The Palin Pick

Well, I have to say I am extremely pleased with John McCain’s pick for his VP. Sarah Palin is solidly pro-life, so the choice gives me confidence that McCain is not just paying lip service to pro-lifers. As governor of Alaska and a former mayor, she brings the administrative experience that was lacking in the campaign up until now.

Tom Gross says,

Palin has a record for integrity and for getting the job done matched by very few politicians, as shown by her success in tackling the corrupt Republican party establishment in Alaska, and her highly effective economic program there.

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16 Responses to “The Palin Pick”

  1. Kansas Bob says:

    I hope you are right Casey.. I am trying to reserve commenting much until I get to see a bit more of her.. and you know how hard that can be :)

  2. casey says:

    She’s a prominent member of Feminists for Life. That tells me she’s more involved in the pro-life movement than your average pro-life politician. I don’t think anyone else could have excited me more.

  3. Kansas Bob says:

    She does seem to be a feminist.. not sure what I think of that.. guess her husband is taking care of the baby.. I think I heard that he is a stay at home dad.. also heard that he is a commercial fisherman.. I am sure someone is taking care of her new-born.. I guess she didn’t see a conflict of interest in serving as governor and conceiving/having a child while in that office.. yes.. she does seem like a feminist.. is that a good thing? Yikes – I am sounding like a chauvinist :)

  4. Ash888 says:

    You make an interesting point, Kansas Bob. I have to admit that was bothering me a little, too. Ideally, if a woman has that many kids (or any kids), I think she should devote herself to raising them, instead of trying to juggle them with a full-time career. Apparently some close family members helped her with raising the children, which is far better than day care, but ultimately I don’t know how she handled it, so I can’t really make a judgment on that issue.

    All in all, I think McCain made a brilliant pick for many reasons. Firstly, I’m impressed with her strong pro-life position. She’s also very conservative on a lot of other important issues, is very attractive, and gives the GOP something to be excited about because she’s the first female on their ticket in the history of the party. She compliments McCain’s old age and experience with a fresh new face. It’s a great way to counter the left’s excitement with Obama. You have to admit, things just got a lot more interesting.

  5. casey says:

    I’m not going to question how she raises her kids. They seem to be a tightly-knit family with outstanding manners. She also reportedly goes to church every Sunday. The more I hear about her, the more I like her.

  6. Kansas Bob says:

    I think that it is all about judgment Casey. The recent news of the (5 month) pregnancy of Palin’s 17 year old daughter concerns me.. not judging her family but judging how she will be able to maintain focus and energy on the VP job when their is so much going on in her family. Also questions about McCain’s judgment as he knew of this before he selected Palin.

  7. casey says:

    I think she’ll handle it. The story does lend credence to the argument that she should have been home with her family, though. Disappointing news, but it doesn’t convince me I should support Senator Infanticide and Senator Abortion instead.

  8. Ash888 says:

    One of the dangers of trying to balance a career with child rearing I suppose. But I can’t believe how widely covered the pregnancy thing is. It was even the top story on Yahoo Japan! I’m just glad that they are making the right decision to keep the baby and get married, while certain other people might urge an abortion so their daughters don’t have to be “punished with a baby.”

    And her husband had a DUI over 20 years ago! The lefties are desperate for anything they can scrape up.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how well of a grasp Palin has on issues other than energy when she goes up again Biden.

  9. Scott says:

    This is probably going to shock you, but I think Palin is a good choice too. This is going to be an interesting race.

  10. casey says:

    I don’t know, Scott. Do you mean she’s a good choice strategy-wise or policy-wise? If the latter, then yes, I am shocked. ;)

  11. Scott says:

    Strategy-wise. I haven’t lost it. :D

  12. Phillip says:

    Sarah Palin appealed to me over a year ago with her message of transparency and accountability. I liked her then and I like her even more now. I don’t think she was picked because she was a woman but because she had the highest approval ratings of any Republican at one point or another.

  13. Rick Rouse says:

    Palin’s choice is sure to attract at least a portion of the “We want Hillary” crowd (the portion who were dead set on voting for a woman no matter what). She won’t attract many of the folks who were planning to vote for Hillary solely because they agree with her politics however, but that is not why McCain chose her in the first place.

    Overall, this was a brilliant move on McCain’s part because Palin has repaired the holes in the bridge between his candidacy and the conservative wing of the Republican party.

  14. Cathy says:

    I’m not sure that Sarah was chosen by McCain, but by others who coerced him into this “brilliant” political choice. Either way she seems a mistake to me. She’s attractive and a good actress, but has been deceptive about the bridge to nowhere, which she initially supported, and seemed to by trying to conceal her daughters pregnancy. She also seems to be bluffing, or at least greatly exaggerating, the extent of her experience. It appears to me that Sarah’s family desperately needs her at home. The whole package makes me queasy and doubtful of John McCain’s judgement, either in selecting her himself or allowing others to select her for him.

    Regarding environmentalism as a religious experience: I am a christian who believes that God has given us his creation to care for so it can sustain all of life. This is not a substitute for worshipping Him, but a way to do so.

  15. casey says:

    I disagree, of course, but you’re certainly welcome to your opinion, Cathy. Thanks for stopping by.

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