I hated not being able to blog about this until now. But like much of the country, I’m elated with John McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin to be the next Vice President of the United States. She’s smart, she’s young, she’s conservative.
Congratulations on a most excellent choice Senator McCain. And by the way, Happy Birthday!
The release and the announcement were masterful. None of this “we’ll text you at 3:00 a.m.” silliness. The McCain camp was able to keep the secret, and keep the media and blogs buzzing about the announcement. Oh, and by the way, Obama gave a speech yesterday.
Palin’s speech was strong and confident. She brings to the Republican ticket executive experience that is sorely lacking on the other side of the aisle. And she brings a record of accomplishment.
For the first time in a long time, I’m excited about this race. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a George Allen A-Team member from way back. So after the leftist witch hunt of lies in 2006, I’ve been struggling for a candidate to support.
When it was clear that Senator McCain would be the nominee, at first I begrudgingly agreed to support him. Then I changed my mind. Because reality is, there are a lot of areas where Senator McCain and I disagree.
But watching the brilliance of his campaign over the last three weeks, with the release of one of the best advertising campaigns I’ve ever seen, and now with the skillful, wise way he made his choice of a running mate has me excited for the first time since August of 2006.
Here’s what other folks are saying around The Jeffersoniad.
Bearing Drift has the video of the Announcment: It’s Palin!
Scott’s Morning Brew: McCain picks Palin – I now fully support the ticket…
Virginia Virtucon: AG Bob McDonnell Praises Gov. Sarah Palin
Bearing Drift: History Made in Dayton, Ohio
Bearing Drift: Is Sarah Palin ready for the 3 a.m. phone call?
Virginia Virtucon: Frederick Praises McCain’s Selection of Palin
Reagan’s Gop: Lt. Governor on McCain’s pick of Palin
The right-wing liberal: Ken Cuccinelli on the next Vice President of the United States
Virginia Virtucon: Palin slams it out of the park!
Virginia Virtucon: Dems Fall Into the Palin Trap
The right-wing liberal: The next Vice President speaks on the late Bridge to Nowhere
On the Spot: McCain Chooses Gov. Sarah Palin as VP- GREAT CHOICE!
The right-wing liberal: How you know it’s a good day for McCain-Palin
Virginia Virtucon: The Palin Homerun
Reagan’s GOP: Palin “a true reformer” says Del. Saxman
The right-wing liberal: All you ever need to know about the next Vice President of the United States
CatHouse Chat: CatHouse Chat joins the McCainiac crew!
badrose: It’s official! Sarah Palin will be our next vice-president!
Leslie Carbone: BREAKING: Sarah Palin is McCain’s VP Pick
Virginia Virtucon: THIS is the way you unveil a VP running mate!
Statement from Congressman Eric Cantor:
“I am excited by John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Sarah brings a wealth of experience to the campaign and will pose a formidable challenge to the Democratic nominees.
“As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is in a position to help articulate an all-encompassing, long-term energy strategy that will lower gas prices and create jobs, while protecting the environment. This will stand in stark contrast to the Obama / Biden team which opposes all efforts to reduce gas prices.
“Sarah Palin is a smart conservative women who represents change. Real change not the stale rhetoric coming from Obama. Let the word go forth that the McCain / Palin team will fight for every vote, in every state, and I am confident we will be victorious in November.
“I look forward to next week’s Republican Convention in Minnesota where John McCain, Sarah Palin and the rest of our Party will lay out our plan to defeat the recycled policies of the Democrats this November. Please check my blog often throughout the Convention as I will be posting breaking news and updates several times a day next week.”