McCain Picks Palin for VP [UPDATED]

Old and Broken…

New Hotness!

And there are BRAINS behind that beauty.  Brains that you and I can relate to; here are some things you might not know about her…

1. Sarah Louise Palin (nee Heath) was born Feb., 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant. Her father, Chuck, is a retired schoolteacher.

2. She attended Wasilla High School where she played point guard on the state champion basketball team. Her nickname was “Sarah Barracuda.”

3. Palin graduated in 1987 from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. She worked briefly as a sports reporter in Anchorage.

4. She refers to her husband, Todd, as the “First Dude.” He’s worked as a commercial fisherman and as a production operator on the North Slope for BP. He enjoys snowmobiling and has won the Tesoro Iron Dog, billed as the world’s longest snowmobile race, four times.

5. Palin and her husband have five children, Bristol, Piper, Track, Willow, and Trig. Trig, born in 2008, has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Her son Track joined the army in 2007.

6. Her favorite meal is moose stew.

7. She comes from a family of outdoor enthusiasts. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, enjoy hunting and fishing, and have both completed marathons.

8. Palin was named Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was a runner-up for Miss Alaska. In 1996 she was elected mayor of Wasilla.

9. She’s a lifetime NRA member and enjoys hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.

10. Elected in 2006, she’s Alaska’s first female governor and the youngest governor elected in the state.

She’s a mother, a wife, and a leader; a real regular gal in my book.  She might be weak on foreign policy, compared directly to Biden, but that’s where McCain (you know, the actual presidential candidate) comes along.  Despite his[Biden’s] time spent on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I’m not entirely impressed with some of his more recent calls (i.e.: advocating splitting up Iraq into federated ethnic states, voting against the 2007 surge, even voting against the ’91 Gulf War).

Anyway, this pick by McCain has really thrown the Obama campaign off their game.  Their press release this morning read:

Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

Once again, the Obama campaign can’t help but bash small-town America.  And you’re darn right she’s pro-life.  Her fifth child was born with downs syndrome.  Did she and her First Dude abort?  No.  Does that translate into the extreme of overturning Roe v. Wade?  Seems like a strech to me.

And, um, they may want to double-check her record on Big Oil in Alaska.  She didn’t exactly make life easy for them or those favorable to them within her party.  In fact, her time as Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ended not only with her own resignation (in protest), but with the forced resignation of other party members and fines.  It doesn’t make her a super-maverick, just someone willing to call a spade a spade.  Lord knows we could use more of that inside the Washington bubble.

I can now say I feel a bit more energized.  The race is finally interesting.

UPDATED (4:15 PM PST):
Apparently, the Obama campaign has already retreated from their first response:

Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” said Obama spox Bill Burton. “Gov. Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil, and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.

Too bad you never get that second chance at a first impression.  I love Tapper’s closing bits:

The first response Republicans had to the Biden pick, of course, was to attack Obama with Biden’s words. Then again, there’s nothing particularly historic about picking a white male senator as your running mate.

LOL!

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