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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Task Force Palin

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Pro-Palin websites unite as “Task Force Palin

Building on the continued success of the grassroots movement to draft Governor Sarah Palin as America’s next Vice President, a number of pro-Palin websites are pooling their resources into a new effort, “Task Force Palin” (TFP), which can be found online at tfp.palinforamerica.com. The founding members of TFP are “Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President” (palinforvp.blogspot.com), PalinForVP.com, “Palin for America” (palinforamerica.com), and “Students of America” (myspace.com/studentsofamerica); with more members expected to join after the launch.

While TFP will primarily work to convince McCain and his supporters that Sarah Palin would be the best choice for Vice President, it is also intended to look beyond the 2008 election. Regardless of the outcome this year, TFP will continue to coordinate an organized network of Palin supporters around the United States.

"It is my strong opinion that Sarah Palin's independence, integrity, and natural leadership style personify America's founding values,” said the proprietor of Palin for America, “Palin's values, now more than ever, must have a strong presence in the office of the executive."
Michel Luciano of Students for America also weighed in on why he decided to back TFP, saying, "I believe that Governor Sarah Palin's conservative credentials, fight against corruption, and stance on energy security along with her leadership experience as Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska make her the best qualified candidate for Vice President of the United States."

“Task Force Palin takes the short-term VP effort and institutionalizes it as a more permanent presence,” said Adam Brickley, founder of Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President. “If Palin becomes the vice-presidential candidate, then we will have some of the best coverage of the VP race on the internet. If not, we have an organization which can continue to promote Palin as a national figure and, should the worst occur, a candidate to unseat Barack Obama in 2012. While it’s only in its embryonic stages right now, were hoping to evolve TFP into a centralized headquarters that combines the functions of all of our sites into an online one-stop-shop for all things Palin. TFP will be bigger, better, and more professional than anything we’ve done before”.

69 comments:

Rob said...

Great idea--I'm with you all the way.

Anonymous said...

Did you watch Mccain's Town hall meeting in ohio? He came off strong, but avoided answering the VP Q, but the audience seemed to be pro palin in their questions and comments. I think Palin is going to prevail. With TFP the liberal midia will soon realize that it can't ignore her. My only concern is about the timing especially w/ the possibility of Hillary beating Obama at the Convention! Keeps Palin in pol position for the VP! Do they hold secret ballots at the convention? MK.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Hillary won't beat Obama at convention, Obama has the delegates to win on the first ballot. She could potentially try to leverage her way into the VP slot, but she won;t be abble to if Obama announces before convention. I personally think that she will avoid making a fool of herself, because that's the only thing that she could accomplish by having herself nominated.

Ted said...

anonymous, I too remain concerned about "the timing especially w/ the possibility of Hillary beating Obama at the Convention!"

As I said on the previous thread, it seems there should be a revisit of the VP naming timing strategerie re Palin, Clinton factor, etc. -- with this in mind: Per Rush Limbaugh Show, there IS growing movement, real possibility of Hillary Clinton FOR President (at the Dem Convention), NOT VP. In any case, does seem there's gonna be some big big big Hillary doings before, surrounding, in, at, outside of the Dem Convention.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Great idea Adam, on top of your other recommendations; the time to push is now.

Ted said...

Adam, OK taking what you say, IF on the eve of the Dem Convention, Obama fails to announce his VP by then, the strategerie should seem to be AT JUST THAT MOMENT (the moment before the Dem convention starts), MCCAIN NAMES PALIN! Because, as you say, Hillary "will NOT be able to try to leverage her way in" (do you mean for VP or Pres or either?) ONLY IF OBAMA NAMES HIS VP BEFORE THE CONVENTION. So wouldn't it be best to have Palin out there as McCain's VP before any Hillary movement would begin at the Dem Convention?

If, on the other hand, Obama DOES name a VP before the Dem Convention and it's neither Hillary nor a female, McCain just waits till the GOP Convention to announce Palin.

Adam, I'm truly sorry for bringing this timing issue up again, but per the Rush Limbaugh Show today, I feel the issue needs at least to be reexamined in light of the currently sinking Obama ship (at least taking on water).

Scott said...

I hope the Hillraisers go nuts in Denver. IMO, she won't be nominated in either slot, and the angry PUMAs will be looking for a new cause to show their displeasure. Perhaps a female Guv from Alaska will do?
Adam, this is a great idea. I came to this site as a devout McCainiac in search of the perfect partner for our guy, and am so impressed with both Gov. Palin and your efforts. Your passion is what this party, and this nation needs.

flapper said...

