An anonymous writer who claims to be an Alaskan writes of Sarah Palin:
She reminds me personally of our Alaska wolverine which will fight anything in its path if it sees fit to do so. No respect at all for size or position.
In closing I must tell you that she is the best, most moral and most focused leader I’ve seen since President Reagan. I feel, really strongly that like Alaska, the rest of our country will love her within a few weeks. Put simply, she represents Middle America like no leader we’ve ever had.
I think McCain made a totally brilliant move in choosing her. She’s a maverick who is probably tougher and more focused than McCain himself… and she won’t be a total yes man, or more appropriately, yes woman.
McCain will love her.
In 2012 she will be President.
Well, that might be a bit hasty, but I like the enthusiasm. The handwringers need to remember that Ms. Palin is enormously popular in a state where politicians usually aren’t.
Will that translate to middle America? I think the jury is still out. But it’s my best sense that she will come across as more down to earth than any candidate in recent memory.
And she certainly has stirred up the race, hasn’t she?
Thanks to Eric Blair.
UPDATE: Read this too:
Listening to the Democratic leadership respond to John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, one hears echoes of the Alaska Republican leadership from just a few years ago. Barack Obama’s spokesman, Bill Burton, put it this way: “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.” Former mayor? If you’re going to skip over her job as governor and, before that, her job heading the commission that oversees production of the largest petroleum reserves in America, why not “former high school student”? Bah, what does it matter: She’s just a small town mayor, just a hockey mom, just a beauty pageant queen. Palin has never shunned these belittling monikers, in part, I imagine, because the camouflage has served her so well. Soothed by the litany, her opponents tend to sleep too late, sneer too much, and forget who it is that hires them.
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Sarah Palin is a living reminder that the ultimate source of political power in this country is not the Kennedy School or the Davos Summit or an Ariana Huffington salon; even now, power emanates from the electorate itself. More precisely, power in 2008 emanates from the working class electorates of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Sooner or later, the Obama camp will realize that the beauty pageant queen is an enormously talented populist in a year that is ripe for populism. For their own sake, it had better be sooner.
Finally, Ace reminds us that Thursday is the cutoff for donations to McCain-Palin.
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