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In a bold and, to many, including most of the MSM, surprising move, John McCain, with exquisite timing has named Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska, as his running mate.

Announcing the pick today, his 72nd birthday, McCain, true to his reputation as a maverick, has completely overturned the dynamics of the Presidential race by picking the 44-year-old Palin as the first ever female Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

Palin, also known as a maverick, but little known outside of her home state of Alaska, has an 80% approval rating from Alaskan voters, after a little more than a year in office as Governor, making her the most popular governor in America.

Blog and MSM pundits across the nation are agog with excitement (positive and negative) over McCain's unprecedented choice. Inevitably, we will certainly see plenty of nay-saying pointing out Palin's lack of political experience, and probably regarding her youth as well.

But in Alaska, Palin has a reputation, not only as a maverick, but also as a tough cookie. Prior to being elected Governor, as the mayor of her hometown of Wasilla, she earned the nickname of “Sarah Barracuda.”

As Governor, Palin has used her toughness to oppose the environmentalists on the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and has begun a vigorous overhaul of the Alaskan state government, shaking up the traditional Alaskan political establishment.

The PUMA blog Count Us Out features a series of paeans to Palin, titled “PUMAs at Count Us Out Like The Barracuda from Alaska, Sarah Palin", a strong indicator that the McCain campaign will almost certainly attract a significant number of voters dissatisfied with the treatment Hillary has received at the hands of Obama. Obviously, this factored prominently in the McCain decision-making process.

While it's too early to determine how large a positive effect (or even if the effect will, in fact, be positive) the choice of Governor Sarah Palin will have on the McCain campaign, the campaign braintrust obviously expects it to be both positive and significant.

Significant, yes, assuredly. Historic as well.

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Raised in Mexico by American parents, Clavos is proudly bi-cultural, and considers both Spanish and English as his native languages. A lifelong boating enthusiast, Clavos lives aboard his ancient trawler, Second Act, in Coconut Grove, Florida and enjoys cruising the Bahamas and Florida Keys from that base. When not dealing with the never-ending maintenance issues inherent in ancient trawlers, Clavos sells yachts to finance his boat habit, but his real love (after boating, of course) is writing and editing; a craft he has practiced at Blogcritics since 2006.
  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    The core of Hillary’s support now have a woman on the national ticket. It’s not Hillary. Sarah’s better. Feminists, put your money where your mouth is. She may not agree with the left on all the issues but how can one discount the significance of Sarah Palin? And to the unions — Palin’s husband is a steelworker. Will unions turn their backs on one of their own dues-paying members? John McCain accomplished what he needed by nominating Sarah Palin. Perhaps for once in our lives we will have to vote our conscience — and that will be the true test of our current character as a nation.

  • Clavos

    It is real a red letter day (pun intended) for these two Republican candidates.

    Besides being McCain’s 72nd birthday; Palin, during her acceptance speech, announce that today was her and her husband’s 20th wedding anniversary.

    A momentous day on several levels!

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    McCain’s choice is fairly stunning. How it will play out over the next two months is anybody’s guess.

    In the immediate, it has served very well in taking the focus off of Obama and his great speech last nite. It has the media buzzing, and may serve to reduce any “bounce” the Dems might have gotten from their convention.

    Palin should help salve the right wingers owing to her particular proclivities – anti-abortion, member of the NRA, anti-environment.

    She looks good (a former runner up in the Miss Alaska contest) and seems nonplussed with the situation. She gave a good speech, pushed all the right buttons.

    Obviously, her “experience” factor may become an issue as she has a good deal less than Obama and virtually none as compared to Biden. When one thinks of her being a heart beat away from the presidency, it might give one pause. We’ll see.

    But, on the surface of it, it seems to be an inspired selection.

    B

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    I’m just relieved it’s not Romney.

    (What’s that tiny whimpering sound? Sounds like it’s coming from up New Hampshire way…)

    I’m now fine with whoever you Seppos decide to put in the Byeliy Dom. But I’m still gonna have fun calling bullshit on y’all between now and then… :-)

  • Clavos

    What’s with the decidedly un-Brit use of “y’all,” Mr. Pom? :)

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Goodness gracious me, surely I am not knowing vhat you are meaning, Clav Sahib.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    This scenario reminds me of the short lived TV series “Commander in Chief” wherein Gena Davis portrayed MacKenzie Allen, a recently elected vice president who is thrust into the Oval Office after the unexpected death of the president.

    As she was included on the ticket essentially as window dressing only to assuage women voters and had little political experience, she was expected and urged to stand down rather than taking the office. Obviously, she chooses to take the office much to the chagrin of about everybody around her.

    Could that series have been prescient?

    B

  • Arch Conservative

    I suddenly feel like serenading all of the Obamabots.

