I would like to discuss more why Alaskan Governor Sara Palin would be a strong pick for the McCain ticket:
1) She is an extremely pro-life that would ignite McCain’s social conservative base to action. Something that he has not been able to do yet. As mentioned in a previous post, Palin brought her youngest son to term after learning he had Down Syndrome. It is a heart-warming and appealing story that would resonate with voters.
2) Barack Obama has been having trouble in securing Hillary Clinton's female supporters after his primaries with Clinton. This could help some of these disgruntal women find a way to the McCain ticket.
3) She is an extremely popular governor, with an approval rating floating between 80-90%.
4) She is fiscally conservative and cut $1.6 billion from the state’s construction budget by canceling non-necessary projects.
5) She is extremely likable and unique. A former beauty pageant contestant who is a lifetime member of the NRA and loves to fish, hunt and snow mobile.
6) She would neutralize the Obama minority story; also being a minority on the ballet with a historic opportunity.
7) She would neutralize Obama’s age and youth appeal. She is three years younger than Obama but, unlike Obama, she has executive branch experience.
8) Sarah Palin has beaten two, elected governors on her ascent to the governorship. She beat sitting, Republican governor Frank Murkowski in the primaries, then former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles in the general election. Do not underestimate her as a formidable candidate.
9) Obama’s campaign could not attack her with full force since he would risk upseting a key constituent of the Democratic Party - women. This was very similar to how Hillary Clinton could not unleash a full fledge attack against Obama because she would alienate African Americans within the Democratic Party. In addition, he could not attack her on her resume because with 2 years of executive branch experience, it is more accomplished than his own.
10) She has been successful as governor. In 2007, she created a sub-cabinet to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. This would appeal to environmentalists.
In the same year, Palin presented and carried through to law the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. A legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope. Just one representative voted against it. She is knowledgeable in oil and drilling, a hot button issue.
However, there are some problems with Governor Palin:
1) She gave same-sex partners state health care coverage by personally vetoing a bill. This could be a sticking point with Evangelicals.
2) She admitted to using marijuana when it was legal in Alaska in saying she did not like it. This could draw comparisons to the "I did not inhale..." line.
3) There is an investigation going on pertaining to her firing Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner. The investigation is to make sure he was not fired because he refused to fire Mike Wooten, her ex brother-in-law.
She is scheduled to address the convention on Tuesday night. Maybe they will be moving her speech back a few days.