Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin, McCain's Political Unknown

How unknown is McCain's vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin? Here's a little background from our GOP friends, courtesy of the website Politico
"No one knows anything about her," complained one GOP strategist, who spoke on condition that he not be identified. "I don't know anyone who has even met her." 

"I don't know much about her, Texas Sen. Kay Baily Hutchinson told CNN this morning. I don't know Sarah Palin."
Oops! McCain's choice is looking more and more dicey. 


Dan Paden said...

Hmmmm. You know, that was my first reaction, too, when I heard the news this morning. But since then, everything I've heard has indicated to me that in this case, I must be the one out in left field.

Wildest of all was when I stopped at a Mickey D's just north of Hugo, only to hear an old redneck farmer, complete with overalls, drawling to someone about how excited he was over McCain's pick. A fair amount of the right-wing blogosphere is also apparently practically agog with excitement.

As far as the comments about her experience are concerned...


all I can say is, "chutzpah" is something you are clearly familiar with... :)

Dan Paden said...

For instance, this is what accumulated on Google Reader this afternoon:

Everything stopped here at the Rules Committee meeting as we watched Fox News coverage of John McCain's introduction of his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Much enthusiasm here.

Ooooooooo, barracuda!

John McCain made up to me for A LOT this morning

I am energized. I am a young, evangelical, conservative voter and I did not expect to be so energized by McCain's vice-presidential choice. However, Palin is a woman who has a right philosophy of life and family issues. She glows with the kind of youthful authenticity that gave the pre-Rezko Obama his appeal. She fights oil companies where it makes sense to do so but does not bow before the altar of those who forget that nature is ours to steward, not worship.

I am energized. My conservative friends who are politically savvy are energized. People unfamiliar with her who find out about her story and her political philosophy become energized.

Watching Sarah Palin's address
... and she's knocking it OUT OF THE PARK!!!

Even the Beloved Husband, who is very quiet about politics, is very enthused by her...

CatHouse Chat joins the McCainiac crew!
With Sen. McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I am now on board the McCain train!

I've donated, and I'm in search of McCain-Palin stickers for my car right now!

Palin is an awesome pick for VP
I wrote back in June that Palin was my choice!

Yes, I’m impressed. Very impressed.

I was feeling completely disenchanted with politics. This after I spent hours involved in the last two previous Presidential campaigns. I didn't think I could get excited about a VP candidate. Today, that has all changed.

This is an exciting day for women everywhere and I couldn't be happier. She's a Mom of five kids (one of them a special needs child), a former sportscaster, a hockey player and potentially our next Vice President.

Congratulations to Sarah Palin! She just made my day. I'm officially excited about the election!

Oh, I hope so! FoxNews is reporting that apparently Romney and Pawlenty are apparently out of the running... Speculation is running high that McCain might choose Alaska governor Sarah Palin...

If he chooses Palin, I'm going to get off the fence and join up with the McCainiacs!

UPDATE: CNBC is saying it's Palin (from Hot Air, which adds "What an unbelievable head fake by McCain, perfectly executed to build suspense and knock The One off the front page this morning. Mind-blowing.")

UPDATE: Fox is now reporting live that, although they have no official confirmation from the campaign JUST CONFIRMED EXCLUSIVELY TO FOX!!!!, "sources" - "a senior McCain campaign official" - are saying that SARAH PALIN IS IT

Conclusive? I agree with what I already know are your thoughts: hardly. But enough to make me wonder if, in this case, I'm the one who wasn't keeping up? Definitely.

I feel a buzz in the air that I haven't felt in a while. Even my long-suffering wife, who ordinarily doesn't give a fig about politics, is buzzed. Her female co-workers, who were all on the fence, are now all agog over Sarah Palin and on board the McCain train.

All I'm sayin' is, don't be surprised if you come out the loser on this one.

Tulsan said...

Awright! If all these awesome right-wing blogs think Palin is the cat's pajamas, then McCain/Palin is a shoo-in.

And lots of those disaffected Hillary voters are going to forget about their silly little beliefs and vote for a woman. That's how they are, you know.