Posted at 1:04 PM on September 1, 2008
by Sanden Totten
She's a hockey mom. She's a pro-lifer. She's a beauty queen. She's pro-oil. She's an newbie. She will soon be a grandmother. She may already be one in secret. She's a . . . well, a "she". (photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
No matter how you see her, Sarah Palin adds a TON of variables to this ever changing election. Will women embrace her or see this as pandering to their gender? Will conservatives back her or is she too far right? Will fans of 30 Rock vote for her or Liz Lemon? Questions abound!
The funny thing is, Sarah Palin has sent the press in a tizzy. Depending on who you read, she's either the smartest or the dumbest choice possible. One thing's for sure though, people aren't neutral about her.
Maybe that was the intention. In an election where political fatigue threatens to set in at any moment, throwing a firecracker into the mix might have been genius after all.
And if she does end up polarizing the public, McCain may finally get his base to feel as riled up as the Democrats have been feeling for months now.
Political plotter Karl Rove recently remarked: "We'll get a taste in the next five days of how well she does in the 62 days that follow."
If the buzz this weekend is any indication, the next 62 days are going to be real interesting.
Romney and Pawlenty were both vetted and found wanting.
Karl Rove really knows how to state the obvious.
I think the choice of Palin for VP could win the election for McCain. For many voters who don't really analyze the issues in detail, this pair will come across as their favorite football coach. Can do, authoritative, rah rah superficial patriotism. Do it for the team and etc. It doesn't hurt that they are both quite physically attractive either..age appropriate though the looks may be. And some people have been searching for a "nice" reason not to vote for Obama...a little too distant? a little too much of a policy wonk? from a suspect ethnic group?
I don't think they're after the Hillary voters, but moreso the rest of American women. Honestly, dontcha think McCain would be hard to get excited about?
Besides that, they want to bait dems into bringing up experience and then make the point that experience at the top spot is what matters. It's their main focus.
Good points. I'm eager to hear what the first polls say about Palin. And of course, it'll be important to hear her give a substantial speech before people can really make up their mind about her. I guess something like that should be coming soon from the RNC.
Tina Fey, hands down no contest.
Isn't it funny how somehow all the hockey moms across America weren't insulted when Palin said the only difference between them and a pitbull was lipstick?
Why should she be treated like Caribou Barbie? protected her from the press, from the dems, from debate, from being under the microscope etc?
How does she and all the other candidates stand on important issues that will effect our lives and the lives of our children and future? This is what really matters!
This election and selection of President and Vice President should be about choosing the best candidates to run our country, not who has the most soap opera like life...
-from a 44yr old middle-class white mother of special needs child who cares about individual freedoms and our fragile environment who definitely will NOT be voting for Palin!
why? Here's my short list -
1) What kind of mother risks her unborn child's life by flying half across the country with ruptured membranes in preterm labor in a high risk pregnancy??? - Sarah Palin proudly did this! She obviously did/does not see her own Down Syndrome child as a priority by demonstrating her reckless judgment concerning his precious life.
2) Someone in power who routinely fires people for personal reasons exhibits abusive power and is dangerous to society.
3) Someone who cares more about Oil and Money for her rich state clearly can't be trusted to take on environmental issues and help slow down global warming.
4) Someone who proudly proclaimed in her speech in Colorado Springs that "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have gotten too big and too expensive for taxpayers to take any longer" is seriously ignorant in not knowing that we didn't even own it until Sunday. Her ignorance on nationwide and worldwide issues is frightening!
the list could go on and on!
No more drama, vote for Obama!