Palin reactions

I don't recall any more hilarious commentary on a Veep pick. It really does sound like McCain has picked two separate running mates who happen to have the same name. CNN talking head, and Democratic strategist Paul Begala is good for a few laughs:

John McCain needs what Kinky Friedman calls "a checkup from the neck up."

In choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, he is not thinking "outside the box," as some have said. More like out of his mind.

Palin a first-term governor of a state with more reindeer than people, will have to put on a few pounds just to be a lightweight. Her personal story is impressive: former fisherman, mother of five. But that hardly qualifies her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

While funny, it is the rest of the article that reveals who the DNC was most worried about who the "maverick" would pick. A simple look at the word count given to each, and their relative order is vastly informative.

Fox News pundit Judson Berger wonders if the Palin factor could "de-fang" Biden. This obviously shows that whatever they may be saying in public, Republican sympathizers do consider Biden a viable threat. A highlight of the article is:

Despite the challenges of attacking Palin, Biden's own experience — both in foreign policy and time spent on the national stage — vastly overshadows Palin's.
While McCain clearly likes Palin's bridge opposition, Alaska residents don't seem to hold it so favorably. Is this a sign that McCain-Palin will face the same trouble carrying one of their home states that Kerry-Edwards did? If this article is accurate, she seems to be well acquanted with Kerry's reputed favorite foot wear.

During her first speech after being named as McCain's surprise pick as a running mate, Palin said she had told Congress "'thanks but no thanks' on that bridge to nowhere."

In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska's Congressional delegation during her run for governor.
The strongest words of praise from any Republican name worthy of note is former Reagan adviser and Mike Huckabee national chairman Ed Rollins. He call Sarah "Barracuda" Palin an excellent choice, noting that she earned the nickname on the basketball court and cites her pageant experience as proof she can stand toe to toe with Biden. He then goes on to cite her strength on domestic policy versus Biden's foreign exposure.

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