The Sarah Palin Rumor Mill

By Jennn Fusion | Related entries in Veep

At VicePresidents.com, we first wrote about Sarah Palin back in December 2007 when we found that there was, in fact, ONE person actively campaigning for the Vice Presidency. Typically this move is a deal breaker for many politicians and is the unspoken rule: Don’t act like you want it.

Back then, this is what we had to say:

One blogger said the ideal ticket would be a Giuliani Presidency, backed by the fresh face of a woman VP. Sarah obtained a degree in journalism before serving as a two-term mayor of Wasilla and as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She’s especially noted for immediately following her pledge to sell the Westwind II jet that had been purchased by taxpayer money by the previous administration. She cut the enormous construction budget in half and put energy as one of her top priorities. An August poll gave her governorship an 85% approval rating — heralded as the highest in the nation. The question is: How would Judith feel about a woman VP?

Again, we mentioned her in February…

As you may recall, we first mentioned Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as a potential VEEP just over a month ago. Her campaign for the #2 Spot has been picking up steam on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Magazine, as well as radio talk shows like BlogTalkRadio and AKRadio.org to name a few! It seems that VP-Mania is kicking off in full force. Here at VicePresidents.com, we can’t help but admire those gutsy enough to campaign for VP!

Since then, she’s been mentioned avidly by the underground who has been touting her as an obvious choice all along. Mainstream media has been focusing more on the candidates who held the national spotlight. To choose an unknown dark horse candidate would be so… Maverick… and that’s exactly what McCain needed to do strategically. While everyone was touting Obama’s convention as “historic,” McCain knew a Romney wouldn’t do. Additionally, McCain needed someone who would be content with the “place holder” role he had in store for them. A Romney or other seasoned statesman may not have been comfortable with an in-the-shadows role. Moreover, a McCain-Lieberman would have been historic in a sense (with an ex-VEEP / Democrat-turned-Republican on the ticket) and they are very compatible, but his base would have been rattled by Liebermans’ pro-choice stance and other issues.   

I think in many ways there’s so much to love about Governor Palin — a strong woman who’s as unafraid to hunt moose as she is to buck her own party when she needs to. Ideologically, there’s no doubt she’s a Republican with a Conservative touch, but she also has different ideas about economic issues and energy. You have to appreciate someone who is willing to cut her own salary, sell the state’s taxpayer-purchased private jet and cut wasteful pork barrel projects. She’s worked as a city councilmember (2 terms), a mayor and a governor (2 years). The first word out of the Obama Camp was that she has no foreign policy experience… but to paint her as “inexperienced,” overall, is naive.

But almost immediately the rumor mill began grinding away in other areas… The UK Times says she’s embroiled in an investigation for abuse of power, CBS says she’s guilty of trying marijuana in her reckless youth, the Seattle Times mentions she supported windfall taxes on big oil companies (which John McCain and other Republicans oppose) and the LA Times claims her husband Todd worked for BP Oil Company raking in over $120,000 annually but later quit over conflict of interest when Sarah became governor. 

As the nation gets introduced to Sarah Palin, competing narratives will surface — but whose will be the strongest? The theme of both campaigns are beginning to hone in on the same focus: Middle America, Small-Town America, Maverick America, Blue Collar America, Family America. The question will loom until November: Who’s America do you want to live in?


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9 Responses to “The Sarah Palin Rumor Mill”

  1. berlet98 Says:

    VICE PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN!

    It’s hard to imagine a better pick for VP than Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska!

    Attractive, conservative, articulate, smart, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-energy independence, Palin is the breath of fresh air that the country has been craving for Washington for decades. A fearless reformer, sportswoman, mother of five, she’s shown that a woman can indeed balance a career with a home life and conduct both with aplomb and distinction.

    In addition, she’s cleaner than Senator Biden ever envisioned Obama to be!

    And did I mention she’s a woman?

    For a slew of past interviews of Governor Palin, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXfiOSCfY44&feature=related.

    Senator McCain just sealed this election with Governor Sarah Palin. Just beware of the mud-throwing from the national media and the Obama campaign that has already begun.

    Fear not, however, McCain will serve four years and then Palin will serve eight more.

    America is back on track!

  2. Rob in Denver Says:

    Two-terms as a city council member in Wasilla is four years in a part-time job. Her constituency as mayor was 1/27th the size of Illinois State Senate Disctrict 13. Her constituency as governor is 1/18th the size of a U.S. Senator from Illinois.

    Don’t get me wrong, a governorship provides chief executive experience that, at present, neither Obama, McCain, nor Biden have. But if we take that tack, I suppose she’s the only person in the race who’s ready.

    Palin has less than 70 days to convince us she’s ready to be president should something happen to McCain, heaven forbid. Obama’s had a year and a half and many still have doubts.

    Who’s being naive?

  3. Rich Says:

    CBS is deriding her for TRYING marijuana, but it’s OK for Obama to have been a cokehead?

    No, there is no media bias. Of course not!!

  4. Ari Herzog Says:

    FYI, you may have mentioned Palin as a Veep candidate six months ago, but the folks who run an unofficial blog about her broached the topic a year before you!

  5. Gina Says:

    BREAK THE GLASS CEILING !!!
    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

  6. InfiniteCat Says:

    When I heard Palin announce her nomination on the radio yesterday I honestly HONESTLY thought it was another David Sedaris story being performed by Julia Sweeny. What else could be so ridiculous?

    Besides the Republican Party itself.

  7. Fred Says:

    Berlet98 wrote:

    “Fear not, however, McCain will serve four years and then Palin will serve eight more.”

    what’s that, don’t you expect McCain to live long enough to run for 8 years? Is that a Freudian slip about him being too old?

  8. Charles Says:

    hey, listen to Sarah Palin in her own words in this NewsWeek Video that was done back in March 2008! Its very telling!
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190

  9. squirly g Says:

    Aw gee, she’s such a good mom. When rumors were running rampant on the internet about whether or not she or Bristol mothered ‘lil trig she decided against one very simple solution: a statement from her attending physician. Instead Sarah thrusts her 17 year old daughter into the global spotlight. Maybe it’s because Sarah’s still unsure whether or not her son was born at Mat-Sur Regional Medical Center in Palmer or Providence Hospital in Anchorage…What a mom.

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