Posted by Curt on 29 August, 2008 at 8:52 am. 12 comments already!

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.

UPDATE

UPDATE II

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.

GAME CHANGER

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.

UPDATE III

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.

UPDATE IV

Heh:

“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.”

UPDATE V

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:

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More here.

UPDATE VI

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:

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