To get a sense of the huge enthusiasm among conservatives for the Sarah Palin pick, scroll down the postings at RobinsonandLong.com which aggregates the most important center-right voices.
I have a new Townhall.com column up explaining this reaction, but it is wide, deep, and it will endure. Short version: With this pick the future of the Republican Party is securely conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-military and strong on national defense, pro-Second Amendment, pro-property rights, pro-free market, pro-energy exploration and anchored in outside-the-Beltway Reaganism.
UPDATE: An e-mail this evening remarks on another first: Sarah Palin is the first mother of an American soldier to be nominated for the second highest office in the land. This is indeed a special group to represent.
As is the community of parents with children with special needs. After hearing CNN’s John Roberts astonishing idiocy today, I had parents of children with Down Syndrome on in two segments today. Their children, they were quick to point out, are kids like all other kids and require just as much love and attention as all other kids. Roberts and CNN need (1) to apologize for the idea that children with Down Syndrome are heavy burdens, and (2) get smart about kids with disabilities.
So it is hard to imagine a more complete outsider, in terms of national politics, than Sarah Palin. She ran and was elected as a reformer, has governed successfully as such, and owes nothing whatever to anyone in Washington. Personally, I’m not as anti-Washington as many conservatives, but it would be just about unAmerican not to root for a rebel and outsider like Palin.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would make a “pretty fragile” president, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton said Friday as politicians trotted out their talking points on Republican presidential hopeful John McCain’s surprise vice presidential pick.
In a conference call with reporters, Lawton, a Democrat, said she was taken aback by the choice.
The 44-year-old Palin has served as Alaska’s governor for the last two years. Before that she was the mayor of Wasilla, a town of 6,500 about 30 miles north of Anchorage.
Lawton said Palin has absolutely no national security experience.
“If she becomes president of the United States of America, I think we would have someone who is pretty fragile at the helm,” Lawton said.
Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus called Lawton’s remark sexist. Palin’s experience leading the largest state in the union and the Alaska National Guard is more than Democratic presidential Barack Obama has, Priebus said.
“She’s, number one, an outsider, smart, articulate governor in a state that couldn’t get further from Washington,” he said. “She’s a person who finally can break that glass ceiling. We’re proud to nominate a female vice president.”
Update 3: Charles Krauthammer is a brilliant man. But he lives inside the Beltway,and this note from him confirms that. Sarah Palin is vastly more experienced than Barack Obama when it comes to executive decision-making, and so the ticket of McCain-Palin is much to be preferred over the ticket of Obama-Biden when it comes to leading the nation. The GOP hasn’t given up an inch of their argument about “Not Ready To Lead.” Obama is the total rookie and he’s at the top of the ticket. Palin –with years of “do this, do that” experience, is in the second seat. This is the huge difference. Obama has zero management experience (except for the stuff that Stanley Kurtz is trying to unearth from Obama’s tyears running the failed Annenberg Challenge for unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.)
Obama isn’t ready to be C-in-C. McCain is. And McCain has an understudy who will soak it all in rather than blather on endlessly.