It’s been a recent practice in the D-party to elevate an also-ran from the presidential primary crop to the number two spot on the ticket. Biden, Edwards, then skip back to Al Gore in ’92. For the R’s you have to skip back to Bush the First in 1980, but maybe you can count Jack Kemp in ’96.

I keep wondering about this Sarah Palin pick. The Iowa print media does too.

On Thursday, the woman who turned a sure-fire Barack Obama election sweep into a nail-chewer came to Iowa. Along with some smiling white-haired guy, name of John McCain.

Yeah, yeah, some of the 4,000 or so Iowans who jammed a Cedar Rapids campaign rally wanted to hear what the Republican presidential candidate had to say about this and that. But don’t kid yourself. This was a “see Sarah” crowd.

Here’s what I wonder. What if Palin were running head-to-head against Biden for the VP office, disconnected from the main ticket? What if Palin had run in the R-primaries for the top job? Would she have triumphed over that sorry and tired collection of politicians? Any Palin supporters think she has a future in national politics, running in ’12?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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12 Responses to Progression

  1. crystal says:

    I think she’s pretty scary.

  2. marilyn says:

    definitely a future in national politics…no way will she be allowed to quietly go back to governing Alaska…too much drama with her style of governing – bucking her own party – not to mention the family drama…my first impression of her is she is one willing to lose her entire career for the sake of integrity – a woman who has it all without politics…that should be scary to many!

  3. crystal says:

    a woman who has it all without politics…that should be scary to many!

    I’m finding her scary because she seems to be a liar (the bridge to nowhere), a nepotist (the hiring of friends), a danger to the environment (doesn’t believe in global warming and wants to drill, baby, drill), a gun toter (lifetime member of the NRA), a fan of the death penalty (what happened to being “pro-life”?), and a creationist.

  4. “…my first impression of her is she is one willing to lose her entire career for the sake of integrity…”

    This seems doubtful at this point. This is a woman who was involved in secessionist discussions viz. Alaska (not necessarily a bad thing; our country was founded on the principle of secessionism), supported Pat Buchanan in the 90’s, and even said some nice things about Ron Paul and is now running from it all. Calvin Coolidge is rolling in his grave.

  5. Matthew Meloche says:

    I’m predicting right now: in 2012, after a successful term as Vice President, Sarah Palin will be sworn in as the first female President of the United States.

  6. Anne says:

    Scary thought Matthew. BTW, VPs don’t have much of a job anyway.

  7. Michael says:

    If that happens, Matthew, America will cease to exist as a viable country for decent people. She is a truly frightening person who makes George Bush look like a deep thinker. I predict that she will lose in 2008, and eventually be indicted for corruption.

  8. RP Burke says:

    I consider more important what this says about the Republican Party and its candidate, John McCain.

    This is the best they can do? A hopelessly cynical pick of a religious wingnut to excite the base and distract the nation. A person whose views exemplify the Princeton professor’s definition of b.s.: things stated to support a claim, but made without the slightest consideration of whether they are true or not. (Another reasonable interpretation is that they know full well, and they’re comfortable with lying, a right-wing concession to the consequentialist philosophy — anything so long as we win — that they’re so willing to deride among the left.)

    Unbelievable. Is this the best we can do? What does this say about us as a nation?

  9. Patti says:

    RP hits the nail on the head.

    I think this pick speaks volumes about how the GOP (and no, Dems are not innocent of this) sees the common voter, and it’s not complimentary.

    This statement, ““…my first impression of her is she is one willing to lose her entire career for the sake of integrity…”
    is laughable. This is the woman who is under investigation for abuse of power in her home state: trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from the State Troopers after she was a reference for his hire while he was still married to her sister. When you read the details, it looks like a purely vindictive act.

    When you read up on Palin’s tenure as a Mayor and Governor, she comes across as a old-style bully and flip-flopper; a typical politician. She does not appear to be a strong woman of conviction.

  10. marilyn says:

    we shall see…she’s been a heck of a leader for those who voted her into office – the ones she swore to serve…at least THEY say so!

  11. Todd says:

    “…my first impression of her is she is one willing to lose her entire career for the sake of integrity…”

    As the news of the past few weeks has quite clearly demonstrated, reality is the molecular opposite of marilyn’s first impression. Like her running-mate, she’ll sacrifice her integrity or anything else at the altar of her career ambition.

  12. jpaul says:

    she is the bride of Satan………….

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