Friday, August 29, 2008

The Genius of the Palin Pick

The Democrats are saying that Palin doesn't have enough experience to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Yet Governor Palin has more experience and accomplishments and background to be President than Barack Obama! ...

If the Democrats want to lower themselves to questioning a VP pick we can compare and note how much more ready Palin is to lead compared to Obama. She is ready, Obama is not.

Found this account of the VP selection announcement on RedState:

... and let me tell you that all the way up to Dayton (we got VIP passes from the state republican party in KY - I'm in Lexington) we were buzzing from the initial news that it would be Palin.

When we arrived, there was a line out the door that stretched farther than we could see. We lucked out in that our VIP passes put us right through (sorry to all those that waited to get in - and I heard many were turned away) on the floor. In fact, we were about 20 ft in front of where McCain and Sarah spoke.

They absolutely electrified the crowd. Sarah was refreshing, strong, inspiring, and Reagan-esque in her tone. There were women all around with tears in their eyes. I have to admit to getting a bit choked up by the palpable emotion in the air.

It was without a doubt the most exciting republican event I have ever attended. People walked away with renewed enthusiasm in McCain, the party, our brand, and for our future.

Most spoke of their energy to get back and get to work.

There was a huge number of hillary supporters there. Overall, there were more than 16,000 people in attendance (not an estimate by me, it was announced by official at podium). There simply weren't enough seats... many stood to peer into the arena.

I don't know how it came across on tv. I don't know if one could feel the electricity that was in that room through the images, but let me tell you that this event was an absolute grand slam all the way.

Oh, and for the first time in four years I dontated to the republicans. I couldn't be more excited to do so. In fact, I've even signed up to man phone banks and help get out the vote (even though KY is a "safe" state for McCain).

This report is a first-hand account of how the Palin pick has added a level of energy to the McCain campaign. the genius of picking Palin is how it works on so many levels, and how none of those levels contradict each other much:
* Evangelicals love her and libertarian fiscal conservatives love her.
* She has reformer credentials
* her bio is distinctly covers all bases - hunts and fishes, hubby is fisherman, soccer-Mom, church-going family values, business operator, working class roots, educator family and PTA leader, union member. Gosh, what flyover America Demographic is not hit there?
* Obama is calling for change and for having someone from outside Washington to come and effect change. Well, you can't get much farther than Anchorage!
* Picking a woman reaches out to Hillary voters and puts Obama's snub of Hillary back in the Obama campaign's face - who's taking women for granted now, Barry?
* The only fly in the ointment is Palin's experience, she's been mayor for a number of years and Governor since 2006. But even that is a fly trap for Obama. She's has a short tenure in executive office. Obama has ... NONE.

I feel distinctly different about McCain/Palin than I felt about McCain say a month ago. I feel like WE CONSERVATIVES NOW HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND SOMETHING TO SUPPORT. Pleasing the base all by itself is a worthy goal, but since the pick makes sense on a populist, maverick image building, lets-change-washington, and make-history-for-women level, it makes a good pick into a GREAT pick.


Anonymous said...

As Mark Levin said. Sarah Palin’s political career was launched as mayor of a small town of 9,000 people. Obama’s political career was launched in the house of an unrepentant domestic terrorist. Take your pick, America.

Randy A. Samuelson said...


You are as giddy about this pick as I am!