Friday, August 29, 2008

It's McCain-Palin!

Wow! What a nice surprise.

John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Here's what I know about her.

She's conservative, pro-drilling and pro-life and, like McCain, a politician unafraid of taking on her own party when it comes to reform.

She's young, 44, and probably not ready to be president but she is the only member of either ticket was some executive experience.

On a personal note, one of things Spencerblog admires and likes about about Palin is that she has five kids, one with Down Syndrome.

Some 95 percent of pregnant women who find out they are carrying a Down syndrome baby abort it. Not Palin!

Not only does she know when life begins, she knows that Down syndrome kids are just as worthy of it as the rest of us.

UPDATE: From Fred Barnes 2007 profile of Palin:

"In the roughly three years since she quit as the state's chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the "body count" of Palin's rivals. "The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah," says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign...

..."She's as Alaskan as you can get," says Dan Fagan, an Anchorage radio talk show host. "She's a hockey mom, she lives on a lake, she ice fishes, she snowmobiles, she hunts, she's an NRA member, she has a float plane, and her husband works for BP on the North Slope," Fagan says. Todd Palin, her high school sweetheart, is a three-time winner of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. It's the world's longest snowmobile race."

She also led her underdog high school basketball team to the state championship. Her nickname was "Sarah Barracuda." Contrast that with the soft, 3-point shooter at top of the Democratic ticket.

CORRECTION: The percentage of women who - when they find out they are carrying Down syndrome babies - abort them is estimated to be 85 to 90 percent, not 95 percent.


Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

She is all woman, and she didn' wear a pants suit. Good pick for McCain, and she will be our first female President. Too bad Diano doesn't post here anymore but I would love to hear his take on it.

By the way Gil:

Censoring every comment on your blog is going to ruin what used to be fun and sometimes interesting.


August 29, 2008 at 1:07 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

We don't censor "every comment." In fact, we censor very few comments.

August 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

I personally love the pick, very strategic, very smart. Governor Palin seems to me to be be a sparkplug and someone who will be very popular. Strategically, this was a great move by McCain, Hillary voters will likely take notice.

C. Scott, there's been a ton of censoring thus far - especially sarcasm. Take my posts yesterday stating "The name spitzer" should be censored. Explain to me why that doesn't get posted? Ridiculous.

August 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM 
Anonymous dingo said...

You dont censor every comment but its the fact that there is a delay to posts is what is going to kill the blog.
Great choice on Palin, someone who has ideas and fortitude to make a stand even when it's not the party line. Hell, she's even cute. Is Randal in mourning because McCain chose a woman?

August 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM 
Anonymous Bob said...

C. Scott

Diano is still posting here. Read several of his posts yesterday.

Gil- Palin- I like what I've seen, but I, like most people, know very little about her. Three things Ive noticed that might be a problem. 1-The Reps. challenge Obamas lack of experience. Well, this woman will be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and she's also inexperienced. 2-She is for drilling in Anwar. McCain said he's against it. 3- Even though she has a son heading for Iraq, according to Mathews on Hardball, Palin claims not to have given Iraq much thought. If thats true, its rather frightening.

August 29, 2008 at 6:01 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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August 30, 2008 at 12:25 AM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Is Palin just another BS artist?

Touting her as a reformer, Republicans said Palin fought against the infamous Alaskan bridge to nowhere. But did she really?

When asked "Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?"

She answered "Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."

Enough is enough. This kind of political posturing is an insult to every registered voter in this country. Take whatever stand you want. Just don't BS us, and expect us to give you a pass. Dont these candidates realize that this is the age of the instant replay and the internet? Do they really think that no one will pick up on the lie? Do they understand the damage that they do to their cause? This is my Michael Moore argument. You BS us, or stage something and try to pass it off as reality, and you loose credibility. McCain did the same thing with his walk through the Baghdad market. Edwards with his affair.
Tim Russert would have a field day with this one!

August 30, 2008 at 8:40 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

At least she didn’t hang around with a confessed and unrepentant domestic terrorist nor did she spend 20+ years listening to a black racial terrorist pastor!

Lol… If she’s so bad, why then are the Shrill Ones so threatened by the Palin pick that they feel the need to assail her so?
It’s funny to watch them grasping in fear.
They smelled Affirmative Action victory and now that misguided mess has been further jeopardized.

Oh, and since her boy is headed to Iraq, you Libs won’t be able to play your childish Michael Moore Standard on her. And I’ll bet she won’t be stabbing her kid in the back like some Libs have despicably done to their brave soldier sons.

Obama bin Biden is going down!

August 30, 2008 at 12:53 PM 
Blogger Franny Ward said...

From reading some of your posts I get a sense of overt sexism. I think she's more than capable of running this country. Some of you know I dislike McCain, only for his gung ho pro-draft pro-war mentality. Obama and Biden will only throw this Country into total anarchy if elected.

What's one to do? Who does one vote for?

P.s. Scott, over at my blog I've had a dozen DMCA complaints thrown at me over the years, as well as M&T bank asking me to delete a certain transvestite tellers name from an anonymous poster. I resorted to comment moderation, and saw a 75% decline in responses.

