Sarah Palin’s Effect on the Elections

 Last Friday, the day after Senator Obama’s acceptance speech, John McCain announced his pick for Vice President: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. While this certainly came as a shock, seeing as how I didn’t know who she was, after researching her a little, I came to love McCain’s decision. 

Sarah Palin has done much to reform Alaska’s government. Before she became governor, Alaska was run by crooked politicians who overspent, squandered resources, and appointed unqualified persons to government office. 

But when Palin took office she cut state funding to Alaska’s construction projects, reformed many government positions, and now has an approval rating of over 70%. 

While she has been a great governor and has proven her effectiveness, the left hasn’t ceased in slamming her “lack of experience.” Let’s get a few things straight. Sarah Palin may have only been a governor for two years, but she has had more experience in those two years than Obama has had as a junior Senator for three years. Running a state (not to mention the largest state in the union) carries far more responsibility than representing a state. Besides, Palin has had far more effect and seen more results than Obama. So to compare her 2 years as governor against Obama’s 3 as a jr Senator is ludicrous. 

Also, Palin brings in the strong conservative votes that McCain has been unsuccessful in capturing. With Palin’s stance on aboriton and gay marriage, the McCain/Palin ticket appeals to a broader base of Republicans now. And with Palin seeking to become the first woman Vice President, many Hillary supporters have vowed to vote for McCain (Besides, if Obama loses, Hillary has a better chance of being elected in 2012).

So to say Sarah Palin has changed these elections would be an understatement. She has not only unified the GOP (something Obama couldn’t do with the Democrats), but has given the Right hope for a win in November.


6 Responses

  1. and your thoughts about her lack of qualifications and the fact mc Cain has played the gender card from the bottom of the deck, underming republicans viewpoint against affirmative action.

  2. Jim,

    Thanks for the comment and for checking out my blog. As far as your comment, Palin is more than qualified to be Vice President. She has had been effective in reforming Alaska’s government and has proven leadership skills as governor.

    As far as McCain playing the female card, only he knows if that is true. But either way, it’s genius. Not only does it bring in the female vote, but it brings in the strong conservative vote as well.

    And I don’t think it undermines affirmative action. It shows that the Right isn’t opposed to appointing a woman to be VP or even President. The overwhelming support of the McCain/Palin ticket has shown that. If anything, it’s a step in the right direction for women’s rights.

  3. Plus she’s hot!

  4. Thanks so much for your post Lauren! I could’nt agree more with you! And what an excellent comment response to Jim. I, like you am thrilled about his choice. Of course, I have heard the garbage, about her not having experience, McCains choice was a blunder..yada-yada-yada. But like you said, we need to look at what she has done with the experience she has had. And she has already proven herself to succeed at all she does.

    I am very proud that she was chosen and as a campaign button I found says: “a little bit of Palin helps the McCain go down”

    🙂 For once McCain made a perfect decision. 🙂

  5. I think it is a step in the right direction for Americans, not women’s rights. Women have had the right to run for President for decades. The state of affairs that didn;t see a woman as a nominee had nothing to do with the right to do so. I think the entire campaign supports conservative thought – a black man and two women composed 3/4 of the andidates for the top two offices in the land. It helps put behind us the notion that there is insufferable inequality in our nation.

    It was a brilliant move, well executed, and I think may serve to be a resurgence of conservatism in a stagnant party.

  6. I believe all the trash said about Sarah is a sign of panick in the Obama camp. Have you heard them say they pull in $10 million in contribution after Sarah’s speech? The action is a sign of panick in the camp.

    Look at interviews, they have women surrogates everywhere, but its not working, well done McCain.

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