Hillary would rather be Senate Majority Leader than Obama's VP. If she thought there was a chance to overthrow Obama at the convention she'd do it, but her best move now is to be a team player and look to the future.


TFP=Awesome

I truly believe Palin will be elected POTUS in 2012 regardless of what happens this year. Worst-case scenario, she'd have to take on a one-term incumbent VP (Pawlenty?) in the primaries.

Kristofer said...

Ted,

let us focus on "marketing" Palin for the VP candidate, not the timing of the VP candidate selection.

Who Obama selects, will not impact McCain's selection. When Obama selects may effect McCain's timing.

I honestly do not care when McCain selects Palin, let us just get her on the ballot!

Paul said...

"I truly believe Palin will be elected POTUS in 2012 regardless of what happens this year. Worst-case scenario, she'd have to take on a one-term incumbent VP (Pawlenty?) in the primaries"

2012? 2012 might as well be a million years away.

There are so many factors that could go wrong between now and 2012 that thinking about it is takes ups backwards. 2012 is not an option. It's now or die - literally for McCain and his Presidency. If we believe this, then we have to come up with a single comprehensive strategy that everyone's on board with and execute now.

TaskForce is a start - what's next?

With that said - I still have seen no indication from McCain that he even know Palin exists, that Palin even knows that we exist or that they have even discussed this for 1 minute.


El

Anonymous said...

Anon who watched the town hall meeting, who asked McCain what with respect to Palin and how did he answer the question or questions?

Paul said...

WSJ has coverage on Palin, see my post:

http://mccainpalinforprez.blogspot.com/

Ted said...

Kristofer, the ONLY reason I mention the timing is PRECISELY to BETTER ASSURE that Palin BECOMES the VP candidate -- otherwise I could care less whether it is one, two, three weeks before, or during, the GOP convention, or whatever!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Flapper. I think Hillary will go for the Majority Leader of the Senate. Reig is pretty weak, she could likely oust him easily. Having said that, I think there are likely a lot of dems super delegates eating sour puss pie right now wishing they had not so readily jumped on the Body Odor Soul Train. All those double digit bumps Obama was supposed to get never happened. So, is there a grumbling in the superdelegates to throw the decision back to Hillary? If anybody could pull it off, the Clintons could.
To Paul, I saw a town hall where someone asked McCain about choosing Palin as his running mate. He made a joke about ending the meeting right then, not because of Palin but because he does not want to discuss his vp selection process. Then after the laughter he said some very complimentary things about her. So, he knows who she is. I have no doubt that republican governors were in the long list when the process started. Whether or not she made it through to the short list is pure speculation.
dr. v

Paul said...

Anonymous - can you provide a vid or link or more info...

Would like to see it myself.

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

anon,

Did anyone specifically bring up Palin in the questions? I saw McCain's remarks, but not the Q&A. Regardless, he essentially recited the Palin paltform verbatim:

1) Drilling here is necessary to keep our oil money out of our enemies hands.
2) There's too much corruption in Gov't and you need somebody who's not part of the good old boys club to reign them in.

I realize that those are common points, but if you watch the speech, I thought there was an uncanny resemblance to what Palin usually says in interviews. Not saying theres any conspiracy, but they are definitely on the same page and could form a workable ticket.

Video at:
http://race42008.com/2008/08/07/mccain-townhall-in-ohio/

TC said...

Personally, I think Hillary wants Howard Dean's job.

Mongo Mere Pawn said...

Adam, let us know how we can help with the new effort. It looks great!

dr.v,

Do you have video or a transcript of Senator McCain saying the things you say he said about Governor Palin?

I must tell you that, despite endorsements and compliments from the likes of Kristol, Gingrich, Beck, Goldberg, KJ Lopez, Buchanan, Rasmussen, I have seen absolutely NO indication from the McCain campaign that Governor Palin is under serious consideration. Sure, Kristol talked with some campaign staffers for his Monday op-ed who listed her with Governor Jindal as an "out of the box" selection, but at least Senator McCain actually met with Governor Jindal in the context of a potential VP selection. He's met with Governor Pawlenty, Governor Crist and Representative Cantor, too. You name them, however unlikely their selection, and he's met with them or said something about them leading to VP speculation.

As far as Governor Palin, though, the Maverick has not seemed able to bestir himself to even acknowledge her invitation to tour ANWR with her, even AFTER Senator Obama stole her campaign slogan and the Trans-Canadian natural gas pipeline for political props.

What Scott Rasmussen said in the earlier thread is really true. Senator McCain is not the pick of a majority of the Republican Party, let alone conservatives in the party like me. As a result, we are all projecting who we would like to be our presidential candidate onto the VP selection.

I did not vote for Senator McCain here in Texas. I respect his service to this country. I appreciate his courage and foresight on the surge. I'm glad he votes for originalists for the federal courts.

But I don't like him. McCain-Feinfold? A disaster. Gang of Fourteen? Ditto. McCain-Lieberman? A Soviet 5-year plan to a command and control economy based upon global warming computer models that can't even predict your weather next week, let alone next century. And don't even get me started on McCain-Kennedy, may it rest in pieces.

I will frankly find it hard to vote for him this November, as opposed to against Senator Obama, unless he selects a VP who not only enthusiastically embraces conservative principles, but who can engender such enthusiasm in others. I truly believe Governor Palin is the ONLY potential selection who can close the enthusiasm gap identified by Speaker Gingrich.

I will work for Senator McCain's election regardless who he selects as his running mate.

I will bust my buns for a McCain/Palin ticket.

It's as simple as that.

It would greatly improve my "enthusiasm" about her, and therefore our prospects, if someone could post Senator McCain, in any forum, acknowledging Governor Palin's existence.

Paul said...

Mongo - You hit the nail on the head, this is exactly how I see things as well. McCain has shown none (scratch that very little) indication that Palin is a possibility any more than HIllary Clinton is.

Mongo Mere Pawn said...

Paul,

I'm just in a grumpy mood from watching the most recent ad from the McCain campaign with the likes of Daschle, Kerry, etc. talking about how wonderful Senator McCain is (because he told us to go to Hades on so many different issues), though I must say the last line from Hillary is pretty good.

Rob said...

Of course, McCain has been doing his level best not to give any indication of his choice at all, so that doesn't mean much.

Paul said...

"Video at:
http://race42008.com/2008/08/07/mccain-townhall-in-ohio/"

Adam - I listened to the entire video and the palin question didn't pop up.

Can you specify at what time slice?

Anonymous said...

mongo, it's hard not to observe that Palin never comes up. Of all of the people McCain ever mentions, she is the one person to be omitted routinely.

Now, there are two ways to read that. The obvious way is to say that she's not on his radar. And, that's entirely possible.

But, if you want to be a conspiracy theorist, here's a theory for you:

McCain deliberately isn't mentioning her. Every time a name pops up, with some Republican who isn't known nationally, the Democratic hit machine goes to work. So, why give them a free shot during all of this speculation.

Conservatives know quite well who Palin is. And, she does excite the base. What especially is interesting is that she excites all facets of the base. When you have guys like Newt, Kristol, Buchanan specifically and in general social and economic conservatives all saying "yeah, she would work quite well, thank you", she probably would be the easiest sell among all facets of the base.

Now, where you've got your issue is with the swing voters. If you mention her now or go out of your way to mention her now, swing voters really aren't paying attention anyway. The only people who would take note are conservatives (who know her anyway), the MSM (who would start with their stories), and the Democratic hit machine.

So, looking at it from that perspective, I could see why McCain wouldn't mention her if she is atop his short list. Her name has been floated on the periphery, and nobody has gone for blood. But, the moment she is picked, they will go for blood.

This is one of the reasons that I got into an argument yesterday with Ted. While it would excite all of us to know right now that she is the pick, it makes a lot more sense to introduce her to swing voters-- people who have no idea who she is-- on your terms.

If you do it before the convention, during the dog days of summer when swing voters are only sort of paying attention, you give the MSM a free pass to do their hit jobs and the Dems a chance for free shots at their convention where you have pretty much zero chance to respond.

On the other hand, if you say "McCain is doing quite fine for now, thank you", if you let the Dems go through their convention without knowing who the pick is and not getting free shots at that pick, then you get the chance at your convention to introduce someone like Palin, who again is unknown to swing voters, at your convention and on your terms, where for a rare time you've got the bulk of the attention on you.

What is interesting is how all of this is playing out. We may cringe when we see that "Dems complimenting McCain" ad, but I can see a purpose in it if Palin is the pick. For swing voters, McCain is setting up a story of "I'm the guy who will stand up for you and will stand up even to my own party for you". You want a running mate who compliments and enhances that message.

If his game plan is to run as TR, then it makes sense to pick Palin, who is pretty much unique in terms of her ability to compliment that message and to at the same time excite conservative across the spectrum.

Anyway, that's my conspiracy theory for the day. I still wonder if McCain has the stones to do it. But, it's not just that McCain never mentions Palin. It's that he almost goes out of his way to mention anyone but her that makes you wonder if this is being set up as a "she was my pick all along, everyone else was a decoy" thing.

As far as I can tell, she's got two potential negatives for swing voters. One is the experience question, something that the nomination of Obama has pretty much eliminated. The second is the investigation question, which I think can be explained easily enough as a vendetta to swing voters.

One more thing: The Palin administration revoked Exxon's leases at Point Thompson (the natural gas field). If McCain plans to articulate a third way to dealing with energy policy-- a do everything approach that neither sells out to Big Oil nor gives it all kinds of goodies-- then this supports that story.

Paul said...

Anonymous - I hope McCain is smart enough to be applying you (as well as mine and others) strategy.

Anonymous said...

Paul, I have my doubts. But, it only makes sense in two ways. Either Palin is completely not on the radar (which is hard to understand . . . even if she's not on a proverbial short list, it's hard to see how everyone and his or her mother gets mentioned) or this is an absolutely brilliant plan (I have a hard time seeing the McCain campaign, which at times has been so inept, simultaneously being that brilliant). We'll see soon enough.

It's just weird. Palin goes on a peripheral show with a guy like Beck or Kudlow, and nobody pounces. She's mentioned by Kristol and Newt and even Buchanan, and nobody pounces. It's like she's the elephant in the room that one or two people point out but nobody else bothers to notice. I don't know how to describe it.

Mongo Mere Pawn said...

Rob,

I understand the need for circumspection on the part of Senator McCain to maximize the impact of his eventual selection, but circumspection to the point of anonymity?

Recall, Governor Palin is the ONLY Republican officeholder with an actual achievement in the area of energy production, i.e., the Trans-Canadian natural gas pipeline, during a campaign in which energy production is THE critical issue. One would think the McCain campaign would at least want to association themselves with a Republican achievement under the circumstances, no? Nary a peep.

Instead, Senator Obama purloins the achievement as though Democrats are responsible.

Pretty good objective evidence of a lack of seriousness concerning Governor Palin as a potential VP choice.

Anonymous said...

Mongo, I agree. But, here's the thing: If you weren't interested in taking her, then that's when you'd make a point about the pipeline to illustrate how you'd deal with Big Oil. It's almost as if his saying nothing is what leads me to believe that it is more possible that he taps her. If you talk her up now, the only people who notice are the ones who would rush to do hit jobs on her (we know her, but the risk is that she gets defined even somewhat by the hit jobs because McCain's mentioning her Dems and the MSM take notice).

It's probably reading too much into it. I still harbor my doubts about McCain. As I said, we'll see soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Damn, I watch the McCain town hall in Ohio, he used Palin's line!

Anonymous said...

I agree that it is quite bothersome to me that McCain has not had any meetings that we know about with Palin. How can he suddenly pick her, without actually having sat down and had a conversation with her face to face? Has this happened previously? Makes me worry that this is all wishful thinking on all our parts.

In addition, why has she never been on any of the main networks, or for that matter on Fox News? If she were truly being vetted, I would think that the campaign would like to have her on a show such as Hannity, or Fox and Friends, to see how she does and test how she might be as a campaigner on the national scene. All of the other "short list" people have made their rounds on these shows in recent days, as though this is a testing ground, to see how they do and see how they perhaps poll with viewers.

The only "evidence" that I see that she is actually in the running are:

1. Her answers to questions regarding VP are so vague (you'd think by now she would be more direct and say "there's too much important happening in Alaska right now for me to even consider a move. I need to finish the work that I have started before moving on"). She has left that door open.

2. She still maintains quite high (3rd) in the Intrade and Rasmussen markets, and not too far out of second place. I'm not sure how accurate these markets tend to be, but it makes me think some folks know more than we do at this time.

Ted said...

OK, here goes, one last pitch (unless Team McCain has already determined to do just this):

Anticipating the Alaska Legislature (House and Senate compromise) comes thru this evening (by 11:59PM Alaska Time)and passes the Energy Relief Package, meaning Palin doesn't call the state legislature into a third special session, VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER MCCAIN ANNOUNCES PALIN VEEP. WHY, quite simple, now that Hillary vis a vis Obama is REALLY HEATING UP, strike with PALIN NOW, cause it will tend to make Hillary, as she is heating up more and more -- no matter how things turn out for Hillary and/or Obama at the Dem convention --look the also-ran coming after and due to Palin, rather than the other way around.

This should NOT be rocket science!
(especially, I'm assuming McCain must have determined by now who his Veep will be, and assuming Palin, there's absolutely no downside in going now, cause there'll be way more than plenty of Palin frenzy and dazzle to carry thru the Olympics time and the conventions -- interest will ONLY GROW for Palin as people learn more about her and her story). (and as I said yesterday, there's NO WAY Palin can be attacked by the Dems at their convention w/o the Dems looking much the worse for it, it really f_ _ks up the Dem Convention by having the overshadowing Palin - media buzz!).

OK, there you have it.

Ted said...

... and McCain will appear the strong take charge person with the initiative, driving the course of the campaign (especially with the surprise factor that everyone's assuming McCain's waiting till after the Dems pick and/or waiting for the GOP convention).

Dave J. said...

"I think Hillary will go for the Majority Leader of the Senate. Reig is pretty weak, she could likely oust him easily."

Respectfully, Dr. V., anyone who thinks Hillary will be Majority Leader anytime soon doesn't understand the Senate. Things like this don't happen. Senators don't go after other Senators, even if presented with the opportunity. Reid is indeed weak, embarrassing and does more harm than good, but if Hillary ever did to launch an intra-party coup, the Democratic Caucus would close ranks around Reid.

Dave J. said...

Oh, and while I'm all for Palin, too, I fear that if it's anyone else Ted will spontaneously combust. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I agree McCain should wait til he can pick Sarah and introduce her (with that Shania Twain song) on his and Republicans terms.

However, use August to rip the Hollow Man apart. Really go to war to drive his negatives up, especially lack of experience so he picks Biden or Bayh, etc.

Mongo Mere Pawn said...

Anon,

I would love to believe your conspiracy theory is actually what is going on. Perhaps the McCain campaign think Kristol's "prediction" is a sufficient trial balloon to keep us happy in the interim. But simply complimenting Governor Palin for a job well done doesn't suggest her selection or commit Senator McCain to her selection with specific emphasis to trigger the Democrat attack machine, while it can hearten the hopes of conservatives. Besides, there are other methods of throwing the Democrats off her scent. Senator McCain's personal silence is simply not encouraging.

Anon II,

I agree that her absence on the major networks seems to leave her out of the mix, but we also have to take into consideration that the only way she could actually appear without making it look like she is being vetted is by satellite, and my guess is that does actually make things difficult, even in this technology age. We are also not considering the wear and tear on her family life, especially with Trig. We're assuming she's available to do all of this publicity stuff AND her job AND her family AND from Alaska, when these limitations may just make it near impossible. When she appeared on Kudlow and Beck, she did so by satellite feed for late night shows that made her available during the day in Alaska. Fox News Sunday or one of the other Sunday shows would have her by satellite pretty early in the morning, unless they taped it the previous day. Logistics may be having more of an impact than we think.

Ted,

While I agree with you that naming Governor Palin before Denver would take some of the steam out of the Democrats, I think it would do so whether Senator Obama selects Hillery or not. Unfortunately, I also think it would take some steam out of the bounce we could get from our own convention if Governor Palin joins the ticket after Denver. That's why a trip to ANWR by Senator McCain before Denver could both start the introduction process and mess with the Democrats while leaving her selection up in the air sufficiently to hold the attack dogs at bay.

I also think it would be cool if someone could get her a ticket to the Olympics to watch our women's basketball team and give her an interview opportunity in a non-political context.

Ted said...

Re the Shania Twain Song, yes, when she comes on center state at the Convention, but, name her now for the maximum benefits accruing for the GOP and the most costs accruing for the Dems, for the reasons cite above.

Ted said...

and for the newbies to this site, here's the Shania Twain piece as the "Sarah Palin Theme Song", words and all, when she and Todd make the grand entrance -- balloons falling from the convention hall rafters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWNtLt-pJik

Anonymous said...