    This one goes out to all you hopers and changes out there………

    The party’s over
    It’s time to call it a day
    They’ve burst your pretty balloon
    And taken the moon away
    It’s time to wind up the masquerade
    Just make your mind up the piper must be paid

    The party’s over
    The candles flicker and dim
    You danced and dreamed through the night
    It seemed to be right just being with him
    Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
    Take off your makeup, the party’s over
    It’s all over, my friend

  • Arch Conservative

    I suddenly feel like serendaing all of the Obamabots.

    This one goes out to all you hopers and changes out there………

    The party’s over
    It’s time to call it a day
    They’ve burst your pretty balloon
    And taken the moon away
    It’s time to wind up the masquerade
    Just make your mind up the piper must be paid

    The party’s over
    The candles flicker and dim
    You danced and dreamed through the night
    It seemed to be right just being with him
    Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
    Take off your makeup, the party’s over
    It’s all over, my friend

  • http://www.idiotwars.com Dave Nalle

    It must be a momentous event if it reduces Arch to poetry.

    Good newsy report, Clavos. Counterbalances my near-orgasm article nicely.

    Dave

  • Arch Conservative

    I must admit to having something in common with Joe Biden Dave.

    That’s not an AC original.

    It’s a Nat King Cole song.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Arch, my friend, you have been the source of my laughter for over 24 hours. Your comment on the Colonies being absorbed by the Crown left me in tears. And now you introduce the lyrics to a classic Shirley Bassey song which has been a favourite of mine for 30 years! Many of you do not know who Dame Shirley Bassey is but in the GLBT community she is an icon.

    B: This scenario reminds me of the short lived TV series “Commander in Chief” wherein Gena Davis portrayed MacKenzie Allen, a recently elected vice president who is thrust into the Oval Office after the unexpected death of the president.

    As Brian Williams pointed out last night after the Obama speech, there are many parallels between Sorkin scripts and the speech he made. Obama is taking the rock star approach. He will take lines out of The American President and West Wing scripts to make his case in point. That’s not original. That’s not inspiring. This isn’t the silver screen, Barack. While it’s almost romantic to borrow lines from scripts it does nothing to get this country out of this mess.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Sorry, Arch, I confused a comment by Ruvy with you. My apologies. Be it as it may, I am still grateful for your rendition of The Party’s Over. Yes, Arch, it is indeed.

  • bliffle

    Hmmm. I wonder how Palin feels about being chosen because of her sex organs?

  • Jordan Richardson
  • troll

    were the ticket Palin/McCain would you vote for it – ?

  • Arch Conservative

    Probably the same way Obama feels about only being taken so seriously as a presidential nomineee because of the color of his skin……A little uneasy at first but then hey who really gives a shit as long as I get mine.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Ah, good old Dame Shirley. I remember she was one of my grandmother’s faves. She would always stop what she was doing and sit down to watch when Shirley Bassey was on TV.

    Probably best known in the US for singing the theme songs to the James Bond movies Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

  • Arch Conservative

    I thought it was a Nat King Cole song….Anyhow I’m a big Nina Simone fan but no Nina Simone songs jumped into my mind when trying to express myself through music reagrding the pitifulness of Obama’s campaign.

    His dismantling of the Clinton machine during the moonbat primaries was impressive but he’s in the deep water now and clearly treading water more furiously with each passing day.

  • Arch Conservative

    Who would have thought that the outocome of the 2008 election for president of the United States could be summed up in two simple words tha are’t that frequently heard toegther.

    Gubernatorial Vagina

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    were the ticket Palin/McCain would you vote for it – ?

    Yes. After reading about how she has dealt with the Republican machine in Alaska I see Sarah Palin as the GOP’s last best hope to bring the party back to its heart.

    Anyhow I’m a big Nina Simone fan but no Nina Simone songs jumped into my mind when trying to express myself through music reagrding the pitifulness of Obama’s campaign.

    How about I Shall Be Released? You know, Arch, Nina is another GLBT icon. There is hope for you yet!

  • Cannonshop

    Well, this does make the election a bit more interesting, I’m kinda wondering if Gov. Palin will be a Ferraro, though- Geraldine’s selection didn’t help Mike Dukakis in the eighties.

  • Arch Conservative

    The only relation I see in the lyrics of I shall be released and our current political situation is if we were to finally elect a third party candidate and that person actually did something for the good of all Americans….”releasing” us all from the two party dictatorship that is apathetic the wansts and needs of we citizens………

    Hope for me yet? I have long been a supporter of civil unions which would bestow the same legal benefits and obligations as marriage for gays/lesbians. But I am a traditionailist and believe that we should continue to define marriage as one man and one woman. I think the polls refelct that I am pretty mainstream on this issue as most Americans agree with my view on it rather than adopting an all or nothing attitude on either side.

