McCain’s Shrewd VP Pick – “Coldest State/Hottest Governor”

29 Aug

My apathy has turned into excitement!  Whether you’re routing for Obama or McCain, you have to admit that it’s been an interesting week in politics.

As I watched Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention last night, I couldn’t belp but cry a little.  Not beacuse I was moved by his speech, but by the fact that finally a (half) African-American was being nominated by a national party to run for President.  After growing up learning about Martin Luther King and civil rights, I always thought the black/white divide was a bit silly.  I never understood racism, but seeing Obama on that podium made me realize how far our nation has come.  It was definitely a defining moment in our country’s history.  I can admit what Obama’s nomination means even to me, though I’m leaning towards McCain.

Then today came John McCain’s chose of running mate–Sarah Palin, the first female governor of Alaska (read more).  At first I screamed, “Omigosh!  He picked a woman!”  I swelled with pride that my gender would be represented at the polls.  After I thought about it, I realized what a shrewd choice McCain is making–if he is elected to office, then his VP will be the first female vice-president ever!

If Obama wins, we get the first black President, and if McCain wins, we get the first female vice-president!  What seemed like a doldrum little election is turning into an interestign political spectacle.  I, for one, am thrilled with either prospect because history is going to be made!

Admittedly, I haven’t been all that impressed with McCain’s campaign lately and have felt that Obama’s people have done a much better job communicating his slogan.  However, in recent weeks McCain’s political ads have stepped up, including an impressive TV spot that aired Thursday night during the DNC in which McCain congratulated Obama on winning his party’s nomination–brilliant!

Following his “Mr. Nice-Guy” ad with his announcement that Sarah Palin will be his running mate is a great way to kick-off next week’s Republican National Convention (granted that Hurricane Gustav doesn’t interrupt things.  However, the immediate concern is for the people in Gustav’s path, not politics).  Governor Palin has the potential to win over disgruntled Hillary supporters and disengaged feminists, as well as provide interesting commentary on environmental issues, such as the hotly contested issue of whether or not to drill for oil in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).

Palin is a maverick in her own right, often working on a bipartisan level to enact legislation for her state.  This mother of five–the oldest is in the military and the youngest is a 5 month-old with Down’s Syndrome–has a unofficial slogan all her old “Coldest State/Hottest Governor.”  Her husband, who is part-Eskimo, is also easy on the eyes.  Another advantage Palin brings to this ticket is her age–she’s obviously much younger than McCain, and more Obama’s contemporary.

Now if only McCain’s campaign would let me volunteer and/or give me a free pin or bumper sticker…  No, McCain 2008 still hasn’t called me back (read post).  But MoveOn.org is sending me a free “Vote for Obama” pin…oh, the irony.  What happened to the ol’ days where they handed out the stuff for free?

For an insightful post on Sarah Palin and women in leadership, check out Jonalyn Fincher’s “Sarah Palin- Integrating Work and Home.”

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  1. hmks August 29, 2008 at 2:37 PM #

    I feel like I’m in an episode of “The Twighlight Zone.” This election season is just plain weird.

    Last night’s DNC Convention felt like a Pep Rally for adults. As a Coloradoan, I could write an entire page on my feelings about hearing an entire stadium chant in Spanish, but I shall not.

    I like McCain’s pick. She’s female, west coast and a former beauty queen? What? I’m excited about the fact McCain picked a woman, but I still don’t feel like she and I have much in common other than certian body parts. Five kids?? I have a dog and cat.

    I’m just glad football season is starting so I can get excited about something really worth rooting for.

    ~Heidi

  2. hmks August 29, 2008 at 2:37 PM #

    I feel like I’m in an episode of “The Twighlight Zone.” This election season is just plain weird.

    Last night’s DNC Convention felt like a Pep Rally for adults. As a Coloradoan, I could write an entire page on my feelings about hearing an entire stadium chant in Spanish, but I shall not.

    I like McCain’s pick. She’s female, west coast and a former beauty queen? What? I’m excited about the fact McCain picked a woman, but I still don’t feel like she and I have much in common other than certian body parts. Five kids?? I have a dog and cat.

    I’m just glad football season is starting so I can get excited about something really worth rooting for.

    ~Heidi

  3. hmks August 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM #

    Explain to me:

    Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig

    These are the name’s of Palin’s children… I’m going to ask my Alaskan friend if this is usual for Alaska because they sound like Sled Dog names to me… LOL! Seriously, they do.

  4. hmks August 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM #

    Explain to me:

    Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig

    These are the name’s of Palin’s children… I’m going to ask my Alaskan friend if this is usual for Alaska because they sound like Sled Dog names to me… LOL! Seriously, they do.

  5. renee August 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM #

    as a long-time liberal, i have a terrible time with palin, particularly for her view of animals. you can see that here: http://hslf.typepad.com/political_animal/2008/08/where-do-the-ve.html

    i also think that it was a shrewd move on mccain’s part. either way, history truly is (and will be) made!

  6. renee August 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM #

    as a long-time liberal, i have a terrible time with palin, particularly for her view of animals. you can see that here: http://hslf.typepad.com/political_animal/2008/08/where-do-the-ve.html

    i also think that it was a shrewd move on mccain’s part. either way, history truly is (and will be) made!

  7. Amy August 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM #

    Well, personally, I hoped he would have picked Lieberman since I’m an Independent, and I really like the guy, but, oh well. (How funny would it be if hell froze over and Hillary was his running mate?)

    Heidi, haha! It does sound like a sled dog team, especially “Track and Trig”–what? It sort of makes me reconsider her sound judgment in matters.

