Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sarah Palin, 45th President of the United States?

As McCain closes in on the magic number for locking up the GOP nomination, the conversation of Vice Presidential picks is in full swing. We all know John McCain's shortcomings. We have discussed the battle conservatives face with McCain. And we are very aware that it must be the new battle cry for conservatives to ensure that McCain's veep is acceptable, and an appropriate choice for the movement.

I once again challenge my readers to look into the history and prospect for VP that Sarah Palin represents. She currently holds the seat of Governor of Alaska, and won the seat by upsetting the incumbent corrupt Republican Governor. She is 44, has a son in the military, and is an activist for the Pro-Life movement as a member of Feminists for Life.

The American Spectator has written an interesting article focusing on her juxtaposition to McCain's "old coot" feel. An excerpt:

Gov. Palin could become the Republican Party's Segolene Royal, the French Socialist Party's glamorous leader known for her heels and political bite. She is the perfect antidote to Sen. Obama's cheap thrills, and would help rejuvenate conservatism.

If Camille Paglia or the huffers on Huffington Post are anything to go by, the standard line that will be repeated often against John McCain will be that he's an "old coot"; a vintage George C. Scott-style warmonger; old; hypocritical; and just plain odd.

As McCain's advisers most surely know, the best way to combat that line of attack is to choose a running mate who in no way can be seen as old or as a "coot."

MRS. PALIN IS most certainly not an "old coot." She has enchanting, fresh charisma and the credentials, too, to win back and motivate a lot of conservatives, disaffected Republicans, and independents tired of government corruption and Republican degeneracy and sheer idiocy.

McCain needs someone who like Sen. Obama physically represents a departure from the past, who also oozes vibrancy and intelligence, will motivate die-hard conservatives, but what's more, who will also let the Arizonan take advantage of his age and enable him to be the playful and charming Reagan-esque grandfather figure that Americans always fall in love with. In other words, Sen. McCain, like President Nixon in the 1968 election, needs an opposite number -- that's Sarah Palin in the flesh.

Sarah Palin is quickly moving to the top of the short list of favorites for McCain's VP for the reasons above and so many more. But the most important reason is that she is intriguing, intelligent, well spoken, and soundly conservative. She is a fresh face that can challenge the platform and experience of the Democratic fresh face, Obama, who's lack of executive experience, foreign policy, and radical left ideology are just begging to end his national political career.

Similar to Mike Huckabee's appeal in the early days of his campaign, the more people who look into Sarah Palin the more they like her as the VP for the GOP. (Speaking of Huckabee, I am not abandoning support for what Huckabee means to the race, and he is on my short list for VP... but Sarah Palin makes the GOP ticket more well rounded).

And the Democrats should fear Palin. I often hear the left attack the GOP for failing to support women or minorities within our ranks (quite a false attack, I might add). The GOP, in fact, has a number of amazing political leaders who fit this mold, Michael Steele and Sarah Palin among two of my favorites. Sarah Palin would shock the general public who have bought this profiling of the GOP hook-line-sinker, and would open their eyes to the true nature and openness of the GOP to minorities and women... (just without pandering to false "social needs" of these groups... The GOP believes that we can all be equally successful if we focus on free market and the founding principles.)

The Liberals fear Palin because she is a staunch ethicist... she represents the broom that the GOP needs to clean up our leadership. She took down corruption in the Alaskan GOP, and she could do the same in DC. She represents the resurgence of morality within the party.

The Donkeys fear Palin because she is young, energetic, intelligent, and attractive... all the things that Obama is running on... but she has substance! The Mules know that if Palin gets the nod, the race will clearly be a face-off of Obama v. Palin... McCain will be the grandfather making the calls, but Palin will be the rally cry for the youth movement within the conservative base of the party... the very base that has pledged not to support McCain.

Palin, in my humblest of opinions, is the best choice for VP... and I will continue to build the case for Sarah Palin for VP.

Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.


  1. I agree completely with your arguments in favor of Governor Palin as the perfect McCain running mate.
    My only question is, does she want the job?
    I realize one does not openly campaign for the #2 spot, but up to now, there's been little indication she is seeking a national audience. What the GOP does not need is another Fred Thompson who does not have his/her heart invested in the race.

  2. Bob - She is not actively campaigning, but she is very much aware that she is in the running. And I can guarantee that she is ready and willing to step up to serve the nation!

  3. No, no, no. Palin is not a conservative. At least not a fiscal conservative.

    Don't believe me? Research the recent huge tax increase she pushed for on the oil industry, which funds roughly 90% of our state's budget.

    She also signed the second largest capital budget in state history.

    Then there's the mess she named "AGIA" (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) which has basically derailed the gasline process.

    She's a disaster.

