Thursday, September 04, 2008

Is "The Next Reagan" a Woman: Sarah Palin?

Flashback: C-Span coverage of the Alaska Governor's Debate - November 2, 2006. I caught it on a channel-surfing fluke and stayed to learn more about Alaska politics. When Republican incumbent-beating Sarah Palin, small town mayor, opened her mouth I was stunned. So impressed. I agreed with everything she said. She was poised, polished, and perfect on every point. Then I did my research on her and found out she was born and later educated in my homestate of Idaho. Another connection. When she won the governor's race, I could not believe it. I sent her a note of congratulations immediately. Had she a larger staff perhaps I might have heard back from her. haha.

I never would have guessed in my wildest dreams that McCain would actually put her on the ticket. I was very vocal about my decision to not vote for McCain unless he chose her. Three weeks ago I flapped my gums to Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams as such. I told him I thought that was the only way McCain would win and she was the only person who could inspire all of the GOP burnouts like myself. I thought I was safely in the camp of a protest vote come November.

I have to say I am so impressed with whatever visionary advisors McCain hired that whispered to him the name Sarah Palin. Perhaps they even fought for her against the conventional wisdom. We all know this election, complete with the influence of new media, is not politics as usual anymore. Whatever the situation, my hat is off to the McCain strategists who picked her. It was a brave move. It was the right move. And they have done more than possibly win the election. They might possibly have changed the direction of our country. The grassroots just went from wilted to electrified. They are fired up for issue reform. The vehicle, surprisingly, is the McCain machine.

If they ease off the heavy-handed tactics they and GOP establishment elitists use on the limited government, Goldwater conservatives in the party, we will have unity not just for an election cycle, but for the duration of our effort to restore this nation.

RE: my headline--John McCain may have just accidentally made "the next Reagan" possible--and it's not him!


dave said...

Believe it or not, I think this was McCain's own decision, probably *against* the wishes of his conventional wisdom-quoting advisors.

Having seen Gov. Palin a couple of times on Kudlow & Company, I've been impressed with her a few months myself. I'm looking forward to her interview later this week with Charlie Gibson; in dealing with Larry Kudlow (who is admittedly much friendlier at least philosophically with Palin, but who did ask some tough questions) she was concise and clear with her answers and very impressive.

Tom McCort said...

I'm joining the conversation late, but I sure love that Sarah Palin... you betcha by golly! She had Biden stammering & making things up as he went along. Of course the MSM say he won the debate. Which reminds me, I've come to believe one can technically lose a debate and still win the hearts of the people.

AZMike said...

To the above commentor, Tom McCort. Yes you are right about someone losing a debate but still winning the hearts of the people, a good example follows. "Edward Everett, a well known orator of the time, gave a 13,609 word prsentation at the dedication of a national cementary, taking just under 2 hours to deliver it. Then a short 271 word prsentation was delivered in just over 2 minutes by what many might still today call "the underdog".

Here it is:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Go Sarah!