    Renee, not a good day for animal rights, that’s for sure. However, if we keep Democratic control in Congress, the animals should be OK. I really do like Joe Biden. 🙂

    I’m one of those people who wants everyone to win…what if EVERYONE became Co-President and Co-VP? That would be VERY revolutionary. We can upset the whole order of established gov’t.

  8. Amy August 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM #

    Well, personally, I hoped he would have picked Lieberman since I’m an Independent, and I really like the guy, but, oh well. (How funny would it be if hell froze over and Hillary was his running mate?)

    Heidi, haha! It does sound like a sled dog team, especially “Track and Trig”–what? It sort of makes me reconsider her sound judgment in matters.

    Renee, not a good day for animal rights, that’s for sure. However, if we keep Democratic control in Congress, the animals should be OK. I really do like Joe Biden. 🙂

    I’m one of those people who wants everyone to win…what if EVERYONE became Co-President and Co-VP? That would be VERY revolutionary. We can upset the whole order of established gov’t.

  9. MYALOU August 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM #

    I’VE NEVEER MET A SLED DOG I HAVEN’T LIKED, SO I LIKE THE CHOICE OF NAMES. AS A FORMER KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, TRUST ME, UNUSUAL NAMES ARE IN. AT LEAST THESE ARE SHORT AND EASY TO SPELL AND PRONOUNCE. I’VE HAD MANY NAMES IN THE PAST THAT WERE NEITHER. PERSONALLY I LIKE THE CHOICE OF NAMES AND PERHAPS HER PART-ESKIMO HUSBAND MAY ALSO HAVE HAD A CHOICE IN SELECTING THE NAMES AS HE DID HAVE SOME SMALL PART IN PRODUCING THEM. ANYWAY, I THINK IT SHOWS DIVERGENT AND FREE- THINKING AND I THINK WE COULD USE SOME OF THAT IN WASHINGTON! GO PALIN!! THIS WILL BE AN INTERESTING CONVENTION AND RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

  10. MYALOU August 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM #

    I’VE NEVEER MET A SLED DOG I HAVEN’T LIKED, SO I LIKE THE CHOICE OF NAMES. AS A FORMER KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, TRUST ME, UNUSUAL NAMES ARE IN. AT LEAST THESE ARE SHORT AND EASY TO SPELL AND PRONOUNCE. I’VE HAD MANY NAMES IN THE PAST THAT WERE NEITHER. PERSONALLY I LIKE THE CHOICE OF NAMES AND PERHAPS HER PART-ESKIMO HUSBAND MAY ALSO HAVE HAD A CHOICE IN SELECTING THE NAMES AS HE DID HAVE SOME SMALL PART IN PRODUCING THEM. ANYWAY, I THINK IT SHOWS DIVERGENT AND FREE- THINKING AND I THINK WE COULD USE SOME OF THAT IN WASHINGTON! GO PALIN!! THIS WILL BE AN INTERESTING CONVENTION AND RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

  11. hmks August 31, 2008 at 10:45 AM #

    So I found an article in which Palin says her eldest son, Track, was so-named because he was born during track season. Apparently the entire family love to run. I suppose Track is lucky he wasn’t born during “Tennis” season, or “Cross Country” season, or “Vollyball” season… and I could go on and on.

    Trig must have been born during hunting season and I’m thinking perhaps Piper (a very cute name for a cat) was born during a Scottish Festival?

    Oh geez, I really crack myself up!!!

  12. hmks August 31, 2008 at 10:45 AM #

    So I found an article in which Palin says her eldest son, Track, was so-named because he was born during track season. Apparently the entire family love to run. I suppose Track is lucky he wasn’t born during “Tennis” season, or “Cross Country” season, or “Vollyball” season… and I could go on and on.

    Trig must have been born during hunting season and I’m thinking perhaps Piper (a very cute name for a cat) was born during a Scottish Festival?

    Oh geez, I really crack myself up!!!

  13. MEM August 31, 2008 at 3:30 PM #

    The first 24 hours were fascinating. As the Dems and their media operatives attacked Palin’s “lack of experience”, it began to dawn on us: she has more executive experience than Obama, and more military experience, too; she doesn’t talk down to gun owners, she has a few of her own. She’s a beauty queen, soccer mom, moose hunter, and her husband is a regular blue-collar guy. OMG, we have underestimated John McCain. He may be the most politically astute candidate since The Great Communicator himself!! Not only has he picked a great running mate, he has beat Obama at his own outsider rock-star game. And not only Obama. In a few months, people will be asking, “Hilary who?”

  14. MEM August 31, 2008 at 3:30 PM #

    The first 24 hours were fascinating. As the Dems and their media operatives attacked Palin’s “lack of experience”, it began to dawn on us: she has more executive experience than Obama, and more military experience, too; she doesn’t talk down to gun owners, she has a few of her own. She’s a beauty queen, soccer mom, moose hunter, and her husband is a regular blue-collar guy. OMG, we have underestimated John McCain. He may be the most politically astute candidate since The Great Communicator himself!! Not only has he picked a great running mate, he has beat Obama at his own outsider rock-star game. And not only Obama. In a few months, people will be asking, “Hilary who?”

  15. Garland173 September 4, 2008 at 2:04 AM #

    Sarah Palin’s first son was named “Track” because he was born during track season.

    Sarah’s last son was named “Trig.” I was confused about that at first.

    But with the revelation that teenage daughter Bristol is pregnant, now it all makes sense.

    It turns out that trig was the class that Bristol was skipping while she was boinking Levi.

  16. Garland173 September 4, 2008 at 2:04 AM #

    Sarah Palin’s first son was named “Track” because he was born during track season.

    Sarah’s last son was named “Trig.” I was confused about that at first.

    But with the revelation that teenage daughter Bristol is pregnant, now it all makes sense.

    It turns out that trig was the class that Bristol was skipping while she was boinking Levi.

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