How About McCain’s VP? Can Anyone Say Sarah Palin?

Posted: 08/25/2008 by that's Elbert in election, GOP, John McCain, Politics, Republican
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Good grief. Most of last week’s posts centered around Obama and Biden with a dash of O’Donnell. I was hoping to jump off politics for at least a couple of posts but I feel the need to touch on John McCain’s upcoming VP pick. At the end of June I wrote about two names being kicked around for McCain’s VP: Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. At the time I felt that both of them would be great for the ticket, however it should come at another time. Jindal has only been governor of Louisiana for less than a year, and I felt he could use some more time fixing all that was wrong down there. Palin has been the governor of Alaska for about a year and a half. She’s well liked there, but there’s work to be done in Alaska so it may be better to continue to focus her attention there. In addition, Palin had a son during the spring who has Down Syndrome, and this certainly would make the Presidential campaign trail a difficult task.

Two Delaware bloggers, Howard in the south and Hube in the north, both think she would be a good VP. Among many of the names tossed around, I will agree with my fellow bloggers that Sarah Palin would be a great asset to the McCain ticket. She is a young, attractive woman, wife and mother. She appears to be a strong conservative, being a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of Feminists For Life. She has drank the Global Warming Cool Aid, but McCain has drank it too, so getting away from that will be difficult. I really don’t think that she will pull any Hillary votes over unless it’s the crowd that would vote for any woman regardless of her views. The one thing that might cause trouble is a growing scandal regarding the firing of Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner because he wouldn’t remove a former brother-in-law from their state police. From Alex Gimarc’s Interesting Items, August 18, 2008 edition:

Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The firing came as a surprise to most observers, as Monegan was popular and appeared to be doing his job well. As the days went by, information started dribbling out of the state government that he was fired because he refused to remove from state employment a state trooper who was Palin’s former brother-in-law. The trooper had been involved in a very nasty divorce and custody fight, and the fight was family-wide, with various Palin family members filing nearly 40 official complaints against him over the course of a couple of years. The event has opened Palin into charges of abuse of office, for while she does have the ability to hire and fire her political appointees at will, she does not have the ability to reach down into the state bureaucracy and do the same thing.

This scandal might hurt her in Alaska were she enjoys a 80-90% approval rating but it could haunt her on the Presidential campaign trail. I suppose if she’s chosen time will tell. Still, I am coming around to liking the idea of a McCain/Palin ticket.

  1. Shirley says:

    I like Palin. I like Jindal as well, even though on social issues both of them are more conversative than I am. I don’t base my preferences on just one issue.

    Just a gut feeling, but I think they both need to be vetted in the public eye a little more before either of them can be ready for VP. Assuming they can weather their current responsibilities positively, I think they will both be a force in 2012 and beyond.

  2. Ted says:

    Despite the Dems and the allied main stream media’s desperation to see Romney as McCain’s Veep, Mitt is clearly out, with (1) Obama doubling down on the class warfare theme (McCain’s 7 houses) and (2) McCain doubling down with ads showing the hypocrisy of Biden attacking Obama in the primaries — Romney did way more than that contra McCain.

    This leaves only Govs Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Pro-abortion Ridge and Dem-Lieberman were never real considerations, despite relentless media goading. Pawlenty’s lackluster TV performances, coupled with Palin pizzazz, the primacy of oil drilling and the ticked off women/Hillary voters, does now portend a McCain/Palin checkmate on the Dems. This is so albeit the Dems and liberal media dare not mention Palin’s name, that is, everyone but…..

    And if there’s any question as to Palin being uniquely positioned and able to more than nullify Biden in debate, see the excellent discussion at

    Team McCain, well done!!!

  3. I’d say Palin is the way to go, a Jindal VP pick would highlight New Orleans, and that place is still going through some tough times three years later. It would be easy to try to pin the lack of change in the big easy to him.

  4. Ted says:

    VEEP Debates Q&A

    QUESTION: How will Sarah Palin do in a debate with Joe Biden?

    ANSWER: How many men watching will be aware that Biden is in the room?

  5. Ted says:

    Theme song for the Sarah Palin VP intro at RNC next week:

  6. swampcritter2 says:

    The Palin pick is a clever stroke of genius. The Democrat party will dare not raise the issue of inexperience for fear it would call attention to Obama’s own lack of experience. She is a woman of accomplishments, that will attract a sizable group of Hillary supporters. Let’s see if McCain gets a bounce out of this.