Circle today on your calendar, it is the day that John McCain united his party by selecting Sarah Palin to serve as his Vice President.
In Palin we have a fresh face for our party who has fought ethical violations by those in her own party. Her accomplishments in 2006 are astounding; she won election in by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election.
There are obvious reasons for McCain to pick Palin. Sure those disgruntled Hillary supporters may be even more inclined to support McCain after putting Palin on the ticket, but she’s also articulate, she hunts, owns a float plane, and rides snowmobiles and she is solidly pro-life.
McCain needed to pick a VP who is with pro-life conservative credentials. In 2008 Palin gave birth to a son with Down syndrome. Earlier in her pregnancy she refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. When asked about her son’s condition she said, “I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?” This should get many pro-life activists engaged in the McCain campaign.
While a Romney or Pawlenty selection would have been fine, the selection of Palin lets our activists discover a new face in our party. It allows us to reach out and bring in new people to our party, which is something we desperately need to do.
Wile McCain’s campaign struggled early they sure are running on all cylinders in the most important time of the election. For the past few weeks you get a since that McCain has some momentum going into the convention, and if he does well there he should be able to continue to build it through the debates and on to election day.
It’s a great day to be a Republican. My friends over at Flyover have more on Palin.