I loved Sarah Palin's speech last night. She proved that she has a voice and knows how to use it well. What I mean is that she made no bones about the fact that she IS qualified to run on McCains ticket.
She runs the 2nd largest energy producting state in the country. She gets energy policies. She knows we need to change where we get our oil from and knows where to get it. She understands that part of our nat'l security is linked to our energy dependence.
Was she dumb to go after Obama last night? No. She needed to be tough. To show she has the guts and courage to be on this ticket. To prove that she has the executive experience, the reform experience, and legistlative experience.
Yes, there was some political theater in her speech. It was a partisan arena. The Republicans there wanted to be pumped up. Although we don't know how she'll do in an unscripted situation, ie-debates, press conferences, and other non-partisan arenas, I get the feeling that she can/will handle it very well. She'll need it to swing the non-partisan and independent voters their way. I do wish she had addressed our economics more..Hopefully, we'll hear more on that soon.
Newt Gingrich nailed it when he said, "Why is it that Obama can write a couple books, be introduced by Oprah and be qualified to be President while Palin isn't qualified to be a V.P. by having been a mayor, knocking out the incumbent Alaskan governor, and running the Alaskan Nat'l Guard? It's ridiculous."
Per Fox news:
Palin's state budget: $11 billion
Palin's staff: 15,000
Obama's campaign budget: $100 million
Obama's staff: 100
What does that mean? To be honest, I'm not sure other than the obvious. She's got more executive experience than Obama. Yes, he can learn this stuff. I'm not saying he's not competent but really, doesn't this show that she's got what it takes to run on McCain's ticket?
A recent poll (don't know which one) said that 51% of American voters think the press has been unfair to Palin. I would agree. Read the cover of Us magazine lately? Read the article? Totally mis-leading crap approved by a democratic editor of the magazine. Talk about lies. Biased lies.
I've never been much of a feminist but I must admit that questioning Palin's ability to be V.P while having 5 children and a husband is ludicrous. Why isn't Obama being questioned about not having time for his 2 girls while being President? Where's the equality there? I am in awe that she has a special needs newborn (what a cutie pie by the way), is a governor and wants to do even more for this country. Palin is showning she's got the support, intelligence, and knowledge to forge ahead while keeping her family her top priority.
Speaking of family, the media really needs to lay-off her daughter..No, it's not the best way to start a family but duh, don't they think Palin understands that? The fact is it happens to other teens all across the world. So why be the ultimate judge and jury for this particular teenager? She's keeping the baby and marrying the dad. Are the odds against them? Definitely. At least they're making an effort to do the right thing.
Does Palin have more foreign policy experience than Joe Biden? No. Does she have much? No. But neither does Obama. At least McCain has it and will expose Palin to it quickly.
Some of the stuff my dad, Keith and I laughing about now:
Me: Levi's parents are probably thinking that they've hit the jackpot since their son knocked up Bristol.
Dad: Yeah, they're probably sayin, "Our son diddled the governors daughter and now we'll be in-laws with the VP! Yahoo!"
Keith: I'd like to see a cat-fight between Sarah and Hillary.
Mom: McCain doesn't know how many houses he has..
Dad: That's because they're all Cindy's.
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