Lieberman might be McCain's most potent VP pick!

www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/46629.html

Anonymous said...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121807196427019079.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks
main press still does not even mention palin !!!

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

Okay, Ted I will have to disagree with you on this one. Shania Twain is NOT my preferred theme for Governor Palin if we're going to get on that subject.

Here are my preferred choices, all of which I think do Gov. Palin much more justice:

"Settlin'" by Sugarland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjBrZ8L2Z5Q

"Have a Nice Day" by Bon Jovi.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UheKmPY1mNw

or..if we want to emphasize the Alaskan sprit:

"Life in a Northern Town"
by Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen
http://www.cmt.com/videos/sugarland/209852/life-in-a-northern-town.jhtml
(And yes, I know the original wa by Dream Academy, but that was a British act with heavy accents and the song was clearly about north Britain)

Okay, so I've officially weighed in on the theme song.

Now, on more pressing issues, I do think there has been a bit of a trial baloon in the media with mentions by numerous major personalities and a number of interviews. Openly using her as a surrogate for McCain would ruing the surprise if she was the choice, plus I've found out through this movement that a lot of people in AK get really mad whenever the governor seeks any attention at all from "the outside" (lower 48). While we worry that she's doing to little, the perception up there is often that she is doing to MUCH national media. So, it's a delicate balance, but I would definitely say that she has been looked at and that McCain is aware of her.

Bob said...

Heard today on Hannity that there are rumors that Mary Landreaux from Lousiana might be a dark horse for Obama. If that is true, we're in trouble. She is a fairly conservative Dem and just pushed for drilling with the Repubs. If she is his pick, it would be an excellent pick.

Anonymous said...

bob, if there's any validity to a dark horse Mary Landreaux, I'd say, all the more reason (can't chance it), HELLO SENATOR MCCAIN, PLEASE PHONE SARAH PALIN LIKE RIGHT NOW (looks like the Alaska Energy Relief Legislation will pass by evening's end) -- and announce Palin VP in the morning! Essential that McCain be first w/Palin!

And Adam, yah, I can go with Settlin by Sugarland for the Palin Theme Song at the Convention.

Ted said...

sorry, the above anonymous was me

Ted said...

sorry again, that's Landrieu. (Does anyone have McCain's cell phone #?)

BigRob-68 said...

Mary Landrieu? Hilarious. She is not a safe pick. She is one ultralightweight choice. She manages to hold on to her seat by the thinest of margins. She is also facing a tough opponent in November. Please, please Obama pick her. Palin on her worst day with no sleep, blindfolded, and sedated could whoop 'dat as day say down in Louisiana!!

Scott said...

Mary Landrieu is in a tough re-election fight in La., so it would be risky to pull her out of the race. Or if she could stay in (I don't know the law in La.), this is far from a safe seat. I guess the only way they could do it is to sub in her brother, Lt. Gov. Moon Landrieu. At least they could keep the same lawn signs.
I don't understand the fuss over McCain and his team not mentioning Palin. Mac never officially mentions anyone, he hates the VP questions. When he's asked about a particular candidate, he responds with compliments and moves on.
Some of these names you here, Thune, Portman, etc. are mere speculation. At least Kristol has some inside info. My guess would be that Pawlenty and Palin are serious contenders, the predictable and the unpredictable choice. But again, know has a real clue outside of Mac's inner circle.

Bob said...

Apparently, Landrieu would chore up his pathetic energy credentials by making everyone think he is open to drilling. Which is bs.

BigRob-68 said...

Bonus! Mary Landrieu gives up her seat to run for veep, the GOP picks another seat with Kennedy and my favorite wunderkind Jindal has another kindred spirit in office.

Anonymous said...

Folks, shouldn't the theme song be one by Van Halen? (Remember Trig's full name).

Anonymous said...

Re. Mongo Mere Pawn Aug 7 5:10 p.m.---

DITTOS!

I've thought this for ages: that McCain is purposely never referring to Palin, so as to GIVE HER A BREAK from the national HIT media.

Goodness, she might have even REQUESTED getting such a break, to give her some breathing room-time with her new little son and with her family up there in gorgeous Alaska, BEFORE she has to travel all over the country, and face the hurricane storm of the liberals and the Hate Machine of the media, once she's selected as McCain's VP.

