MCain/Palin is up at McCain’s site
I cut it in half to fit it on the page.
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.
Way to go, Barry! Insulting Alaska and small town America in one shot, not to mention that The One is running for the job as President with zero foreign policy experience.
Blogs For Victory on the quote: “Umm, hello, this week, the Democrats nominated someone with zero foreign policy experience for the presidency.”
Michelle M on the quote: Hope to Change the subject. (as it is stated from the front page). She also says to read between the lines.
(I’m out for the day now, tee time. Might be too excited to play! Enjoy this incredible, wonder, exciting day, folks!)
Update: this is just truly exciting! Could it get any better?
Hockey Mom! I’m tempted to write a post like “The only way McCain can lose now is sexism,” but, unlike some on the left, I’m not insane.
Putting some reactions below the fold, post is getting long.
Kicking this to the top, because the talking heads are really focusing on Palin, and saying it is going to be her
Fox News says they got official confirmation of the pick. Could someone tell Carl Cameron at Fox that her name is Sarah, not Susan, please?
Wow, just think about this. The day after The Speech, McCain will be completely stealing Barry’s thunder over Labor Day Weekend, with the second ever pick of a woman on the ticket.
Won’t this look great? (via Michelle M)
Barry chose a massive Washington insider, Maverick picks someone who couldn’t be farther from Washington. Who’s changing now, Barry?
Interestingly, there is a reprint of an op-ed at the official John McCain for President site, John McCain is The Right Choice for Women. Serendipidy?
Also, parts of his site are hosed, looks like they are about to change part of the top part!
This represents both what McCain has done to Obama, and what Obama supporters heads (including those in the MSM) are doing
Older: All the talking heads are saying that Sarah Palin has jumped up into the mix. Oh please oh please let it be Sarah.
And if it is, it will be truly humorous if the Dems say “y’all neocons have been complaining that Barack The Chosen One is too inexperienced, and now McCain picks Palin. See!”
Of course, Palin would be the VP pick, there to help and learn, not the person running for POTUS, who has to pick a guy who said that Barry was not qualified to be president to get some experience on the ticket. And she has still done more then Barack during her short time in office. Check out the Wikipedia entry. It is a pretty good one, and she has a pretty good story herself, which does not include consistently hanging around racists, unrepentant terrorists, and die-hard Marxists.
…Palin will argue that in fact Obama has no more experience than she does, and that Palin has the advantage of sharing McCain’s views (and thus being right) on the surge, Russian ambitions, and meetings with state terror sponsors. The VP debate against Biden may be dicey, but the McCain camp knows full well that a vice-presidential debate isn’t going to make or break their candidate. In short, McCain is hoping that Palin is good enough on this score for a number two pick against a Democratic ticket headed by a man with virtually the same meager national security credentials.
As to the second, Palin has much to offer McCain. On a non-political level few can doubt her Q-factor. (She will be the first former beauty queen to run on a national ticket.) The daughter of a teacher and mother of five, she has an ebullient personality and an excellent TV presence. The Right will be entranced : a pro-life hunter with a passion for domestic energy development? And in the battle for “change” she has the record of reform and the identity of a complete Washington outsider. Finally, as a lifelong NRA member, an outdoorswoman, and a western governor she may provide extra help in mountain and western states such as Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico which are certain to be in play.
On the policy front, Palin can make the case that the Democratic program of higher taxes, more spending, and a government takeover of health care is a proven loser. She will argue that she can bring practical experience from as far outside the Beltway as one can get. And, of course, the presence of a woman on the ticket creates instantaneous excitement and puts into play Clinton voters looking for a new champion.
The pick also tells us something about McCain: he thinks he can win. He was not willing to rock the boat with his conservative base. He can use Palin on offense to make a run at women voters and on defense to blunt the populist attacks from the Democrats. And it shows he understands the need to generate enthusiasm and “newness” in his own campaign.
Finally, based on all of the above, McCain can remind voters who has the real record of reform. Obama talks a lot about it but has no actual record of reform, and for a running mate, he chose a 35-year Washington insider with all sorts of connections to lobbyists and pork. McCain has fought pork, taken real political risks to fight undue influence of lobbyists, and he picked an outsider who took on her own party — and won.
This is change you can believe in, and not change that amounts to all talk. McCain changed the trajectory of the race today by stealing Obama’s strength and turning it against him. Obama provided that opening by picking Biden as his running mate, and McCain was smart enough to take advantage of the opening.
And, of course, many on the Left are very upset, but, hey, that’s politics.