Skip to comments.Alaska's Governor With a Gun Rack
Posted on 08/30/2008 5:13:53 AM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
Let's face it. John McCain's a loner with a stern, "it's-a-dangerous-world" message and fairly cold eyes. He isn't charismatic. And no one can accuse him of being a sunny guy. In fact, he's better known for his short, hot temper.
So how's McCain going to overcome America's infatuation with Barack Obama - a man who has bewitched voters with his smile, enchanted youth with the novelty of his candidacy, and lured war-weary Americans with his message of "change" and promises of free, universal everything?
The answer is clear. McCain needs Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin, who will connect with voters as an authentic American folk hero.
First, as a governor she passes the competence test. American voters have shown again and again they will vote governors into the White House. There's Clinton. Carter. Bush the Younger. Reagan.
So why not Palin, a heartbeat away from the aged McCain?
But more important, she's the governor of the state that captures the imagination and embodies the authentic American folk narrative. Alaska is our last frontier. Remember Horace Greeley's "Go west, young man, go west!"? Not to worry that this phrase is often wrongly attributed to Horatio Alger. Americans remember that the west is where freedom and opportunity still exist. The west is where optimism resides. Even if they don't think about it, Americans still feel it.
That's where Palin's personal biography will prevail. Palin is as continental west as west can be; and Alaska is a nice contrast to Obama's Hawaiian roots. Even better, Palin carries a gun! She hunts! I'll bet she can skin and process a deer in under 10 minutes. Take that al-Qaida!
Come to think of it, she might actually be able to hunt down Osama bin Laden. And America has loved hunters and deer slayers since at least 1823 when James Fenimore Cooper gave America its first universally accepted folk hero, the Deerslayer, in "The Pioneers."
And then, there's the obvious fact that she's a woman. If McCain was going to pull from the Democratic middle-age female base that fueled Hillary Clinton's candidacy, he needed to look beyond the white male. Think of all the Clinton voters who supported Clinton simply because they thought she could crack the highest glass ceiling. Palin will attract these disaffected voters who are looking for someone to vote for other than Obama.
And then there's the fact that Palin has five kids. Five. Including one who has Down syndrome. That shows voters she's for real and can actually relate to the lives of real voters, people who love, feel and suffer.
It was important for McCain to pick a running mate who makes people feel better. Palin is as compelling, youthful and charismatic as McCain is not. Her video clips remind you of Reagan's optimism. Her down-to-earth manner exudes the hope that Republicans need to win. We can almost imagine her on the cover of People magazine with her family gathered around her and her gun rack in the background.
Palin is the perfect complement for McCain and the perfect antidote to Obama.
And yet he can't break 50%--and is doing even worse with white voters.
Obama is doing well, but he isn't this phenom the press seems to think he is.
Heh, heh, heh.....
Let’s not forget, McCain has said he will only serve one term. I think I would vote for Palin 2012. And we need someone strong against Hillary 2012.
You ain't kiddin'....
Hey, McCain, I think you've lost the Islamist vote!
Bwah hah hah hah hah!
Let's hope she and they live up to our “hopes” of building a strong, sovereign nation free of socialism and unnecessary dependencies on foreign nations that hate us.
Hey, I like that comment. It’s going to be my tagline (with a slight modification).
And a small correction.
Alaska is a nice contrast to
Obama's Hawaiian Barry's Indonesian roots.
The dems are shooting themselves in the foot as they always do, by criticizing her for the things that most of us are about.
Perhaps this will be a good time for conservatives to point out the hypocrisy of the party that says it’s about choice and is condemning her for making hers.
Which says it’s about women’s rights and working moms and condemns her for doing what they promote. *The little lady should be staying home with her children. How could she ignore them like that to become VP?*
OBAMA: Just another Politically Transmitted Disease.
The selection of Palin is a good try...but unless Obama fumbles badly during the debates this election is over.
Barry owns “change”...and people want change. As long as Obama does not have to define his “change”, and the media shows no signs of making him do so...he will win.
Sad but true.
The 'Rats Achilles heel: They don't have a clue what the red bits value.
When is someone going to start a My VP Candidate is Hotter Than Your VP candidate website?
This is THE reason I will now vote for McCain.
And this author has not even touched on the best reasons Palin makes the ideal candidate: she's honest; she's a reformer who gets the job done; she's way outside D.C.; she's an American woman: a mother of five who chose LIFE and who thinks her husband is the most wonderful man she knows; she's a born administrator; she lives core American principles; she has a servant's heart.
Hillary will stand no chance against her.
***That infatuation is rapidly becoming a painful chancre as more and more people are beginning to realize that he’s nothing more than a political STD****
STD= sexually transmitted disease?
STD= short term disability?
You misunderestimate Americans.
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