In which case----thinking of what's best for Palin's family as well as for gaining the best increase in the polls after the Rep. convention----McCain should keep mum about Palin until he selects her

AT

THE

CONVENTION.

(See? Not just Ted can use caps!)

Ted said...

Based on listening to Pawlenty on Hannity radio show today, his manner, responses, etc., don't think in any way it would be him.

Re Palin mentions, it would seem an inverse corrolation, the more mentioned, the less a real VP consideration by McCain. So, factoring everything, can't logically see how it couldn't be Palin (so long as Mac goes before a Dem female were named).

Anonymous said...

Mary Landrieu looked like a total --s after Katrina.

She kept blaming Bush for what the Louisiana governor and New Orleans mayor were empowered by law to do: take care of those New Orl. citizens IMMEDIATELY!

And Landrieu always skipped mentioning the FACT that Pres. Bush kept calling the gov. and the mayor to try to MOVE them to DO their JOBS!.....

If Obama selects Landrieu as his VP, that merely reinforces the reality of his incompetence to lead.......

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

If Obama has half a brain, it won't be Landrieu. She's a scion of Louisiana's powerful Landrieu political dynasty (Her dad, Moon Landrieu, was New Orleans mayor, and her brother Mitch is Lt. Gov.) In that sate, the term "corruption" is synonymous with the Landrieu name in the same way Alaskans associate it with the Stevenses and Murkowskis. If anyone can beat the Alaska GOP on corruption, it's Louisiana Democratic machine, and the figureheads of that machine are the Landrieus.

While Mary Landrieu by herself seems like a decent pick based on her gender and political views, she doesn't come by herself. She's got the baggage daddy's legacy and the most corrupt machine in the union.

As a corruption-buster, Palin would eat Landrieu for breakfast. It would be like taking down Murkowski all over again.

OBAMA-LANDRIEU '08! (please, please, please let these rumors be true!)

Kristofer said...

Landrieu?

Not going to happen.

As for a theme song, Van Halen would be a better choice, but good news for us, we don't have to worry about that, VP's don't get a theme song. :)

Ted said...

ok, here ya go, Obama/Landrieu '08video (kinda wierd, primitive, wierd music):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGBZ-HAFcgY

BigRob-68 said...

Landrieu is Louusiana version of Don Young. She looves earmarks. Check out the Landrieu years avec les familles Landrieu. Laissez le bon temps roullez!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnLiqf-B4KI&feature=related

Anonymous said...

Giuliani: McCain May Choose Democrat As VP

Anonymous said...

Giuliani is just stirring stuff up.

Sorry, gang. I just don't remember where it was I saw that clip of McCain at a town hall responding to a question about Palin. It has been quite a while.

It doesn't concern me that he hasn't mentioned her. He has been very tight lipped about his vp search. I agree with the poster that he may be trying to give her as much time as possible before any hint of her being on the list. That's definitely a possibility. Especially the possibility of giving her time to get the pipe line through her state legislature.

And Adam, I dig you man, but Sugarland's version of Life in a Northern Town stinks compared to the original recording.

dr. v

And Paul. I think there may already be something in the works for Hillary concerning the majority leader. I think it may have been dangled to get her to "graciously" endorse Obama. I have nothing to base that on.

Scott said...

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have made several missteps recently, especially on the energy issue. If the Dem senators are hurt by this, or actually lose seats in Nov., I could see a challenge to Reid's leadership. But Hillary needs enough Dems ticked off at him to pull it off.
Back to Palin: Has there been any polls in Alaska about what folks think of the investigation? Is there any traction, or is this seen as the joke it is?

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

No good polling on the investigation itself (a few internet polls, but those are horribly inacurate). All we know is that The governor's approval rating is still very high, despite having taken a slight hit. (Rassmussen puts her at 69% favorable, while AK pollster Dittman shows her approval rating falling ot only 80%...wither way, it's sitll way up there).

Ted said...

Final victory for Sarah Palin on her complete Alaska State energy relief legislative package -- this coming after her victory last month on getting the TransCan natural gas pipeline license thru the state legislature!!

Sarah Barracuda continues on a roll and is now ready to receive the Veep call from Senator McCain!

Here's the report from KTUU TV in Anchorage:

"Legislature approves energy relief

Posted: Aug 8, 2008 01:18 AM EDT

Updated: Aug 8, 2008 01:22 AM EDT

by Channel 2 News Staff
Thursday, August 7, 2008

JUNEAU, Alaska -- The Alaska state Legislature has approved an energy relief package, just hours before its midnight deadline.

