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Friday, August 29, 2008

Yay! It's Palin!

I'm enthused — and oh-so-pleasantly surprised! — about John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, for all of the reasons stated in my previous posts about her [and new ones, which I'll be adding to this table as I write them — Beldar]:


Would Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin be a grand slam as McCain's Veep?

June 8, 2008

Palin leads Pajamas Media veep poll

June 18, 2008

Review: Kaylene Johnson's "Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down"

June 29, 2008

Palin would give voters grounds to consider the 2008 GOP Veep nominee on more than the three traditional occasions

July 1, 2008

McCain should say: "I shall go to Alaska! (And I will take along the press!)"

July 11, 2008

"Most popular politician in the country," a hockey mom from Alaska, is indeed in "the realm of the possible" as McCain's Veep choice

July 18, 2008

Palin versus Obama at Landstuhl

July 27, 2008

Beldar to Lowry, for the benefit of McCain, on ANWR

August 6, 2008

Windfall profits taxes on energy companies?

August 7, 2008

Why Obama's conventional Veep choice should free McCain to make an unconventional one (Palin or Jindal)

August 24, 2008

Yay! It's Palin! (with table of all Palin posts)

August 29, 2008

Non-scandal involving Gov. Palin: Even though he's an admitted child-abuser who Tasered his own step-son and used a deadly weapon to break the law, Trooper Wooten still has a job

August 29, 2008

Why Biden won't be able to do to Palin what Bentsen did to Quayle

August 29, 2008

Don't be misled into thinking that Gov. Palin has championed the same sort of "windfall profits taxes" on oil companies that Obama has

August 29, 2008

The Palin family's energy bona fides versus the Democrats' big talk

August 29, 2008

Not a messiah, not even from Harvard, but the one (lower-case) we've been waiting for

August 30, 2008

Palin knows being pro-production doesn't mean being in the oil companies' pocket

August 30, 2008

Single most clueless media "attack" on Gov. Palin's credentials

August 30, 2008

Obama's first post-Palin-pick TV ad: Um, look over there, there's Dubya!

August 30, 2008

Palin's kids are NOT named after TV witches (sheesh)

August 30, 2008

A plea for patience with sour, conventional conservative pundits who are still getting their minds around the Palin pick

August 30, 2008

Palin and the résumé test: a respectful reply to James Joyner

August 30, 2008

MSM and critics mischaracterize Palin as being ignorant of general Veep job duties by taking out of context her statement that she'd want to know her specific responsibilities as Veep

August 31, 2008

Because we can learn about Sarah Palin from looking at her family scrapbook ...

August 31, 2008

When toting up Palin's credentials, do not omit her experience as chair and ethics officer of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

September 1, 2008

Comparing Palin and Obama based on their respective experience in political campaigns

September 1, 2008

A timely Palin family history regarding the competition between privacy and political possibilities

September 1, 2008

Dems ought not count on Sarah Barracuda to blow the VP debate

September 2, 2008

Palin ahead of the curve in 2006 on "all of the above" solutions to energy problems

September 2, 2008

Not a radical secessionist: Sarah Palin, registered Alaska Republican continuously since 1982

September 2, 2008

Palin is popular — not because she's a "populist," but because she works for the whole population "with a servant's heart"

September 3, 2008

Brave couple meet war hero

September 3, 2008

Noonan on Palin: The rest of what was said, and what she thinks

September 3, 2008

Palin's acceptance speech

September 3, 2008

Team Obama's response to the political speech of the 21st century

September 3, 2008

Empirical proof of Palin's leadership abilities relative to Barack Obama's

September 4, 2008

Sexism versus shoddy journalism and elitism in the stream of Palin invective

September 4, 2008

The Palin nomination had plenty of foreshadowing, despite MSM meme of it being a bolt from the blue

September 4, 2008

Meanwhile in the convention hall

September 4, 2008

Palin's history shows ever-growing opposition to earmarks

September 5, 2008

Palin seeks truth from state agency with jurisdiction, refuses to cooperate with political hatchet job, in Tasergate non-scandal

September 5, 2008

Alaska governor's position among the most powerful and most challenging in the U.S.

September 5, 2008

More metaphors from the wild kingdom to describe the Obama-Biden campaign's "Palin problem"

September 5, 2008

Don't confuse Republicans' thrill over the Palin nomination with the Dems' worship of Obama: A reply to Paul Mirengoff

September 6, 2008

"I feel like we deserve to win more than they deserve to lose"

September 6, 2008

Glib dismissals of Gov. Palin's executive record are unfair and unpersuasive: A further response to Paul Mirengoff

September 7, 2008

Palin and the Alaska National Guard

September 7, 2008

The McCain-Palin campaign on offense

September 7, 2008

Axelrod spinning out of control on Palin and related topics

September 7, 2008

A respectful suggestion to the McCain-Palin campaign: Change your slogans

September 7, 2008

NYT confirms startling detail about Palin child's name!

