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Friday, August 29, 2008

The Tickets Are Now Complete

Let's see... Obama/Biden v. McCain/Palin... The Messiah/The Mouth v. POW/WOW. This could get fun, fast.

Sarah Palin, the governor of the largest State in the Union, has been chosen by Senator McCain to be his running mate. She's young, conservative, and gutsy. If you need some background on her, try these links.

Gov. Palin's selection was a well kept secret- so well kept that the Democrats' Veep watch site didn't even have her listed.The Obama campaign's knee-jerk reaction was this:
Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.
They quickly backpedaled when they realized that their top-spot candidate has less foreign policy experience than Governor Palin- she has to deal with Canada and Russia on a regular basis. Obama? He had to deal with the folks from the 'burbs in Chicago once. 

Let's have a quick a comparison between Senator Obama's coronation last night at Invesco Field and Governor Palin's speech this morning. During Obama's speech, the chant "O-bam-a... O-bam-a... O-bam-a..." began. During Governor Palin's speech, you could hear "U-S-A... U-S-A... U-S-A..." Make of that what you will...

Here is the video of McCain's introduction and Palin's speech. Good stuff.

She's funny, she's smart. She can co-opt a slogan when the mood strikes her. I think she surprised a lot of people with that speech.

She is not without controversy or critics. "Trooper-gate" (I hate that stupid "gate" business!) will make news, and the windfall profits tax issue will raise some eyebrows among fiscal conservatives (scroll through these comments to find a decent explanation of why it's not nearly as bad as it sounds). And we can't forget the Kos Kiddies, who are blasting her for being an evangelical Christian, a true feminist, and a member of *gasp* Campus Crusade and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (I'll admit it- I know nothing about the minister they're talking about or the Joel's Army they're referring to, but... it doesn't sound anything like the vile hatred that came out of the mouth of a certain Chicago minister we've heard of lately. If I learn otherwise, I'll mention it.) Then again, a Kos Kiddie is also accusing Gov. Palin of faking a pregnancy to hide her daughter's pregnancy and is raising her grandson as her own (even though her water broke in a most public fashion- see more below).

In the next few days, we'll learn more than we probably want to know about Governor Sarah Palin. If a picture paints a thousand words... here's the start of the biography. This might be a chapter:

Here are some other Palin Facts. Sweet! Someone pointed out that no matter how Chuck Norris-ish she may seem, some of those feats are true. (She did actually have her water break in Texas, stay to give a 30 minute talk, and then fly back to Alaska before she gave birth to Trig.)

One more thing... I'm still not quite on the McCain bandwagon... but I keep inching closer and closer. I do definitely support Governor Palin in her quest to be Vice President, though (it sounds like a cop out, but it's not). No, it's not because she's a woman. It's because she's a conservative who is passionate about the issues and willing to "stir the puddin' " (to quote Neal Boortz). The fact that she's a woman is gravy as far as I'm concerned. Then again, I'm more into the whole "content of their character" than any outward appearance. Funny that way, I guess. 

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