Palin and her impressive family. Check out how her husband is eying the crowd.
After an initial bad feeling about Palin, we’ve been actually reading and watching video interviews with and about her, and what we here at docweaselblog are reading is heartening.
Not all conservative Republicans are enthused. We think they’re wrong, dead wrong.
UPDATE: I think this is a verystrong, capable and confident woman, much more so than people can see right now. I see in her a certain attitude, a way of taking command and ease in a situation of stress and pressure, and handling it with grace and the given that she’s got it under control, there’s no problem, she is in the zone.
I see great things in this woman. The next few weeks will tell, but I think Palin is what all those freaks were claiming Obama was: a true star, but one with instant gravitas and leadership qualities.
I will not be surprised if this woman becomes our first woman POTUS. The more I read and the more interview vids I watch, the more I am certain of it. This is a true star and a potentially great Republican leader.
UPDATE 2: I have some thoughts to add to the above (maybe we finally have to start using separate accounts? This is too confusing):
I think she’s wrong. Dead wrong. It’s absolutely valid to try to get people enthused about politics and feel involved. Women have been in the top leadership post all over the world, but not in this country. Not even close. And if Hillary had won, it would have been on the back of her husband, not on her own initiative.
Watch the videos. Read about her. This is a very impressive woman, in control, with ease of leadership and a command of the facts and a down-to-earch, rational and easy to understand approach to problems and how to articulate them.
Over at dwblog we see great things in this woman. Frankly, we’ve been talking about the very real possibility that Sarah Palin may be the first woman president of the US. She has every single prerequisite but long-term executive experience, but so what? Great leaders emerge from humble beginnings. The very fact that she has risen to far, so fast, is either going to prove her greatness or prove the Peter Principle.
We remain very happy with this pick, and it’s absolutely valid to include women in leadership positions. She _has_ earned it, the right way, not by being related to a famous or successful politician (Clinton, Libby Dole, Lisa Murkowski) but by hard work and the easy authority Palin projects. She’ll do great on the stump and vs. Biden. This is no Dan Quayle. Remember, you read it here first. This is a very great lady, a great politician and leader, period. Read more about her and her accomplishments. What matters not is experience, but ACCOMPISHMENTS. Biden’s been in the Senate for decades, what the hell has he ever actually done. I’d put Palin up against him any day in actually getting things done. And bucking the corrupt establishment as well.
I’ll enjoy seeing her preside over the Senate. Can the VP actually crack some heads over there? Now that would be cool.
Now back to the original post —->
Wait, here’s my UPDATE
I don’t get some of you ladies and your criticism of Palin. The women over at our blog are ecstatic about Palin, they feel involved, cared about, listened to. What’s wrong with identifying with your own sex? I think Palin absolutely has great things to add to the ticket and to the governing of this country, and her reform work completely dovetails with McCain’s promise to shake up the establishment. This is what we’ve all wanted, right? An end to politics as usual? Palin is ALL about that. That’s her biggest draw. She breaks down established, dug in pols with connexions and money and exposed them, beats them fair and square and then undoes their dirty deeds. Read the stuff she over-ruled that Murkowski had tried to shovel in at the eleventh hour, including the appointment of a crony to a high post that Palin over-ruled, turns out the guy was indicted for corruption later. There’s much, much more. This lady is the real deal, exactly what we’ve been hoping for, as is claimed for Obama, but without any substance: Palin really IS the libertarian, entrenched government smashing, truth-to-power speaking classically progressive (not nutroots progressive) reform candidate.
It makes me wonder how anyone can not examine this woman and her accomplishments closely and not see the very sublime and astute wisdom that brought McCain to choose her. I think more of him that he can see the greatness in her. You think I exaggerate, but let’s wait and see. So far I’m more than impressed with her, and women AND men should be excited by the prospect. There’s not a thing in the world wrong with cheering when women break into the leadership of the country. It’s high time. Good for McCain, and raspberry to Heather.
And back to the original post:
Palin is conservative, down-to-earth, connects with voters, is an outdoorsman, athlete, and most of all, completely self-made. Her husband, while an impressive guy, oilman, commercial fisherman, 5-time Iron Man sled-dog race winner, he had nothing to do with her political rise. That’s her own. If you examine many of the world’s successful women politics, Thatcher, for example, this is the road to real power (unlike Eva Peron, who disasterously played on her husband’s name to take power).
We’re impressed with this woman, and left wondering, did McCain just pick the future first woman president of the United States as his running mate? She has everything Hillary has not. In fact, she, not Hillary, has what you would expect the first woman president to be.
And, the fact that she’s making it on her own should be make her more important to women’s hopes for equaling men in executive politics. Would they really want the first woman to merely be there because she traded on her husband’s name?
Other blogs are sifting through her experience, position on issues, etc. What strikes us is that she’s a very, very good politician with a compelling life story and is very personable and authentic. It will be difficult, but not impossible, for the in-the-tank for Obama press to smear or hobble her. But not impossible.
Also, she’s a commander in the National Guard. She, teamed up with McCain’s well known career leave 2 military candidates, amazingly both with sons on the military either heading to Iraq or who already been serving there, against 2 Dems who have never been in the military and don’t have kids there. Will this finally end the “chickenhawk” argument once and for all.
It is with relief we hope we bid farewell to Romney as a national politician. He is our well trodden bete-noire and we bid him farewell and hope he retires.
So, a year from now, will we be hearing about how the press destroyed her career or how Mrs. Palin is on the ascendancy, perhaps to make history?
We’re betting on Sarah Palin to make it.
As noted at Cadillac Tight, the smears have already begun for the Dems. They seem to truly detest women in that party. I smell desperation and fear. This is absolutely the pick they feared the most, she’s very hard to attack and very good on her feet. Very impressive woman.