  4. I'm curious about Gov. Palin, but I doubt she'll be nominated as VP. (even though my Dad has been talking about her for months now.) I find it hard to believe that anyone from Alaska will get that much attention. Remember Mike Gravel?

    PS. Steven,
    Thanks for being a well spoken voice of reason on Ktracy.com. We're you the guy that called that Romney monger a jackass? haha. way to go.

  5. Matt - but she is getting much attention... and even though Alaska doesnt seem to get much attention, what Palin represents for the party is important. Gravel was a washed up old politician... Palin is a young, intelligent, and ambitious woman representing the conservative movement... the very face needed to attract youth and give life back to our cause.

    And thanks for the recognition... I do what I can on Ktracy... they are more and more becoming an interesting bunch!

    Dave - I'll look into her cons... thanks for the heads up! Though I can be almost certain that her changes in the state are a direct challenge to the corruption that preceeded her... But I'll look into it.

  6. I have no reason to lie. Palin has been a huge disappointment for fiscal conservatives in Alaska.

    Read this: http://tinyurl.com/2j7k9e

    "... Gov. Sarah Palin has raised taxes on oil production and is trying to find a way to build a natural gas pipeline to the rest of the United States without involving the majors in a bid to wrest more control over the industry from the companies. ..."

  7. Dave,
    I don't think anybody here would suspect a lie - remember Ronald Reagan's sage advice, "trust .. but verify."
    You bring up a very interesting perspective to the AGIA issue, and you're certainly closer to the situation than this dumb old country boy from PA.

  8. Dave - Interesting article! What I have read seems to me to be the kind of true fiscal and free market conservative principles that I hold very near and dear. The article reads:

    "Palin is working to cut down the growth in state spending after increases of up to 14 percent in recent years." - This ties into her battle with fixing the politically corrupt mess that was left in the wake of the previous administration. Also, it continues:

    "Instead, the Palin administration hopes that by bringing in an independent pipeline operator, the majors will be compelled to fall into line. Competition and forward movement on this project will create the momentum needed to bring this project online" - Bringing in independent contractors is the kind of free market enterprising mind-set that works to get the lowest cost while maximizing benefit.

    These are two great examples of a governor not afraid to play hardball, and working to fiscal conservative principles. The oil companies pushing for a pledge of no increased taxes is a way to leverage further monetary penalties on the state... Palin was right not to make a pledge to the companies... though she shouldn't raise taxes, to give these companies leverage would hurt the state in the case of contract legal issues.

    I wonder, what else is there? Because to me, fiscally, this is actually a pretty good move.

    Please feel free to throw more meat my way! This was a great read, and is a great discussion.

  9. You don't think Palin would be a distraction for McCain? He obviously has trouble keeping his hands to himself around attractive women...

    Or is that only blonde women?


  10. You guys! Noooo!

    Sarah Palin, aka Sarah Chavez, proposed and pushed through the largest raise in taxes in Alaska's history. She supports the idea that the State can seize the property of oil producers in Alaska if they don't do what she wants. She has attacked almost the entire Republican majority in the house and senate. She stood by and giggled when a radio shock jock called the Republican President of the Senate a "bitch" and "a cancer". She threatened to support Democrats running against Republicans if they did not support her tax and spend policies. She is vain, arrogant, and thinks no deeper than her makeup.

    She would be a disaster as VP.

  11. Kevin - nah... I think if we keep tabs on his viagra orders, we should be fine.

    Sally - Interesting points. Unfortunately the establishment said the same things about Mike Huckabee because he was not part of the establishment. I will look more into these allegations, but I take everything political with a grain of salt. I also do my best not to look at just the cons, because every politician has critics and cons... I look at what they could bring to the table... Palin could bring a lot to the table... she has more pros for the conservatives than cons.

    But I'm going to continue to look into her and make the case, spelling out both the good and the bad.


  12. Mmmmm.... she's been on the city council and mayor of Wasilla (population 5,469 in 2000), an Alaska Oil and Gas Commissioner, and now Governor of Alaska for a little over a year. National experience and expertise? International experience? Let's see whether that pretty face is coupled with the competence to run the state. It might be, but it's a bit early to tell. Good intentions are a great start, but if the GOP are seriously looking at Sarah as a VP candidate, they are really desperate.

  13. Sarah Palin supports aerial shooting of wolves and bears even though the people of Alaska have voted twice to ban it.

    Watch this video: http://tinyurl.com/2oak96

  14. Family values?
    I find it appaling that she would return to work with her newborn infant one day old.
    She got on an airplane when her water broke about to embark on a longgggg journey back to Alaska. Sarah is all for Sarah.....I see NO family values. The Republcans and good ole sicko Rove are using her. John McCain is a known womanizer.......Jezzz no brainer.....

  15. Who knows 45th president might be of Indo American origin


    any idea how far this is true?