Gil is doing what he thinks is best, and as this being his blog, I can't slight him.


August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

lol, liberals.

McCain shot himself in the foot on the essential question of picking someone "a heartbeat from the Presidency" (which for a "strict Constitutionalist" is the 1st priority in a VP pick). Strike 1.

He hits the single! He has picked someone who has been an executive, a leader, and an up-and-comer in the republican party.

She's got ZERO foreign policy experience, though, Doocy on Fox and Friends touted that Alaska is right next to Russia. (seriously, that's how badly they are grasping). Strike 2.

Here's the best part of this arguement - we're arguing over a vice president's foreign policy experience when a two-year senator's foreign policy experience has been limited to a single tour of iraq and eurpoe this past summer! NICE. McCain picks up a double!

McCain lost his appeal to independents with a pick that pandered to the base. Strike 3.

McCain went away from the good ol' GOP and picked someone HE felt would be an accurate fit, thus proving that he's not catering to his party's lines. 3 for 3 with a triple off the left field wall!

Conservative, pro-life, gun-toting beauty-pageant queen: sounds like a GOP wet-dream for a mistress, not a Vice-President.
Education: "Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, where she also minored in political science." (Kind of weak on the academics.)

Weren't both Obama and Clinton telling everyone that their campaigns in the primary are proof that anyone can grow up to greatness? Sarah Palin's proof positive. She's done everything in life, she's a mother, a wife, a public servant and worthy of the position. Plus, she's not in the typical GOP mold. McCain hits one out of the park, we've got the cycle tonight, folks!

August 30, 2008 at 4:08 PM 
Anonymous Jonas said...

I guess Dave missed the whole study that was done (by a Liberal I may add) showing that 1 in 5 females that were supporting Hillary voted for Bush previously. Kind of knocks that whole, "these women won't vote for her because she's anti-choice" argument right out the door.

And it's interesting how Dave knocks her foreign policy experience. I'd love him or Barack to debate who's foreign policy experience is more important: the Presidents or VPs? And no Dave, a week-long trip overseas doesn't qualify you as foreign policy experienced.

I guess Dave also missed the part of our laws that allow anyone to be chosen as the VP after a President dies. So there's a high chance if McCain did die during his presidency that the VP nod to go along the lines of Biden and beef-up the foreign policy experience just as Obama did with his VP pick.

So I guess the actually foreign policy experience downfall for her is: if McCain does die, then the Republicans will do what the Democrats did. Hmmm, right...

August 30, 2008 at 8:32 PM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Jonas- Steve- How do you explain this?

When asked "Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?"

She answered "Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."

Why is she now saying she opposed this?

August 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Better to be shot in the foot than let Barry Hussein Obama shoot us all in the face with his Radical Liberal Socialism of "change".

August 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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August 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM 
Anonymous Jonas said...

It doesn't matter whether the 1 to 5 Bush voters regret their vote now. Palin isn't Bush and any regret would be towards Bush. I was just proving the point that there were many Hillary supporters who weren't solely choosing a candidate based on "abortion" topics as you stated. You stereotyped all Hillary voters as "pro-choice" which is incorrect based on the voting patterns of her supporters. Thus you used an incorrect judgment in your analysis which brings you to an incorrect answer. That was my whole point.

So now "positions" on foreign policy count as experience? Nope, not buying it. I'm sure over Labor Day weekend Palin can conclude on her positions and as such, would now be qualified under your requirements. And no, I actually agree most with Obama when it comes to the middle east. I just don't believe meetings and discussions solve world issues 100% of the time (a la Russia today) as he boasts.

And who cares what % of votes McCain received in PA? The diehard Ron Paul fans will vote no matter what (I'll even agree most are anti-war and Obama has a chance to take at least 80% of these voters). Others didn't turn out to vote. What about the exit polls (I know they aren't always accurate, but there is some truth to most of them) showing that 25% of Democrats would either not vote in November or would vote for McCain if Obama received the Democratic nod. PA is a Democratically leaning swing state at this point and could be in the air come November.

She flip-flopped on an issue. That means what? Should we discuss how many times Obama has flip-flopped on issues or friends (Wright)? Lets not even get into the ever "evolving" Obama tax structure. It's been updated at least 5 times in the past year. Could you explain that? Or how Iran went from being a small country to a large threat? Or why he changed from driving a 300M with a hemi (worse mileage per gallon than any of McCain's cars) to an Escape hybrid after he was called out in the press?

The whole point is every politician flip-flops. If your point is Palin isn't qualified because she did, then Obama, McCain, and Biden definitely aren't qualified. So your argument is what? None of the candidates are qualified? Okay... Good job! Now stop being biased and holding this issue against Palin. Being politically biased based on someone's thought process is doesn't fit into the "change" mold if you haven't figured it out yet Bob.

August 31, 2008 at 6:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great pick mcain. she,s a creationist. a nut. when a small pa. town throughs out it,s whole school board because of its creationist think this country is going to buy that crap. good luck.

September 1, 2008 at 3:40 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 1, 2008 at 4:24 PM 
Anonymous r said...

There's that cheap Lib bumper sticker mentality.

You already used that here, DDD.

September 1, 2008 at 9:05 PM 

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