First, a "thank you" to those on- and offline who gave me heads-ups Sen. McCain's choice was Gov. Palin.
A commenter asks:
Since you were hoping for Romney, I'm very curious to know what you think about Palin?I was planning to vote for McCain before he picked Palin.
I’m still planning to vote for him. Or them, as the case is now.
I know a fair amount about Mitt Romney and much less about Palin.
So I’ll do some studying of her policy positions and leadership acts before commenting further about Palin in regard to them.
Of course, while its important to know about her stands on the issues now and in the past, that information may not tell us much about what she’ll do in the future.
Consider, for example, Sen. Obama who said he was so strongly against FISA he’d lead a filibuster if it came to the Senate floor for a vote.
When FISA got to the floor, wonder of wonders, Obama voted for it.
On the other hand, when politician take principled stands on issues, that can tell us a lot, especially when their stands are unpopular.
If that puts you in mind of Churchill’s opposition to Nazism in the 30s; and Reagan’s and Thatcher’s unapologetic opposition to the Soviet Union, something for which most of the press and “thinkers” in their countries and the rest of the West derided them, you got what I’m talking about.
Do you have anything to say about Palin’s stands on public issues?
I’ll say a few things tomorrow about how she strikes me as a person.
The short of it: It was sooo easy to spot John Edwards, the "millworker's son" and "poverty fighter," as a phony.
If his $400 haircut didn't give him away, his 30,000 sq. ft. house surely did.
She said she was "a hockey Mom."
And by glory, there was her husband and four of her five children right beside her and the fifth training with the Army and getting ready to deploy to Iraq.
She seemed so proud and loving of them all - just like you'd expect a hockey Mom or a Lax Mom or a Duke Mom or any other caring Mom to be.
I got so pulled in to what seems to be Palin's genuineness that I never thought of Edwards' haircuts or house until I was working on this post.