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Sarah Palin’s First Numbers

Posted by Ryan on August 30, 2008

Renowned pollster Scott Rasmussen has polled the immediate reaction of voters to Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

67% had NO idea who she was before Friday.

Yet, amongst all voters 53% have a positive rating of her (including 29% VERY favorable), while 26% do not like her at all.  In contrast, the better-known Biden’s initial numbers were only 43% positive.

The internals indicate what we’ve been hearing over the last 24 hours from the Right — this pick is going over very well amongst Republicans, and the initial impression Palin made is more positive than negative amongst the general voting public.  Phew!  Now she needs to keep it up.  People can change their minds really fast if she does not take care of her momentum or gets defined too early.

AP photo.

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Democrats Stumble Out of the Gate on Sarah Palin

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

Now this Operation Chaos. Totally blindslided by McCain’s spectacular running mate, the Democrats’ initial responses to the selection are as hilarious as they are pathetic. Obama’s campaign has already fallen into McCain’s trap by criticizing inexperience at the bottom of McCain’s ticket and Ken Salazar is apoplectic because she isn’t famous enough.

The left’s initial reaction to Sarah Palin is almost as exciting as the selection itself. Thanks liberals!

UPDATE: All morning I’ve been calling Palin’s nomination a trap. I like the way The Anchoress, puts it:

The Democrats have to be careful, now, and so does the press. Much of what they’d like to say about Palin – about age, experience, identity politics, etc – will only open the door to similar inquiry about Obama. And the bottom line to those sorts of debates will always be this: Palin is at the bottom of the ticket; Obama is at the top.

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McCain’s VP Pick To Be Announced Today (UPDATE: McCain Selects Sarah Palin)

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2008

The official announcement of John McCain’s running mate is expected in about three hours and current rumors are circulating around Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. I hope this is true as she is one of three people who would excite and unite the Republican Party. I have a couple of quick thoughts on the potential selection.

Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for a number of reasons but three stand out in mind: (1) Palin is pro-life; (2) Palin is a woman; and (3) the selection is a trap. The pro-life issue is important because it shows a respect for human life and united the GOP. The fact that Palin is a woman helps McCain because women tend to vote for Democrats and those inclined to vote based on gender are people who would not normally support the GOP, it adds votes.

The genius behind this pick though is that its a trap. Palin is only a one-term Governor and I already hear the squawking that she’s too inexperienced. The response? “Experience might be an issue here. At least we had the good sense to put our ‘inexperienced’ candidate at the bottom of the ticket. Where will the candidate at the top of your ticket get his on the job training?”

I hope this rumor is true.

UPDATE: I hope this update is a misdirection.

UPDATE 2: McCain’s doing a great job of hyping this process the day after the Sermon at the Temple. I hope the Corner is on to something.

UPDATE 3: Is a CNBC confirmation worth anything?

UPDATE 4: The trap is set. Palin it is!

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The DNC — Day One

Posted by Ryan on August 26, 2008

So it begins!

Michelle Obama gave last evening’s major speech where she tried to rehabilitate her image amongst the folks.  Some think she did OK.  Though obviously managed and edited by fierce poll-reading sycophants it didn’t really hurt in my opinion — kids, shoutouts, kinder/gentler, blah blah.  I saw a re-airing of the speech and while I watched I couldn’t get past those “down-right mean” unscripted remarks she made earlier this year where she dissed an America without her husband on the verge of leading it.  That’s the real unscripted M’Obama, not what we saw last night. 

Ted “Fins” Kennedy gave the more notable speech of the evening, borrowing heavily from the memories of his more apt brothers and continuing the long tradition of populist welfare-state dribble from the top tier Democrat hierarchy.  It was the address he should have given to that audience and his mere presence was a powerful image to hardcore Dems.  If the torch is indeed being “passed again to a new generation,” then thank God it’s leaving his.

