Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sarah Smile

Who knows, maybe Hall and Oates were onto something early. Prescience, however, should be reserved for the folks at Real Clear Politics, because they were definitely onto something almost three months ago.

In a June article, the headline was

McCain Should Pick Sarah Palin for VP
And yet, the whole country, including myself, was stunned by her pick by John McCain. And the McCain campaign did a fabulous job at clandestinely bringing her on board, stymieing even the most intrepid news hounds. How did this happen? Perhaps the members of the ticket will one day tell us, but for now, there is the business of getting to know Gov. Sarah Palin.

According to the RCP article, Palin is the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating hovering around the mid-80% range. That's a good start. She's fought corruption in her state, in both parties, and won the gubernatorial seat through sheer grit and determination. And with little backing. Not too shabby. And, the article states, her popularity is
mostly because she's been a crackerjack governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter of corruption, especially in her own party.

One of the things we hear from the left quite often is that politicians who send kids off to war never send their own kids. Well, that one is down the tubes now, too. On September 11th, Governor Palin's son, Track, will deploy to Iraq. The only things the opposition has to go on now are the ridiculous rumors that Palin's youngest child is really her grandchild, born by her 16-year-old daughter, and that she is under investigation by the Alaska Legislature for abuse of power.

The abuse of power allegation stems from the firing of one of Palin's cabinet members who would not fire a State Trooper who was drunk with power (literally, he drank beer in his cruiser), threatened to kill his father-in-law, and tased his own 10-year-old step-son. Oh, the trooper was married to the governor's sister. I guess the most powerful woman in the state should have left the matter alone until the trooper actually did kill her father.

The democrat campaign will also try to paint her as a shill for "big oil", but that tactic will fall flat, as well. Palin got the giant natural gas pipeline project up and running, bucking "big oil", and telling the industry that it would receive no sweetheart deals from the state.

This campaign season is shaping up to be quite the exciting ride. I also have it on good authority from someone familiar with Palin, that she is a skilled debator, and that she'll drink Biden's milkshake. Time will tell. Get the popcorn ready. it's going to one hell of a show.


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