McCain scores big on VP pick! (UPDATED)


UPDATE:  Just a passing thought on my part.  Do you think Chris Matthews’ leg went numb today after the announcement of Sarah Palin to join the ticket against The One?  So much for that tingle (40 seconds in, folks), huh, Chris?


UPDATE Well, the left sure isn’t wasting time trying to belittle Gov. Palin and her accomplishments.


UPDATEObama flip-flopsSurprise!

I guess he was looking for a do-over on his classless commentary earlier today.  Senator, it’s like Michelle Malkin reminds us, “You only get one chance to make that first impression.”


UPDATE:  McCain points out Obama’s hypocrisy over the “experience” comment.

It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results – whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.

H/T to SayUncle, who had already said it.


UPDATE:  Bill Hobbs notes a surge in McCain support in Tennessee already with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his V.P. candidate.

The Palin pick is generating a big positive reaction. Here at the TN GOP office we’re seeing a big surge in calls, emails and sign-ups on our website for “Women for McCain” and other coalitions, plus walk-in traffic seeking McCain-Palin bumper stickers and yard signs. Some of the callers and visitors are saying the Palin pick has shifted them solidly into the McCain camp.



Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain appears together with his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for the first time at a rally in Dayton, Ohio.
Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain appears together with his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for the first time at a rally in Dayton, Ohio..

The blogosphere is buzzing over the announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate on the 2008 ticket.

Check out Sarah Palin’s bio at FNC.  Are you pumped?!  I am!

HotAir is all over the story. 

Here’s the official statement for announcing Gov. Palin on the ticket:

U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.

Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.

Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us – Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.

In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.

The American Conservative Union is pretty hyped too:

David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, has issued the following statement on Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“The selection of Governor Palin is great news for conservatives, for the party and for the country. Her dedication to principle, her courage both before and after her election as Governor of Alaska and her personal qualities make her a perfect choice for Vice President. I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain – Palin ticket.”

Check in at Michelle Malkin’s blog for more insight here.  Michelle also has information on the MSM’s early insults of Gov. Palin that were caught on an open mic here, such as allusions to specific parts of her anatomy and insinuating that she must be having an affair with Sen. McCain.  I have to agree with Michelle, “The Obamedia is going to slip up and show its ugly side more than once between now and November.  You watch.”

Michelle helps out with reading between the lines on Sen. Obama’s response to Gov. Palin being selected by Sen. McCain:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. [HOLY] Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” [CRAP] spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

Bill Hobbs finds the humor in Sen. Obama’s reaction and subsequent statement. 

As Lorie Byrd points out, Obama is just classless…

Especially classless after John McCain’s classy congrats to Obama last night. And dumb. Yeah, that is exactly what they should be doing — dissing not only a woman governor, but an entire small town.

I believe Michelle has hit the nail on the head.

Lot of bitter, clingy people at Camp Obama right now.

CampaignSpot, over at National Review, has some insight on the John Roberts statement on CNN about Palin.

John Roberts: She has a child with Down’s Syndrome, and care for children like that can take a lot of time. Is there any concern about the balance of that?

RedState has some perspective on the “experience” statements by the Obama campaign:

Let’s get this out here right now. On experience: Sarah Palin runs the largest state in the nation and Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined run their mouths. That’s it in a nutshell…

Jennifer Ruben at PJM puts the “experience” issue into a little better perspective for Obama and his followers.

I think Obama is upset that Gov. Palin is capable of visting our wounded troops without having to have campaign staff in-tow.

LifeNews offers a detailed overview of Gov. Palin’s staunch pro-life activism.

Geraldine Ferraro likes Palin too?  That’s what Founding Bloggers tells us.  The Coner, over at National Review, has more on Ferraro’s response.  More over at HotAir on Ferraro’s take.

Instapundit and the Insta-wife, Dr. Helen, seem to be pleased with the VP selection too.

HuffiPo readers are having fits.  The DailyKos sounds a little misogynistic with its “Worse than Quale” statement. 

See?!  Palin is a good great pick!

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