  • Clavos

    Interestingly, the first criticisms of Palin by the Democrats have veered dangerously close to shooting themselves in the foot once again, as they assail Palin for what they call her “lack of experience.

    Yet, unlike Obama, Palin has nearly two years of government executive experience in her resume.

  • Independent

    I guess “Arch Conservative” cannot read. I refer to personal attacks, i.e. “guernatorial Vagina”. As for Cannoball. Geraldine was an extremely versed woman and the only one you took her down, was, as usual, us men. Our so called unbiased press and then of course her husband’s real estate deals. If only that was the only issue in todays politics.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Nearly two years, eh, Clav?

    Come on now, you know Dave’s the resident spinmeister on this site. He’ll be coming after you if you carry on like that.

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    Bottom line:

    1. The discussion over Obama inexperience is over. What’s left to question Obama on? The person who is a heart beat from a 77yr old’s Presidency is the least experienced candidate in history.

    2. This woman is no Hillary. Forget the transfer votes.

    3. NRA? in this day and age? Yeah that’ll get those swing votes.

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    She has a year as Govenor of ALASKA. Let’s not get carried away. Two years of executive….

  • Zedd

    Alaska vs Illinois…. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Oh dear, Baritone. You misused the word nonplussed so completely…..it would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    Hard to believe y’all (and as a Southerner born and bred I can use the word) are so excited about this obviously last minute, late night choice, when McCain said as late as yesterday morning he had not made his pick. Palin is a joke. Wait for me to weigh in, as I will shortly. None of you has done his homework.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Palin should help salve the right wingers owing to her particular proclivities – anti-abortion, member of the NRA, anti-environment.”

    Anti-environment? Oh, c’mon now…just because conservatives aren’t a bunch of pagan, Gaia-worshiping, the-end-is-nigh Global Cooling Global Warming Global Climate Change alarmists, doesn’t mean we actually hate the planet. Sheesh…

    “Obviously, her “experience” factor may become an issue as she has a good deal less than Obama and virtually none as compared to Biden.”

    She’s been a Governor for almost two years. Obama’s been a Senator for almost four years. That’s only a two year difference. And she’s accomplished a lot more in her brief time in government than Obama has. She also has executive experience, whereas Obama has none, zero, zip, zilch.

    “When one thinks of her being a heart beat away from the presidency, it might give one pause.”

    It should give one pause to think of an empty suit like Obama actually being elected to the presidency outright…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    This election campaign essentially boils down to:

    Empty Suit & Motor Mouth vs. War Hero & Hot Chick

    (And the Hot Chick is the only one with executive experience…go figure…)

  • Zedd

    I’m guessing “Chief Executive” is the buzz term of the day from the GOP. How about Governor of ALASKA? Guess it sounds a little flat.

    I forget, Republicans are thought to have small minds by other Republicans and they get all a flutter over such big shot sound’n posts.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Lisa,

    It’s not really all that sad. Yep. You caught me. I really meant to say that she was, uh, plussed.

    My wife says Palin has a “beauty pageant voice.”
    It is rather grating.

    B

  • Lee Richards

    McCain hardly knows her, but believes she’s qualified to be the nation’s chief executive and commander-in-chief. He’s 72, so the possibility isn’t that remote.

    That calls into question his rational judgment. With no national record on her part, he believes–and wants us to–by faith rather than solid evidence.

    He’s lost the “lack of experience” argument he’s used all year against the Democrats. She knows, without experience, what to do about Iraq? Iran? etc., etc. She can handle the economy? Education? Health care? Terrorism?

    He already had Alaska’s electoral votes, which are not that many anyway.

    Many conservative males, including some evangelicals, do not like those they perceive as “uppity” women who try to lead.

    She’s not Hillary. To women voters, women candidates aren’t interchangeable.

    She holds reactionary positions on abortion. Other positions may turn out to be just as extreme.

    67 days is not much time for America to learn to know, like, and care about a stranger to national politics.

    My guess is the DNC is singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” and thanking crazy John with every breath.

  • Zedd

    Irene,

    I thought that she was a gift for the DNC as well. Maybe it’s McCains revenge against the GOP for their lack luster support and for not appreciating his hard work to maintain their dignity for all of these years. He’s one of the few that has remained sane in that party. However, he’s made too many concessions as of late, in order to get the job of the Prez

  • Zedd

    OMG I just heard her speak.

    It’s George Bush all over again – In a dress.

  • nate

    You don’t need to have a rocket scientist degree to be a politician in this country. The amount of years served within the [big time] political arena alone doesn’t qualify ANYONE to be a president or vice president, it actually means squat with our current political situation. I’m more than comfortable with a fresh non-tainted face in our government, and yes even a woman, america needs someone with backbone happens to be a small town girl. Palin, you go girl!!!

