Happy Birthday Sen. McCain- Sarah Palin

This is done to underline Sen. McCain's maverick image? This is like picking me for the job. She's been the major [part time job!] of fhsd'afhgksdfa;k of 6,000 people.She's been the Governor of Alaska for a year. She has ethics issues.

As TrapperJohn at Kos rightly points out:

We're told that McCain really wanted to pick his old friend Joe Lieberman to run with him, but that Karl Rove and the rest of the elite Republican politburo nixed the idea, and told McCain that he had to take a conservative. And as he has at every step of his campaign, the one-time "maverick" sold out to the venal, icy core of the Republican leadership, and acquiesced by selecting Palin.

I'm guessing this how he builds excitement. By bumbling into a bad pick, she's against adding Polar Bears to the endangered species list because "it's the wrong move."

Can you imagine the foreign relations portion of the debate between Palin and Joe Biden. When she talks about Russia or Georgia- experience will tell. This is shocking.

Oh and by the way Palin said she didn't know the role of the VP on CNBC
“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”
Oh dear.

How badly did McCain think he needed to excite his crowds. Is this why he's stoked the fires on the small Hillary PUMA's?

As the Huffington Post states:

She's the Governor of Alaska.
(A state that's 22 years younger than John McCain. Shows he can adjust to new things.)

She's a lady.
(Take that, Hillary. Or Obama, for slighting Hillary.)

She's what they call Nice Looking for a Politician.
(Don't look at me like that. I didn't say it. For one thing, Nice Looking for a Politician is what they say about anyone prettier than Haley Barbour. For another, I think Sarah Palin looks like an anchorwoman on a newscast no one wants to watch. And even if she didn't, I'm not shallow like that. I vote for the candidate with the most flag pins.)

She can look you in eye and tell you black is white.

Especially when there's oil involved.

Oh good.

UPDATE: NAKED POLITICS says that in Florida...

One top GOP advisor summed it up this way: "It's crazy.'' Palin's lack of experience in the hard-knocks world of presidential politics will be hard to overcome, the advisor said.

McCain fundraiser and campaign advisor Brian Ballard likes the choice: "She's going to add some zest to the ticket and is going to have some appeal to the disaffected Hillary voters."

Biden is apparently also thinking like I did.

The Obama campaign had no immediate response to reports that Senator John McCain has selected the little-known Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, as his running-mate. Neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Biden talked to reporters, but Mr. Biden could be seen wearing a wide smile in the front cabin of the plane.

Rahm Emmanuel hits hard:

“Does this show the judgement of someone on their 72 birthday? This is not the person with out any experience you want one heart beat away,” said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois.

the NYT Caucus Blog reports :

The conservative Pat Buchanan called this the “biggest political gamble I think in American political history.” Speaking on MSNBC, he described her as “a reformer with guts,” a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and as a “right-to-life feminist” who would energize the Republicans’ conservative base.

Mike Murphy, who had worked for Senator McCain in 2000, chimed in on MSNBC and agreed with Mr. Buchanan that choosing Governor Palin was risky. With two months left in the campaign season, Mr. Murphy said it would be a “jump ball” between the parties to try to define her as a candidate
The Obama campaign says:

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. 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," said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.

More from Athena Jones and Lee Cowan: The Obama campaign is pointing out that the town where Sarah Palin served as mayor, Wasilla, AK, has a population of just 8,000, which is less than 1/20th the size of his state senate district (when he was a state legislator). Wasilla is near Anchorage. 2004 Census estimate put the population at 7,738. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it was just "a fact"

Other Dem reaction:
CHUCK SCHUMER: "After the great success of the Democratic convention, the choice of Sarah Palin is surely a Hail Mary pass. It is a real role of the dice and shows how John McCain, Karl Rove et al realize what a strong position the Obama-Biden team and Democrats in general are in in this election. Certainly the choice of Palin puts to rest any argument about inexperience on the Democratic team and while Palin is a fine person, her lack of experience makes the thought of her assuming the presidency troubling. I particularly look forward to the Biden-Palin debate in Missouri."

Some GOP reaction:
HUCKABEE: "Sarah Palin is pleasant surprise for those of us who had hoped that Senator McCain would pick a principled and authentic conservative pro-life leader and Sarah Palin is. As a Governor, she also brings an important balance of understanding of the critical domestic issues that are needed and that the Democrats have ignored in their ticket. Governor Palin is smart, authentic, tough, and a dynamic choice that will remind women that if they are not welcome on the Democrat's ticket, they have a place with Republicans."

ROMNEY: "Governor Palin's story is one that all Americans will find inspiring. She's a Washington outsider with a commitment to the conservative principles that will make our nation stronger. I look forward to campaigning for Senator McCain, Governor Palin and Republicans all across the country."

Update 2: Fox news tries to say she does have foreign policy experience because ALASKA'S NEXT TO RUSSIA!

She had to bring Hillary up in her speech. Good speech, but larger issues are there to be found.

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