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

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 08:49:40 PDT 2008

Someone LIKE Rove - in other words, why automatically give McCain credit for
the pick?  You're leaping like a freaking gazelle on Red Bull.

Sure, we'll ignore her oil connections and seeming lack of interest in
alternatives.  Why not?  Who cares?  WTF?

On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

> 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.
> jb
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