  • Jordan Richardson

    So you’re fine with Obama as well, Nate?

  • jesse

    yeah, this woman has balls, more so than any of the other candidates, she will be a serious handful you will see. We need people that have the guts to stand firm on their convictions, that is if they have any!!! you all scared ? Here comes the Judge!!! happens to be a pretty woman, whoopi!!

  • nate

    no obama here he’s too wishy washy for me

  • Lee Richards

    Job description for POTUS(compliments of Nate & Jesse):

    Wanted: Small-town girl with fresh non-tainted face, preferably pretty, with balls and guts.
    Little or no experience a plus.
    No rocket scientists need apply.

  • Jordan Richardson

    no obama here he’s too wishy washy for me

    How so?

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    67 days is not much time for America to learn to know, like, and care about a stranger to national politics.

    67 days is far too long! We have the attention span of plankton and after two weeks of Palin, we’ll be hearing about Palin fatigue. The last President to be elected by an informed electorate was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    If the timing and positions were reversed – if the GOP had just had as smashing a convention as the Dems did this week, and if it were the Dems naming a VP choice today – I’d be rooting for any sign of competitive life too. So I’m happy to allow our fearful conservative friends their tiny, fleeting flash of hope.

    But even Pat Buchanan praised Obama’s Thursday speech as the best convention address of all time. Anyone who continues to insist he’s an empty suit just wasn’t bothering to listen.

  • Clavos

    He’s an incredible speaker handy, there’s no doubt about that.

  • Clavos

    McCain’s nomination was a brilliant move, as evidenced by the saturation coverage of it by both the MSM and the blogosphere, on days which otherwise would have featured nothing but coverage of the Democratic convention and Obama’s acceptance speech.

    Reaction from Republicans has been almost universally favorable; with few exceptions, Palin’s nomination is rallying and exciting the party faithful.

    The idea of a reformer ptentially having high level access to the corrupt Washington political establishment is the best political news the country has seen in years.

  • Lee Richards

    Clavos,

    It would be wonderful news if it were true. You must know better.

    I don’t see how anyone can claim she’a a wunderkind of reform. She has practically no record to examine, and no list of achievements of any significance on the national or international level.

    A hockey mom easily whips Washington and the world into shape? How? By what talents and tactics?

    I believe it far more likely that Washington insiders, congressional politicians, and the cynical media would devour her quickly and utterly.

  • Clavos

    It would be wonderful news if it were true. You must know better.

    Not sure what it refers to here, but her reputation as a reformer, even going against her own party in her efforts, is not only well established, but also well documented. From the Wall Street Journal:

    Sarah Palin’s reform resume would be remarkable in any political career. She entered politics at 28, winning a seat on the Wasilla city council as an opponent of tax increases. After she defeated Wasilla’s three-term incumbent mayor four years later, she swept the mayor’s cronies out of the bureaucracy…

    Shortly after joining the oil and gas commission, Mrs. Palin commenced an ethics probe of the state’s Republican party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, involving conflicts of interest with oil companies. The probe resulted in a $12,000 fine for the party chair…

    She crossed party lines in 2004 to join a Democratic representative’s ethics complaint over an international trade deal against the Republican Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who had ties to the Murkowski machine. Mr. Renkes resigned.

    And, on her experience, from the same WSJ article:

    For starters, we’d say Governor Palin’s credentials as an agent of reform exceed Barack Obama’s. Mr. Obama rose through the Chicago Democratic machine without a peep of push-back. Alaska’s politics are deeply inbred and backed by energy-industry money. Mr. Obama slid past the kind of forces that Mrs. Palin took head on. This is one reason her selection — despite its campaign risks — seems to have been so well received by Republicans yesterday. They are looking for a new generation of leaders.

    More articles on her reform record:

    CNN

    I’m limited to only three links per comment; there are plenty more sources available which discuss her commitment to, and accomplishments in, reforming the Alaskan state government.

  • Clavos

    I had another link for the previous comment, which, I discovered, Akismet considered spam, so I had to remove it.

    The article title is:

    Palin Signs Ethics Reforms

    It can be found in the archives of the Anchorage Daily News, for those who are interested.

  • Zedd

    Clav

    “Sarah Palin’s reform resume would be remarkable in any political career. She entered politics at 28, winning a seat on the Wasilla city council as an opponent of tax increases. After she defeated Wasilla’s three-term incumbent mayor four years later, she swept the mayor’s cronies out of the bureaucracy…”

    You write as if we are supposed to know what a Wasilla is. Like it’s some internationally known metropolis. Like you are talking about Rio or Barcelona or Cairo or even Baku in Azerbaijan. Its a town of 6700 people. Don’t do this to yourself. It’s embarrassing. Heck Alaska has 683,478 people in it. It’s smaller than a lot of small cities.

