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McCain Picks Palin

By Chris Cillizza
DENVER -- John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, according to the McCain campaign, a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer.

The news that Palin, the mayor of a small town in Alaska just two years ago, was the pick came after CNN reported that a private plane had traveled from the Last Frontier to Dayton, Ohio where McCain is set to unveil his vice presidential pick later today. The Palin news came after the two supposed frontrunners -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- each confirmed he would not be traveling to Dayton today.

In picking Palin, McCain is taking a calculated risk. She is totally unknown and untested on the national stage but also has impressive credentials in her short time in public life.

Of Palin, former White House political svengali Karl Rove said this morning on Fox News Channel: "It would be a clear sign from the McCain campaign that they were going to be making a very strong bid for the women whom they see up for grabs -- both the traditional, swing independent suburbanites and then the Hillary Clinton supporters who remain disillusioned."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  August 29, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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It is an excellent choice by McCain showing that the old man has more guts than his younger "I am the change" opponent. It is an example of an excellent executive decision making. Just compare how Obama blew his chance to shape his ticket as a real change ticket with a woman as his VP. I did not expect him to nominate Hillary but Gov. Sebelius might have been an excellent choice. She was also his early supporter. This decision illustrate two flawed characteristics of Obama’s decision process: lack of courage (appeasement to a status quo leadership in his party), and lack of loyalty towards his supporters. These are extremely bad qualities for a Commander-in-Chief. McCain, on the contrary has become a bold leader, a real change leader.

Posted by: Wiel | August 29, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain just made his first executive decision and FAILED!

McCain /Palin: More of the same; It's a shame.

That 72 year old, only a heartbeat away issue just moved front and center!

Posted by: Vgirl1 | August 29, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

No longer can McCain question Obama's experience. We have Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska
pop 670 000 people), 1-1/2 years removed from small town (8000 people) mayor. We are going to choose Palin to be a heartbeat away from the US presidency of the oldest president ever just because she is a woman?? That is making a mockery of Hillary’s 18,000 cracks in the glass ceiling. We women are not about to vote for an under qualified woman over a more qualified man.

And where does the myth spring from that somehow McCain is competent? He has voted with Bush/Cheney over 90% of the time.

Meanwhile. we have Barack Obama with 7 years a Senator is the state legislature of Illinois (pop 12,500,000 in 2000) and 2-1/2 years as a US Senator. His VP, Joe Biden, with 35 years experience as a US Senator has been on important committees on foreign affairs and on justice.

Posted by: Kristin2 | August 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

No longer can McCain question Obama's experience. We have Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska (pop 670 000 people), 1-1/2 years removed from small town (800 people) mayor. We are going to choose Palin to be a heartbeat away from the US presidency of the oldest president ever just because she is a woman?? That is making a mockery of Hillary’s 18,000 cracks in the glass ceiling. We women are not about to vote for an under qualified woman over a more qualified man.

And where does the myth spring from that somehow McCain is competent? He has voted with Bush/Cheney over 90% of the time.

Meanwhile. we have Barack Obama with 7 years a Senator is the state legislature of Illinois (pop 12,500,000 in 2000) and 2-1/2 years as a US Senator. His VP, Joe Biden, with 35 years experience as a US Senator has been on important committees on foreign affairs and on justice.

Posted by: Kristin2 | August 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I have been following the career and accomplishments of Sarah Palin since her name was first mentioned several months ago. She is an EXCELLENT pick for him.

Posted by: Marty | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'll take your list as a challenge, Ed.

Elbridge Gerry: signed the Declaration of Independence. Congressman and Governor. You've GOT to be kidding, bringing him up.

Daniel D. Tompkins: another very famous, accomplished politician-- long time Gov of NY. Tompkins Square Park is named after him, I believe. He ran again for gov of NY after while in the White House (and lost).

John Caldwell Calhoun: mostly famous after office-- he was a huge influence on southern successionism. But he was a Congressman who was one of the biggest advocates of war with Britain leading up to the war of 1812. Very well known.

Richard Mentor Johnson - war hero. He claimed to have killled Tecumseh. Famous guy in his day. But I believe Van Buren dumped him before term 2. Not much before, nothing during, little after.

George Mifflin - who?? Had to google this one. You mean George Mifflin Dallas, who I honestly know little about.

William Rufus - now I see the trend - you forgot to cut and paste last names. You mean William Rufus King, prominent pro-slavery politician. He died in office.

John Cabell Breckinridge -- okay, I'm stopping here. Very, very famous person, pre-VP as a politician (Congressman), then RAN FOR PRESIDENT AND LOST TO LINCOLN, then BECAME A FAMOUS CONFEDERATE GENERAL.


You have no idea what you're talking about. You just found a list of names and posted it. Learn something about your country before you tell people how to participate in the political process.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 29, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Who knew that desperation would be so fun to watch.

So much for the Straight Talk Express. McCain's now the commander of the Bitterness Brigade, a PUMA in drag.

Lovin it.

Posted by: Reginald Avery Wilkins, Ph.D. | August 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That was an extremely poor speech by Baracky Hussein Obama last night.

I know that only a extremely small number of people watched the Democratic Convention.

Following are keynote speakers that you missed and topics:

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a bank

Jesse Jackson ---- Marital fidelity and Castration

John Edwards ---- Ambulance Chasing and Spousal support in time of need

Sen. Theodore Kennedy --- Driver education and How to stop a pending autopsy

James McGreevey ---- Gay rights

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency evacuation preparations

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Email etiquette in the workplace

Al Sharpton ---- Race relations

Sen. Evan Bayh --- How to ignore the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party and support the war in Iraq

Al Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

PS - My god, Sarah Palin is extremely good lucking and sexy !

Posted by: gary | August 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

How can "consevatives" call themselves such when they propose a woman as vice president? What ever happened to the sanctity of home and family life as the fundamental vocation of a woman, especially a woman with five children? Women should not seek nor hold public office...True Christian Conservatives will have to vote for McCain as the lesser of two evils, to prevent the barbarian hordes from taking Washington, but under no illusions that he is anything but, at best, a liberal himself.

Posted by: LST | August 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Now we know why McCain thinks Obama doesn't have the experience to be President-Not enough PTA meetings.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | August 29, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

How in any way does this reinforce the idea - which is a myth, and not reality - that McCain is a reformer? Where is the reform? Palin is a reformer? How, exactly, what has she reformed?

McCain's ego and vanity, I feel, ensured that he could not pick any running mate who would even hint at taking any attention away from himself, so this pick is perfect. She's a complete non-entity.

Posted by: The Third Policeman | August 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone here old enough to remember the Gerald Ferrara campaign? She had no idea what was about to happen. They even found connections between her husband and organized crime. They lost badly and her life was ruined. I thing she was even under mental care for years. This woman is about to be ground up by everyone from the Dems to the Enquire.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

She is going to get destroyed by everyone. You have to have some qualifications, you can't fake it in that business.. The MSM I think already taste blood, they are going to rip her apart and she can't say I was a POW.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Now Mccain has a new theam, "We want change" I think that is already taken.

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Palin has not been exposed to the rigors of national politics

Palin does not know McCain well.

She will be forced to bone up on everything and forced to debate Joe Biden.

The accusations that McCain chose her because she's a woman.

An ongoing ethics investigation (although she was punishing someone accused of domestic violence.)

Disagreements with McCain on some issues, including gay rights. (She opposes same-sex marriage too, though.)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think I am listening to a speech by someone running for class president. Who wrote this stupid speech. I think she is already crying you can hear it. Oh My God.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Foolish old man.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

First gaff, she just refereed to him as "John F Mccain" She forgot his name already.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone say, landslide? Obama must be doing back flips.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

What "experience" did the following Vice-Presidents have prior to their election:

Elbridge Gerry
Daniel D. Tompkins
John Caldwell Calhoun
Richard Mentor Johnson
George Mifflin
William Rufus
John Cabell Breckinridge
Hannibal Hamlin
Schuyler Colfax
Henry Wilson
William Almon Wheeler
Thomas Andrews Hendricks
Levi Parsons Morton
Garret Augustus Hobart
James Schoolcraft
Thomas Riley Marshall
Charles Gates Dawes
Charles Curtis
John Nance Garner
Henry Agard Wallace

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin's nomination is John McCain's ticket to join the Oil Barons ... Bush/Cheney. There are oil barons and beer barons ... oil secures his future ... and we have to be ever watchful of drilling in the arctic .... Palin claims to be an enviromentalist but you always have to follow the money. The money is in oil ... Happy retirement Bush/Cheney you gentlemen have done very very well!!

