Why I'm excited about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as VP
Ed Morrissey pretty much sums it all up at Hot Air. If she has "little experience," Obama has less. If she has little foreign policy experience, Obama has none. And there's this [my bold]:
...the nature of the experience couldn’t be more different. Palin spent her entire political career crusading against the political machine that rules Alaska — which exists in her own Republican party. She blew the whistle on the state GOP chair, who had abused his power on the same commission to conduct party business. Obama, in contrast, talked a great deal about reform in Chicago but never challenged the party machine, preferring to take an easy ride as a protegé of Richard Daley instead.As a conservative, I am happy to see another conservative chosen as McCain's running mate. It does indeed "energize my base." And I am glad to see that Sarah Palin is ready to shake up anybody, Republican or Democrat, who is dicey on ethics, or living large off earmarks. I am sick to death of Republicans and Democrats doing dirty political business as usual.
Dish out some of that there Hope and Change to us folks on the Republican side of the aisle, Sarah Palin!
Then there's this (to me) most important question: If anything should happen to John McCain as President, God forbid, would I feel comfortable with Sarah Palin as a relative political newcomer, leading the nation?It didn't take me long to realize my answer: You bet I would, if the choice is between Sarah Palin and Obama/Biden. At least Sarah Palin has guiding principles and the understanding of the world I agree with. She would know how to call upon people to get the right things done. Obama as President, wandering and dragging our nation down the wrong domestic and/or a most dangerous foreign policy track: no way, no how, Nobama.
I admit I don't know very much about Sarah Palin yet, but what I've heard is good. I'm excited by the pick, and I want to know more about this conservative and colorful Alaska lady of many talents. I imagine a lot of other people do too. It will be nice, for a change, to see a comely conservative and her family in the mainstream media spotlight that has been soft-focused for months on the telegenic Obamas, and lately, on retrofitting scrappy Joe Biden, Amtrak-rider.
My 80-year-old mother called me up as soon as she heard about it on Rush Limbaugh's radio show today (Rush is also "energized" about Palin) and said the news had made her day. She admits now that she will vote for McCain after all, after having felt discouraged and inclined to sit out the election previously. Being a conservative, my mother did not feel McCain really deserved her vote. But his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate has won her over.
I'm wondering how many other people will feel the same.
Some people whose opinions I value are disappointed in the pick, such as Paul at Powerline. I appreciate their concerns and in light of their caution I reserve my final judgment about Palin until I know her better. But all the same, I remain excited about her and I think McCain made a good, strategic political choice in picking her. I hope she will exceed expectations for the benefit of the nation as well.
UPDATE: Bookworm Room's on top of Palin's acceptance speech. She also points to Confederate Yankee covering the first "smear Palin" campaign.
History teacher Betsy says: "This election just got more exciting and fun to follow. Whoever wins, we'll have a first in American history."
UPDATE: Ha! American Digest's base is energized!
UPDATE: Rightwing Sparkle's excited. Rachel Lucas is excited. Even the Instawife is excited. Maggie's Farm is on board. Most interesting VP pick evah.