    What is really going on? Is there some sort of conspiracy to kill this nation and feed it to the terrorists or Chinese or anyone who wants it? Are the Reps so bitter that their stupid revolution failed that they just don’t care what happens any more? Is the realization that they were wrong in EVERYTHING so embarrasing that they are saying to hell with everyone and everything? I suppose those who cant afford homes all over the world and actually have to work and live here would have a bigger stake in SERIOUSLY trying to make it BETTER instead of wanting to win just to make another notch on the laundry list of personal accomplishments.

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    This is a chance to boast about NOT voting for ridiculousness. Those who didn’t vote for Bush are proud of themselves right now. This is your chance. Walk away with your pride and good sense in tact.

  • Clavos

    You write as if we are supposed to know what a Wasilla is…

    Look again. I didn’t write it; the Wall Street Journal did.

  • Zedd

    Hey all,

    The golf coach at my kid’s school stopped a fight last week. Is it me or is anyone else thinking Secretary of State?

  • Zedd

    “Counterbalances my near-orgasm article nicely”

    Ewwwwwwwwuw. Suspected that that is what was going on but… T.M.I.

  • Clavos

    Orgasms inspire an “eewwww” reaction in you?

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    Now we are getting news about a potential leader of the free world from the Anchorage Daily News. Hey my subdivision’s chronicle (you may have heard of it) wrote an article about the benefits of writing ones house number on the curb. I smell a Pulitzer!!!

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Poor Zedd – she can’t even take pleasure from orgasms. Eeeewww! That’s a rough life.

    Seriously, McCookoo was stuck between Pawlenty (dullsville, man!) and some stone headed fool – or being outshone entirely by the VP candidate he chose. So, he made the most astute move to pick Palin. The truth of the matter, Zedd, is that this race is now between Obama and Palin. She’ll be the Republican attack dog – and she’ll bite sooo sweetly, and sooo lethally….

    Mind you, for my own reasons, I still want O-bomb-a to win. What your country really needs is a five cent Jew-hater; O-bomb-a is just what the doctor ordered.

  • Clavos

    Now we are getting news about a potential leader of the free world from the Anchorage Daily News.

    Coming from Texass you haven’t got any room to talk, Zedd.

    Let me see:

    Dallas Morning News – Nah

    Ft. Worth Star Telegram – Ranch hand fave

    Houston Chronicle – Are you kidding?

    San Antonio Express-News- Great, if you’re Tex-Mex

    Austin Statesman – Maybe

    Some of us would observe that y’all are all hat and no cattle.

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    The Morning News is the 5th rated paper in the nation. Bless your heart….

  • Zedd

    “Orgasms inspire an “eewwww” reaction in you?”

    Daves do.

  • Clavos

    That should have been AustinAmerican-Statesman; don’t want y’all confusing it with some Third World rag in Miami or Caracas.

    Apologies, Dave.

  • Zedd

    Hey y’all,

    Rick Yune for Secretary of Transportation. You know him. He plain Johnny Tran in “The Fast and the Furious”. It was about driving fast and furiously too. We would learn to tapper down our road rage from him.

  • Clavos

    The Morning News is the 5th rated paper in the nation.

    Newspaper ratings are like opinions-everyone has one.

  • Zedd

    Awe Clav, and yours was sadly wrong. Hug!!

    Hey, I know, we’ll let you be the Drug Tzar. The Miami thing and boat gig should qualify you. We have found our next Director of the National Drug Control Policy. Now Clav you have to STOP drugs not use drugs. ‘Kay?

  • Clavos

    Ruvy,

    So, he made the most astute move to pick Palin.

    Quoted for Truth.

    She’ll be the Republican attack dog – and she’ll bite sooo sweetly, and sooo lethally….

    She proved that in Alaska. She’ll be outstanding; I am sooo looking forward to it…

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Dan Miller

    Clav,

    I am vastly disappointed in you. There are so many things demonstrating that Governor Palin is not suitable for the Vice Presidency, let alone the Presidency, that I am shocked that they seem to have escaped your notice.

    1. She is a pretty female, who once almost won a state beauty contest, albeit in a state with few people from whom to choose. That in itself is a fatal flaw. When, in the history of the United States, has a pretty female been nominated, let alone elected, to the Vice Presidency? Never! In fact, I can’t off hand think of any who have been elected to the Senate or even to the House of Representatives. Just think of the jealousy that will produce. A good looking guy is OK, but a good looking woman? No way.

