Friday, August 29, 2008

Will it be Palin?

There's a buzz this morning that John McCain will name the current governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Update at 9:54 AM- McCain picks Palin

Palin would be a risk due to her age, sex, and lack of Washington experience, but she might also be a great asset due to her age, sex, and lack of Washington experience.

There's no doubt about her success as governor of Alaska, not to mention her character as a person. She is firmly pro-life. My favorite Palin story has to do with the birth of her second son just a few months ago. On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down's Syndrome. Palin refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"

Beyond her clear pro-life stand she has accomplished numerous political victories as governor and actually enjoys an 80% approval rating in her state. She's a hunter and an athlete to boot. Let's face it, while not nearly as beautiful as my wife, she ain't hard on the eyes either. Old Johnny M could use a little youth and vibrance added to his platform, she certainly provides it.

I'm not excited about John McCain as a candidate. Palin as VP candidate might breath some supportive life in to me. We should find out soon.


The Crazy Bus said...

Tony. You are a smart man. You just won points with your very beautiful wife for that comment!

malcolm said...

I am sorry to say that I don't know much about the Gov. of Alaska but it sounds to me that she could be just the ticket...pun intended. I admire Cindy Mac as well. This is shaping up pun intended. As the grandfather of a perfect young lady with Downs I applaud her decision. There is a test for pregnant mothers for DS that often gives a false positive. You have to wonder how many babies have been aborted based on this test.

Frontier Forest said...

What a great testimony Pastor T! I didn’t know that about her, but have to agree, a breath of fresh air wouldn’t hurt ole’ John! I would love to see Condi on the ticket but as good and qualified as she is, anything to do with Bush would be pure political suicide!

Rick Calohan said...

Finally McCain has selected a person more conservative than him(like that was hard to do). Time to order to yard signs and bumper stickers and more importantly to vote on election day on November 4, 2008. Polls open at 7 am in Kansas till 7 pm 6 am in Missouri till some judge in St. Louis says they are closed. there is no excuse now for Evangelical Christians to sit on the fence or not vote for McCain/Palin in 2008!
I'm Rick Calohan and I approve th is message.

Phantom495 said...

She is also a hockey player and a Lifetime member of the NRA, and she actually has some experience that is applicable (unlike Obama!) as a mayor and governor. Let's face it, anyone who eats moose hamburger, hunts and ice fishes has got to have some grit! This will definitely add some electricity to the RNC convention

Mikey said...

sorry to be a wet blanket, but this looks like a "I got nothin' to loose" pick.

While this pick is interesting for discussion purposes, it's really pretty scary given McCain's proximity to eternity. Do we really want a President that has only served as Mayor of an Alaskan town of 7,000 people and 2 years as Governor of a state with a population less than Kansas City? I guess I think he could have picked another that would have inspired more confidence while holding to conservative values.

Roger Mann said...

Brilliant pick! I didn't think McCain would actually pick her, since we've heard practically nothing about her in the past few weeks. But if you remember, I sent you an article about her a couple of months ago, and said I thought she’d be a great pick and really shake things up. After listening to her speech this morning, I’m more confident than ever that McCain/Palin will win this election! Obambi just got body slammed by a gun toting, Moose hunting, snow machine racing, former Miss Alaska beauty contestant runner-up! Ya gotta love it!!!

Frontier Forest said...

Agree 100% Brother Soctt!

Reepicheep said...

You called it Roger. Right on.

Mikey- I'd almost rather have her as president than McCain. Unlike McCain, Obama, and Biden, she has executive experience on several levels- a mother of 5, mayor,and governor. The size of theses isn't so important as the function of the executive role.

I don't know if she can overcome McCain's perceived shortcomings and rise above the Media's worship of Obama and subsequent best effort to get him elected, but if she does, we could be looking at the makings of the first U.S. woman president. I think it's pretty cool.

Nathan Clark George said...

Sorry Tony, but this pick seems like wishful thinking at best. But the main issue I see is that, once again, it does not put the Repubs in good standing with the bible's ideas on leadership, view of the home, what children need, and worst, it sets up one more very public victory for "moderate" feminists (she describes herself as a feminist). While this may be good for the Republicrates, it does not seem good for the home in America.

Reepicheep said...

Nathan, I'm not sure it can be argued that a mother cannot run for public office biblically. Certainly if she and her husband jointly neglect the children it would be unbiblical, but what if he quits his job to spend more time with the children as she runs for office and possibly serves in in that role? I don't think he demits his headship by allowing his wife to serve in such a way.

Is this the norm for most families, to have mom run for VP of the U.S.? Obviously not. Will christian women everywhere put down their aprons and run for office because of her example? I doubt it. I don't see this as a major blow to biblical family values. Frankly, I don't even know much about her Christian commitment at all.

Finally, to be clear, I'm not a Republican and I've been pretty depressed about all the choices for President this year. Palin brings a dimension to this campaign that at least makes me interested again.

Nathan Clark George said...

I've talked with you enough to know that you are not whole heartedly, or even half heartedly in the Republican camp - so no worries there. And, I agree that the pick makes the race slightly more interesting.

As for the biblical material, perhaps a spotless and dogmatic argument cannot be constructed, but certainly the theme of the Scriptures would suggest that certain roles are ideal, blessed, and to be pursued. When those roles are reversed there is usually judgement being doled out on men, who seem to be quite apt at abdicating their role.

Overall, my first reaction to the VP pick is that it was shrewd at best, certainly politically charged, and may backfire. It has raised my interest in the political game, but not in the ticket. In some ways this pick make this election cycle look more like a game than anything.

Now, Palin is probably a wonderful person, but what bugs me is that many well meaning Christians will think "Oh, good, now we can vote for McCain." Someone who, a few weeks ago, was viewed as a liberal compromiser.

Maybe when I run for office I'll see the eternal wisdom of picking a running mate to pacify those angry with me....

Or maybe I'll just stick to playing guitar. By the way, we are gearing up to record an NPR Christmas radio program. Should be interesting!

Reepicheep said...


You know I love your perspective on all issues. Between the two of us we could solve the problems of the world couldn't we? :)

I understand the spirit of what you are saying and expect that more people will be raising the same issue in the weeks to come before the election.

Wayne said...

Yeah, Deborah should never have been a judge. What were they thinking?