June 22, 2008


Three women who might join the GOP ticket (DAVID PAUL KUHN, 6/22/08, Politico)

The most-mentioned potential running mates — former Republican candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — are all men. Yet no clear front-runner has emerged, and there are at least three women McCain might select to fill out the ticket. [...]

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may be nationally unknown, but in her state she is nothing short of a political phenomenon.

Palin, 44, would add youth to the GOP ticket. As governor she has shown a willingness to veto some of the state’s large capital projects, no small plus for fiscal conservatives. But it’s her personal biography, which excites social conservatives, and reformist background that might most appeal to McCain.

She’s stridently anti-abortion, and recently brought to term her fifth child — who she knew would have Down syndrome. A hunter, fisher and family woman with a rapid professional rise, Palin is a natural for Republican framing.

In 1982, Palin led her underdog high school basketball team to the state championship, earning the nickname “Sarah Barracuda.” Two years later she won the beauty pageant in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska — and was also named “Miss Congeniality.” By her early thirties, she was the mayor of Wasilla.

In 2003, as ethics commissioner on the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she risked her rising political star by resigning her position in protest of ethical misconduct within the state’s Republican leadership as well as then-Gov. Frank Murkowski’s acceptance of that impropriety. Though this briefly made her an outcast within the party, within a year several state Republican heavyweights were reprimanded for the conduct she’d decried.

Her reputation with the party thus redeemed, Palin defeated Murkowski in the 2006 Republican primary on the way to being elected governor.

As governor, she’s continued challenging the state’s powers that be, even winning tax increases on oil companies’ profits. Her approval rating has soared as high as 90 percent, making her one of America’s most popular governors.

“Palin is becoming a star in the conservative movement, a fiscal conservative in a state that is looking like a boondoggle for pork barrel spending,” said Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who specializes in women’s politics.

“She’s young, vibrant, fresh and now, and a new mother of five. She should be in the top tier,” Conway continued. “If the Republican Party wants to wrestle itself free from the perception that it is royalist and not open to putting new talent on the bench, this would be the real opportunity.”

...and you turn up the torque on Senator Obama.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2008 4:50 PM

Of course announce her early. Every day waiting is a loss to the McCain campaign in terms of what cannot be anything but adoring and valuable media coverage -- essentially free of charge to the McCain campaign -- (as much as the liberal/Dem slanted msm would not like it). There's so much to Palin's personal and political story that the public will NOT tire pending the November election. The opposite would be the case, as excitement about her would undoubtedly grow.

The GOP needs new branding now! And, there's the risk in waiting that the Dems will do something first which makes the GOP look like it is merely reacting with a gimmick (and the "remarkable" Palin is certainly no gimmick).

Bottom line, as a brand, "McCain/Palin" sells, whereas McCain alone is the same old same old -- and the "double entendre" of the word "old" is intentional inasmuch as the media is currently trecking down that path in painting McCain.

And of course Palin's perfect timing with the current energy/oil situation and Hillary voter situation, should go without saying.

Posted by: Ted at June 22, 2008 8:29 PM

Of course, if McCain picks Palin, how long will we have to wait until some leftist bunghole attacks her for having a Down's syndrome baby (or the baby itself)? Probably about 10 minutes.

Remember Edwards and Kerry going after Cheney's daughter? They just couldn't help themselves.

Posted by: ratbert at June 23, 2008 12:12 AM

Obie's attack ad/ MSM editorial (same thing, no?): The baby has Down's syndrome, she needs a lot of mother's care. Yet the power hungry mother, using the baby as a shield, spends her time running around the country to satisfy her political ambitions.(Barely veiled questions: Where is the father? What's wrong with the father? With five young kids, she should stay home and bake cookies.)

A Republican black is an Uncle Tom, and will lose to a white guy, e.g. Pennsylvania, Maryland.

A Republican pro-life woman will definitely be treated worse than Hillary was. (a witch, a vindictive first wife, ...)

Posted by: ic at June 23, 2008 2:57 AM

She, like he, is the old brand. That's why they're popular. Mitt and Rudy were new.

Posted by: oj at June 23, 2008 6:51 AM

> A Republican pro-life woman will definitely be treated worse than Hillary was. (a witch, a vindictive first wife, ...)

And the nomination of a woman would probably disappoint a meaningful percentage of the GOP -- perhaps as high as 20%? -- especially if seen as affirmative action.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at June 23, 2008 12:18 PM

Ronald Reagan risen and added to the ticket would disappoint 20%.

Posted by: oj at June 23, 2008 7:34 PM
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