If you'd like to hear KTUU-TV in Achorage highlight the Draft Sarah Palin effort (and hear the mellifluous tones of Adam Brickley, who started the whole thing), visit http://palintology.com/ to see the YouTube segment. It's great!
Someone at BlogCritics responded to SJ'swonderful article (below ) by saying Sarah "lacked foreign policy experience" and her nomination as VP "would be an act of desperation" by Republicans. The following is my response:
I suggest people read The Economist piece on "Is America Heading to the Left?" and the recent articles by important conservative activists Patrick Hynes and Patrick Ruffini, as well as the Poll Data (by Stanley Greenberg, Pew Research, and others) cited in all those articles.
The Republican situation is beyond desperate, my friends. Democrats win "generic" presidential surveys (are you inclined to vote for a Democrat or Republican?) by 52-39 and win congressional races overall by about the same margin. The election of 2008 is now shaping up as a worse blow-out than 2006.
No, the American people don't like the Democrats. Sadly, however, they like Republicans (and conservatives) a lot less.
The same polls show the Republicans rapidly losing young people, Catholics (!!), and Hispanics. The evangelical vote for Republicans declined in 2006, and young evangelicals are increasingly concerned about issues (poverty, peace), where we're perceived as weak. Independents have been deserting the GOP in droves.
The number of people who identify themselves as Republicans/Democrats was 43-43 in 2004. Now, it's 50% Democrats, 35% Republican. In other words, millions of voters have been moving from the more conservative Party to the more liberal one.
Female professionals increasingly see the GOP as a Party mainly consisting of angry, old white men. (Sarah Palin is none of the above, except for the professional part.)
Desperate? That word doesn't convey how terrible the situation is. Currently, 44% of voters identifying with Republicans are 55 or over, a sign of a Party headed for the graveyard. Of voters under 30, a heavy majority identify with Democrats, the reverse of 15 years ago. That doesn't portend well at all.
A week or so I irritated some Huckabee supporters by saying Mike could not win. I also noted that, as things currently stand, NO Republican candidate could win the presidency in 2008. Hillary Clinton is now polling AHEAD of Rudy Giuliani (the Republican highest in the polls) on the issue of national security! Go figure.
We need to shake things up dramatically in order to have a chance. The thousands of hours devoted so far by men and women concerned about America and committed to Sarah's candidacy is our effort to turn the situation around.
Nationwide, there are only TWO (yikes) qualified, credible female Republican candidates, Heather Wilson of NM and Sarah Palin of Alaska. Sarah is the most appealing overall, has executive experience (unlike most of the Democrats) and has an approval rating of 84%, with only 5% disapproval. Gee, how did she get such a tremendous rating?
If we throw the same tired old faces at the voters, they will show their revulsion by voting for the Democrats, any Democrats. When they get to know Sarah, as we have, they will give the Republican Party another careful look.
The Economist article you can find in summary on http://theeconomist.com/ or in full at the local library.
The Patrick Hynes article is: http://www.anklebitingpundits.com/content/index.php?p=2496
The Ruffini article is: http://www.anklebitingpundits.com/content/index.php?p=2496
In terms of Sarah's foreign policy experience, how much does Hillary Clinton (who was somebody's wife and hosted lots of dinners) have? Or Obama? Or Giuliani? Or Romney? Or John Edwards? Or Huckabee? The answer is: close to none.
Sarah has extensive experience on two of the great issues of our time: energy and the environment. She doesn't rely on rhetoric about the "traditional family." In fact, she's a dynamic presence in just such a family. She's a living role model.
In a state that's become synonymous with political corruption, she's been a beacon of honesty and morality.
If "experience" means the kind of lousy record and issue baggage that got our nation into the current mess, then Sarah pleads innocent to carrying such an odious load. She's a person of great character and decency, which would be refreshing for a change, wouldn't it?
Stephen R. Maloney