September 1, 2008


Palin gets comfortable in VP role (AFP, 9/01/08)

Sarah Palin got comfortable in her new role as a vice presidential candidate Monday as she made the Republican case to stay in power. [...]

"One of the goals of reform is to keep the government focused on the things that matter most," Palin said told the crowd of 17,000.

"We want a government that is competent and is dependable and is free of corruption and self-dealing."

But raising taxes and overfunding programs is not the way to make government work, Palin said.

"We don't want bigger government. We want government that does a few big things and it does them right."

It's like rubbing the base's belly.

Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama (Gerard Baker, 9/01/08, Real Clear Politics)

So much for the similarities. How about the differences?

Political experience

Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.

Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her state's government.

Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams: The Alaskan governor’s family life and political views press the right’s buttons (Sarah Baxter, 8/31/08, Times of London)
When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain’s running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once and for all”, it was an electrifying moment in a presidential election that had already produced its share of upsets and surprises.

History was on the march again the morning after Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept his party’s White House nomination. After the fireworks, the 80,000-strong crowd who had cheered Obama to the skies at the Mile High stadium in Denver woke up with a hangover.

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”

-McCain camp Palin fundraising (Domenico Montanaro, 9/01/08, First Read)
The McCain campaign raised $4.5 million between 1 p.m. and midnight on the day Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was announced as McCain's vice presidential selection, aides tell NBC News.

The campaign raised an additional $3.5 million in the two days following the Palin announcment for a three-day total of $8 million, aides said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2008 10:02 AM
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