Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mike Huckabee's Reaction to John McCain's VP Pick - Sarah Palin

John McCain's surprise Vice Presidential selection of Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, garnered joyous reaction from the Republicans, conservatives, and Hillary Clinton supporters that felt mistreated and abused by the Democratic party. But what did former Governor of Arkansas and former runner-up in the 2008 Republican primaries think about being passed up by McCain for the VP slot? Here is his reaction on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes show:

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"I'm thrilled with Sarah Palin; brilliant choice," was Huckabee's opinion on this VP pick. It completely negated the media's "day after" coverage of Barack Obama's acceptance speech and historical nomination the previous night. Huckabee also makes it a clear that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Obama has just from being mayor of a city. Huckabee then proceeds to bat away every attack Alan Colmes used against Palin.

I personally believe Sarah Palin is a near-perfect vice presidential pick for John McCain. Palin secures the conservative base of the Republican party. She makes social conservatives extremely happy with her strong pro-life and marriage stances. She doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk. When she found out that her 5th child was going to be born with Down Syndrome 4 months into her pregnancy, she decided to give birth and not abort like many mothers would have done. Fiscal conservatives have nothing to complain about either, as she lowered taxes in Alaska as Governor and has put an end to the state's wasteful spending. She attracted national fame by blocking Congress' pork-barrel spending projects such as the "bridge to nowhere."

Another reason why Sarah Palin was a great VP pick is because she "makes history," just like Barack Obama has, by becoming the first female to appear on a Republican presidential ticket and has the potential of being the first female ever, to become the Vice President of the United States. Palin also takes away Obama's appeal even further, by being a TRUE agent of "change." Obama merely talks about "change" ad nauseam. Palin has actually changed the corrupt Alaskan government for the better from inside out. She otherwise would not have the 80%+ approval rating she currently enjoys in the state that she is governing.

Sarah Palin has a ton of experience in regards to a solution in getting the U.S. off our addiction and reliance on foreign oil. Her in-depth knowledge on matters of energy resources will be of great value if she was to become the next Vice President. If given the opportunity, she will be an integral part in attempting to achieve energy independence.

The real "game changer" may be the fact that Sarah Palin appeals to all of the disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters who are still angry at the lack of respect their candidate of choice received, similar to the treatment Mike Huckabee received from his own party, the media, and even Evangelical leaders in the primaries. These Clinton supporters were looking for a good reason to support John McCain and vote for him. Well, Sarah Palin is more than a good reason. Palin's successful career, her strong will and determination, her intelligence, membership to Feminists for Life, ability to balance her career as a mayor and Governor with being a mother of 5, and willingness to "cross party lines" to get things accomplished is more than enough reason for Clinton supporters to feel good about switching party affiliation and vote for John McCain come this November. Heck, you don't even have to be an unhappy Hillary supporter to now vote for McCain/Palin. All mothers across the nation can now relate with this incredible woman and may think twice about voting for Democrats, a 3rd party, or not voting at all.

Sarah Palin excites the conservative base along with many, many Hillary supporters to become active in campaigning for John McCain, as well as donate funds, when they otherwise might not have. Barack Obama's grassroots support is overwhelming, while McCain's grassroots support WAS almost non-existent. McCain now has 2 potent groups of grassroots support to help him knock on doors, make phone calls, and blog on the Internet.

When Alan Colmes asked Huckabee, "Do you believe that John McCain would've chosen Sarah Palin, if Hillary Clinton were on the Democratic ticket, on either the top or bottom of the ticket?" Huckabee's response: "Well, you know what? I'm not sure, but it doesn't matter because Obama didn't pick Hillary. He said no to 18 million voters for her. But I'll tell you what McCain did... he said yes to women of this country."

The most used attack against Palin is her supposed lack of experience. Alan Colmes tried using this attacking point with Huckabee by asking "Do you believe Sarah Palin is ready, from 'day 1,' if God forbid, something happens to John McCain, to be President of the United Stats (referring to Palin)?" Huckabee wisely answers, "I think she's far more ready to be President, if something happens to McCain, than Barack Obama would be, if something DOESN'T happen to McCain." "

The liberals and Democrats are now scared. Scared that their nominee has a very real possibility of losing an election in which ANY Democrat would have been heavily favored in winning the Presidency this year. They were not prepared for Sarah Palin. They had their ads all ready to air, full of Mitt Romney attacks against John McCain, hoping McCain would be dumb enough to listen to the Republican establishment, talk radio, and biased media when deciding his VP pick.

