"I'm very confident that a pregnant woman should not and doesn't have to be prohibited from doing anything, including running for vice president."
This week has certainly been a roller coaster for us, but we're coming out of it stronger than ever. In fact, our movement was the lead story on the front page of today's Anchorage Daily News. Not just the website, mind you, the print edition too. Yes, I was interviewed and have a few quotes, but there are a few other pieces of info that I would also like to direct your attention to:
First, the comment that I quoted at the beginning of this post should shoot down any thoughts that Palin would be withdrawing her name from consideration based on her pregnancy (which will be over before McCain chooses his running mate anyway). I agree with her totally and am taking that comment as a go-ahead to continue our efforts at full speed. The Draft Palin Movement is here to stay, and any rumors of our demise were extremely premature.
Second, the article gives us some good perspective on how we need to focus our efforts in the future. There was no dispute that Gov. Palin is exactly the type of leader that the Republican Party is hungry for. However, there were some questions raised about whether she was "Presidential" enough to be a heartbeat away from the White House and whether she was being considered only because she was young and female. Therefore, our top priority must be to present Gov. Palin as a potential President, and not merely a representative of the future. This means moving away from away from arguments about the need for fresh leadership and focusing like a laser beam on Gov. Palin as an individual. We will have to emphasize her mental toughness, the efficiency with which she is rooting out corruption, her and her long executive resume.
We are no longer selling the mere idea of putting a fresh face on the ticket (we have already won that argument). Instead, we are selling the much narrower and more personal concept of "President Palin", an idea that I think people will like very much once they know the details of the Governor's qualifications.