VP Sweepstakes: McCain’s conservative selection could neutralize the Obamadrama

August 29, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin, former Miss Alaska runner-up, wins a more significant second place

In 2006, Sarah Palin won the Alaska governor’s race, first beating the incumbent governor in the primary and then taking out former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, with 48.33 % to his 40.97, (four others were on the ballot).

Of significant and timely importance is her stated support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and key congressional members is accessible here. WorldNetDaily has more here.

She is pro-life, choosing to give birth to a Down’s Syndrome son after tests revealed his condition during her pregnancy.

And although opposed to same-sex marriage, Palin complied with a state Supreme Court order, signing same-sex benefits into law. After a public vote on the issue, Alaska was one of the first U.S. states to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage,” in 1998.

Yet, Palin’s first veto was used to block legislation that would have barred the state from granting benefits to gay state employees and their partners, granting State of Alaska benefits to same-sex couples.

Athletic and a lifelong hunter, Palin worked for a time as a sports reporter. Her husband, Todd, a native Alaskan, works in an oilfield for BP, and is a four-time champion Iron Dog 2000 mile racer. They are the parents of five children, one of whom is serving in the U.S. Army and is about to be deployed to Iraq.

The fact that she was named Miss Congeniality in that beauty contest could be a real plus in dealing with the rigidly stubborn John McCain.

Finally, the Republican ticket has some glam and slam.

Cindy McCain’s half-sister is voting for Barack Obama

August 28, 2008

“I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat.”

“I’m not voting for McCain,” Kathleen Hensley Portalski tells Us Magazine. “I have a different political standpoint.

“I’m voting for Obama,” the Phoenix resident says. “I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I’m not a big war believer.”

National Public Radio (NPR) earlier interviewed Cindy on her philanthropic endeavors. The program later aired the response from Kathleen and her son Nicholas, on their back-of-the-hand treatment, as Cindy declares herself to be an only child. Prior to their marriage to each other, Jim Hensley and Cindy’s mother, Marguerite, each had a child from their pervious marriages.

Portalski’s son, a 45-year-old aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.

“I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat,” he tells the magazine. “I would not vote at all before I’d vote for him.

“I question whether Cindy is someone I’d want to see in the White House as first lady,” he added.

GOP Platform committee engages in heated debate

August 28, 2008

And, the pro-life plank?

Members of the GOP platform committee meeting in Minneapolis appear to be putting John McCain’s campaign priorities above some of their pet issues, including drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and denying citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants as reported by AP.

Sparks reportedly were flying as the committee members endeavored to iron out divisive wrinkles and put a unified face on a Republican party led by a moderate who has inflamed the conservative base of his party. McCain’s leadership role in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform debacle, from which he is, for the time being, attempting to distance himself, has driven a wedge through his home state. A border state, Arizona is ground zero in illegal immigration woes, as it struggles to deal with the skyrocketing costs of educating the estimated 140,000 non-English speaking students, the enormous impact on the criminal justice system and spiraling health care costs, encumbering the taxpaying citizens.

Although the debate was filled with words such as a “friendly debate” and “respectful disagreement” it was clear that behind the affable terminology there was real dispute among the members, especially when dealing with the thorny issue of illegal immigration, according to this FOX News report.

Some delegates wanted the words “We oppose amnesty” included in the party platform, while others targeted the phrase “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” seeing it as code words for amnesty. This sparked a heated discussion between members who said that the Republican Party is a “not a xenophobic party, not an intolerant party. We are a compassionate party that insists on the rule of law and endorses federal law.”

Delegates debated embryonic stem cells – another area where many differ with McCain, who supports relaxing federal restrictions on the funding of such research. They voted to ban human cloning and “the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research purposes.”

McCain has unequivocally stated that he “wants to go back to the platform of 1980 – 84,” which was prior to the Pro-Life plank inserted during the Reagan years.

The platform goes before the full Republican National Convention in St. Paul on Monday.

Candidate remains inscrutable on VP choice

August 28, 2008

Keeping the mo going

John McCain is expected to name his running mate within hours, culminating with dual appearances at weekend rallies planned for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

The GOP presidential hopeful will celebrate his birthday on Friday, blowing out 72 candles, making him, if he were to win, the oldest person ever inaugurated as president.

This fact demonstrates the urgency for McCain to seriously consider someone who could effortlessly assume the reins in 2012.

Ever the cagey one, he still maintains he has not yet made the important decision. “I haven’t decided yet so I can’t tell you,” he told KDKA NewsRadio in Pittsburgh early today.

Listen as John McCain joins Larry and John (Larry Richert and John Shumway), the station’s morning news hosts.

Fascinating in-depth, behind-the-scenes maneuvering is reported by AP and can be read here.

Sen. Bob Casey offers standard abortion cliché, squanders opportunity

August 28, 2008

The Catholic League lambastes weak speech

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s speech Tuesday night at the Democrat’s National Convention.

Read Donohue’s excellent commentary titled, Casey blows it big time here.

Blogs rule, admits exiting newspaper columnist

August 27, 2008






After 17 years as a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, Jay Mariotti, has resigned.

The newspaper is one of the city’s two major dailies.

Just back from Beijing, where he covered the Olympics, Mariotti said in a phone interview that he decided to quit after it became clear while in China that sports journalism had become “entirely a Web site business. There were not many newspapers there.” He added that most of the journalists covering the Games were “there writing for Web sites,” according to the report in the Chicago Tribune.

Reflecting on his years at the paper, Mariotti said he loved every minute of it. But he said that with the troubled times newspapers face, it was time to consider a new future.

“I’m a competitor and I get the sense this marketplace doesn’t compete,” he said. “Everyone is hanging on for dear life at both papers. I think probably the days of high-stakes competition in Chicago are over.

“To see what has happened in this business. … I don’t want to go down with it,” Mariotti said.

GOP County Chairman urges election of Rep. Sam Crump and Carl Seel

August 27, 2008

Husband sends autodialer message to LD 6 voters:

“Hi, this is Tom Husband, chairman of your Maricopa County Republican Party with an important message.

Whether you are voting by mail or in person, please cast your two votes for State Representative for Carl Seel and Sam Crump. Crump and Seel are endorsed by your county party because they are solid, honest Republicans.

Sadly, their opponent has proven to be neither. Tony Bouie has run a dishonest campaign and your local Republican Party does not want you fooled by this lifelong Democrat who is suddenly running as a Republican.

If you are voting by mail, please mail your ballot by Wednesday or Thursday of this week, or carry it into the polls next Tuesday. I thank Sam Crump 2008 and Carl Seel in 08 for paying for this message and for giving me the chance to share our endorsement of Seel and Crump with you.

Thank you for listening!”