    2. She is married to a rough-neck guy who actually works with his very own hands! In a non-managerial capacity, no less. He is also guilty of working with his hands as a commercial fisherman, and she has had the audacity to join him in that barbaric pursuit. Can you picture him at a formal dinner at the White House? Would he even know which fork to use? How could he possibly relate to the diplomats in Washington? Can you imagine him having a useful discussion with, say, the French ambassador? What does he know about the finer points of wine selection? Would he try to discuss fishing, or perhaps how to drive a snowmobile?

    3. She has five — five kids. That all by itself is outrageous, and she should stay home and take care of them instead of dabbling in politics. The fact that her eldest son recently joined the military as an enlisted swine is terrible and shows that she has not brought them up with proper attention. Not only that, but he is headed off to Iraq! She also opposes abortion and thus can be counted on to make it illegal throughout the entire country. Moreover, she thinks creationism should be permitted to be taught in schools; even if she says that evolution should also be taught, she remains grossly unqualified. It’s a slippery slope and could lead to even worse. An inquisition cannot be far off.

    4. She supports — gasp — drilling for oil and natural gas in, of all places, Alaska where all the cute, fuzzy polar bears would suffer immediate and irreparable harm and probably become extinct. She even had the unmitigated gall to oppose their inclusion as an endangered species. This is what one might suspect of a hunting, fishing, member of the NRA. It is terrible, I tell you, absolutely terrible.

    Dan(Miller)

  • Clavos

    Only because it’s you, Dan(Miller), I will think about reconsidering my position.

    OK, I’m done

    Not gonna change — she’s a babe!

  • Zedd

    I was waiting for this post. Dan, none of which qualify one for President. A million people have the same resume. So what.

    Yes and being a mother of 5 people and a new baby with mental challenges does matter. How do you split yourself up to mother 5 kids (four young kids) and be President. She just gave birth to a mentally challenged child. Is her husband going to be a stay at home dad and take care of the kids. Must the nation have HER? Do we need HER soooooo much that she would take on waaaaaaay more responsibility when knowing that her child will need her more than ever?? FAMILY VALUES.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Zedd,

    German Reichskanzler Otto von Bismarck pulled off shit like this 120 years ago in the German Empire. He defanged is opposition in the Reichstag by enacting into law the balls of the Social Democratic program in Germany – stuff that had to wait for 50 years to get enacted in the States – like Social Security, workmens’ comp, a nine hour day, and minimum wages.

    So, now you whine when a “conservative” Republican picks another “conservative” as his running mate – because she is a woman. Face it. He outflanked the Democrats, stole their thunder and now has everyone talking about his hot babe of a running mate. Whattsa matter? Never heard of daycare? Never heard of nurses? Put simply, McCain pulled a Bismarck on Obama.

    Also, your whining about her coming from Alaska is pathetic. I’m a native New Yorker. I know what big city machines stink like and how they grease their wheels. Nothing impresses New Yorkers – least of all Texans with their 50 gallon hats and big shitkickers. All that tells me is that there is an awful lot of shit in Texas and a lot of empty heads trying to look smarter than they are.

    Bottom-lining it, Palin took on the establishment in her own state (more than slick willy Obama ever did) and has beaten them – temporarily. She is not afraid to stand up to the assholes. Obama kisses and licks them, especially Arab assholes.

    There is something very attractive about a woman with the rep of a barracuda – it generates R-E-S-P-E-C-T and causes guys who wouldn’t otherwise to keep their zippers shut, to shut them, to keep their tongues in their mouths and listen when she talks….

    Hillary was like a shark – most folks don’t like sharks at all. Palin, on the other hand is what Hillary might bave been in 1973 before power got to her head.

  • Zedd

    ” Palin, on the other hand is what Hillary might bave been in 1973″

    Oh – Not qualified.

  • Zedd

    Ruvy,

    Just a little help…. What does Palin know about dealing with inner city issues?

  • Lee Richards

    Zedd, you and I prefer a hearty main course, while McCain’s Manly Men like the frothy dessert better!

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Just a little help…. What does Palin know about dealing with inner city issues?

    I don’t think she has had to deal with “inner city” issues as governor. But, since she’ll be in St. Paul nest week, then can always do what intelligent executives do when they need advice – consult folks in the business – like Ramsey Action Programs. It’s just a short drive from the Xcel Center downtown, don’tcha know….

  • Zedd

    Ruvy,

    That’s just not good enough now is it? If you didn’t (irrationally) hate Obama so much, you would admit that she is all wrong for the job.

    Being a “girly girl” myself, I think she is cute and can appreciate the importance of taking good care of one’s self. I get it and love it. However she would be better in a couple of years.

