“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” Karol Cardinal Wotyla (Sept. 1976)

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Closer Look at Sarah Palin for Vice-President

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.


Alycin said...

"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."

Huh? I am confused. I guess I should just click the link, though. lol. :)

I think the same-sex partnership healthcare benefits is not bad enough to actually make the majority of conservatives dislike her. Considering she is exceptionally pro-life, I think that the veto is a minor factor. I know many right-leaning moderates who would not be offended by it, and even more left-leaning moderates who would see it as a good thing and thus be swayed towards the McCain ticket.

I don't think drug experimentation in one's past is gonna be a big deal for much longer. Honestly, I think Clinton's thing inhalation statement got blown out of proportion because it was a stupid remark, not because it involved a drug. I tried MJ and didn't like it... I think it's different. It's not uncommon for people to try a drug and dislike it. But to say you only half-tried a drug is silly.

Just my 2 cents on the matter. :)

Alycin said...

I would just like to add that if McCain picks her, I will vote for him instead of voting third party.

A Voice in the Crowd said...

I agree with you, and think the investigation on the state trooper firing is the most dangerous for her of the three.

The marijuana won't faze any one these days.

The health care for gay partners will upset evangelicals, and other that will think it could be an act moving towards the acceptance of gay marriage. But is could also be spun in a compassionate way.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, according to her political enemies she tried to get rid of a 'drinking on duty' State Cop who tasered her 11 year old nephew and came to her home and threatened to kill her father.

If she did try to get rid of this bad cop, then what in the world was she thinking?
...what a horrible scandal.

McCain/Palin 2008

A Voice in the Crowd said...


I like Sarah Palin alot, hence the post. But you are not understanding the story. The person that was fired was the supervisor of the 'bad cop' you are mentioning. Not the 'bad cop' himself. That is where the problem could lie. They are investigating whether this supervisor lost his job because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law.

Ted said...

Despite the Dems and the allied main stream media’s desperation to see Romney as McCain’s Veep, Mitt is clearly out, with (1) Obama doubling down on the class warfare theme (McCain’s 7 houses) and (2) McCain doubling down with ads showing the hypocrisy of Biden attacking Obama in the primaries — Romney did way more than that contra McCain.

This leaves only Govs Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Pro-abortion Ridge and Dem-Lieberman were never real considerations, despite relentless media goading. Pawlenty’s lackluster TV performances, coupled with Palin pizzazz, the primacy of oil drilling and the ticked off women/Hillary voters, does now portend a McCain/Palin checkmate on the Dems. This is so albeit the Dems and liberal media dare not mention Palin’s name, that is, everyone but…..

And if there’s any question as to Palin being uniquely positioned and able to more than nullify Biden in debate, see the excellent discussion at palinforvp.blogspot.com

Team McCain, well done!!!

http://alycin.wordpress.com said...

I didn't know McCain had 7 houses. That's a bit excessive, haha.

I hope he chooses Palin.

Ted said...

Theme song for the Sarah Palin VP intro at RNC next week: