A Ticket I Can Support?
Three different sources are claiming that Sen. McCain is set to announce Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. From HotAir:
CNBCMy first choice was Sen. Sam Brownback. His selection would have brought me over to the McCain camp. However, adding Gov. Palin gives me hope that this would be a ticket I can support:
***Source: It’s Palin***
***Another source also hearing Palin***
***Third source: Yes, it’s Palin***
A Republican source confirms that John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Campaign officials, however, remain mum this morning.Gov. Palin is very pro-life. She's also a government-reform advocate. While I still need to hear more from Sen. McCain regarding his willingness to reverse his position on ESCR, the addition of Gov. Palin to his ticket would give me hope. Sen. McCain hasn't closed the deal with me yet, but if he picks Gov. Palin, he will have taken a step forward in that regard.
McCain is expected to announce his choice at a rally in Dayton later.
Palin is the first woman governor of Alaska, elected in 2006. She was also the youngest ever elected at the age of 42. She is the mother of five children, the youngest of whom was born in April and has Down's Syndrome. She ran on a clean government platform in '06 to defeat the incumbent Republican Governor Frank Murkowski.
Mark Levin's reaction is similar to mine:
Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I, both here and on my radio show. And I have long said on my radio show that his selection of a running-mate will be key in determining my enthusiasm for his candidacy. If McCain has, in fact, chosen Gov. Palin, then count me in with both feet. It would be a terrific choice.(emphasis added)
Palin is by all accounts a principled conservative and government reformer who can contribute mightily to the decision-making that occurs in the White House. She has more executive experience in her two years as governor than Obama, Biden, and McCain combined. She is a mother of five in what appears to be a loving and functioning family. And she is someone Republicans, conservatives, and others can rally behind in the future.
From a purely tactical aspect, Palin would knock the legs out from under Obama's monopoly hold on "change." And attacks on her "inexperience" will only highlight one of Obama's greatest vulnerabilities — and he's at the top of the Democrat ticket. And because Hillary Clinton spent months telling women voters that they are being dissed by Obama, some percentage of women who normally would not vote for McCain will take a second look if Palin's on the ticket. There is no question that a Palin selection would cause the Obama camp headaches.
I should add that if Palin is the choice, this also suggests that McCain may not be as stubborn as portrayed — and that's a good thing given his positions on a number of issues that have given conservatives heart-burn. At least it gives us some hope in that regard...
NBC now confirming Palin too
***Fox News confirms: Palin for VP***