McCain’s VP: It’s Palin!

31 08 2008

John McCain made his VP selection earlier this week. Sarah Palin, GOP Governor of Alaska is his choice and I am impressed. 

I find it uncannily hilarious that liberals are countering that Palin isn’t experienced enough to be VP when their Presidential nominee’s highlights go from “Community Organizer” to 140 working days in the Senate. Ask any Barack Obama supporter if they can cite any legislation or voting record as proof of his ability to bring about his change and words will escape them. That’s because there is nothing there! Obama’s entire campaign is hinged on emotion, expectations, and the future. Palin, and McCain for that matter too, have a track record of success. 

Ed Morrissey:

This is a real laugher.  By the same logic, why would the Democrats make a state legislator the actual president?  Obama is a US Senator of three years experience, and Palin is a governor of 20 months’ experience.  Only Barack Obama has spent two of those three years not in the Senate doing his job but running for President.  Before starting his bid, he had a grand total of less than 150 days in session in the Senate.  Palin, on the other hand, has run her state for more than triple that time.

And let’s remember that Obama is running for the top job, while Palin’s running for VP.

Sarah Palin’s resume includes mother of five (one Down Syndrome child, one deploying to Iraq in 12 days), school board, city council, Mayor, and Governor. And she’s not afraid to buck her own party when they turn their back on conservative principles. 

More from Morrissey:

However, the nature of the experience couldn’t be more different.  Palin spent her entire political career crusading against the political machine that rules Alaska — which exists in her own Republican party.  She blew the whistle on the state GOP chair, who had abused his power on the same commission to conduct party business.  Obama, in contrast, talked a great deal about reform in Chicago but never challenged the party machine, preferring to take an easy ride as a protegé of Richard Daley instead.

Third, and I think maybe most importantly, Palin addresses the energy issue better and more attuned to the American electorate than maybe any of the other three principals in this election.  Even beyond her efforts to reform the Oil and Natural Gas Commission, she has demonstrated her independence from so-called “Big Oil” while promoting domestic production.  She brings instant credibility to the ticket on energy policy, and reminds independents and centrists that the Obama-Biden ticket offers nothing but the same excuses we’ve heard for 30 years.

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.    

Even Dr. James Dobson, who started to come around to McCain after the Saddleback debate, is now fully on board

Michelle Malkin has a good round up of reactions.

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