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

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Fri Aug 29 08:29:37 PDT 2008

On Aug 29, 2008, at 10:11 AM, geege schuman wrote:

> Wow.  I don't think I've ever seen you so irrationally optimistic.

On what basis do you think that was irrational, or that it was even an  
expression of optimism?  I merely think it makes great political  
sense, given the current landscape.  Will it win the election?  No  
idea, but it certainly won't hurt.  And probably does more to improve  
the ticket vs Obama-Biden than any other choice he could have made.

> Do you
> see her as a viable president, in case McCain, er, leaves his post
> prematurely?

As much as a "community organizer" with almost equally minimal  
experience and far more questionable ideology.  And it seems that  
while The One has spent most of the time since the keynote in 2004  
selling himself and setting up for this run, she's actually been  
rolling up her sleeves and getting things done.  Long on results,  
short on rhetoric.  I don't hear her spouting bromides about being  
"her brother's keeper," about "mutual responsibility," and other  
tired, starry-eyed, meaningless Great Society drek and socialist code- 
words.  No, she's been too busy selling the governor's Gulfstream on  
Ebay and going after corrupt officials milking the public tit.

> Also, Jeff, how do you know someone like Rove didn't pick Palin?   
> For all
> you know, McCain's arm was twisted.

McCain hates Rove, that's well established.  GMAFB.

She's not an insider.  Rove was saying some positive things about  
Palin on Fox yesterday, but only because she indeed fills in the  
picture and balances interests better than probably any other choice  
he could reasonably have made.  And she's certainly the tail end of  
the list of folks he's been out pitching;  he was inevitably going to  
converge on whatever the choice was anyway.

The big criticism of her is going to be that, because she's worked  
seasonally for BP before, she's "in the pocket of Big Oil."  But that  
actually ignores her real history in Alaska, where she's been across  
the table from the big-oil interests more than not.


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