Brilliant choice McCain!

Hat tip Woman Honor Thyself.

She definitely has my vote, too bad I can't vote. Need to read up some more on her, but that video is definitely a good start. I'll add quotes as I surf the net pilfering merrily. Updates to follow.

NRO - Strength in foreign policy; reforms of taxes and health care geared to the middle class; and a moderate social conservatism: It’s a potentially winning message, and now Republicans have a ticket that is suited to it.

Via Michelle Malkin - She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington. .... She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union - I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain - Palin ticket.
Jennifer Rubin at PJM - a pro-life hunter with a passion for domestic energy development.
Ed Morrissey: Change conservatives can believe in!
Something that will hurt Obama because of his left-of-left position on abortion.

Lifenews - Palin, the 44-year-old governor of Alaska, takes a strong pro-life position on both abortion and bioethics issues.

"Senator McCain made an outstanding pick from the choices that were on the table. Sarah Palin clearly addresses the issues so many conservatives are concerned about," says Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Palin didn't let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child and the baby was diagnosed with the condition. Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

Sarah Palin is the whole package. There couldn't be a better vice presidential pick,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Women voters are electrified, and Sarah is someone who is truly in sync with the way real American women think," she told right after the selection. "She is a reform-minded woman who will give all Americans, born and unborn, the authentic leadership they deserve.” .... Dannenfelser added that having Palin on the ticket will attract women voters and some of the Hillary Clinton supporters who aren't happy with Barack Obama. “The majority of American women support commonsense restrictions on abortion. Adding Palin to the GOP ticket will resonate with independent women voters nationwide," Dannenfelser told

Rev. Rob Schenck, an evangelical pro-life advocate who directs the National Clergy Council, also commented on the selection and said McCain made an excellent decision. "Governor Palin is a committed and active Christian who takes her faith seriously and lives her pro-life and pro-family convictions," he said.

Townhall - Earlier this year Dr. Jim Dobson, President of Focus on the Family made news when he announced on “The Dennis Prager Show” that he “cannot and will not vote for Senator John McCain.” Today, on The Dennis Prager Show, the conservative leader changed course and announced his enthusiastic support on the heels of the announcement by Senator McCain of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

Sarah Palin is a real deal conservative, down the line, on all of the issues. .... the Palin pick guarantees that the party will remain a conservative party long-term. .... she has demonstrated you can run, win and successfully govern on conservative principles in the face of the government-accommodating Republicanism that has infected so much of the party.
Even if Sarah Palin doesn't persuade John McCain to come out for exploring ANWR now [MK - highly unlikely], a vigorous exploration/conservation strategy has an ideal spokesperson in Palin. .... she is not a Beltway Republican.
Winning the war remains the first priority, and Supreme Court justices after that, but on a host of key issues Governor Palin represents the reagan wing of the party, and that's a great thing.
.... she is young enough to be a bridge to the next generation, and with five kids, she has been living in the world of young moms and technology-dependent teens.
This advantage will be hard to quantify, but when she is out on the trail talking about her kids and her family's path, it will be a huge counterpoint to the Obama's narrative, one that underscores that millions of American families are conservative, traditional, proud of their country and full of optimism about the future if the government's burdens do not grow to large and the country's enemies are kept in retreat.

Michael Medved - Palin’s obviously an expert on energy production (taxpayers in her state get yearly government checks because of it) at the same time she’s won credibility taking on big oil companies.

She’s clearly identified with the reform wing of the notoriously corrupt Alaska Republican Party.
McCain and Palin are the right team to go to Washington to drain the swamp and give back the people’s money....
Now McCainiacs [MK - I like the sound of that] can claim a miracle of our own, as we pinch our delirious selves: “I can’t believe we can really elect a woman on a national ticket – and a conservative woman at that!”
The choice should help to reassure grumblers on the right [MK - guilty as charged] who have insisted that McCain isn’t a “real conservative.” For these folks, the Arizona Senator’s lifetime rating of 82.3% from the American Conservative Union was never enough..... Along with his pro-life, pro-gun, never-supported-a-tax increase voting record, McCain now shows that in the most important decision of his political career he reaches to the right, not to the center. .....but when it counted to define his legacy, to launch his administration, he selected one of the nation’s most conservative governors....
The televised Vice Presidential Debate in October suddenly becomes an important media event, and offers more risks for Joe Biden than Sarah Palin. .....Republican Rick Lazio lost the Senatorial election against Hillary when he tried to be too tough and confrontational in the debate. Palin, on the other hand, can surprise the world by being as aggressive as possible against Biden....
On Sunday, along with the rest of the Republican world, I get on a plane to travel to St. Paul. Suddenly, my attitude toward the journey has become more than dutiful --- like so many others, I feel vastly more eager, pumped, energized, optimistic about the Republican Convention.

Hey, me too, and I'm not even an American or a Republican, can't vote either, can't even contribute 10 lousy dollars to the McCain-Palin campaign. But the energy has infected the Conservative peanut gallery too and that's a good thing.

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