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McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate 1813

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Many readers have written to tell us about McCain's choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his VP choice. "Palin, 44, a self-described 'hockey mom,' is a conservative first-term governor of Alaska with strong anti-abortion views, a record of reform and fiscal conservatism and an outsider's perspective on Washington. [...] If elected, Palin would be the first woman US vice president, adding another historic element to a presidential race that has been filled with firsts. Obama, 47, is the first black nominee of a major US political party. The choice of a vice president rarely has a major impact on the presidential race. Palin will meet Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a debate in October."
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McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate

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  • by Bryan_Casto (68979) on Friday August 29, 2008 @03:53PM (#24799655)

    Joe Biden: "Governor Palin, I served with Dan Quayle; Dan Quayle was a friend of mine. Governor, you're no Dan Quayle."

    • by megamerican (1073936) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:04PM (#24799893)

      Joe Biden: "Governor Palin, I served with Dan Quayle; Dan Quayle was a friend of mine. Governor, you're no Dan Quayle."

      In this case, that quote would be a great compliment.

      • by Chris Burke (6130) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:11PM (#24800075) Homepage

        Yes, that's what we in the humor biz call "the joke".

      • by Rei (128717) on Friday August 29, 2008 @05:58PM (#24802363) Homepage

        Yeah, but Quayle want creationism taught in schools like Palin does [wired.com]?

  • by Gat0r30y (957941) on Friday August 29, 2008 @03:55PM (#24799709) Homepage Journal
    The Republican ticket is now complete, with John McCain picking Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska as his running mate. And sure, she is hot [vpilf.com] (safe for work) but it would appear she is also a proponent of teaching creationism alongside Evolution in public schools [wired.com]. I don't mean to start a flame war here (ok maybe just a little) but seriously, how can anyone take a candidate seriously when they shamelessly pander to the stupid lobby?
    • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:01PM (#24799817) Journal
      C'mon, don't be such a downer. We need faith based science to advance our faith based economy!
    • by LWATCDR (28044) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:01PM (#24799831) Homepage Journal

      "when they shamelessly pander to the stupid lobby?
      --"
      You mean like anybody that has pandered to the anti-nuclear lobby?
      Guess what they all do.
      And I have not problem with creationism being taught as long as it is taught as science. So every bad fact they have can be pointed out.

    • by HTH NE1 (675604) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:02PM (#24799839)

      The Republican ticket is now complete

      Yeah, I still couldn't get the voice of Darth Vader out of my head for that.

    • by hiryuu (125210) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:10PM (#24800035)

      In addition to that, she's also pretty rabidly pro-life. This is, among other things, a definite carrot toward the more religiously-oriented part of the conservative base - you know, the part that doesn't thing McCain is conservative enough (in the fundamentalist sense) for them...

    • by SengirV (203400) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:10PM (#24800049)

      how can anyone take a candidate seriously when they shamelessly pander to the stupid lobby?

      I don't know, it doesn't seem to bother the Obama supporters.

      Waiting to be modded as a troll while the OP gets modded as informative or interesting. Even though both took shots at the other side.

      No bias to see here.

    • by Hatta (162192) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:18PM (#24800215) Journal

      They all pander to the stupid lobby, it's their biggest constituency. So really, you should be asking "How can anyone take any candidate seriously?" The answer is, you can't unless you're stupid.

      Look at Obama for instance. He couldn't even wait until he was nominated to betray his stated principles and vote for immunity for telecom's who illegally tapped phones. If you expect him, or any other candidate to remain true to his campaign promises, you're part of that stupid lobby.

    • by jandrese (485) <kensama@vt.edu> on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:24PM (#24800351) Homepage Journal
      This is so sexist, vpilf.com doesn't have a single picture of Dick Cheney.
  • by linzeal (197905) on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:00PM (#24799805) Homepage Journal
    Well she just asked "What exactly does a vice president do?", on CNBC. Um, ok that is scary. This is just a female Dan Quayle that instead of golfing hunts, fishes and wrestles bears. Unfortunately she does none of these things naked.
  • Age (Score:5, Funny)

    by 222 (551054) <stormseeker@gmail . c om> on Friday August 29, 2008 @04:59PM (#24801147) Homepage
    Not that this is the basis for my vote, but I'd like to point out that Palin was the Gov. of Alaska, one of the states that McCain is older than. Made me smile, at least ; - )
  • by AaronW (33736) on Friday August 29, 2008 @05:50PM (#24802169) Homepage

    I'm sorry, being a mayor of a town of 9000 doesn't qualify you to be Vice President, especially when the presidential candidate has age and a history of health problems going against him.

    As for governor, Alaska has a population of 670,000, roughly twice the population of the CITY I live in.

    Alaska also does not face the same challenges as other states. They basically don't have many taxes since they get all their wealth from oil, and so they don't have to deal with the budget issues other states have been stuck with. And she's only been governor for 2 years. At least George W. Bush had a lot more experience than that as governor of Texas. Also, they've been getting a huge windfall of revenue whereas most states are struggling to balance their budgets due to the high oil prices. There are no statewide income, sales, property or inheritance or state taxes (some localities have their own local taxes). Palin actually RAISED taxes on the oil companies and limited their exploration and development (which affects everyone else).

    She has no international experience, or for that matter, any national experience.

    Obama had millions of votes for him as a senator, several times the entire population of Alaska. Even as a state senator he represented far more people than she has as a mayor.
  • by Dracos (107777) on Friday August 29, 2008 @06:28PM (#24802911)

    There's no clear win for McCain with her. She takes the experience argument off the table. She accentuates McCain's age. She won't deliver any more states in the election. She'll raise focus on the Ted Stevens indictment. She has her own ethics problems. She won't bring in the Hillary delusionals when they find out she's pro-life. The only thing she does is excite the shriveling GOP base for a couple weeks.

    Biden will wipe the floor with her at the VP debate.

    She angered Big Oil in Alaska, maybe she was forced on McCain to get rid of her. If McCain is elected and doesn't complete his term, she might be very malleable to the hidden hands in Washington, which are much stronger than those in Alaska.

  • by killkillkill (884238) on Friday August 29, 2008 @06:43PM (#24803161)
    Wait. I'm a conservative... I have a girlfriend... What the hell am I doing here?

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