Senator McCain has restored my hope in his campaign by choosing Sarah Palin.
Here is what I have found in my initial recon:
First up is the North Carolina bloggers...
Under The Dome reports that members of the NC delegation to the RNC Convention picked Palin, and Donna Martinez wonders what Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton are thinking, and the SithMonkey thinks the Biden/Palin debates will decide the outcome of this election, Lorie Byrd declares the pick perfect and links to others, and Jon Hamm live-blogged the speech. A Watauga Conservative has a graphic that says it all.
Michelle Malkin has found audio of members of the Legacy Media using sexist insults against Sara Palin, and Victor Davis Hanson comments on The Corner.
Senator Jim DeMint has issued a press release praising the choice.
Dan Riehl is wowed by the choice, Papa Mike is excited, Alan Caruba thinks Palin is formidable, and The Gateway Pundit thinks that McCain has hit a home run!
Here is an excerpt from the 7-10: Palmer on Politics blog:
As a governor, Palin is the only non-senator who will be on the two
presidential tickets this fall. She will also be the only person on the tickets who has executive experience, so she can easily portray herself as both an outsider and a reformer. Of course, Barack Obama had been running on the same message, so the challenge for Obama would be to ensure that Palin does not co-opt his message.Palin is unequivocally pro-life and a strong advocate of other issues important to social conservatives. This should please the Republican base who may have still had reservations about John McCain after the Rick Warren Forum earlier this month. McCain certainly pleased social conservatives at that forum, but tapping Palin to join him shows that he is indeed serious about showing social conservatives that he will be loyal to them. Any doubts they had about him earlier should immediately be erased by this pick. Also, because of the murmurs about McCain choosing Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman, both of whom are pro-choice, that augments the feeling of relief pro-life voters have about Palin and enhances her appeal.As a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association who also enjoys fishing, conservative-leaning male gun owners and sportsmen should
not feel threatened by Palin. The same holds true for fiscal conservatives, as this statement from the Club for Growth indicates.
Here is what some of the bloggers are saying:
The conservative blogosphere appears to be as happy and excited as I am:
The giddy Race 4 2008 and Newsbusters open threads on the pick.
And here are a few initial lefty responses, with a North Carolina foul-mouthed lefty leading the way:
I will start off with Pam Spaulding, a nasty lefty who is a black lesbian progressive. She immediately goes on the attack because Sarah Palin is the polar opposite of Pam herself. I fully expect it to remain nasty and full of vulgar language throughout the remainder of the campaign.
John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Gov. Palin was first elected to the position in 2006 and previously served as the mayor of Wasilla (pop. 5,470). She also served on the town's city council. She has a degree from the University of Idaho where she minored in political science. That is the extent of her political experience. Her biography is fascinating. She is only 44 years-old. She eloped with her highschool sweetheart, a Yup'ik Eskimo. They have five children named: Track 18, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, Piper, 7, and Trig (who was born on April 18th). Trig has Down Syndrome. The Palins knew that Trig had an extra chromosome but decided to go
ahead with the pregnancy. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?" Palin is an avid hunter and her husband is a champion snowmobiler who works for British Petroleum. She has admitted to smoking the ganja but says she didn't enjoy it. She was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest.
Source: The Booman Tribune
Make no mistake, Palin is a gamechanger pick for McCain. She, along with Whitman, was one of the two potential candidates that I thought had this potential for McCain. No one on the Democratic side saw this coming. I saw plenty of support for Palin in the rightwing blogosphere over the past few months. In fact, whenever there was a poll, she would win going away. Is she Quayle-like, or not ready? Its all going to play out here in the next few hours as she speaks, coming up in 15 minutes. That will be the impact, not all the chatter around theSource: MyDD
The HuffPo notes the differences between Palin and McCain in the past.
So it's official - John McCain has thrown a Hail Mary and tapped Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin as his running mate. The trad med types are ga-ga about what a
game-changing choice Palin is. And they're right. It is a game-changer.
The Palin pick takes a race already leaning toward Obama and pushes it further
into his corner.
Why? Because Sarah Palin is the most unqualified VP nominee in modern history, with the possible exception of Admiral Stockdale.
She's worse than Quayle.
After his selection in 1988, Dan Quayle was rightly lambasted as a dim, inexperienced lightweight with no real pertinent experience who was named by George H. W. Bush as a gimmick - a case of an old, out-of touch candidate trying to appear relevant by teaming up with a much younger pol. Now, Palin's not Quayle - by all accounts, she's quite bright. But she's fantastically inexperienced, far more so than Quayle was when he was tapped. And she possesses an attribute far worse than Quayle's stupidity - she's a big corrupt wheel in Alaska's big corrupt Republican Party, arguably the most corrupt political apparatus in the United States.
Source: The Daily KKKos