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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Remembering Sarah Palin

JSU brings timely word that Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) is next on deck, for Vice-Presidential consideration.

Ex-Reagan adviser, Arthur Culvahouse, has been seen in Juneau, Alaska, ahead of this proposed meeting.

(Incidentally, two thumbs up to Senator McCain for choosing Culvahouse to run his VP selection search. Senator Obama astonishingly chose Jim Johnson, who was Walter Mondale's campaign manager. Not only do we know how that campaign turned out..., but he was key to selecting Geraldine Ferraro as Mondale's running-mate. Oh, sweet irony, on so many levels)

UPDATE: Jim Johnson has since become another victim of the Obama bus when he had to resign during the Countrywide Corp. scandal.

Palin, of course, has been spoken of a lot by bloggers as a very serious contender for Vice-President.

I really have to study her positions better, since I am the last person on earth to care about such insignificant traits as gender, race or anything which doesn't involve values.

But I suspect your average voter's first reaction might go several ways.

McCain chose a woman because:

1- He wanted to compete in the politically-correct stakes versus a black man

2- He wanted to gather up some disaffected Hillary voters, if Obama/Clinton doesn't happen

3- He wanted a fresh start, with an unknown player, to prevent partisans from shouting "Bush 44"

4- He wanted youth on his ticket (she's 44)

I think Number 1 will occur to a lot of people, the most.

Few can forget the look of bewilderment Senator McCain had on his face, when a question was posed him about considering himself a "typical white person".



Given that the segue was Senator Obama's offensive remark about his grandmother being a "typical white person", he answered this bizarre question well.

But back to Governor Palin.

I'll have to research her better, but I do want to say that if he does genuinely consider her, the timing of the announcement has to be crafty.

A Wizbang commenter suggested:

"McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention.

There's currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows -- even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick -- selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin's own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this.

Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there's absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early.

McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!"
And I couldn't agree more.

So, is this the face of the next candidate for Vice-President of the United States?



CORRECTION: I had mistakenly used a photo of an Overstock.com model. Due to a Blogger glitch, I wasn't able to fix this post for content until today, as I couldn't access it (I believe it was a video-related code problem). AL has been changed to AK, as well.

Related

Is This The Face Of McCain's Running Mate? (29 August 2008)
Sarah Palin Does That To People (30 August 2008)

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18 Comments:

  • Just so you know, I've been trying to correct my goof about Alaska = AL (it should be AK, of course).

    Tip: Never ever try to alter HTML in the Java "Compose" side of Blogger.

    It just won't let me do it, now. Sigh. Sorry guys.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 29, 05:27:00 pm GMT-4  

  • first off, if that pic is the VP(nominee), then the VP is HOT! Such steaminess we haven't seen since Agnew!

    If McCain picks a woman, doesn't that take a lot of steam out of Hillary, even though they're in different parties?

    Let me say again, OMG, the veep's HOT!

    Well, until we can get Beyonce in the Oval Office, she'll do just fine!

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu May 29, 05:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • She and her husband just had baby #5, which will burnish her pro-life credentials. Even moreso, this baby has Down Syndrome, which is becoming less and less common because of earlier detection and selective abortion.

    If she could tackle a national campaign this close to having given birth of a special needs child, then she has Superwoman status in my book.

    I'm hoping McCain selects Jindal, however. He's 10 years younger than Obama and WAY more accomplished.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Thu May 29, 11:41:00 pm GMT-4  

  • first off, if that pic is the VP(nominee), then the VP is HOT! Such steaminess we haven't seen since Agnew!

    LOL!

    If McCain picks a woman, doesn't that take a lot of steam out of Hillary, even though they're in different parties?

    Of course it does. Especially since there's no way that Senator Obama will pick Hillary Clinton as his Veep (you heard me on Althouse, as to why).

    Let me say again, OMG, the veep's HOT!

