Opinion: Sarah Palin pick a big hit with social conservatives
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John McCain made strides in overcoming the reluctant attitude many social conservatives long have held toward him with his strong performance at the Saddleback Church forum earlier this month. Now, with his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, he may have fully brought them aboard the ‘Straight Talk Express.’
Typical of the effusive response to the Palin pick was a statement from Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition:
At a time when Americans want change in Washington, Sara [sic] Palin is a fresh and energetic voice joining the debate. I am thrilled with Senator McCain’s choice and I look forward to having this strong and independent woman who brings a lot of substance to the campaign.
It is interesting to hear all of these liberals whine about foreign policy experience. Where were they when the Democrats were nominating Bill Clinton, a Governor of Arkansas to be President? How about Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer from rural Georgia? The audacity of their hypocrisy is galling. This was a very wise move by Sen. McCain. He has done what Sen. [Barack] Obama refused to do -– pick a qualified woman to be his running mate. Instead, Obama picked a Washington insider who has been part of the old guard of radical liberals who are still trying to raise taxes, protect the abortion industry and pack our federal courts with activist judges. This move – the day after Obama’s Greek Temple speech – has sucked the air out of Obama’s 15-minutes of fame. I predict that Obama will end up back in the Senate humiliated by a devastating defeat.
The coalition promises further comment on Palin during the Republican National Convention next week in St. Paul, Minn.; presumably, the group will correctly spell her first name.
-- Don Frederick
Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, speaks as Republican Presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., listens Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. McCain announced Palin as his running mate at the event. AP photo by Kiichiro Sato