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McCain Hits It Out of the Park With Palin (UPDATE: ABC says Palin is not the pick -- still in Alaska, UPDATE: CNBC says it is Palin, now confirmed by many sources)

[UPDATE 10:35 Campaign confirms Palin to Fox News!
UPDATE 10:19 a.m.: CNBC says it is Palin! Update: And so does the Chicago Tribune. The campaign is still mum and I expect it will be until the formal announcement.

[Update 10:05 a.m.: Carl Cameron just said Palin's staff in Alaska and in Washington say they cannot account for her whereabouts at this time and that their comments about her schedule were as of last night. If it is not her, I think we would be getting a denial by now, but maybe the absence of a denial is just the McCain campaign's way of keeping speculation alive. Compare this to the Biden leak. McCain sure shows who can keep a secret. Here is the report of the possible Palin sighting on the charter plane.]

Last night at about 3 a.m. I posted the following: "Palin? The talk tonight was almost exclusively Pawlenty, with many all but calling it for him, but I am still wondering if that was meant to throw people off track. Red County predicts Sarah Palin to be McCain's choice based on a chartered plane from Alaska to Ohio." Last night I pulled up Palin's Wikipedia page and someone had added to her bio there that she had been chosen by John McCain as the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate. I Just checked and it has been taken down.

I had not followed the Veepstakes closely and did not know all that much about Palin. After looking into her background last night I went to bed praying McCain had picked her, but was afraid of getting my hopes up and being disappointed. This piece of information from Palin's biography was emailed to me last night, "Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" because of her intense play. She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds. Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games."

I then found this list of top ten reasons to choose Palin from Laurie Morrow at Democracy Project. Here are a few of them. Read them all:

For months, Obama's supporters have touted the Senator's youthfulness as one of his qualifications for office (a strategy they're apt to scale back on, given their selection of a Vice President nearly as old as McCain). If youth is seen as a plus by voters, then Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fits the bill. At 44, she is 3 years younger than Barack Obama, and the youngest person ever to be elected Governor of Alaska. Palin is also the state's first Governor to have been born after Alaska achieved statehood, as well as Alaska's first female Governor.

After her initial, unsuccessful, run against him for the Governor's office, former Alaska Governor Murkowski appointed Palin Ethics Commissioner of Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. If Murkowski figured this appointment would pressure Palin into overlooking misbehavior by her fellow Republicans, he figured wrong. Within a year, Palin resigned in a very public protest over the ethics displayed by Alaska's Republican leadership, filing a formal complaint against Randy Ruedrich, who was not only a fellow Oil and Gas Commissioner, but also the chairman of Alaska's Republican party.

If Senator McCain wants a running mate willing to be a maverick to Party, but never to Principle, he need look no further than Sarah Palin.

To become Governor, Palin had to defeat both a former Democratic Governor and the incumbent Republican Governor - which she did, and won. Palin defeated Murkowski in the Republican primary, and then her Democratic opponent in the election. She knows how to campaign successfully, against seemingly impossible odds.

Palin doesn't just criticize pork-barrel spending - she slashes it. A few days after she assumed office as Governor, she put the Westwind II jet her predecessor had purchased up for sale, on eBay. The jet eventually sold, in 2007, for $2.7 million, slightly above its 2005 purchase price. Palin canceled roads and construction projects designed to benefit friends of the prior administration.

Update (9:05 a.m.): Carl Cameron just said someone told him that Sarah Palin was not on that charter plane and is still in Alaska. I hope that is not true. I am really excited about the idea of Palin as Veep. Whoever it is, McCain has done one heck of a job keeping this thing secret. If John McCain is president, our goverment secrets will surely be safe.

Update 9:10: The report that I mentioned in the update below saying Palin was still in Alaska is posted at the ABC website. Whoever he has chosen, McCain has certainly made it exciting. Michelle Malkin just linked to this list of other possible Veep picks. Scroll to end for additional updates.]

Update (9:25 a.m.): I agree with Erick Erickson at Redstate. McCain has pulled off the ultimate head fake and now no matter who he has picked, there is a frenzied buzz that has knocked Obama's speech from the top of the page. Brilliant.

Update (9:40 a.m.): Drudge still has a picture of a McCain-Palin button up top. In addition to the story that Palin is still in Alaska, her press secretary has now confirmed her schedule for today which has her in Alaska. The bloggers I am hearing from are virtually throwing out just about every name you can imagine. Barack who?

In spite of the ABC story that Palin is still in Alaska, I have not yet heard a "I'm not it" from Palin. I think at this point the only firm denials have come from Pawlenty and Romney. It looks wide open.


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Comments (25)

So far all the possible VP ... (Below threshold)

So far all the possible VP nominees are said to be somewhere else, or going to be elsewhere.

How about if they are ALL showing up in Dayton to support McCain's actual choice, and are playing headgames with the MSM?

Dare I say "gravitas"?... (Below threshold)

Dare I say "gravitas"?

"Carl Cameron just said ... (Below threshold)

"Carl Cameron just said someone told him that Sarah Palin was not on that charter plane and is still in Alaska."

Well, that sounds official :)

I really wanted Palin to be... (Below threshold)

I really wanted Palin to be the pick. I hope McCain will choose wisely.