    Not everyone is an Obama. He is a fluke. With his little experience, he is a unique person. He has great judgement which his has more than demonstrated. His intelligence and pragmatism is what we need.

    The last thing that we need internationally is more gun toting. The world sees us as vacuous, trigger happy air heads. We don’t need a gun toting pageant queen as national symbol. Not only is it not right, it is BAD for us.

    It’s quite clear that you still love this nation. You are an American through and through. You can stop the act.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Zedd,

    Stop buying your own bullshit.

    First of all, this is the kind of experience you’ll get from Barry Obama. It’s all right here in plain English for you all to see. The stupid prick played politics in his daddy’s native Kenya, favoring Daddy’s Luo tribe and fucking things up royally there.

    Then there are his plans to keep America strong.

    Finally, though, this is how I view the SOB:

    This is the point where you are supposed to read that you should vote for John McCain because he does love the Jews for real, right? Well, guess what, folks? McCain has Jim (fu-k the Jews) Baker whispering sweet somethings into his ear about this neck of the woods, particularly Israel. So McCain is no better than Obama.

    If Obama wins the American election, though, he will be just what the doctor ordered for those of us who want to rid Israel of American puppets who ruin our lives threaten our security and ultimately endanger the Jewish entity that has finally arisen here after two thousand years of exile and persecution by foreigners.

    McCain will glad hand and lie through his teeth – just like Obama did to AIPAC – and Israelis will believe him. He’ll be able to carry the lie off a lot better. By contrast, Obama will be the personification of the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish policy of America’s oil and banking establishment. And military reservists, the backbone of Israeli society, whose lives are endangered every time the IDF throws them into foolish assaults in Gaza, and misuses them in military offensives in Lebanon, while Israeli government power-holders hide in bunkers, will finally become disgusted with the thieves and incompetents who ruin their lives.

    And they will finally do what is necessary to break the yoke of oppression on our necks, so that we can build our homeland in dignity, and with G-d’s help, peace.

    So, I’m not condemning Obama at all. I’ll be voting for the guy. He is, ironically, “the great black hope”.

    Now if some of us can reach somebody like Sarah Palin and undo the damage of Jim “fuck the Jews” Baker and his ilk does to the McCain campaign, I’ll be rooting for the piece of shit honorable senator from Illinois.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Try this URL for Obama’s plans to make America strong.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Zedd,

    What you Americans need is precisely a gun-toting leader WHO IS NOT AFRAID TO LAUNCH NUKES IN A WAR to face down a veteran of the Spetsnaz and the KGB. You haven’t got a clue as to what y’all are facing in Vladimir Putin.

  • Zedd

    Ruvy,

    I don’t do too well with profanity. It’s a personal weakness, I admit. I can’t focus when the dialogue involves full blown cussin. I do enjoy a good tete-a-tete but really Ruvy!!

  • Zedd

    Hope I fixed that…

    Ruvy everyone should be afraid of ANYONE who is not afraid to use nukes.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Sounds like a hell of an idea. More nukes. Hell, I don’t need a world for my potential kids to grow up in, I’d rather have a reckless but ballsy cowboy in office down South so that I can leave the world in good ol’ wasteland shape. But at least America would be “strong.” It may not have any legs left and it may have left us all dead or with three testicles, but at least they’d have proven they weren’t pussies.

    Ruvy, thank G-d your paranoid and idiotic ramblings are confined to cyberspace along with the other crazies. Your way of viewing the world frightens me more than any Russian threat ever could and your conception of reality is even nuttier than your theology.

    But shit, whatever works.

  • Lee Richards

    Read Ruvy for what not to do in the Middle East, or USA.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Or anywhere.

  • Heloise

    Just talked to my daughter who lives in small town Peoria, Il and a 90-year-old white man told her “this was the craziest race he had ever seen!”

    My daughter (she’s a walking crystal ball) told an old woman “McCain is going to pick a woman.” The day before it was announced. The woman too thought that this was crazy, no way he will pick a woman.

    The reason this is crazy quilt is because as the constitution states the VP choice should be the one who gets the second largest number of votes or who has at least been a part of the panel on the debates and run for office.

    At least Obama picked one of the candidates for prez. What McCain did is a disgrace. And it goes with a flash I had last year when I saw the VP pick with the GOP was going to be someone from left field. And that the top would also be unexpected.

    If this had been Obama/Clinton (dream ticket) and McCain/Romney or Romney/McCain (good solid ticket) then we Dems would be shaking in our boots.

    Because it would be a squeaker. Now I think the landslide will be a mudslide, but we WILL prevail.

    Heloise

  • Heloise

    Ruvy, your ugly comment about Obama is why you are in Israel and not in America! Israel is your karma–get over it!

    Heloise

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Just a little help…. What does Palin know about dealing with inner city issues?

