November 4th is still along time down the road, but if John McCain is measuring for drapes in the Oval Office at that time we will all be able to look at his pick of Sarah Palin as the day he sealed the deal.
For months hard-core conservatives have talked with me on the radio or via email and they have been conflicted. McCain is sometimes with us, but other times against us. At points it seems as though he is intentionally spitting in our collective eye. We certainly don’t want Obama, but is McCain all that much better? While Obama has been able to harness energy among his core and even some from new voters, the McCain campaign was looking as sleepy as Bob Dole’s. People actively engaged in GOP politics just weren’t feeling it. Then Sarah Palin walked on stage with McCain in Dayton.
Immediately my email box was jammed and my cell phone started ringing. Conservatives were cheering. Some had tears in their eyes just hours after mocking the Obama loyalists for doing the same thing. With the pick of Sarah Palin, John McCain has energized his base in a way that he could not have done with any other candidate. Romney? Pawlenty? Huckabee? Meg Whitman? Only Palin with her history and life experience could have generated this much excitement from the conservative base.
It’s as though Karl Rove sat down with pen and paper and sketched out the perfect conservative nominee….
- A hunter with a lifetime membership in the NRA.
- Regularly attends church.
- Fought corruption even within her own party.
- Knew her son would have Down Syndrome and still chose life.
- Has a son who is headed to Iraq, but still supports the war.
- Has more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined.
- Sold the governor’s state plane because it’s a waste of tax dollars.
- Her husband is a union laborer.
- Wants to drill in ANWR.
- Oh yeah, she’s a woman!
The more I think about her pick the more I realize she may have been the only person in the whole country who could give John McCain a solid chance to win.