Piggybacking off of Mike’s post here and I must say, it’s a good choice in my opinion, and a pick that was forecasted by one of Flopping Aces readers, NewConservative, in this post yesterday.
John McCain will introduce Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate at an event here at noon Friday, senior campaign sources confirmed to FOX News.
Palin emerged earlier in the day as the hot name in the VP sweepstakes after reports circulated that two short-listers — Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — were out of the running…Palin is considered a rising star in the Republican Party. She is the state’s first female governor, the mother of five — and at 44 is its youngest chief executive.
FOX News confirmed Thursday that McCain had made his selection and would appear with his pick at the Dayton rally.
She has that reformer label like McCain does because of her tackling of the corruption in Alaska and winning. She is pro-life and chose to keep a baby that had down syndrome. Her negative is her lack of experience but when compared to Obama she still has two years of executive experience while Obama has none. Hell, McCain has decades in politics but no executive experience either.
Her pro-life stance will not win over the hard-core feminists, but I doubt any of them would of gone for ANY conservative female so no real loss.
Dafydd at Big Lizards runs down her history:
- She’s very pro-life and very conservative on many issues, but she is not a scary hard-core conservative.
- She ran an extraordinary campaign, knocking off the incumbent governor and former senator Frank Murkowski in the primary, then walking all over the Democrat former governor Tim Knowles with hobnailed boots in the general. And she did all this in the teeth of a deliberate and vindictive effort by the Alaska GOP establishment to engineer her loss… even though that would mean the Democrat’s victory.
- One of the Democrats’ traditional attacks on Republicans — and the Republicans’ worst nightmare recently — is ethics; Palin owns this issue, having ridden it into the governor’s mansion (probably a Quonset hut; this is Alaska). She went against her own, highly corrupt Alaska Republican Party to do so (which is why they worked to defeat her, even in the general election: The old guard was enraged). Since then, she killed Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-A, 64%) “bridge to nowhere,” rejected earmarks slated for Alaska, and gained an enviable reputation of honesty and independence from monetary interests.
- She’s especially good on energy issues, which is either the hottest (sorry) or second hottest campaign issue this year. She supports drilling everywhere; but she’s also a global-warming gal. This doesn’t impress me, of course; but it’s certainly more in tune with the electorate today than am I.
- She also happens to have a stunning approval rating in Alaska… upwards of 80% or so.
- Sarah Palin would simply remove the Democratic issues of ethics, energy, and especially “change” from the campaign. What will that leave them?
All great qualities to have in a Vice President.
But still, within minutes the attacks begun:
…and it didnt’ take long. Flipping through the channels I just saw some Numnutz suggesting that Palin’s children are a political liability because, as a candidate, she won’t be home much with her baby.
Slimy, just slimy.
Harbinger of things to come?
Holy smokes! At this Hillary Clinton forum, called… HillaryClintonForum.net, the frustrated Hillary supporters are thrilled – almost as joyous as the glee coming from my readers. Comments include:
HOPE ITS PALIN, I WOULD VOTE TWICE JUST TO STICK IT TO OBAMA
Leave it to the GOP to pick a woman for the ticket. Obama snubbed the most viable and experienced woman who received 18 million votes, for another MALE. I have a feeling, somewhere somehow, Hillary is snickering!
If this is true, this moves me from staying at home to voting McCain.
They may not be a representative sample of Hillary’s 18 million supporters, but obviously, a certain number of those folks are elated to see a woman on a major party ticket, and are talking about donating and volunteering for the McCain-Palin ticket.
Typical of the left they leave out a important fact of this story: (h/t Confederate Yankee)
In Dayton, OH today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will announce that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his vice presidential running mate. Palin, who entered office in 20″ and she “didn’t do anything wrong there,” an investigation has found that one of her aides pushed the firing:
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday revealed an audio recording that shows an aide pressuring the Public Safety Department to fire a state trooper embroiled in a custody battle with her sister.
Palin, who has previously said her administration didn’t exert pressure to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, also disclosed that members of her staff had made about two dozen contacts with public safety officials about the trooper.
Of course they leave out the fact that the man tasered his 11 year old son…..just a little fact you see.
“The Democratic National Convention was a woman-palooza. Hillary’s speech celebrated women’s progress. Michelle’s speech celebrated Hillary shattering the glass ceiling. Talk talk talk. Guess which party has a woman on the ticket.”
Some audio from the Andrew Wilkow show a few minutes ago where he had Pat Toomey, founder of Club For Growth on to discuss the pick:[audio:https://www.floppingaces.net/Audio/wilkowcfg.mp3]
Andrew Wilkow on the identity politics of today, and how conservatives don’t think in identity politics only what they believe and what their positions are:[audio:https://www.floppingaces.net/Audio/wilkowidentity.mp3]
Even Hillary will vote for Palin/McCain.
