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Friday, August 29. 2008
We have plenty of political beefs with John McCain, but admire him as an extraordinary American. Maggie's Farm is now on board with this ticket - and not only because their opponents are radical nuts.
That's from PJ. She is the real deal. She's an evangelical Christian with 5 kids who grew up hunting with her dad. She is reputed to be a crack shot. She has a kid with Downs. She first helped support her young family by working as a commercial fisherman. Her husband is an Eskimo who has been a fisherman and an oil field worker, wears a goatee, who races dogsleds.
For what it's worth, she has more executive experience than all 3 other national candidates combined (and more real life experience than Obama-Biden combined).
Agree with them on everything or not, these two rugged folks and proud Americans are honorary Maggie's Farmers.
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I watched Palin speak today. She's for real, she says what she means and means what she says, unlike O'bullsh*t's sermon on the mount last night. She's got more grit than Hilary and will probably tear Biden up in a debate.
The woman is a real 'stemwinder.' Heard her on Fox News tonight and was thrilled. People may think she's too pretty to be smart, but that's a mistake. I think the Republican party just got a real infusion of guts and determination.
Check out her profile on wiki. (most of it is likely true...)
She was first elected in 1992. What was Barro doing in 1992? Her record isn't exactly as empty as "I toured Europe and was a community activist", quite the opposite.
Correction: her husband races snow machines not dogsleds. has won the iron dog race to nome a couple time.
I haven't heard many people give McCain credit for his military service (as an officer) as executive experience. Not being miltary nyself, I may be off the mark, but I always assumed that officer = executive (or do I mistake leadership with executive?).
Her nickname is "Barracuda". Earned on the basketball court. Reaffirmed in the carnage she has wrought in her own party over corruption. 'Tis a brave new world.
Good thought, Roy. I heard some radio guy say that she could make him into a Republican, yet (Glenn Beck?) It sure is a different face for them. Most of the Republicans here in CT are Democrat-lite, nowhere near the conservative values that this woman espouses.
I was hoping for someone like this for the ticket, and her name came up early, along with Bobby Jindahl, guv of LA (another anti-corrupter). Now this is a happy problem, if I've heard one lately: If the Repubs win, and The Barracuda hangs in there and doesn't hire undocumented nannies, then she is a real contender for 2012 or 2016; the problem is, now we have Tim Pawlenty, Jindahl and her vying for the head of the ticket. That's a whole lot different than the selection we had this time around!
I'm old enough now to ponder moving on. I, too, am optimistic about the Republican Party. I think a lot about my grandchildren.
I lived in CT from '83 - '93 - Ridgefield. Lieberman was the AG. I didn't agree with him too often but thought of him as a Moynihan Democrat. Now they have drummed him out of the party.
The Republicans have taken a longer view. They recognize and value talent. Haley Barbour was RNC chairman then went on to be a successful Governor of MS. I expect to see Santorum around for a number of years. Palin, Pawlenty, Jindal - great bench. Expect to see Romney, Gulianni, etc. in the next administration. Steele, Blackwell - they aren't going away. One of my favorites, Lamar Alexander, is still soldiering on.
I do believe the grown-ups are going to stay in charge. I am at peace.
I was hoping against hope that McCain would have the sense to pick Palin. I figured it was too good a choice for him with his lousy instincts to stumble into, but his campaign has shown such a remarkable turnaround lately, and the head fake on this was a masterstroke...everyone was sure it was Pawlenty or maybe Romney. Wow! I actually got goosebumps when I heard the news this morning. Brilliant! She's got more authenticity, ethics, brains and guts than anyone the abject Democrats could hope to produce in a million years. She will peel off a whole bunch Pumas, and has fired up the Republican base like nobody else could. She makes the Buffoon Mentalist's choice of Biden look positively hackneyed. McCain is so far inside BO's ooda loop it's not funny. Sarah for President in 2012!!!!!!
John knocked one out of the park with this one. I didn't know if he would pull the trigger on this, but he did! No one else he could have picked would have had much if any affect on the race. But this one does, it changes everything, BIGTIME!
I noticed a couple of things yesterday about Gov. Palin when she was speaking to the crowd. Perhaps others did too and can comment.
First, she appears to be a very engaging public speaker and totally without Obama's pretensions or affectations and condescension.
Second, initially I found her voice a bit harsh, high in pitch (even for a woman), but then I realized her voice always carried above the crowd noise, It stood out. Obama's deep voice is pleasant to listen to, but it sometimes seems to get lost in the background noise, which is not a good thing for a public speaker. He has to pause, to stop speaking, to get back control of the proceedings.
Third, she speaks naturally without Obama's unnatural pauses to think, marked by his many "um" and "uh" mutterings that have become such a speaking crutch. Obviously when he has not thought about an issue that he's asked to comment on, he has a difficult time formulating a cautious response that doesn't reveal too much, and the brief pauses in his speech are the "tell", the giveaway.
In a public speech or debate, I think Palin will probably hold her own in terms of style. In content, she will be at an obvious disadvantage to a long-time Washington insider like Biden. I suppose that McCain's staff will be sending her out on the campaign trail with large briefing books to familiarize her with the many issues that the press and voters will now be focusing on. She will have to be a quick learner to do well in the VP debate with Biden, who will have an answer (however misguided) for every Washington insider trivia question that the debate moderators will throw at the two of them.
Ohhh my: for the first time in many years I feel like it might be possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is indeed a big beautiful train!!
This is a very happy day!
heh heh, here's a gal after the cockles of me heart, maties!
Just wanted to share my new experience.
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There are many reasons to be excited about Palin, but here's one that not many mention. Dawn comes after dusk, and by nominating the McCain-Palin ticket, the RNC is, whether they like it or not and whether McCain wins or not, ushering in a new generation of leaders.
More good news: The liberals are scared to death of Palin, and for good reason (check out the unhinged crap they're coming up with). How are they going to attack her without shooting themselves in the foot? Experience? She has more executive experience than Obama and Biden put together. Big Oil? She took them on and won. And with the Obama campaign's deafness on women and their tendency to release insulting statements, they'll do nothing but drive more women into the McCain-Palin camp.
Senator McCain's choice is all right with me, too.
I've heard when Governor Palin was asked what is difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom, she replied, "Lipstick."
Smart, driven, outspoken, honest...and a babe! Palin in 2012