Funny thing:  after the weekend where Obama picked Joe Biden as his Veep and after one full day of the Democrat National Convention, John McCain jumped ahead of Obama (46-44%) in the latest Gallup Daily tracking poll.  Obviously The One will get some kind of bounce after his big speech Thursday, but for now I like the trend — the more people know about him, the lower his national numbers go!

Preview: Tonight’s the real popcorn moment

AP photo.

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Ryan’s VP Endorsement: A Seconding of John Kasich

Posted by Ryan on August 25, 2008

Let me explain. 

Sarah Palin’s been the flavor of the week because she’s conservative, female, and a new face on the scene.  But what has she really accomplished of significance with national or regional implications that makes her qualified to be one heart-beat away from being President?  What aid does Alaska’s Governor give the national ticket strategically?  Dick Cheney was from Wyoming, yes, but he had decades of real national security experience before being Veep.  Most people vote top-of-the-ticket anyway and I don’t think she’s the best one for this election cycle, though.

Throughout the primaries this year I’ve been pragmatically (though not always philosophically) behind Mitt Romney because he is positioned well with money and notoriety as the one who would have been #2 behind McCain in the primaries had he stayed in the race, while being able to articulate ideas superbly.  He’s not without faults or a faux-pas or two.  Yet, with all that he was “conservative enough” to me given our realistic choices this year.  Some people will simply never vote for a ticket which carries a Mormon on it, and others think he’s either too “squeaky clean” or too “used-car salesman” for their support.  Yet, he is McCain’s most likely pick:  he’ll appease a good number of conservatives and shore up protection against those who attack McCain’s own shaky statements on the economy.  I’d support the ticket — it’s not a bad pick…

But it’s ultimately not the best pick in my view.

John Kasich’s superlatives have been well-documented by Mike below so I will not stray into Mike’s territory too much; only to say that I agree that Kasich nearly guarantees Ohio while solidifying Pennsyltucky for McCain.  Kasich has no real enemies or controversies and also left Congress on the top of his game.  I also agree that his down-home nature will cream O’Biden in the Veep debate and on the stump.  Furthermore, he would make a fine President if the need arose and will strengthen the ticket being young, articulate, strategically important and very bright (“bright” as in quite smart, not as in Obama-holy-halo shine “bright”).

Thusly, because John Kasich is a conservative with a mainstream likability which will add votes, not subtract them like the odds-on favorite Mitt Romney, I concur with Mike and endorse John Kasich for the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nomination.

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Mike’s VP Endorsement: John Kasich

Posted by Mike on August 24, 2008

You can file this one under “wishful thinking,” but I’d like to offer my two cents on who John McCain should select as his running mate. I am convinced that John Kasich would be McCain’s best option for both political and government purposes.

Politically, Kasich is the best option because he would be a tremendous boost in the State of Ohio. Traditionally a light red state, Ohio has been drifting to the Democrat Party because of the state party’s unique brand of incompetence. Fortunately, Kasich left politics before the party’s reputation was damaged in the Buckeye State and remains one of the few popular Republicans in the state.

Kasich would also help McCain because he is acceptable to the conservative base of our party. He is pro-life, a tax cutter and truly believes in the concept of limited government. He would satisfy all wings of the party.

Kasich would also help McCain on the political front because of his economic expertise. One of the knocks against McCain (rightly or wrongly) is that he is weak on the economy. Kasich could fill that void by reminding people of the fact that he was the Congressman who led the fight for the balanced budgets that the Republican Congress shoved down Bill Clinton’s throat during the 1990s (no pun intended).

Finally on the political front, Kasich is optimistic, bright, telegenic, and would wipe the floor with Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate.

Kasich would also be an excellent member of McCain’s administration. Every President should be surrounded with people truly committed to limited government, lower taxes, and protecting the unborn.

In my opinion, McCain’s best option for Vice President is John Kasich. Since Kasich probably won’t be the choice, I’ll be rooting for my second choice, Sarah Palin.