This is the best chance in history to have a woman president. Democrats hyped Hillary but in the end they didn’t support her and never intended to (the backroom cigar smoking men who actually run the American Communist party, aka democrat, want someone they can control).
You have to admit that Sarah Palin is pretty hot (remember she was in the Ms. Alaska Pageant) and MUCH BETTER on the eyes than Joe Biden. Oh and wait until you see the bikini pics!!! NOT BAD for a mother of 5.
Less than 14hrs later, the Democratic Party closed its doors, pulled in its open arms, and returned to attacking the character and integrity of someone just because they have an R next to their name. Republicans have done it too in the past, but I can’t find an example where a Republican leader gave such a strong speech (called a “symphony not a speech” by MSNBC), a speech calling for national unity….and then 14hrs later went back into attack dog mode.
“LIBERAL” is defined as ‘open-minded’ and ‘with open arms’ People who attack a person based on a skin color, male/female, race, religion, nationality, family heritage, or the letter next to their name….those people aren’t liberals; open-minded, or having open arms. They’re afraid-so afraid they can’t even wonder why?
How incredibly ironic that immediately the Obama campaign went after her claiming she didn’t have enough experience. They automatically bring up a question of Obama’s experience level when they do that. Foolish. Talk about her youth/McCain’s age….and they get the flip flop again by the comparison of Obama’s youth to Biden’s age. Tough enough? She’s had 5 kids. No man in his right mind would DARE tell a woman who’s pushed out 5 kids that she’s not tough. That’s just plain common sense.
This is awesome. Far left is freaking and already abandoning the only good thing they had: Obama’s call for unity over partisanship.
Man, RNC won’t even have to rig the Diebold machines for this one.
Curt, Think Progress didn’t mention it since it wasn’t found relevant, as Wooten was disciplined.
While I’m not defending Wooten’s actions, here’s how the tasering of his son is supposed to have happened:
Stupidity aside, the man didn’t shoot his son like a criminal.
While certainly there are some real serious judgment concerns about Wooten, the question about not firing him, given these facts, can be meaningfully understood as open-ended, it underscores the legitimacy of the uncertainty of whether or not Wooten should be fired.
In the end, Wooten was officially punished for his bad judgment, yet it fell short of what the Palin’ family wanted. That’s obvious and that’s why the investigation is now being undertaken.
Yeah, it looks bad that someone on Palin’s staff demanded someone who was caught driving drunk while in his police car, tasered his son and is obviously a bad cop fired (lets not gloss over the fact that the person who asked for this, Frank Bailey, was suspended for two months for his actions AND the Alaskan legislature opened an independent investigation two months ago over the case and has uncovered no wrongdoing)
Meanwhile Obama’s help from a convicted criminal to buy a house and his ongoing friendships with terrorists, criminals and corrupt politicians are NOT something to be worried about…not to mention his complete lack of experience except as a community organizer and he is running for President, not VP.
My son-in-law is a deputy sheriff that drives his squad car home. He has to unload his weapons from his vehicle every night and put them into a locked closet that they had reinforced and had special locks put on it when they built their home. There would be no way that my grandson would be able to talk him into allowing him to touch anything, even the taser, the kids aren’t even allowed to go into the room with the closet. If he did anything like this trooper did, I would want him gone from the home and fired from the force.
It is the responsibility of these officers to make sure their weapons are secure at all times. This particular trooper not only exhibited poor judgement by the way he caved to the wishes of an 11 year old child in front of another child no less, but, by not securing his weapon he has shown that he can’t be trusted to follow through with explicit regulations that these officers are supposed to adhere to. Fire him.
Local Alaskan tv report nails Palin lying about firing scandal. What was McCain thinking?
The investigation won’t be over until the end of October, in the meantime the investigator established a hot line and is asking for tips. Doesn’t appear that they have the goods and the Governor doesn’t seem to be too worried.
I personally think Wooten should have been fired for allowing a precocious boy to con him into misusing his taser and it’s also ok with me that the supervisor is no longer a supervisor. He did not fire him.
So, markg8, while you are waiting for the investigation to wind down, here are some Governor Palin facts that you can digest until then:
Monday, July 28, 2008
Story last updated at 7/28/2008 – 9:15 am
Agency leader changed ruling in trooper case
Union head says Wooten probe was the first in which findings were revised by a top official
By Alan Suderman | JUNEAU EMPIRE
A former top official of the Alaska State Troopers reversed a finding in a 2005 investigation of the conduct of trooper Mike Wooten, the former brother-in-law of Gov. Sarah Palin, a step that’s unprecedented, according to the head of the trooper’s union.
John Cyr, executive director of the Public Safety Employees Association, said former Alaska State Trooper Col. Julia Grimes punished Wooten, who has a rocky relationship with the Palin family, for drinking beer before and while operating a marked patrol car even though there was no “just cause” to do so.
