DENVER - John McCain kept his vice presidential pick a closely guarded secret hours before the high-stakes announcement Friday as top prospects seemed to drop away and speculation moved to darkhorse candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Two GOP strategists close to the McCain campaign said all indications pointed to Palin, a self-styled "hockey mom" and political reformer. The strategists spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the McCain camp to discuss the matter. There was no confirmation from McCain or his advisers.
Though I have not hidden my lack of enthusiasm for John McCain, I am extremely enthusiastic about Sarah Palin. Why?
* She's unabashedly pro-life
* She, unlike any of the other three on the respective tickets, has executive experience (Yeah, only two and a half years, but in that time she has garnered approval ratings in the 90% range in Alaska)
* She's invited the gas companies to come on up and check out ANWAR and is a proponent of drilling there. Unlike McCain who thinks ANWAR needs to remain "pristine", Palin recognizes that drilling there would both help Alaska with jobs and a boost to its economy, and provide America with much-needed gas price relief. Since she is Alaska's governor, when she speak about drilling in ANWAR, she actually speaks with some authority.
* Oh. And there's this. She's a slammin' hottie.
Here's Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck, telling all of the environmentalists where they can put their green:
Update: It's official! YAY!
Palin is by all accounts a principled conservative and government reformer who can contribute mightily to the decision-making that occurs in the White House. She has more executive experience in her two years as governor than Obama, Biden, and McCain combined. She is a mother of five in what appears to be a loving and functioning family. And she is someone Republicans, conservatives, and others can rally behind in the future.
There’s a new rock star in town. Conservatives are full of Hope that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will bring much-needed Change to McCain Republicanism.
Catch the fever.
Preston Taylor Holmes and I see eye-to-eye on this:
Unlike race-baiting community-organizer B. Hussein Obama, Palin actually has a resume and a record on which to stand. While I’d prefer a PALIN/McCain ticket, this will have to do.