Posted by: The Ticket | August 29, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Are you listening to thins resumé. Are you kidding. The mayor of a town with 8000 people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I am listening to her now, what a ditz. This act is going to ware thin really quick.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I feel for you JakeD ... this is shocking stuff for us true red Republicans!!

He was better off chosing Cindy McCain as a first husband/wife team holding down both jobs.

Better he said ... if I can't have my own Joe ... I will not accept the nomination to be President and let Mike Huckabee have a crack at the job.

Posted by: Hubba Bubba | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell from the TV but she must have a nice flat spot on the top of her head where Mccain can set his beer.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

There may have been maybe 1,000 more qualified people in this country to pick. What a f'N joke. I am for Obama and I could not be happier. She is under investigation as we speak for corruption. Mccain must have completely lost what little mind he had left.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is rich and he married rich ... and he does not care for his Party - the Republicans. Maybe this is his way of sticking it to George Bush and his necon buddies and to Karl the terminator Rove.

Does anyone think that this guy might be just a Democrat in McCain's clothing?

Posted by: Independent Joe | August 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue:

I will still vote for McCain ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Mccain picked someone he can cll a cu*t when he feels like it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I HATE McCain's pick. What is he thinking?

She won't be able to hold a candle against Joe Biden who just happens to be the sharpest and well-spoken members of the senate.

Finally, Baracks speech was inspirational It was equivialent to the speeches of Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. Making real promises, and asking us as Americans to help make these plans come to pass. We can come together and help those that serve in the Military and serve our country as volunteers in the Peace Corps make sure they get the College education they deserve! It just goes to show what a better vision Obama has for our country's ecomony and direction than McCain has.

Barack is a breath of fresh air, and you lemmings who following McCain or just plain nuts.

Don't be shocked when Obama wins this November in a landslide.

Posted by: B. Williams | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's plan to lower corporate taxes when it is the people who are hurting in this economy is like replacing a transmission in a car when the engine has burnt out. Common sense tells you he is wrong.

Whether Palin is the VP candidate or not, it will not change the fact that McCain just does not get it.

Posted by: RG | August 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Ronnn you are correct about The Economy Stupid ... unless Palin has found a way to run that Alaskan Pipeline into all of the lower States. Out of the blue for me would have been someone like Michael Bloomberg.

This is terrible!!

And on the other comment about O'Bama promising to pay college tuition .. I got from that something like service first to your community and the country then ... you earn your college tuition ... maybe like the Peace Corps.

Some one said Mccain's pick was cynical ... and I agree ... women are not that shallow to fall for a female VP ... as Hillary said they have already made 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

How does he possibly square this with all the picks out there to choose from? How about Rice? He must be kidding. Once the novelty wares of in like a day Obama will go to the lead and never look back. Mccain just threw it away.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Awful choice. The entire face of the ticket has changed and its obvious that McCain has sold-out the election. The McCain-Palin ticket now shows how desperate he is and shows his weaknesses- flip-flops, conservative skepticism, iraq, good old boy washington politicain who backs down to corporate lobbyists.

McCain's supporters must be scratching ther heads now...

Posted by: John Base | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

In a clear sign of desperation, McCain threw a Hail Mary with the Palin pick.

He wins Alaska's 3 evs but loses Virginia, No Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The men who don't have a problem voting for a woman as potential President are hardcore democrats who are already committed to Obama and the dem platform.

She's Pro-Life; she won't help enough with women to offset the damage this is going to do to the traditional Republican base.

McCain's odds of winning just went from 35% to 25%.

Ethanol in Iowa. Water rights in Colorado and New Mexico. Woman as VP for the South. What is McCain going to screw up next?!

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

We will know how good a choice it was after the VP debate.

What is important to me is McCain is not ready to turn this economy around and that what matters to me and to most people.

Posted by: Ronnn | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Lack of judgment ... lack of judgment ... lack of judgment ... lack of judgment!!!

McCain might have wanted to piss off Karl the monster Rove because Karl begged his good buddy Joe everywhere Leiberman to decline the invitation to be nominee for VP.

