Wall Street Journal: Sen. John McCain picked first-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, adding a little-known but reform-minded woman to his ticket. At a rally in Dayton, Ohio, he said she has "strong principles, a fighting spirit and deep compassion," and praised her record of fighting corruption.
"She's exactly what this country needs to help me fight …the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," he told the raucus crowd.
I don't necessarily agree with the WSJ that Palin's nomination will result in McCain picking up former Hilary Clinton supporters.
Nevertheless, I'm very excited that America (specifically the GOP) has an opportunity to move away from the "me first" and the "country second" form of politics that has plagued this nation for decades.
As Governor of Alaska, Palin challenged big oil and passed a landmark Ethics reform bill.
America needs politicians who are not afraid to shake up the status quo and will not back down to the traditional "good old boy" power brokers who use money and intimidation to influence public policy decisions.
Michelle Malkin on Palin, "She knows when to stand up and doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down." http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/29/palin-for-america-a-true-conservative/
Palin has been a source of hope and inspiration for Alaskans during an FBI investigation that has rocked the state to it's knees.
Who is Sarah Palin? Bill Dupray of The Patriot Room tells us, "Palin’s husband, Todd, works on the North Slope and is a commercial fisherman. She also has five children: Bristol, Piper, Track, Willow and a newborn baby. They live in Wasilla, about 40 miles north of Anchorage."
"Shortly after becoming governor, Palin canceled an eleven-mile gravel road outside of Juneau to a mine, reversing a decision made in the closing days or hours of the prior Administration."
Palin’s first veto was used on legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners. In effect, her veto granted State benefits to same-sex couples. The veto occurred after Palin consulted with her attorney general on the constitutionality of the legislation.http://patriotroom.com/?p=169
I'm pleased that Sen. McCain had the courage to nominate Palin for V.P..
She's a conservative, but has a reputation for being able to negotiate bipartisan agreements. A rare talent in a nation that is becoming more politically polarized with each passing year.
I know that I will disagree with Palin on a variety of issues, but, with that said, she's a breath of fresh air in the "boys only" world of American Presidential politics.