UPDATE: Admittedly, I should have searched before writing this post, but I’m happy to see that I’m on the same page as Michael Novak.

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Biden on Obama: In His Own Words

Posted by Ryan on August 23, 2008

The McCain campaign has an honest to goodness War Room up and running, of which I am very impressed.  Here’s an ad released by the McCain campaign as it was becoming evident that Joe Biden would be Obama’s running mate.  It’s Joe Biden on Barack Obama:

Those pesky debates are certainly going to haunt Obama time and again.  Now it’s up to McCain to pick a good Veep candidate.  Aside from the obvious potential Romney pick many are speaking about, some are thinking that McCain picking a conservative woman would be perfect to not just appease conservatives but gather a big piece of the female vote, which is so critical for any Democrat to carry if they want to win.  Romney has attacked McCain before (on the economy) and ads similar to the one above will undoubtedly be run during the Republican National Convention against the Republian ticket.

Just throwing it out there but Kay Bailey Hutchinson has a 91% American Conservative Union voting record, and a 90% rating from Americans for Tax Reform.  She’s articulate, an experienced and popular third-term Senator, and a Southerner.  Her problem is immigration reform, but then again, that’s one of McCain’s problems too.

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Obama Selects Joe Biden As His Running Mate

Posted by Mike on August 23, 2008

With bad news going out to Governor Kaine and Senator Bayh, no 3 a.m. phone call for She Who Must Not Be Named, a private jet from Chicago landing in Delaware, and a new Secret Service detail for the dumbest U.S. Senator, indications are that Barack Obama has selected Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

Other than the fact that Biden is is a dim-witted hothead who suffers from diarrhea of the mouth, plagiarized his way through law school, plagiarized his way through his 1988 campaign, exaggerated his academic accomplishments to New Hampshire voters, and hails from a tiny blue state Obama will carry anyway, Obama made a great pick.

I can’t wait until Biden displays that trademark grin after saying something stupid that he, and he alone, thinks is genius. What a lucky break for John McCain.

Pic via Moonbattery

UPDATE: CNN confirms.

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John Kerry… For Vice President?

Posted by Ryan on August 15, 2008

The Veepstakes game is not a precise science, but some today are seriously thinking that John F’in Kerry, Lurch himself, could be on Obama’s short list for his “foreign policy credentials:”  like Kerry’s famous “global test” debacle of 2004, or his Vietnam War service, complete with lying about our troop’s behavior to Congress once he got home?   

I’m sure the Obama team wants Kerry’s baggage as much as they want She Who Must Not Be Named’s presence (with video!) overshadowing them at the DNC. 

AP photo.

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Too Soon for McCain’s Veep Pick?

Posted by Ryan on July 23, 2008

Word leaked out the other day from Robert Novak, that McCain may make public his selection for his Vice Presidential candidate this week. 

I believe this would be a bad idea if McCain goes through with it:  he wants to make a choice which counters Obama’s pick to ensure the strongest Republican ticket; with Obama overseas and the Olympics in less than two weeks, the story would get completely buried when it is designed to boost McCain; and waiting to select McCain’s Veep a day after Obama makes his choice would strategically stymie the “bounce” Obama would historically get from choosing his own Veep — we all know that Obama cannot sustain a bounce and is a very bad closer.

Some names that have been thrown around range from Mitt Romney, Tom Ridge, Jim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal (no dice on that one), to Joe Lieberman.  There are others, but I think once we know the Democrat ticket, then a better choice can be made by McCain to counter that ticket.  In my opinion, it’s simply too early for McCain to announce his selection!

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Romney Veepstakes Buzz

Posted by Ryan on July 16, 2008

Although Mitt Romney is refusing to speak about whether or not current talks with McCain’s camp are taking place or that background info has changed hands, his stock in the Republican Veepstakes is rising as the press needs a new political face to obsess over nowadays.  We all know how the press influences McCain, so their buzz may have an actual affect on McCain’s eventual Veep choice.  Romney was the most experienced candidate on either side of the primaries in regards to his knowledge of the private sector and the economy, which has become his greatest asset in the Veepstakes.

