I was up way too late last night blogging, so this will be short (I pray) (I was going to say “hope”, but hope is not a course of action ;), so I switched it).
Like most people, I heard McCain’s VP pick and said, “Who?”
The more I hear, though, the more I like.
Apparently, Sarah Palin took on various special interests and corruption in Alaska and won (including against the incumbent Republican governor). She doesn’t just promise change, she’s done it. She hasn’t spent her life on committees, although she did stomp hard on some toes rooting out corruption on the Oil Industry Committee. She has run a small business, been a mayor, and served as governor. She has taken concrete steps to move Alaska to energy independence.
I love the fact that Sarah Palin has a large family (five kids) and still got involved in politics. Like McCain, she has a son in the military (her son is deploying Sept. 11, McCain’s son finished his tour and came home with his unit in February). Her husband is a commercial fisherman who works in the oil fields (I assume that’s in the off season for fishing) and is a member of the Steelworkers’ Union.
Also, like McCain, she puts her heart and her life where her mouth is. When prenatal testing told the Palins that their fifth child had Downs Syndrome, they chose to carry the baby to term. (Slightly more than 90% of children diagnosed prenatally with Downs are aborted. (Wikipedia)) The McCain’s adopted a child with serious medical problems from one of Mother Teresa’s orphanages. That’s living out a pro-life committment.
I saw Palin’s speech at the announcement. It was professional, to the point, and excellently delivered. She was sharp, excited to be there, and not using the teleprompter, apparently. On a purely fluff note, she was also not wearing a loud, unprofessional tangerine pantsuit like Hillary’s.
I understand that the Democrats have to yell about something, but criticizing Palin’s experience? It’s downright funny. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? At least she’s had executive experience as both a mayor and a governor. I would have to note that the Democrats also derided Bush’s experience as the governor of Texas as not good enough. So, which state would qualify as “big enough”? (Frankly, I respect McCain’s VP pick a whole lot more than the Democrats’ presidential nominee.)
Apparently, at some point today, Palin was asked about the Iraq War and replied that she “hadn’t been following it.” Considering all of the shots of Palin visiting troops in Iraq, and the fact that her son is deploying there soon, I can only guess that what she meant was that she did not feel she had been following closely enough to comment on specifics. And there’s a bit of a flap over the firing of her ex-brother-in-law (who had, to put it mildly, apparently acted in a manner completely unacceptable for a police officer; reading what he’s accused of, I don’t understand why the man wasn’t prosecuted himself). Palin claims she did nothing wrong in the incident. In spite of the investigation, Palin’s approval rating in Alaska is about 80%; apparently, Alaskans believe she’s right.
Besides these minor distractions, the only real point that is getting picked on is her firm pro-life stance, which is, of course, to be expected from certain quarters. “She doesn’t even want to allow for abortions in the case of rape!” cried one of the Democratic guest on Fox in horror. If we don’t rip the rapist’s arms and legs off without anesthesia as a form of execution, why do we allow it to be done to his child, who is completely innocent? Why is this seen as a “logical” exception to an abortion ban?
And I really love the fact that the Republicans didn’t trumpet it that Palin is the first woman to be nominated to Vice President since Geraldine Ferraro became the first one in 1984.
Hardly anybody had heard of her this morning, but that’s changing fast.