Saturday, August 30, 2008


So in the midst of enjoying immensely the political developments for VP, we had a little incident.

I got up at 7AM to check intrade - I woke up to Romney being at 70% - a good sign. I put in my contacts and checked again - he had plummeted to 5. I looked at Pawlenty - he was also at 5. I thought - who the heck stole the thunder? It was Palin.

I was not first.

At 9 my sister TAmi and I left to go on the 4 hour drive down to my parents house in Jacksonville, IL with the 5 kids between the two of us.

I was very intrigued with the situation and the more I thought about Sarah Palin the more I REALLY saw the brilliance of the move.

*Timing - right after Obamas big speech/democrat convention = minimal bump for "JOBAMA"
*Gender factor - either way you vote - your vote is still making history
*No place to go - any argument Obama could make against her, would be shooting himself in the foot.
*Son in the military
*Conservative - she is
*Drilling factor - she is FOR it - in her state "Alaska"
*Big family - had a 5th baby a few months ago - incidentally with downs
*Small town feel - parents were school teachers, husband a fisherman
*Babe factor - she was a beauty queen - strong women do not HAVE to be nasty looking
*Religous - she is
*Nickname strength - you can't beat "BARACUDA" as a nickname

So much was I enjoying the speech by VP Palin, with side commentary by Rush Limbaugh, I found that I was seeing towns I never knew existed. One was an Amish town, one was called Niaga - all these places that I never noticed...or was it that I had somehow not merged onto the other freeway?

Well, it was the latter - I had driven 59 miles too far on the wrong freeway...WHOOPS.
I tried to get my GPS to cooperate with me to find a new route. Our 3 1/2 - 4 hour ride turned into a 6 1/2 hour drive with TWO nursing babies - and 3 hungry and thirsty kids.

So as long as they make Romney chief of staff ( a rumor I have heard floating around) or a cabinet member (finance, energy - whatever) then I will be a truly happy political follower.


cort said...

I was surprised too, and completely intrigued to see McCain choose a woman. I remember hearing Palin interviewed on NPR several months ago because she had given birth as a governor, only to go back to work right after. Interesting stuff...

I still don't know for whom I'll vote though.

Palomita said...

I feel a lot happier about McCain since he's chosen Palin. I'm so impressed with her. It's one thing to say that you're pro-life. It's another thing entirely to prove it to the world by bringing a down-syndrome baby into the world, rather than aborting the fetus. She's got my vote!

TamiAbbyKevin said...

Man, you took the blunt of the blame for that trip blunder. Too bad your navigator was half unconcious, dozing in the front seat.

marianne007 said...

I'm right with you on this one, but I want Mitt's insight not only on the economy, but on health care as well. I don't think there's a job with that description, though. Oh long as we get him in there somewhere, we'll be better off for it, huh? Go Palin! She is awesome!