September 8, 2008

A critique of Dahlia Lithwick's debate advice to Joe Biden

September 8, 2008

Biden says election of Palin as VP would be "obviously a backward step for women"

September 9, 2008

Sarah Palin sends Secret Service agent on personal errand

September 9, 2008

Newsweek bonds with child-abuser in Tasergate non-scandal

September 10, 2008

In Gibson interview, Gov. Palin was right: There is no single clear meaning for "the Bush Doctrine"

September 12, 2008

The red flag from Alaska that Team Obama chose to ignore

September 12, 2008

Wisdom & elitism: The moose-hunting hockey mom versus the community organizer from Harvard Law

September 22, 2008

New clueless anti-Palin meme: She's a black widow who'll turn on John McCain

September 22, 2008

Spare me your reverse-reverse snobbery about Sarah Palin

September 23, 2008

A fisking of David Talbot's assembly of Alaska's defeated candidates and felons to whine about "mean girl" Sarah Palin

September 23, 2008

"Caribou Barbie" kicks serious tail

September 23, 2008

Pix for animal lovers

September 24, 2008

Contra Bonnie Goldstein at Slate.com, Gov. Palin has never "admitted publicly" that any communications with Monegan were intended to "urge Wooten's firing"

September 24, 2008

Washington Democratic Party hacks second-guess Gov. Palin about her relative time spent in Juneau and elsewhere

September 24, 2008

Neither Palin nor any human in her shoes could satisfy the mainstream media's lust for "gotcha" questions

September 25, 2008

Don't second-guess McCain's choice of Palin yet based on speculation that Jindal might have been a better one

September 26, 2008

On a clear day, you can indeed see Russia from Alaska

September 27, 2008

From Bill Kristol's lips to John McCain's ear: Free Sarah!

September 28, 2008

Smitten Pakistani president smacked by feminists at home for sexism towards Veep nominee Palin

September 29, 2008

Is Veep debate moderator Gwen Ifill biased?

October 1, 2008

Old media dinosaurs have NOT asked Sarah Palin about her actual accomplishments

October 1, 2008

Ifill quells no qualms by being defensive

October 1, 2008

Palin on Hannity

October 1, 2008

The stage is set for the Veep debate

October 2, 2008

Through Sarah Palin, ordinary, non-mystical Americans may reclaim their national government

October 3, 2008

The integrity gap between Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin

October 3, 2008

Carl Cameron's interview with Gov. Palin

October 3, 2008

Life imitating "Fargo"?

October 3, 2008

Nielsen ratings on Veep debate show 70 million Americans' fascination with Sarah Palin

October 3, 2008

Did someone feed Palin answers to give Cameron for the questions from Couric which she'd ducked?

October 4, 2008

Dealing with Palin haters

October 6, 2008

Branchflower report on Tasergate: Just one guy's opinion that contradicts itself and ignores the relevant facts and law

October 10, 2008

A reply to Prof. Post: It's nonsense to argue both that it was okay for Gov. Palin to actually fire Monegan, but that it wasn't okay for her to merely threaten to fire Monegan

October 12, 2008

You don't know her yet, Americans, not most of you. But I've been writing here, and elsewhere, all summer that she is the real deal. Committed conservatives who've been really digging into the conceivable Veep nominees have recognized that with their responses to a variety of internet polls in which she's done very well against better-known and more conventional choices like Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty. To get to know her, you could do considerably worse than starting with my posts, the photos and links they contain, and the excellent and knowledgeable comments, including skeptical ones, that they've inspired.

New GOP Veep nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and John McCain on Aug 29th (Photo: Matt Sullivan, Reuters, in USA Today)

Suffice it to say that today, John McCain has made me a happy camper and, for the very first time, an enthusiastic supporter of the 2008 GOP ticket. I'm even going to replace the "Grumpy Old Man" endorsement in my sidebar.

And bravo to the McCain campaign for their incredible discipline in keeping this decision under their collective hats!

(PS: Happy anniversary to Gov. Palin and First Dude Todd! And happy birthday to the grumpy old man himself!)


UPDATE (Fri Aug 29 @ 12:40pm): Commenter rfy says he's contributed $250 online to the McCain-Palin campaign today after having previously given exactly zero. He points out that "donating to the McCain/Palin campaign is a great way for conservatives to demonstrate our agreement and enthusiasm for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin." I second that comment, and add this: If McCain is elected, he needs to understand that it was due to wide-spread support from committed conservatives who are taking a chance on him — not just moderates and undecideds. Today, you have a chance to re-enforce and reward, in a tangible way, this profoundly conservative decision by John McCain.