    Smokin'. I know a lot of young college males who would think twice about pulling that lever for Obama. ;)

    Well, until we can get Beyonce in the Oval Office, she'll do just fine!

    Beyonce is so yesterday. Did you click on that video I posted about Rihanna?

    The woman is gorgeous, Ron. Up your alley, my friend! ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri May 30, 06:55:00 am GMT-4  

  • She and her husband just had baby #5, which will burnish her pro-life credentials.

    Good Lord!

    See, I was so busy on Thursday, I haven't had a chance to research her bio and her positions.

    But that's impressive.

    Even moreso, this baby has Down Syndrome, which is becoming less and less common because of earlier detection and selective abortion.

    Aww, God bless. :(

    Not sure if you know this, but the almost-certain soon-to-be Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, has a baby with Down Syndrome too. He and his wife, neither of them particularly religious, chose not to abort either.

    Two Conservatives, though...

    If she could tackle a national campaign this close to having given birth of a special needs child, then she has Superwoman status in my book.

    Can we just hope doesn't think this country is mean-spirited? I mean, just hope?

    I'm hoping McCain selects Jindal, however. He's 10 years younger than Obama and WAY more accomplished.

    Seriously? For once, I can't agree with you, Ruth Anne. I think he's a light-weight as things stand -- an Edwards in terms of political maturity.

    Give him 12 years. He'll win it all.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri May 30, 06:59:00 am GMT-4  

  • Victoria,
    I agree with Ruth Anne that Jindal's accomplishments are significant and numerous; especially for someone of his age. However, I do not want Jindal to be VEEP. I want Jindal to be POTUS in about a decade and I don't want him to have to deal with any "McCain stain".

    By Blogger birdie bob, at Fri May 30, 01:14:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Let me enumerate: chose to become Catholic at age 14. Still a devout one with a 100% pro-life rating.

    Graduated high school at 16 with top honors.

    Went to Brown. Graduated with honors in Biology and Public Policy. Master's degree in Political Science from Oxford [Roade's Scholar.] Returned to the U.S. Became a consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
    Married with three children. He delivered the third one who came too early after labor began to make it to the hospital. He's a vegetarian. [which I'll overlook, but which could buy some street cred with some folks.]

    Summer interned for a Republican Congressman from Louisiana. At age 25 was appointed to be Secretary of Louisiana's equivalent of Health and Human Services, overseeing 40% of the state's budget. In three years, the state Medicaid program went from bankruptcy to having a surplus of 220 million dollars. At age 27, appointed to a national bipartisan panel to reform Medicare. At age 28, volunteered his time to help direct the tobacco settlement monies most wisely for Louisiana. Later that year, appointed to be the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system. Served two years until appointed by President Bush to be the undersecretary of HHS. He was approved UNANIMOUSLY. Served two years. Left to run unsuccessfully for governor of LA. Took the cache/name recognition and ran for congress. Re-elected with 80% of the vote. Served two terms. Was the freshman class president in Congress. Served on the following committees: Homeland Security, Resources, and Education.

    Announced his run for Governor in January 2007. Saved the state time, effort and money by winning over 54% in a primary field of several contenders. Sworn in and began to reform the state government ethics standards immediately and launched a PR campaign to let people know Louisiana is open for business.

    Paraphrasing Miss Oprah, "He's the one."

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri May 30, 01:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • No one has won the presidency since 1960 without winning the Catholic vote.

    The Asian vote will comprise about 8% of the electorate this time around.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri May 30, 01:47:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Ruth Anne, you had me at Rhodes Scholar.

    Seriously, though. That's an impressive resumé for a 37 year-old.

    I detest the cult of personality which infects members of the sinister aisle of politics, so I won't become Governor Jindal's Number 1 fan just because.