Now that the economy is the most important issue in this election, Romney’s a logical selection for McCain who unfortunately admitted in the primaries that the economy was not his strong suit.  Yet, amongst all the others, we nominated McCain (sigh).  Alas, Romney is articulate, energetic, and optimistic –characteristics that McCain sometimes lacks.  Romney’s direct and aggressive and will be able to hit Obama in ways that McCain can’t (or won’t).  I’m not sure how Romney helps McCain pick up any specific states other than Michigan perhaps, but I think it’ll strengthen the overall ticket down the road, potentially keeping Red states Red.  At least adding Romney will pull the ticket and message toward the Right for a change.

AP photo.

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McCain on Letterman, Imus

Posted by Ryan on April 2, 2008

John McCain appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night, being the last of the three candidates still in this race to appear on the show.  McCain is also the most readily available to the media, by the way.  McCain wasn’t bad for a politician and actually got off the stage when the skit was finished! 

Here’s a clip:

So, I awoke with good-vibes about McCain.  Then I got in my car to go to work.  I love 77 WABC, which has Don Imus on during my commute.  Imus had McCain on this morning and everything was going well — the Dems, the Veep-stakes, etc., until Imus asked McCain if McCain thought the Iraq War “was worth it.”  McCain got two full uninterrupted minutes and managed to dodge a direct answer, talking about mismanagement and such, rather than the long-term strategy or sacrifices of the soldiers and stuff that we expect from McCain.  This was not a good development in my book.  Ugh.

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Richardson Joins the Obama-Nation

Posted by Ryan on March 21, 2008

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has endorsed Obama today.  Among other things, Richardson said of Obama:

“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world….  As a presidential candidate, I know full well Sen. Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”

I don’t know what planet Richardson’s on, but Obama has no significant record of bipartisanship, his radical preacher has raised serious questions about his true beliefs while observably hurting his mainstream appeal, making him look like a typical politician, and has made strong, uncompromising statements about his leftist policy positions including bombing our ally Pakistan and meeting with our sworn enemies in Cuba and Venezuela. 

Also, Bill Richardson dropped out on January 10.  It is now March 21.  That’s quite a long time to figure out who you are going to put your support behind, especially since we’ve had two Super Tuesdays since then to think about it.  I wonder if this is just because She Who Must Not Be Named would be forced to take Obama as her Veep, but Obama does not need her in the end.  This whole endorsement could be Richardson campaigning to be Obama’s Veep by allowing the news to focus on something positive in regards to Obama for a change.

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Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated

Posted by Mike on January 27, 2008

Despite the Iowa caucuses, and the South Carolina primary, and the recent string of high-profile endorsements, I still believe that She Who Must Not Be Named will win the Democrat nomination. If this unfortunate event occurs, the witch will have no choice but select Barack Obama as her running mate. Mark Levin over at the Corner has already hinted at the reason why.

Democrat candidates for President routinely capture about 90 percent of the black vote, regardless of whether they win or lose. For this reason, Democrats often have trouble when black voter is lower than normal. Given the haphazard way SWMNBN and her husband have handled the race issue in this campaign, it is not difficult to foresee the same black voters who were rightly excited about the possibility of the first black President (sorry Bill) shunning the candidate who used questionable tactics against that candidate, especially if she compounds the problem by taking a pass on Obama when it comes time to fill the bottom of the ticket. On the other hand, selecting Obama would probably unify their party and energize one of its key demographics.

It would be act of colossal political stupidity for SWMNBN to select anyone other than Barack Obama as her running mate. Whether Obama would accept the nod after being the treated the way he has in the past month or so is another matter. Hopefully the former First Family’s tactics vis-a-vis Obama will keep ’em separated.

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