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08-29-2008, 08:06 AM #1
08-29-2008, 08:08 AM #2
I don't know much about her, so if anyone from AK can shed some light on her politics (outside of what I can read on wiki), I'd appreciate it.
08-29-2008, 08:10 AM #3
They'd have to do a helluva job prepping her. She's likable, but she isn't that bright or sophisticated. Biden would destroy her in any debate (not that the debates necessarily matter that much).
08-29-2008, 08:14 AM #4
biden would destroy her in a debate?
no way. biden would destroy himself.
08-29-2008, 08:19 AM #5
She's pretty moderate. She's about as known and experienced as Obama, so that's a wash. Brilliant part is she's not Romney, rudy, or any of the other "good old boys," and she's a lock for a good portion of the estranged Hillary k00ks.
I think it's probably about the best he can do at this point, espacially if Barack can maintain the momentum he built with his (also pretty brilliant) speech last night. VP debates are a non-issue.
08-29-2008, 08:26 AM #6Registered User
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If he could get this Palin he'd have a worthy successor to Biggus DickusDamn, we're in a tight spot!
08-29-2008, 08:31 AM #7"It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
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08-29-2008, 08:38 AM #8
It is official that he picked Palin.
08-29-2008, 08:38 AM #9
...When he started this whole "president" thing. You know what I meant.
She's got a lot of ground to make up in REAL short time. But we know this: one way or another there's either going to be a woman or a black in the white house. That's gonna be a real deal-breaker for a lot of otherwise would-be voters. This whole thing could get a lot more interesting real fast.
08-29-2008, 08:41 AM #10who guards the guardians?
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Interesting!I'm just a simple girl trying to make my way in the universe...
I come up hard, baby but now I'm cool I didn't make it, sugar playin' by the rules
If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.
08-29-2008, 08:41 AM #11
This is getting good. I'll see your black president, and raise you a woman VP. Hope she has a good head on her shoulders. She could easily be pres. when McCain dies, gotta always have that in the back of your mind. Many a great man has died before 70. He might be working on borrowed time.
08-29-2008, 08:51 AM #12
Supposed to be announced @ noon EST. Don't know if she is pro or anti choice. If she is pro-choice, then my guess for McCains VP would be Tom Ridge.
If McCain picks a woman for VP, it just shows how desperate his situation is.
08-29-2008, 08:51 AM #13Registered User
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McCain Picks Palin
DENVER -- John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, according to the McCain campaign, a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer.
The news that Palin, the mayor of a small town in Alaska just two years ago, was the pick came after CNN reported that a private plane had traveled from the Last Frontier to Dayton, Ohio where McCain is set to unveil his vice presidential pick later today. The Palin news came after the two supposed frontrunners -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- each confirmed he would not be traveling to Dayton today.
In picking Palin, McCain is taking a calculated risk. She is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life.
Of Palin, former White House political svengali Karl Rove said this morning on Fox News Channel: "It would be a clear sign from the McCain campaign that they were going to be making a very strong bid for the women whom they see up for grabs -- both the traditional, swing independent suburbanites and then the Hillary Clinton supporters who remain disillusioned."
Palin was a star as a young age in Alaska -- a member of the Wasilla basketball team that won the state championship (her aggressive style won her the nickname "Sarah Barracuda") in 1982 and Miss Wasilla two years later.
Palin's political career began a decade later when she was elected to the Wasilla City Council and, four years after that, in 1996, she won the mayorship -- knocking off the incumbent by just a handful of votes.
After a near-miss run in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2002, Palin set her sights on the state's top office four years later. She campaigned on a platform of reform and was aided by the fact that the public had tired of Gov. Frank Murkowksi, and that the looming Veco scandal, which would come to badly imperil the state's Republicans, had begun to get real traction.
Palin won the Republican primary overwhelmingly (Murkowski finished third) and went on to defeat former Gov. Tony Knowles (D) in the general election.
In her two years in office, she has largely made good on her promises of reform -- and watched as her constituents have made her the most popular governor in the country.
Palin is a mother of five -- including a newborn with special needs -- which led many people to speculate that she would not ultimately be the pick. During an interview with washingtonpost.com earlier this year in Washington, Palin said being picked as the vice president was an "impossibility" but that the idea of serving in national office intrigued her.
08-29-2008, 08:53 AM #14
She's sorta hot...
08-29-2008, 08:54 AM #15
That is some wacky sauce right there.
Before being Govenor of Alaska (the 47th most populous state in the country) for 2 years, Palin's only other previous experience is as a 2X mayor of a city of 8,500 people.
And tell Jim Stockdale that Vice Presidential debates don't matter.Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.
08-29-2008, 08:59 AM #16"The fame was like a drug, but what was even more like a drug were the drugs."
08-29-2008, 09:02 AM #17
I mean, Wasilla AK mayor is hardly a position for anybody to take her seriously (on a national stage.) But a woman successfully taking on the entire state's Republican party at age 40,42 ? is a pretty formidable accomplishment.
08-29-2008, 09:03 AM #18
I think this is a good choice. Lots of appeal across many walks of life.
This will be great - now the 'Pubs have someone who can't be trodden upon because of WHAT they are. Heh, heh...
08-29-2008, 09:05 AM #19Un Paid Spokesman
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08-29-2008, 09:09 AM #20
This is interesting! I <3 politics.
She seems like a bright lady, but isn't she caught up in "trooper gate" or whatever it's called?If some of the best times of my life were skiing the UP in -40 wind chill with nothing but jeans, cotton long johns and a wine flask to keep warm while sleeping in the back of my dad's van... does that make me old school?
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08-29-2008, 09:10 AM #21
Just imagine if she let her hair down and lost the glasses.
08-29-2008, 09:13 AM #22click click boom
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She's anti-abortion so it'll be a pretty big reach for her to take the Hillary fan base. To me this is McCain grasping at straws. Romney would have been his best pick as he needed a financial guy more than anything. With Palin he would seem to further estrange the racist, ignorant, stuck on the cross far right which was really his only hope.
This quote from the Washington Post is funny...
"He cannot say any more that Barack Obama doesn't have the experience to be commander in chief when he chooses a woman whose signature achievement two years ago was that they won an award from the National Arbor Day Foundation," a Democratic operative said.
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08-29-2008, 09:15 AM #23
This is getting good.it's all young and fun and skiing and then one day you login and it's relationship advice, gomer glacier tours and geezers.
08-29-2008, 09:16 AM #24
I think it's a bad move for McCain. He sort of loses any credibility he had in suggesting that "Obama has no experience so he shouldn't be president" type thing. His answer to that is to pick essentially some one with less experience to be second in command? He basically took away his strongest critique of Obama by chosing Palin. Just another example of how McCain is a political moron.Damn shame, throwing away a perfectly good white boy like that
08-29-2008, 09:17 AM #25
Stockdale's pummeling during the VP debates almost single-handedly ended Perot's candidacy.
I am not totally sold on the Obama mojo train. But if you're 71 and your potential VP is straight out of central casting for Northern Exposure, then some people who haven't made up their minds are going to think the choice is spotty at best.Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.