    On the contrary, I look forward to voting for him for the Presidency, one day soon.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat May 31, 03:39:00 am GMT-4  

  • Heh, Birdie Bob, "McCain stain" has the makings of a New York Post title.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat May 31, 03:40:00 am GMT-4  

  • Victoria, thank you for the kinds words about our governor. We really like her. She reminds me of Reagan in that she knows how to connect with people. No one will ever accuse her of being an elitist. She impressed me when she first moved to Juneau and saved the state over $45,000 a year when she let the "Governor's Chef" go. She said she wanted to do the cooking for her own family.

    Are you sure that the photo you posted is of her? Maybe it is an old photo of her, but it just doesn't look like her. For a more current photo of Sarah, check out the photo used over in the Whizbang blog about her:

    http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/05/29/alaska-gov-sarah-palin-to-meet-with-mccain-vp-search-team.php

    Also, if you want more info on Sarah, google "Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President" and you'll get Adam Brickley's blog. It's loaded with info and links.

    By Anonymous Susan In Alaska, at Sat May 31, 12:19:00 pm GMT-4  

  • The hot librarian is Overstock model Sabine Ehrenfeld.

    She turns up in an image search for Sarah Palin because of this post on a blog called Relevant History.

    But, as this photo at Powerline shows, she was quite the hottie back in the day. More of a perky booster-club hottie than the faux librarian hottie, though.

    Interestingly enough, Palin and Ehrenfeld are close in age, but presumably Palin doesn't have the time to devote to her looks that Ehrenfeld's career requires.

    By Blogger blake, at Sat May 31, 10:27:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Victoria: Birdie Bob and I were in conference the other day and we agree we both like Jindal and have no problem with him making a run of it in 2012 or after [once he's straightened out LA]. We think he'd have to compromise too much to be McCain's veep and that he'd have the added burden of running as a Washington insider. Nope. Much better that he do his job as governor first.

    So what to do? What about this dude, well liked and well-known in the oh-so-important Ohio. He's been a congress critter [6 terms with strong wins in all], an OMB director [that counts as executive and fiscal cred], and is in private practice now. He did law school in Michigan [another key state this time around] and he's tall, youngish, handsome and has a lovely family.

    Rob Portman. McCain/Portman.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sat May 31, 11:48:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Plus: Sippican will probably like him because he did that geeky book about Shaker furniture. [Portman wrote the book, that is.]

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sat May 31, 11:49:00 pm GMT-4  

  • And...5 days later Althouse steals from you...

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Tue Jun 03, 03:50:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Heh, Ruth Anne, you're bad. I didn't see your remark and that of others (apologies!) until now.

    Since I can't edit my post, may I welcome The ANCHORESS readers to the blog and thank her for the link-love!

    Ruth Anne, anything's possible but the blogosphere is very incestuous. We all take our inspiration for others, with or without hat tips. :)

    But I truly appreciate the Anchoress honouring my blogpost, as ever.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Jun 04, 09:28:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Susan, first, thanks for your kind words! I'm going to return later, and TRY somehow to post an updated photo of Governor Palin.

    Right now, the two most interesting choices full of merit may I add, are Palin and Jindal.

    I would say Jindal if Obama caves into pressure and chooses Hillary (for some reason, though I strongly didn't think it was possible before, as of 3 June, the idea is catching on).

    But I do like Palin the best.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Jun 04, 09:30:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I blogged about Palin in February of this year. I certainly endorse her as a VP running-mate for McCain. And, as I noted in my post: "I hope she's on John McCain's short-list as a Vice Presidential running mate. Let's hope we don't see a replay of the 1980 Republican Party trying to shoehorn in Gerald Ford as Ronald Reagan's VP running mate/co-presidential candidate (since the Party knew that Reagan couldn't win the election on his own. Have we learned anything, Republicans?). Enough of the old Party garbage. Let's put the old Pols to bed. Maybe Palin isn't the perfect VP candidate, but she's proven electoral candidate, she has managed a growing city and a growing State. And she's smart, bold, brave, ... and a Maverick!"

    Besides, Governor Palin has a nice set of gams! LOL

    By Blogger benning, at Wed Jul 02, 11:42:00 am GMT-4  

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