Saturday, 30 August 2008
The Papers Pounce On Palin

Here is a summary of what the major papers are saying about Sarah Palin this morning. Notice they are all calling her "inexperienced" even though she has been a mayor and is now a governor. Normally the conventional wisdom is that governors are a good choice because they have executive experience, not just legislative experience.

All the papers lead with John McCain's surprise selection of Alaska governor Sarah Palin for his running mate. He shocked election-watchers and scrambled the presidential race with a "Hail Mary pass"--eschewing more conventional choices for the inexperienced, socially conservative, corruption-fighting "hockey mom." Appearing together in Ohio, McCain lauded her reform credentials, while Palin framed her candidacy as an extension of Hillary Clinton's quest to "shatter [the] glass ceiling."

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal call it a risky play to revitalize John McCain's "maverick" image. Choosing Palin undercuts the argument that Barack Obama is too inexperienced, raising questions about John McCain's age and judgment. But it could pay off: Palin--an NRA member and staunch pro-lifer--is energizing evangelicals and tempting Hillary Clinton voters to defect. An LAT analysis piece worries it's a sign that McCain relies on short-sighted "gut-checks," while an early version of the WSJ lead called it a "calculated bet." It's likely a bit of both--McCain's a high-stakes gambler who knows the odds.

Here is a video of her acceptance speech.

Posted on 08/30/2008 7:52 AM by Rebecca Bynum
30 Aug 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

Oh, for god's sake. She's very good-looking. What more do they want??

30 Aug 2008
Send an emailricpic

Yes, shallow Americans, all about looks.

She connects with non-U Americans on all kinds of  levels. Looks? No denying she's attractive. But she's the real deal. Not a smoke and mirrors creation of our hideous elites. Ergo the genuine, unorchestrated, positive reaction to her. 

Trust this shallow American on it.


30 Aug 2008
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When I told only son, infantry SGT FastLaneFlash, that Governor Sarah Palin, blue-star Mom, had secured John McCain as his CIC for '09, he danced and said:  "Hell, yeah!  New weapons!!!".  America will be safer with McCain on the button, and Palin at his six..  Obama needs to go take care of his family in Africa ,and Biden needs to make that Amtrak ticket one-way to Delaware.  This looks like a good time for America to go pioneer and dump a bunch of old political leeches and government services.  I hope she helps cut the government fat like an Eskimo carving a whale.

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