All Sarah Palin has to do is brush up on her foreign policy debating skills (most elected officials (Governor or Senator) DO NOT have any foreign policy experience), do well against Joe Biden in their debate (he will be very tough, but so is she), not make any significant gaffes, and help McCain make some good speeches on the campaign trail for the next 2 months.

Entire Ohio rally, where John McCain introduced Sarah Palin:

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DeniseMary said...

I'm a 55-year-old woman who switched parties on 5/8/08 - six weeks before Hillary suspended her campaign - when Donna Brazile stated that the "New Democratic Coalition" was no longer interested in its "older" base. I've ardently supported McCain since then, and never looked back. However, I am extremely disappointed that you were not selected as McCain's VP, and my son is so devastated he said he may not vote at all. (I'll work on that - this election is far too important to sit out...) Your words regarding Sarah Palin were extremely gracious and diplomatic - I would not have expected any less from you. However, I feel she was chosen to create an in-road to disenchanted Hillary voters, and I am not at all at ease with Palin picking up that red phone. With you, I would have been.

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Anonymous said...

Great blog site! Thank you for letting the world see what Gov. Huckabee is really like. I was impressed with the fact that Gov. Huckabee put his own political career on the line by honestly answering direct questions when asked about McCain choosing a VP that wasn't firm on the issues most important to us values voters. Gov. Huckabee is a genuine leader willing to "do hard things" by being the someone doing the something.

Granny T

nrobyar said...

Denisemary, Thank you for that touching tribute to Mike....
I was one of the many volunteers thru hucksarmy who has worked daily since January for Governor Huckabee (blogging making calls and writing people) first for President and then vp. For the secomd time around I have been heartbroken and brought to tears because I so strongly believe he is the visionary man who has the right answers both socially and fiscally for this country. He has the unique gift of being able to go from making the most powerful awe-inspiring speech and 10 minutes later shaking your hand and making you feel immediately as if he is an old friend. I will support the McCain/Palin ticket but my heart and dedication is to Governor Huckabee. I truly believe he DESERVED to be on the ticket and is the people's choice. Palin is a good woman and shares Huck's social dedication to the right to life. I agree she is vp because of the Hillary supporters and I also agree Hillary supporters would all LOVE MIKE... I am still hoping and praying to see Mike Huckabee as our commander in chief.

Gambit said...

Mike Huckabee was too good to be merely Vice President. He is Presidential material.

This year was not his year. It was however, a GREAT way to introduce himself to the nation. Huckabee has accomplish so much within 3 months. He has the next 4 years or more to prepare for a potential 2nd run for the Presidency.

Patience is a virtue. Some people have it, others don't. Huckabee has it. I hope those who read this blog does too!

Tim4Hillary said...

Yes, I think Sarah Palin was an excellent pick by John McCain. If I end up voting for McCain, his selection of Palin will give me all the more reason to cast my vote for him.

By the way I like Mike Huckabee. I don't agree with him a lot but he is enjoyable to watch and listen.

DeniseMary said...

Gambit, I agree. I meant no disrespect with regard to Huckabee as VP. Frankly, both my son and I would love to see him as our PRESIDENT, but it didn't pan out that way. So I am voting Republican for the first time in my life because Obama is simply not an option. This will not be a "hold my nose" vote, by the way:) I respect both McCain and Palin. However, Mike Huckabee simply inspires trust all across the board. And when he speaks, he makes you feel like he is speaking directly to YOU. That's a rare gift. In any event, yes, I can wait until 2012 if he can:)

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Beloved Spear said...

As someone who will be voting Obama/Biden, I really do wish that Huckabee had been chosen instead of Palin. His wit, grace, levelheadedness, and depth of knowledge would have complemented and counterbalanced McCain's "mavericky" nature. As it is, Palin has become a liability outside of the base. Huck would have both shored up social conservatives and not alienated independents...because the more you get to know him, the more you respect him.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a Huckabee/Palin ticket in 2012!