Posted by Beldar at 11:44 AM in 2008 Election, McCain, Palin, Politics (2008) | Permalink


Other weblog posts, if any, whose authors have linked to Yay! It's Palin! and sent a trackback ping are listed here:

» Excuse Me??? - updated from Musing Minds

Tracked on Aug 29, 2008 1:12:38 PM

» DID A 21 YEAR OLD BLOGGER from PrestoPundit

Tracked on Aug 29, 2008 3:04:12 PM

» Best Palin Reaction Line of the Day from AMERICAN DIGEST

Tracked on Aug 29, 2008 7:27:09 PM


(1) MartyH made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:49:21 AM | Permalink

Gee whiz, right after I post congrat in your previous thread you post this!

Now will you change your sidebar?

(2) nk made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:53:51 AM | Permalink

Well, it's your blog.

But I'd keep grumpy and just add tough, smart SOB who told the Viet Minh what they could do over five and a half years of torture.

And congratulations again.

(3) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:54:56 AM | Permalink

Working on it! (Tables take some fussing with to get them to look right on blogs, though.)

(4) Linus made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:07:54 PM | Permalink

She has a much different-sounding speaking voice than I anticipated from her looks. It's warmer and deeper than I thought.

An interesting juxtaposition will occur with her and Obama, in terms of adulation and worship. We'll have the acolytes of the Obamessiah on the one hand, and the groupies of the VPILF on the other. Identity politics has entered a new age.

(5) Pete made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:10:30 PM | Permalink

VPILF, I love it!

(6) PC14 made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:14:53 PM | Permalink

OK Beldar, admit it. You put the cone back on one more time and did a superiority dance around the desk.

Good call on Palin. I think she'll be better than most folks could imagine.

(7) rfy made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:17:55 PM | Permalink

I had donated exactly $0 to John McCain (or any other presidential candidate) so far this year. But, solely because of the boldness, wisdom, vision (keep adding superlatives) of his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I just donated $250 online. I'd appreciate it if you would mention to your readers that donating to the McCain/Palin campaign is a great way for conservatives to demonstrate our agreement and enthusiasm for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin.

By the way, Gov. Palin is a sitting governor and deserves the use of the title even more than former governors such as Gov. Romney.

One more thing, America's energy policy will be a huge issue in this election and Gov. Palin's level of energy knowledge/experience (as governor and previously on Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) is way above all the others on both tickets.

(8) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:35:51 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: Another reason Sarah Palin should not be nominated is that she's so much more an attractive a candidate than McC, that, should he win, even Cindy will try to bump him off: "Sorry, honey, Sarah's just a better Prez than you are..." Good Lord, I better give up this to-the-bitter-end diehardism before I'm recruited to the Hillary -for-Prez campaign!

Sir, you called the turn, and all the best congratulations to you. It's a risky move, but as with all risky moves, the possibility of great rewards is there. Now to make it come true:

Vote for the Grumpy Old Man and his terrific Veep!

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(9) Stephen made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:38:32 PM | Permalink

Well, I'm certainly glad that worked out better than, um, that other nomination for, ah, some court, I forget which. (I kid because I love.)

Another months-long blogging sabbatical from you would've been tough, especially in an election year...

Please keep those insights rolling, sir!

(10) Michael Brophy made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:50:52 PM | Permalink

Congratulations on being ahead of the curve. Over lunch yesterday, the VP choice was being discussed; one fellow was speculating Hutchinson R-Tx and I said 'The single woman demographic is a huge one for him to have an impact in.' Maybe this will help.

(11) David Blue made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:05:24 PM | Permalink

This is great news.

Thanks for pulling together the links to your informative posts.

(12) Christoph made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:16:12 PM | Permalink

Even though both the electoral map and strong national trends are against McCain, and McCain will probably lose this election to Obama, he's fighting for it and making smart decisions. I respect that.

Any other year and he'd win.

(13) Gary made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:54:09 PM | Permalink

Beldar: You called it, and mazel tov for your persistence. Congratulations go to Governor Palin and her family, and to Senator McCain for making a wholly unexpected, but very welcome, pick. (As for the debates, presumably McCain's foreign policy advisers have been compiling a briefing book for the VP choice who -- especially if McCain chose a governor like Romney, Pawlenty, Ridge or Sanford -- would inevitably need a crash course in the world's hot spots. As long as Palin doesn't confuse Tlibisi with Savannah, she'll more than hold her own with The Great Bloviator.)

