The Palin abode: A house divided

Palin’s family needs to get with the program

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, just selected as the GOP running mate for presidential candidate John McCain, has a political dissident or two under her own roof.

Neither her husband Todd, nor their 19-year-old son, Track, are registered as Republicans. Both are registered as “party undeclared.”

Alaska’s Republican Party allows those registered undeclared and “nonpartisan” to vote in the party’s primaries.

12 Responses to The Palin abode: A house divided

  1. Ron H says:

    For some, simply carrying the Ford or Chervrolet moniker has little to do with how they percieve automobiles in general. I am myself “unAffiliated” and feel no compunction to align myself with either political party at this time. At one time I was regestered Democrat, most of the time regestered Republican. Now since one can hardly tell the difference between the two, have chosen to distance myself until one or the other comes to their senses.

  2. Dale says:

    Very disappointing to hear. Where do you look this stuff up? McCain ought to just be crazy about House candidate Bouie–he’s not a committed Republican either!

    It’s the platform people. Read it, you’ll like it. RNC.org–“Republican Stuff”–Platform. Let’s hope the 2008 version is at least as strong as the 2004. The early draft of the 2008 platform is reportedly at least as conservative as the 2004, much to McCain’s chagrin.

  3. James says:

    I would like to hear what it is about the Republican platform that Todd and Track find so objectionable.

  4. Bill G. says:

    This is probably what clinched the deal for McCain. Hey! I found some more non-Republicans!

  5. westsider says:

    So Mrs. Palin and her family pracitce the ‘wild west’ independent streak – that probably sits well with McCain.

    Why is this a deal to anyone?

  6. Nike says:

    Ron H.
    To compare automobile brands to political affiliation is more than a bit of a stretch. The Democrat and Republican Parties each have platforms that clearly delineate who they are and what they stand for. The platforms are updated and reformed preceding every presidential cycle.

    They are very different. That is why people find a “home” within the parameters of one or another. Commitment to the fundamentals of a party is much different than admiring a body style or door handle on the new automobile in the showroom.

  7. Curious Guy says:

    Of course the only question is, will they vote for Mom and Gramps?

  8. Joe Evans says:

    Every family has their own eccentrics. All in all, I agree with the initial announcement on this site that naming the conservative Palin was a shrewd move. You called it “Glam and Slam.” I agree.

  9. She doesn’t yet have the vote of Faye Palin, her mother-in-law, who admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak and still hasn’t decided which way she’ll vote:

    “I’m not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she’s a woman and a conservative. Well, she’s a better speaker than McCain.”

  10. Don says:

    Palin’s family needs to get with the program? No, the Palin’s family needs to CONTINUE TO VOTE.

  11. Clark says:

    Sure, Don. But would it hurt for them to be registered in the party that has their wife and mother in second place on the national ticket? They were able to vote in Alaskan elections, but how about showing support for the Grand Old Party?
    Sarah Palin ran as REPUBLICAN when she was elected as governor. Now, her mother-in-law is imprudently adding fuel to this. I don’t at all disagree wit the concept of “get with the program.” We are doing all we can to increase Republican registration and party loyalty. Palin’s family absolutely needs to “get with the program.” That’s not a slam against the ticket or Gov. Sarah Palin. It is merely stating political reality.

  12. Keeper says:

    This headline is misleading to say the least. The governor’s family will of course support her. The headline implies that perhaps her son or husband won’t, or that somehow they don’t vote Republican because their affiliation is undeclared. With all of the corruption in Alaska prior to Palin kicking some ass up there, there are probably lots of people who are undeclared but nonetheless support the Republican ticket. You’ve done her a real disservice with this headline.