    Apparently, Michelle Malkin’s comments explain something about Obama’s “community organizing” experience. Someone like Palin would at least want an investigation to see where all that money that could feed poor people is going. If her record of fighting corruption in Alaska is any indication, hundreds of poverty pimps across America would find themselves shut down.

    I think you would agree that your country could do without pimps of all kinds – including poverty pimps – wouldn’t you agree, Zedd?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    your ugly comment about Obama is why you are in Israel and not in America! Israel is your karma….

    Heloise, I’ve made no ugly comments. I’ve told the ugly truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. Obama is surrounded by so much Jew-hating shit that the stink reaches all the way over here to the mountains of Samaria! And he likes that that way!

    The usual jew-boy traitors, like millionaire Haim Saban, are coming out of the woodwork to aid the ass-hole. Peace Now and all of Shimon Peres’ front groups are not far behind.

    So, Obama is surrounded by Jew-haters and jew-traitors. What is so neat about all this is that when these Jew-haters and jew-traitors try to shove their “peace vomit” down the prime minister’s throat, and the prime minister dutifully swallows it, thousands of Israelis will rise up in anger and overthrow the régime here.

    That’s why I support Obama.

    The problem with McCain is that he supports the same “kill-Israel” policies that Obama does – that’s what Jim Baker and his ilk are all about – but McCain could sugar it up so that the Israeli public would think it was good for them. And unless she can be convinced to do otherwise, Sarah Palin could sell McCain’s poison apple even better than McCain could. A hot babe is still a hot babe. Rice, bitch that she is, still had Sharon drooling over her legs, and wrapped the prick Olmert around her ugly finger in no time.

    But an Arab terror state in our midst is still an Arab terror state in our midst, and all the sugar coating in the world will not make the Arabs’ bullets, bombs or missiles taste any better.

    That’s also the ugly truth.

    And Heloise, as for karma, your country’s government has generated an awful lot of it lately and payment is coming due.

    You’ve been warned, sweetie….

  • Cannonshop

    “Just a little help…. What does Palin know about dealing with inner city issues?

    Dunno-that they’re mostly the fault of Inner City politics? What in hell does Obama know about rural issues? (trick question-he knows what his contributors from the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Earth First! tell him.)

    How many times has Obama negotiated with a foreign government (Palin negotiated a pipeline contract with Canada) for anything tangible?

    What about Fisherman’s issues? does Obama know anything about that? or issues pertaining to people who don’t live off the state? How ’bout small business issues, Zedd? Does Obama know what impacts the livelihood of small businesses (Outside the south side of Chicago)? How many people in Obama’s circle have been “Street level” during a Labour dispute? (not the Union Pros, many of whom never worked a day outside the office)?

    Howsabout Land-Use, Water Rights, Mineral rights, and other issues that are important to people who don’t live in a human hive, and don’t want to?

    What in Obama’s resume’ shows he knows a god-damned thing about how people live outside of the Beltway and Chicago?

    For that matter, with four years in the Senate, Obama sure hasn’t done much besides run for the white-house. Palin, with two years as governor, has done a HELL of a lot more, with more positive impacts, and unlike SOME governors, she’s vetoed anti-gay-marraige bills she would have supported, were they not unconstitutional. She’s effectively neutered both sides of the “Evolution/Creation” argument by stating that Debate is good. (and, in science, It IS good. when an assertion goes unchallenged too long, it becomes dogmatic. Dogma is BAD.)

    What’s Obama Done?? DOING is impressive, talking and writing isn’t-there’s a thousand talkers for every doer.

  • http://roseparade.typepad.com Melinda Loomis

    Kind of late to the party, but here goes…

    I have been apathetic as hell about politicians of either party for years (after being stung by buying into the whole “Man From Hope” thing) and I am invigorated and energized by Sarah Palin. A politician who promises to root out and crush corruption, then actually does it? Even within her own party? How freaking awesome is that? It’s what politicians always promise but never deliver.

    This was a risky choice for McCain and though I despise his illegal immigration policy I have to give him props for making a gutsy choice like this. Come November we’ll find out if this was a brilliant political move or a candidate shooting himself in the foot. All I know right now is that so far, I love pretty much everything I’ve learned about Palin.

    I’m actually excited about a candidate. It’s a weird feeling. And it’s kind of nice.

  • Clavos

    Never too late, Melinda.

    Palin’s gutsy alright, and her distance from Washington, seen by many as a disadvantage, I see as a big positive in her favor, it means she carries no baggage, no favors owed, no chits to be called on her. A true tabula rasa; no preconceptions, hindrances, or encumbrances.

    Exciting? You bet!

    She sold the Governor’s airplane on eBay! How cool is that?

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