Yeah, the government's secr... (Below threshold)

Yeah, the government's secrets will be safe from the American public, just like during the current Bush administration.

Isn't Governor Palin being investigated for using her office to carry out a vendetta?

Please, McCain, pick this inexperienced, scandalous woman!

The furor coupled with Pawl... (Below threshold)

The furor coupled with Pawlenty's denial...is leading me to think it's Pawlenty.

<a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)
John House:


Let's hope it's true.

Just saw this on Yahoo:... (Below threshold)

Just saw this on Yahoo:

Palin is a first-term governor credited with reforms of her out-of-the-way state.

Hmmm...already downplaying Palin, AP? That's a good sign.

Remember, it's ABC. Cannot ... (Below threshold)
Glenn M. Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET:

Remember, it's ABC. Cannot be trusted with anything.

CNN is reporting that sourc... (Below threshold)

CNN is reporting that sources at the Dayton airport are saying that the plane landed last night under very suspicious circumstances. They go on to say that a woman and two teenagers (Palin has three) emerged from the plane and were whisked away in a van. I'm willing to bet the report that she's still in Alaska is dated or a strawman.

Palin is almost certainly m... (Below threshold)

Palin is almost certainly my only attraction to any potential McCain campaign - none of the other potential mates do anything for me.

sarah palin has had her Wik... (Below threshold)
neal palumbo:

sarah palin has had her Wikipedia bio LOCKED
till Sept 5
she is the pick!!!!

I think having her on the t... (Below threshold)

I think having her on the ticket would be brilliant. Any feminists disappointed over Hillary would surely take a look at this ticket. Plus she'd be the only one on either ticket with administrative experience!

I hope he picks her.

palin on WIKIWiki ed... (Below threshold)
neal palumbo:

palin on WIKI
Wiki editors just changed the headers on her page and took off one of the 2 linesd of type on her "locked" announcement.
so someone there is bracing for lots of trafic to that page !!!!!!!

Wow, if McCain is smart eno... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Wow, if McCain is smart enough to pick Palin as his VP it will immediately begin to undermine Obama's post convention campaign. Guess what, there are way more women than blacks and shifting just a few percent from Obama to McCain will swing the election.

Among the four running for P and VP, Palin would be the only one with executive experience and McCain is the only one with military experience. All of that pales in comparison to the advantage having a women on the ticket would give McCain. At some point Palin will find an issue where Obama is off track with women and make the charge "I know he cares, but he just doesn't get it". Turning Obama's theme against McCain into a devastating liability. And then McCain's campaign can take a page out of Obama's book of tricks and preemptively play the gender card. Wow, this will be fun to watch.

But if McCain picks some white guy for his VP, then I don't see him winning this election.

For over a month, vi... (Below threshold)
Larry Summers:

For over a month, via whatever means, I have been begging McCain's campaign to nominate Palin.

About the only things on her are a) she is fairly young and 2) she got after her former brother-in-law, a lying, cheating rascal who has been married four times, leaving behind small children. He also has numerous reprimands on his State Trooper record. He deserves someone getting on him. Palin is good at that, and she sees Party as no obstacle when it comes to getting out the knife for those who deserve it.

Ethics, morals and ability AND she is tough female who takes no prisoners when she thinks she is right. How is any of that a bad thing?

Palin is a home run if McCain does it.

Larry Summers
Winters, TX

I agree, Mac...Obama chose ... (Below threshold)

I agree, Mac...Obama chose to go with "some white guy", I've been really hoping McCain would not "pick some white guy". For crying out loud, JOHN EFFING MCCAIN has managed to get conservatives excited!

Just confirmed, VP is Palin... (Below threshold)

Just confirmed, VP is Palin!

And this is a late p... (Below threshold)
Larry Summers:

And this is a late pick. And she is female.

Why else would McCain need to vet his pick with Cindy?

Larry Summers
Winters, TX

Yay for Sarah!!! And Yay f... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Yay for Sarah!!! And Yay for McCain- excellent pick!

I can add one thing to Laurie Morrow's "Top Ten" list that Lorie Byrd linked to in her post:


OH my God! I never thought ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Skilling:

OH my God! I never thought there could be a worse pick than Dan Quayle, but there ya go!

Somewhere, Obama is weeping... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Somewhere, Obama is weeping. Or he will be,, once he realizes what this means.

I love Palin. Ran into her ... (Below threshold)

I love Palin. Ran into her at the Ak state fair a year ago. People in the "Valley" there think she is fantastic. The rest of Ak fell for her also. She didn't have to fight as hard as Laurie says for her position in Ak as Mukowski was the most disliked governor in the states. Ak was seriously ready for a change from the Pukowski crowd there. Now that I think about it,it seems that is the same situation we are looking at for the POTUS.

Dan Quayle? Dan Quayle had... (Below threshold)

Dan Quayle? Dan Quayle had vastly more experience and accomplishments when he was elected VP than Obama does now running for President. You do know that, don't you?

BREAK THE GLASS CEILING !!!... (Below threshold)

WOW ... What a great pick!!! America should elect
McCain & Palin for the Whitehouse in November,
for a return to wholesome American values.
An experienced Governor for V.P. vs. a
community organizer for President ... I pick Palin.
No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko,
no mean Michelle, NOBAMA






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