Friday, August 29, 2008

Alaska governor is McCain's running mate!

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

OK, I admit it. I didn't see this one coming.

John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

Two senior campaign officials disclosed McCain's decision a few hours before the Republican presidential nominee-to-be and his newly-minted running mate appeared at a rally in swing-state Ohio.

Palin, like McCain, is a conservative with a maverick streak who has shown a willingness to clash with others in her own party.

It's true that Palin isn't afraid to lock horns with fellow Republicans. However, she's usually the one assuming the more conservative position. Her most noteworthy battle was with fellow Alaskan Ted Stevens, a long-time GOP Senator. It was Stevens who was the catalyst for the ultimate blot on the GOP's eight-year run of fiscally irresponsibility. That would be the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. The goal of the project was to connect Ketchikan, on one island in southeastern Alaska, to its airport on another nearby island. When the project fell short of funding, Palin insisted a more fiscally responsible approach be taken.

While there have already been some Hillary supporters defecting to the McCain camp, this VP selection may also be an unwitting attempt to lure even more disaffected Clinton-ites. Regardless, the selection of Palin should not be considered a token choice. In her relatively short tenure in an executive position of government, she has already made waves.

Oh, I cannot wait until the VP debate between Palin and the smarmy Joe Biden!


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