(14) MartyH made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:55:13 PM | Permalink

Donation sent as requested!

(15) Steven made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 2:18:33 PM | Permalink

I donated $100 to McCain for the first time today as well. Put "Sarah Palin" in the form as the referer.

(16) Mark made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 2:20:27 PM | Permalink

Great sidebar!

"New Energy for America"

(17) jackie made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 3:59:13 PM | Permalink

Today is the first time I've ever been on your blog. I was searching for some "Sarah Palin" info on Google, and your blog appeared.

I have to say that I'm addicted. Thanks for such great info! I will definitely put you on my blog roll.

(18) DRJ made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 4:57:06 PM | Permalink

This is a terrific post and a great development for the GOP.

And I gave.

(19) Jim Rhoads aka Vnjagvet made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:29:20 PM | Permalink


Another well done campaign.

Now we have to get you on the Ayers/Obama Chicago Annenberg Challenge story that Professors Kurtz (from the right) and Diamond (from the left) are working on.

I have predicted this story will be more damaging to BHO than Kerry's VN problems were to him.

But it is going to take some digging. Clarice Feldman's story today on Pajamas Media summarizes the current state of the story well.

(20) DRJ made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:36:42 PM | Permalink

I got something from a commenter you might like it: Palin Facts.

(21) Dale MacInnis made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:37:40 PM | Permalink

Beldar: She is not an unknown to me or my family as we have been reading your posts from the beginning. Thanks for your service to the conservative base. You called it!.

(22) HardHeadedWoman made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:39:15 PM | Permalink

I started checking your blog as soon as I heard the news that Sarah Palin had actually been chosen as McCain's VP pick to see what your reaction would be. Vindication! I'm over the moon about it. A check is on the way Senator McCain.

(23) Jim Rhoads aka Vnjagvet made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:42:08 PM | Permalink


Powerline needs a bit of a pick-me-up. I think they are bummed that a Minnesota guy didn't get it.

I think they would respect your views.

(24) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 6:10:24 PM | Permalink

Vnjagvet, as for the Power Line guys, I respect their views. But I am confident they will warm up to her. I'm not impatient with anyone who has flop sweat, as Jonah Goldberg called it, about this pick. It is a swing for the fences, an unconventional choice. She's very strong on areas where McCain is weak (executive experience, energy policy, a whole slew of core conservative social values, and down-home charisma and unaffected star quality). She's less strong on the areas where he himself is already the hands-down winner in this race: foreign policy experience, military experience, and overall years in government. They overlap as reformers, in a year when the GOP needs reform like the carcass of a dead elephant needs burial. She complements the ticket, and I genuinely believe millions of Americans who don't know her any better than the Power Line guys do will grow to adore her by November — probably sooner.

(25) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 6:14:24 PM | Permalink

DRJ, those little known facts about Gov. Palin are hilarious. I suspect Chuck Norris will become a Palin fan, if he's not already.

(26) Janice from Troy (sortoflikehelenof) made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 6:29:36 PM | Permalink

The Return of Femininity

Oh, how refreshing Sarah Palin is and will be as the next Vice-President of the Great United States. Just imagine, femininity arrives to the second highest office in the free world.

As a woman, my heart is filled with a pride that left a long time ago when women like M. Louise Veronica Ciccone (otherwise known as Madonna) became the standard for womanhood. Madonna and her ilk are and have always been such an embarrassment to me.

Our young girls will finally have a natural role model. A wholesome, intelligent, articulate, successful woman who can balance the critically important roles of being a wife, a mother and a public servant.

Young men can look to this lovely lady in her subordinate role as someone they might wish their future wife to emulate (I do believe that John McCain will be a strong President who will maintain the dignity, solemnity and leadership role of the Presidential office).

I am as happy as I could possibly be with Senator John McCain and his excellent choice of Sarah Palin as Vice President.

(27) Francis Turner made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 9:21:34 AM | Permalink

Talking of VPILF. As I just noted at my blog (http://www.di2.nu/200808/30.htm ) someone went and registered VPILF.COM a month ago and has been filling it with relevant content.

(28) Jim Davis made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 7:15:49 PM | Permalink


Thanks again for all the postings on Sarah Palin over the summer. I was only slightly less delighted than you when I heard the news--and for the same reasons. One of the first things I did was to point Gov. Palin out to my 14 year-old daughter as a very worthy role model. This is the most significant event of the 2008 campaign--that woman is selected on her merits and not her gender or family affiliation. A great day for this country, I think.

(29) Bill Faith made the following comment | Sep 1, 2008 12:10:35 AM | Permalink

Just contributedwhat I could. Only the 2nd political contribution of my life, the first being to Fred Thompson.

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