Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: McCain’s pick for running mate

So who is Sarah Palin? Here are some cherry picked facts from this profile:

elected governor of Alaska in 2006

43 year old mother of five

hockey mom
lives on a lake
ice fishes, snowmobiles, hunts,
NRA member
has a float plane
husband works for BP on the North Slope

a politician of eye-popping integrity

promised: to end corruption in state government, cut spending, and provide accountability.

[took] on the Republican establishment ...lodging .. ethics complaint[s]

crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic

One of her first acts as governor was to fire the Alaska Board of Agriculture

[strong] conservative ... in 2007 vetoed 13 percent of the state's proposed budget for capital projects

most popular governor in America

most popular public official in any state

unabashedly pro life

as star of her high school basketball team she got the nickname "Sarah Barracuda"

describes herself as "pro-business and pro-development."

In her selection speech in Dayton, noting that today was near the 88th anniversary of women winning the vote in America, Palin praised Democrats Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton as current examples of women’s progress and encouraged “Hillary’s 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” to vote Republican.

Great pick John! She looks and sounds like a winner.

Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck

Update: Mark Steyn comes out of his hiatus to comment on Palin's appointment. Not surprisingly, he likes her.


Anonymous said...

Yeah and she didn't try to outshine McCain or to bootlick. I liked her mention that he is a living 'profile in courage' and that normally we only see these people in books.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

She seems so genuine and smart.

Excellent choice.

JR said...

I switched to CBC (in a moment of masochism) to see what they were saying and caught Henry Champ commenting that the Dems would be going after her for her lack of experience, etc.

Uh huh! Even as a 2-year governor she has more hands on experience than the others on both the Dem and GOP tickets, especially the "junior" senator from Illinois. All three are Senators - a strictly legislative role. She's in an executive position running a state and commanding the Alaskan National Guard.

As for her lack of foreign policy experience - she's no worse off than, say, then Governors Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter when they were running for President.