My first honest thought was ‘they don’t look comfortable together’.
My second though was how she is going to adjust to the mainland; in particular Washington, D.C.
My third thought was does Palin have the knowledge necessary to whisper corrections into McCain’s ears when he makes his gaffes like Lieberman does? Does Palin have National Security experience? How educated is Palin on the issues? Does Palin have Foreign Relations experience?
Is Palin just a ‘pawn’ to get the women vote? (That’s a redundant question). Does McCain think that the female vote is transferable from Hillary to ANY woman?
By selecting Palin, McCain proves that he is putting his ambitions ahead of those of our country. He has stated both recently and previously, that he would chose a running mate that shared his views and principles. She certainly fits his requirements. What he did NOT do was put the nation’s interests first – he selected an individual that is not qualified to succeed him in the event of an unfortunate tragedy. Is this sound mature thinking and judgment? This is all about me first.
Before becoming Governor of Alaska Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, a town of about 8,000. As someone who has visited and LOVEs Alaska, I can tell you that this will be a huge transition from Alaska to the lower 48. Every town in Alaska is real small town rural living even in its capital Anchorage – where everyone knows everyone. Anchorage has a population of approximately 270,000 people and that is about 50% of the population of the entire state of Alaska which is about half of a million people. So Palin will be going from governing Alaska that has 500,000 people to co-governing America which has 301 million people. The state of Illinois has 13 million people; the state of Delaware has 1 million people. What a promotion!
Living or working in a city like New York you see that much people in 5 blocks. In Los Angeles you see that much people on Robertson Boulevard at lunch time. In Miami you see that much people lazing around South Beach at any given minute – day or night. In D.C. you see that much people walking around Georgetown at lunch time.
John McCain has had 4 bouts with cancer – is Palin prepared to be President if something happens to McCain?
Sarah Palin, a former runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty contest, burst on to the political scene in 2006 by becoming both the first female and youngest governor in Alaskan history at the age of 42.
She had previously gained statewide attention as a gutsy maverick unafraid to speak truth after whistle blowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders during her time on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
A “soccer-mom” type with telegenic good looks, Palin is a real life Miss Congeniality — she won the title in the Wasilla beauty pageant back in 1984.
Palin is a strong social conservative and a staunch supporter of gun rights, she is hugely popular in Alaska — a poll published last month showed her approval rating at 80 per cent.
Palin is strongly pro-life — her fifth child, born in April, has Down’s Syndrome — but friends said she rejected suggestions of an abortion. She also opposes same-sex marriage, but has often sympathized with the concerns of gay community about discrimination and has implemented legislation ensuring equal benefits for same-sex couples.
After running her gubernatorial campaign on clean government, Palin has successfully pushed through an ethics Bill as well as shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. She is a spending hawk, having slashed the state’s construction budget by $237 million – the largest cuts in Alaskan history.
After taking office, she followed through on a campaign promise to sell a Windward II jet purchased on state credit. Placing it on eBay three times, she eventually sold it to the highest bidder for $2.7 million.
Palin’s energy stance dovetails nicely with that of McCain — promoting resource development while also taking steps to address climate change and environmental issues. She has recently announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisers, tasked with reducing greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska.
However, Palin is not entirely free of scandal. She is currently under investigation by the state legislature for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal of a state trooper who was involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle with her sister, Molly McCann. The governor is said to be co-operating with the investigation, which is being overseen by Democratic State Senator Hollis French.
An Alaskan through and through, Palin grew up with a love of traditional outdoor pursuits. As a child she regularly got up before dawn to go moose-hunting with her father and is still a strong believer in gun ownership. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Before entering politics she had a number of unconventional jobs including sports reporter and commercial fisherman, the latter alongside her husband Ted, who is a Yupik Innuit.