The package gives all Alaskans eligible for a Permanent Fund Dividend in 2008 an extra $1,200 as an energy resource rebate. The legislation also suspends the 8 cents a gallon state fuel tax and adds funding to the state's Power Cost Equalization program.

The bill will now go before Gov. Sarah Palin for final authorization.

This is a breaking news story. Tune into the Channel 2 News Late Edition for the full story."

Anonymous said...

Socialist Sarah should be Obama's veep!

Palin proposed to give a $1,200 "resource rebate" as a way for the state to give some of its multibillion-dollar oil tax surplus to Alaska residents.

OBAMA/PALIN 08

Joe said...

Now that Palin has successfully maneuvered two tremendously difficult bills through the Alaskan legislature, each having to do with energy, she truly has stature on the entire energy issue, and has stature as a governor who can get things done in a political world where stalemate usually rules the day.

I now agree that McCain should make his move.

Imagine the ads...

1. "She is a young woman who ran against the Republican establishment, and has effectively moved Alaksa in the direction of reform, against all odds.

Don't just hope for change, VOTE FOR IT. McCain/Palin 2008."


2. "She is a governor who in 2 years of office passed a law that had been lanquishing for years; a law that will allow for the flow of natural gas resources from the great state of Alaska to the midwest, into energy hungry areas. Against all odds.

Don't just hope for change, VOTE FOR IT. McCain/Palin, 2008."

3. "She is a governor who insisted her state legistlature stay in session until a true energy plan could be put into place offering real and immediate relief to Alaska's citizens during this difficult energy crunch.

Don't just hope for change, VOTE FOR IT. McCain/Palin, 2008."

4. "She is a mother of 5. She is an avid hunter, fisher, one who loves and believes in the importance of the environment for us and for future generations. She also understands that energy resources can and should be tapped in ways that do not threaten our land. She believes it and is doing it.

Don't just hope for change, VOTE FOR IT. McCain/Palin, 2008."

5. John McCain. The Original Maverick. Sarah Palin. The New Maverick. Together they fought 'A Bridge to Nowhere' and knocked the establishment on its heals. Together, they will reform America.

Don't just hope for change, VOTE FOR IT. McCain/Palin, 2008."

Congratulations, Governor Palin. Senator McCain, please make your move.

flapper said...

Random thoughts from a sleep-deprived man:

*2012 isn't a million yrs. away.

*The Clintons have more than enough power to throw Dingy Harry under the bus.

*Jennifer Nettles is HOT.

*Palin isn't just in the top 10. She's on the shortlist. Call me conspiratorial, but the fact that every name except Palin has been leaked recently is encouraging.

*"Moon Landrieu" is a cool name.

*The Palin critics who fascinate me are the ones who call her a liberal. Some are just sexist, but I suspect most are sore losers from the primaries who want their guy on the ticket as a consolation prize. An interesting psychological study either way.

Anonymous said...

Great passion, Flapper, but too wordy. Your ad, shortened:

<<
"Like John McCain,
Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is a real reformer.

She's beat corruption,

stopped "The Bridge to Nowhere,"

and pushed legislation to tap Alaska's natural gas resources.

She'll help President McCain end America's dependence on foreign oil, while safeguarding the environment----

Put HOPE into Action!

VOTE McCain/Palin 2008
>>

And McCain can get more support for Palin, and gain far more media attention, by SAVING this ad for the Republican convention.

Anonymous said...

More Jonah Goldberg:

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzQ2MTM4MmZjYTJmZWIxNWZiZDQ2MjIzM2QyMjk3NTA=

Palin's mentioned on page 2.

Joe said...

Anon,

I am actually envisioning separate ads, rather than one long one. Each is focused slightly differently around a specific topic, but with the same overall general themes of energy, reform, and real change as opposed to just "hope".

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it's Cantor or Pawlenty if Obama picks Hillary and Palin if he doesn't? I think that mccain believes Palin can help him with women, but with Clinton in the race that cancels that out meaning he may go with someone like Cantor or Pawlenty to help him with their home swing states.

TC said...

I've always said his best pick if Obama picks anyone other than Hillary is Gov. Palin. If he does pick Hillary, I think Pawlenty is the best choice.