But his anger got the better of him ... Not the first time ... and in a SLAP IN THE FACE of most Republicans and Independents he wants us to buy into his decision made in anger.

Remember, the President has his hand on the nuclear button.

Sad - but all I can say - this is a poor choice for someone that will be a heart beat away from being President of the United States.

Posted by: Independent Joe | August 29, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant choice. The entire face of the ticket has changed and this will be one exciting election. The McCain-Palin ticket now has it all - age, wisdom, experience, youth, gender diversity, and energy. Both are people of integrity and honor.

Obama's troops must be scrambling now...

Posted by: John Treble | August 29, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE McCain's pick. This will teach those donkey's how to pick a real woman to do the job of V.P.

She can hold her own against Joe Biden who just happens to be the dumpest man in the senate.

Finally, Baracks speech was sorry, and totally lame. It was equivialent to a kid running for class president in high school. Making outrageous promises, when there is no real chance of it ever coming to pass. For one, who is going to pay for all these kids' college education? Then again this is what you get when you nominate an idiot who doesn't have a basic understanding of what economics is.

Barack is a brat, and you lemmings who following him or just plain nuts.

Don't be shocked when you loose.

Posted by: A. Williams | August 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

My first thought on McCain picking a woman ... it is cynical ... Hillary Clinton ran in the primaries to be the President of the United States ... 18 months of hard work and 18 million supporters. It is a slap in women's face to think that all we deserve is second place. The Democrats tried that trick already in 1988 with Geraldine. I can't see Democrats flocking to McCain and 4 more years of this gridlock and uncertainty around domestic affairs ... when the possibility of the first black man being our President ... gives all of us more hope ... than token appointments.

Posted by: Mavis | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Well John, if you're going to spend all that time, money, and energy on your campaign only to lose the election you might as well do it with a hot chic by your side! Maybe if Cindy "accidently" gets in an automobile accident you can even shack up with Sarah now! Perfect! I like how you plan ahead, John! Good move for you!

Posted by: Three Wood, AK | August 29, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

While the comments on this are a bit spicy, I want to remind everyone that this election will be historic no matter what the outcome!Go Democracy! Go! Don't forget to get out the vote and get people you know to register. You can do so at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. Click the register to vote bar to do so. As for Palin, the pundits are going to have a ball with this one.

Posted by: mgultch | August 29, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"I am not voting for Osama"

You don't have to worry about Osama being elected since he's not running and is living in a cave somewhere.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

HEY McNutter,last week,at the saddleback
conference,the first person,you you hollered at was justice ginsberg,and then the rest of the liberal justices,people
know that you dislike woman,man! it sure feels good to be a democratic! you are one
screwed up politication,even putin,calling
you out on your BS,I know your Boss Rush
will be crying like a B***h,he will try and put some spin on this,but he's not
happy with you!

Obama/Biden

Posted by: SCALIA | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

This woman stands for everything Hillary was against and is an obvious desperate pick.

No way, no how, no McCain.

This PUMA is voting for Obama/Biden

Posted by: Pumalady | August 29, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I don't care if McCain chose Minnie Mouse -- I am not voting for Osama. If he's elected I'm leaving the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Get me a skirt, uh, my friends I mean a broad"

So will she get the same pay as other VPs if elected?

Let's see how her investigation goes for abuse of power.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The Codger and the Cutie. This is a deeply desperate pick that has neutralized McCain's one area of attack.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/08/29/the-codger-and-the-cutie/

Posted by: Nah, Nope | August 29, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So much for McCain's "lack of experience" argument. I'm not sure Palin will survive the VP Debate with Biden; it isn't even fair. It's a mystery to me how McCain's campaign can believe that his choice of Palin, obviously to attract disaffected feminist Hillary supporters,can possibly work. Can he really believe that the gender issue will trump Palin's principled prolife position. McCain is clearly to old for the job.

Posted by: James Eldredge | August 29, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain just chose a nationally inexperienced, right wing neocon with anti-abortion, anti-civil rights agenda. Because she's a "SHE"??? So much for his "maverick" image. He just buttoned up his alliance with Bush/Cheney ideologies.

What a shame!
This will not win over THIS Hillary fan!

Posted by: leftsea | August 29, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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