An earlier internal investigation done in 2005 by Sgt. Ronald Wall, who is now a lieutenant, found that those claims were unsubstantiated.
Cyr said it was the first and only time he’d seen the findings of an internal investigation in a trooper’s conduct revised by a top agency official.
“It’s totally outside the expected norm,” Cyr said.
Cyr said when he asked Grimes why she had reversed the agency’s own findings, she said: “Are you going to call Sarah Palin a liar?”
Wooten has become a key figure in a political imbroglio for Palin that began when she fired former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on July 11.
Monegan said he was pressured by members of Palin’s family and administration to fire Wooten after Palin took office.
Palin has denied those claims and said Monegan’s dismissal was the result of her seeking a new direction for the department.
Palin was not governor when Wooten was investigated and suspended, but was known statewide for her ethical stances.
Palin was questioned twice by Wall regarding Wooten. She also wrote a letter to Grimes accusing Wooten of a multitude of sins, including driving a patrol car with a beer in his hand.
In her letter, Palin said Adrian and Marilyn Lane, who are friends of Palin’s family and who lived in the same subdivision as Wooten, had seen him drink a beer at their house and then drive off in a patrol car “waving with beer in hand.”
In their interview with the investigator, Wall, the Lanes said they had seen Wooten come by their house and drink a beer before driving his patrol car during the summer of 2004.
Marilyn Lane said she had seen Wooten drive off in his patrol car with another beer in hand.
Wooten denied the Lanes’ allegations, and Wall’s investigation ruled that the claims made by the Lanes were unsubstantiated.
In an internal memo, Grimes wrote she “could not reconcile why the statements of the Lanes were not found to be credible” to Wall. She re-interviewed the Lanes and found “their recollection to be completely truthful and credible” and their friendship with Palin’s family did not have “any influence” on their statements.
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Elizabeth Ipsen said she could not comment on the Wooten matter directly. But she added that top agency officials typically do not alter findings of internal investigations into trooper conduct.
“They just use the information,” Ipsen said.
Grimes has retired from the Alaska State Troopers and moved out of state, according to staff at the Department of Public Safety. She could not be reached for comment.
Grimes suspended Wooten for 10 days. He also was punished for illegally shooting a moose and using a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson. The trooper admitted to using the Taser on his stepson in a “training capacity” and said he shot a moose on his wife’s tag, but didn’t think the act was illegal.
Cyr said the Public Safety Employees Association filed a grievance regarding the 10-day suspension and the punishment was later reduced to five days.
Several other allegations were made by Palin and her family but were denied by Wooten and found to be unsubstantiated, including that Wooten has used illegal steroids, driven drunk on a number of occasions and tried to bully his way out of paying a $5 fee at the local dump.
Wall’s investigation did find that Wooten threatened Palin’s sister, Molly McCann, with shooting her father if he hired a lawyer to represent her. Wooten denied making the statement, but Palin, McCann and Palin’s son all confirmed that he did.
Wall said the act wasn’t a crime because Palin’s father was not present when Wooten made the statement.
Reached by phone last week, Adrian Lane said he had no comment about whether he saw Wooten drive a patrol car after drinking a beer. He added that it was easy to find something unsubstantiated if one wanted to.
“It depends on which side of the fence you’re standing on,” Lane said.
The PSEA is carrying advocacy too far here. The documents are all over the internet. (Try: http://www.ktva.com/ci_10195264?source=most_viewed)
Wooten had a history of disciplinary action against him. Two eyewitnesses reported the drinking. The allegation of using a taser on a child was sustained. He was found to have violated the law by shooting a moose without a permit and he threatened to put a bullet in his father-in-law. I spent 30 years in law enforcement. In any other state or department he would have been fired and probably prosecuted.
Anyone who argues that shooting your child with a taser is not a criminal offense, regardless of the circumstances, is a moron.
WAS PALIN, KARL ROVE’S IDEA? LOL
Govenor of Alaska??? LOL Most Americans probably don’t realize Alaska is even part of the United States. So, why would Mccain, WHO IS 72, chose such an inexperienced woman? Mccain met this lady ONCE and he is pandering to Hillary Clinton supporters in an effort to win. That is the reason she was chosen and it’s obvious when she keeps pandering to Hillary Clinton supporters. But yesterday, Palin was BOOED at a rally when she spoke and pandered to the Clinton supporters. BOOED!!! Right-wingers do not like Hillary Clinton and do not believe they need her supporters.
I find it interesting to note that Obama and his supporters have said that it is his judgement that matters more than his experience, yet they claim that Palin is not qualified to be Vice President because she does not have the experience. I think that this shows more of Obama’s poor judgement. Obama also said that he would listen to the American people, yet he did not listen to the 18 million Hillary voters, but John McCain had the good jdugement to listen.