Friday, May 30

gop's new star?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is being considered as McCain's VP. Arthur Culvahouse, the chairman of the Vice Presidential search team is visiting Alaska.

The Weekly Standard profiled Palin a year ago. She supports drilling in ANWR, so I love her.


Anonymous Ted said...

Here's an important piece of advice: If it looks like it's going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a "no brainer" for Team McCain), 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!

There's no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real 'change' (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain's age and health, Palin is more than perfect -- now.

(Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

4:54 AM  
Blogger Kent said...

I agree. Palin would be solid. And there's a growing sense that Obama will pick Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Ted said...

There’s been noted buzz of late on rising GOP star Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal as a McCain prospective Veep. Certainly Jindal is more than very good, However, I believe there’s some “strategerie” going on here. The “real” beneficiary of the Jindal talk is the other rising GOP star, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin. Palin’s got everything that Jindal has (new/exciting, wildly popular, ethics and spending reformer, core conservative etc.) and more — mother of 5 w/remarkable bio, she’s 8 yrs older than Jindal, Alaska energy issue, and set to garner the disenfranchised female Hillary voter (I don’t believe Dem leaders can dump Obama).

Getting Jindal’s name out first — at Team McCain’s BBQ for instance — sets the stage for the obvious choice, Palin. For example, albeit Rush Limbaugh introduced Palin’s name, and later Jindal’s as good Veep choices, of late Rush has been praising the name of Jindal while on his very same shows discussing at great length the frustrated female Hillary voter and the global warming hysteria/need for energy development, without mentioning Palin’s name as the obvious beneficiary of those two issues. Rush walks a fine line, introducing Palin, yet can’t, at least yet, reiterate much, knowing that his praises may be counter-productive to many a swing, moderate and/or formerly Dem voter (who’s against Obama and switching to McCain). Moreover, while I feel that Palin has more real accomplishment, experience and qualification than Obama (and Hillary combined, albeit w/Obama the bar is pretty low), the only potential argument against Palin is she’s a newbie to the national scene. By having Jindal out there first as a VP prospect “passing” the “experience” and “new to the national scene” test, implicitly passes Palin as well. (For that matter Palin’s got as much if not more experience and accomplishment than Florida Gov Crist who’s only been Gov for 2 yrs — and the media has been touting Crist as a VP prospect.)

That’s my thinking at least.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

As much as I love Jindal, I'd hate to see him as the Veep nominee at this point. My former state Louisiana badly needs his intellect and his reforms!

It's insane to think that Jindal narrowly lost to Kathleen Blanco in '04 -- she's the one who really bungled the response to Katrina. Had he already served one term I'd support him as McCain's running mate.

Palin would be a great choice and I do believe she would attract a lot of women voters. She's a mom, a wife and a governor.

And there's even more "strategerie" underway here, Teddy. The biggest thing going on in America is the high gasoline prices. People are mad -- I'm mad -- at the inaction of the political establishment to wean the nation off foreign sources of oil and the absolute failure to utilize our own natural resources. There's going to have to be a break with current positions here someplace.

Even though McCain opposes drilling offshore and in ANWR, I think he's smart enough to take the pulse of the country and change positions. In this political climate it would work because Americans are really getting hammered at the pump. And guess who just happens to be for drilling in her own home state? Palin.

McCain, with his new energetic, youthful running mate at his side, could say that he's "not too old" to learn to be flexible. He could say that he's had a change of mind on ANWR.

8:17 AM  

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