[FoRK] Breaking news: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be McCain's veep

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 08:23:05 PDT 2008


Over a month old.  More drilling, no innovation.  <yawn>

On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM, geege schuman <geege4 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wow.  I don't think I've ever seen you so irrationally optimistic. Do you
> see her as a viable president, in case McCain, er, leaves his post
> prematurely?
> (I sure hope the repubs don't ONCE AGAIN turn this election into a pro life
> mandate. We've got other more pressing issues, like the war and energy. His
> choice does make me wonder, does he think enough people buy into *him* being
> a geopolitical whiz?  It's a very weak leg of his three-legged stool, imo.)
> Also, Jeff, how do you know someone like Rove didn't pick Palin?  For all
> you know, McCain's arm was twisted.
> Rationally,
> G
> On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> If true, this is absolutely brilliant, an amazingly nuanced pick on
>> McCain's part, truly the perfect choice for him all things considered - far
>> better than Obama's choice of Biden (who I like for the most part, btw, but
>> nonetheless.  This speaks directly to McCain's judgment, his ability to
>> think out of the box, to act independently -wrt- the party kingmakers and
>> power brokers, and to balance multiple and conflicting interests in a
>> thoughtful way.
>> Palin's pro-life stance is just about the only thing that the libertarian
>> wing of the GOP might object to, yet is a bone to the threatening-to-revolt
>> hardline social conservative "base."  Her opposition to e.g. gay marriage
>> per se is tempered by her legislative experience;  she vetoed a bill that
>> would have banned state benefits to gay couples, in effect granting them
>> equal status under state employment.
>> And as a reformer, cost-cutter, ethics watchdog and whistle-blower
>> (against the entrenched interests of her own party in Alaska) and total
>> outsider to the neocon circles of DC, there's just no way any sane person
>> can lump her into the "same old politics" category.  And her background and
>> general "optics" are almost if not equally interesting -wrt- "The One" ---
>> champion snowmobiler and former cold-water fisherman, mother of five
>> including a Downs infant, former Miss Alaska runner-up, married to a native
>> Eskimo...  juicy.
>> Absolutely brilliant.  Let the games begin.
>> I myself am going to go make a little cash on TradeSports betting into the
>> inevitable McCain rally. ;-)
>> Cheers.
>> jb
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