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Palin sounds like a great pick

Posted by Richard on August 30, 2008

McCain isn't called a maverick for nothing, and he's not averse to taking chances. Gov. Sarah Palin is a daring, but risky choice. Her name recognition must be in the single digits, and an Alaska politician doesn't bring a lot of electoral votes to the table.

But everything I've read suggests Palin is bright, articulate, hard as nails — and a genuine fiscal conservative who's done a lot to clean up Alaska's politics. Since she became governor in 2006, her approval ratings have been mostly in the 90s and have never dropped below 80% — astonishing numbers. That means most of the people who voted against her think she's doing a great job.

The Club for Growth PAC really likes her:

“At a time when many Republicans are still clinging to pork-barrel politics, Governor Palin has quickly become a leader on this issue,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “She is a principled reformer who understands how badly wasteful spending has marred the Republican brand.”

Governor Palin has proven herself to be a reformer unafraid to take on the establishment, which she did early on when she took on the incumbent Republican governor of Alaska in 2006. Only nine months in office, Governor Palin instructed the state to abandon the notorious pork project secured by Alaska’s politicians, the $223 million “Bridge to Nowhere.” While many Republicans in Congress are afraid to antagonize Washington’s biggest porkers, Sarah Palin stood strong for fiscal responsibility. Palin is also a persistent advocate of drilling in ANWR and expanding America’s domestic oil supply in general.

Sounds like a fine choice for veep. I'm with Zombyboy, who said "it’s a choice that I like almost regardless of outcome." Me too. If Obama wins and replicates the disastrous Carter presidency, I can see the Palin 2012 stickers already.

UPDATE: For that matter, given McCain's age, Palin 2012 is a strong possibility regardless of what happens this November. 

(Oh, yeah — don't miss the picture at Babalu Blog that Zombyboy linked to!) 

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4 Responses to “Palin sounds like a great pick”

  1. Hathor said

    I know some social issues are no longer applicable to you, but if you were beginning your adulthood, would you really want her to be president. There have been policies put in place by the current administration affected by religious views. Do you want a fiscally responsible theocracy?

  2. rgcombs said

    PUMA blogger TexasDarlin said this about the number one “social issue” (emphasis in original):

    ””’Speaking as a lifelong Democrat who has marched FOR a woman’s right to choose:””’

    ”Palin’s stance on abortion will NOT keep me from supporting a McCain-Palin ticket.”

    ”I will take my chances on the abortion issue because I believe Barack Obama presents much greater dangers to the country.”

    ””’PUMA for McCain-Palin!””’

    Many of her commenters echo that sentiment. I’d guess I’m far from the only pro-choice person who doesn’t consider Palin’s pro-life stand as disqualifying.

    As for “policies … affected by religious views” and “theocracy” — if you’re genuinely worried about such stuff, then I suggest that this should really disturb you.

    But I suspect it doesn’t.

  3. Hathor said

    I don’t like it, but I also understand that there are voters who still think he’s Muslim. You see I know enough about McCain and Obama to believe what I said about Palin wouldn’t happen. It is more than about abortion. Either what she believes is a front or she has by definition of her belief, to put her beliefs first. Perhaps you should learn as much about her religion as you have about Islam.

  4. Hathor said

    I should admit that I am biased, in having a mother with similar beliefs(Abortion was illegal and not an issue); having been followed all through high school, by those intent on saving me and being taken aback by someone whom I like, telling me that as part of their mission, they were going to lecture on abstinence at a senior citizen center. It seems to me that number 2 on the list as a way to get to heaven is to make sure they bring others to their belief, even if it infringes on other rights. Not all evangelicals care to intertwine with political life, but those on the religious right are. Now they have a political party who are willing to support their so called values as if only they own them . They have wrapped the flag around the cross and called this a Christian nation. To them a Christian is them, not Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic or heaven forbid a Unitarian. I don’t see the tolerance to allow liberty to flourish.

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