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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The only Republican VP contender that scares me is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Or should I say, scared.

Many don't have a clue who she is, but her national profile is growing. Due to her effortless charisma, strength and frankly, fantastic looks (I'm a sucker for a girl in glasses), Palin was a cinch as the female VP candidate that would say three things to voters: 1) McCain's no sexist; 2) The GOP isn't a bunch of White fuddy-duddies - here's our new face, and 3) Hillary Holdouts, the water's warm. Jump on in.

Her local paper seems to agree:
Palin, the 44-year-old mother of five and popular governor of Alaska, would add a lot to a Republican ticket that will face an uphill battle no matter who is picked. First, the attractive young governor, like Jindal, would provide much-needed energy and youth to a ticket whose main candidate is frequently on the receiving end of "he's so old" jokes. McCain should remember that this did not work out too well for Bob Dole, another senior war hero.

Second, Palin would give Hillary-voters frustrated by their candidate's loss and still unsure about Obama a reason to shift over to McCain. And there is no doubt this former Miss Alaska pageant contestant would give red-blooded men in purple states like Ohio a reason to watch the vice-presidential debates.

Third, Palin is as far from a Washington insider as you can get, given she hails from Alaska and is a new face in Republican politics, untainted by any association with the Bush clan or the big-spending congressional Republicans.

Seems like hunting in the zoo, right?

That was, until, today.

I'd like to think that there's no way McCain's choosing her now:
The Obama campaign is trotting out a gubernatorial endorsement for his energy policy today... from Republican Alaska Governor and long-shot VP candidate Sarah Palin.

An aide to the presumptive Democratic nominee sent over a link to a Palin press release Tuesday morning in which the governor praised Obama for, among other things, calling for the completion of the Alaska natural gas pipeline and proposing $1,000 rebates for families struggling with energy costs.

"We in Alaska feel that crunch and are taking steps to address it right here at home," Palin's press release read. "This is a tool that must be on the table to buy us time until our long-term energy plans can be put into place. We have already enjoyed the support of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and it is gratifying to see Senator Obama get on board."

Whew. For the record, I was just researching Palin's positions on energy yesterday in anticipation of some McCain allusion - maybe I put something in the air. Who knows. Either way, I hope he picks Romney or that nut Jindal.


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