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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Palin leads Pajamas Media veep poll

As of this moment, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — whom I've previously written about at length as a potential grand slam home run as a vice presidential nominee for John McCain — leads Mitt Romney by a narrow margin, 19% to 18%, in a straw poll being conducted by Pajamas Media. (H/t: InstaPundit.) Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are the only two others currently polling in double digits, at 12% and 10% respectively.

Governor Sarah Palin and daughter Piper Palin (in pink to the Governor's right) share Russian tea and cookies with Nancy Hakari’s 3rd grade class at Riverbend Elementary School in Juneau

Listening to the news this week (including the Dems flailing around with their insistence that "we can't drill our way out of this," and Obama's arguments that what the energy markets really need are a stiff windfall profits tax), and then filling my car this afternoon, I couldn't help imagining Gov. Palin taking Sen. McCain on an cross-Alaskan early-summer tour. It would includes already developed oil and gas properties, to show how that can be done in an environmentally respectful fashion, and then the incredibly remote, incredibly non-scenic mud-flats in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) that have been proposed for exploration and potential drilling. It's the kind of trip that could explain a change in position on the Senator's part. And unless I miss my guess, she's the kind of advocate and leader who might find a way through his stubbornness — and potentially onto the ticket along with him. Hence, I was happy to cast my straw vote for her tonight in this poll.

(Note: There are random prizes. But PJM discloses in the fine print that "[b]y entering into this contest you will be placed on the Pajamas Media email list and will receive the Pajama's Media Daily Digest. You will have the ability to opt-out." I wish there were an opt-out check-box on the voting page itself, but I trust PJM not to sell or abuse my email address — heck, PJM CEO Roger L. Simon has it already anyway, from our prior correspondence — and the inconvenience of opting out later is, for me anyway, justified by my desire to boost Gov. Palin's chances.)


UPDATE (Thu Jun 19 @ 5:00pm): McCain says he's willing to re-evaluate his position against drilling in ANWR! Gov. Palin, it's time to extend an invitation!

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(1) Carol Herman made the following comment | Jun 19, 2008 12:38:59 PM | Permalink

You mean McCain's not a weak enough candidate to suit your fancy? So you're trying to get all those women voters? Why? Move didn't help Hillary at all. And, it certainly didn't help Mondale!

As to Obama, after a lot of ink spreads around, his best veep choice still looks like Colin Powell. Laugh all you want; but Powell is a reminder that Bush dove off the deep end, and hit rock bottom.

It's also a two-fer. McCain? He can blow up on his way to the veep contest, because he doesn't know Palin from a whole in the wall. And, he should be experienced, enough, in DC ... to be able to choose someone FANTASTIC. Unless you don't think the GOP has anything, except a dame, to counter Obama/Powell. Good luck. (Or? Stick to lawyering. Where the way you order your case matters more than a lot of other stuff!)

(2) Ted made the following comment | Jun 21, 2008 12:30:09 AM | Permalink

Can’t realistically imagine McCain selecting anyone other than Palin as his Veep!

(3) Ted made the following comment | Jun 21, 2008 6:22:47 AM | Permalink

Mac Pick Palin Veep BEFORE Hil Campaigns w/Obama!

In addition to her overwhelming attraction on the oil/energy issue and the female/disaffected Hillary voters, her human interest story will generate millions and millions of dollars worth of publicity and media coverage — essentially free to the McCain campaign — more than offsetting Obama’s reported money advantage.

(4) 4bob made the following comment | Jun 22, 2008 8:00:27 AM | Permalink

A commenter on another post says it much better than I can:

"They say McCain reads the blogs, so here goes --

Senator McCain- Don't let the campaign kibbitzers muddle things up.

First and foremost, Sarah Palin shares your values. She killed the bridge to nowhere. Need we say more?

As for the politics, Sarah Palin transcends geography. Her constituency, like yours, goes beyond state lines.

She will get your ticket access to voters all over the country based on who she is and what she stands for. Because she's young, a woman, a mother with young kids, she will grab media attention more than any other potential candidate.

Gov. Palin also has a son in the active duty military. You have very wisely taken your son's service in Iraq off the table as a campaign talking point. That is and should be respected. But others can talk about it and reflect on what it means.

A McCain-Palin administration would be the first in memory which has family members in uniform during wartime from both the President and Vice President. That would be a powerful statement as to the importance of national service, especially in uniform.

Most importantly, any Vice President should be ready to step up and serve in the event she is needed. Frankly, who is really ever ready? Gov. Palin is as ready as anybody, she is a quick learner, and in her public career has exhibited the courage and decisiveness needed for a great leader.

Godspeed to you in your campaign and in making this important decision."

(5) Ted made the following comment | Jun 22, 2008 5:42:15 PM | Permalink

I can see it all now, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, introducing Sarah as the next Vice President of the United States at the Republican National Convention later this summer, to the tune of Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”.

Here it is:


Just imagine!!! (Dems, eat your heart out)

(6) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 22, 2008 8:59:00 PM | Permalink

I hate to engage in identity politics but putting a woman on the ticket would help McCain now and help Republicans in the future.

Putting another white man on the ticket this year sends the message that the GOP is the party that will never change ... and that's not a good message in a year where voters want change.

(7) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 24, 2008 1:55:31 AM | Permalink


Look at this.

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