Biden?

7. She has rejuvenated the “experience” issue. It’s acceptable for a Vice President to receive on the job training, but is it acceptable for a President to receive on the job training?

8. She is causing the left to reveal their true colors, especially when it comes to abortion and faith.

9. She is the ONLY candidate with executive experience.

10. She is not an elitist.


J Dub said...

On point #3...I think there's a lot to be said for being an executive instead of a legislator.

The consequences are considerably greater when you're the person in charge of an entire state, instead of maybe feeling a little heat over a certain vote. The responsibility lies almost solely with the executive, instead of the shared responsibility in a legislature, where it's much easier to point fingers.

Brodad Unkabuddy said...

Absolutely. That's why it's called the EXECUTIVE branch, not the COMMITTEE MEMBER branch of government.

Lyndsey said...

I agree... I love the choice!

twest said...

Care and I love it! Care is ecstatic about her after watching her speech. This lady is a breath of fresh air and to the point with no fluff - I really don't think McCain saw this coming. (Nor the Dems) I say Palin for President!! Forget these other clowns

vwatt said...

I'm "almost" speechless....our abstinence-only sex education dollars at work..what other Northern Exposure "surprises" can we expect?? :

Palin’s 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant
By Katharine Q. Seelye

ST. PAUL — The 17-year-old daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, is five months pregnant, Senator McCain’s campaign advisers announced today.

The daughter, Bristol, plans to marry the father, the campaign said.

In a statement, Governor Palin said: “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows that she has our unconditional love and support.”

The announcement was intended to counter rumors by liberal bloggers that Ms. Palin had claimed to have given birth to her fifth child in April when, according to the rumors, the child was her daughter’s.

Groups that oppose abortion rights had been thrilled with Mr. McCain’s selection of Ms. Palin, the governor of Alaska, as his running mate, partly because of her opposition to abortion. It is not clear how social conservatives will respond to the latest news.

The campaign intends to cast this as the kind of situation that ordinary American families face.

The McCain campaign says it was aware of her daughter’s pregnancy before it named her as the running mate on Friday.

The family’s statement said: “Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

At a rally at a ballpark Saturday evening in Washington, Pa., Bristol did not join the rest of her family on stage.

“Then we have our daughter Bristol, she’s on the bus with the newborn, and then we have our daughter Willow, who is here, and our youngest daughter Piper,’’ Ms. Palin said as she introduced her family. “On that bus we have our son Trig, who is a beautiful baby boy we welcomed into the world just in April. It’s his naptime, so he is with his big sister on the bus. But we thank them for being here. “

“And speaking of Trig, and other things, some of life’s greatest opportunities come unexpectedly,’’ she said. “And this is certainly the case today. I never really set out to be in public affairs, much less to run for this office.’’

Michael Cooper contributed to this post.

Brodad Unkabuddy said...

One can't help but wonder how many women on the floor of the Democratic Convention when faced with similar circumstances flushed their babies. The courage the Palin family is showing ONCE AGAIN is quite admirable.

vwatt said...

I hope Bristol Palin has a safe pregnancy and a healthy child-it is unfortunate her life will now become very public for what should be remain private-under normal circumstances. The political implications are there, however: Family values, proper vetting, "gut" decisions(again), and unusually difficult family responsibilities vs.
political aspirations. However, I think we can put the foreign experience line to rest since Cindy McCain has pointed out that Russia is right next to Alaska.........

Brodad Unkabuddy said...

I can't remember, is Alaska the 57th or 58th state? Maybe I should ask Obama . . .

vwatt said...

Unbelievable...McCain needs to stop this nightmare now and put Lieberman on the ticket if he is going to have any chance at all. Evidently, Palin doesn't think Alaska should even be a state, much less the 57th or 58th. States Rights-that'll get the Dixie vote I guess:

September 01, 2008 6:52 PM

The campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."

Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.

"We are a state's rights party," says Clark, a self-employed goldminer. The AIP has "a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law."

She says it's not accurate to describe the party as secessionist -- they just want a vote, she says, adding that the members of the AIP hold different opinions on what Alaska should be.

"My own separate opinion as an individual is that we should be an independent nation," Clark says. Others in the AIP "believe that being a commonwealth would be a good avenue to follow." Some advocate statehood -- but a fuller statehood than exists now.

She doesn't know what Palin's position was.

"It never came up in conversation," Clark recalls. "But when she joined the party, our platform was right under her nose."

Clark says that Palin left the party and became a Republican in 1996, when she first ran for mayor of Wasilla.

The McCain-Palin campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The AIP platform states that the purpose of the party is to "seek the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska in conformance with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the federal constitution ... To prohibit all bureaucratic regulations and judicial rulings purporting to have the effect of law, except that which shall be approved by the elected legislature ... To support the privatization of government services ...”

Walter Hickel, a former Republican governor, was elected to the governorship in 1990 as an AIP member -- the third-largest party in Alaska -- with a plurality vote of 38.8%. A Seattle Post-Intelligencer story that year said that "Hickel is running with the Alaska Independence Party, a fringe group advocating that the 49th state declare itself a sovereign nation. But he's not a separatist; he's an opportunist: the Independence Party was the only 11th-hour ticket to the general election."

Hickel returned to the Republican Party in 1994; he endorsed Palin in her gubernatorial run in 2006. Subsequent AIP gubernatorial candidates did not fare as well as did Hickel, garnering less than 2 percent of the vote.

Earlier this year, Palin sent a video message to the AIP for its annual convention, where AIP vice chair George Clark told the small crowd that Palin "was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town –- that was a non-partisan job. But you get along to go along -– she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that. She also had about an 80 percent approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic to her former membership."

Lynette Clark says that Palin is "a fine individual. She's forthright and she puts Alaska first."

She is not a fan of McCain.

"I can't understand why in God's name she has aligned herself with a candidate who opposes the development of our republic and Alaska's resource wealth," Clark says.

- jpt

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Brodad Unkabuddy said...

Man, you've got to get off that left wing "Koz" blog. It reeks of desperation.

vwatt said...

That was ABC news reporting it first and is now in all the press as a confirmed story.....Kos is a radical nutcase, I don't read/listen to him or Oxycontin Rush L.

Mike West said...

Hey Vance. Now that you're retired give Rush 3 days of listening.
After two knee replacements (same leg) I can see how someone could get hooked on pain killers. They make some pretty good stuff.