An amazing choice! John McCain has once again proven that he is committed to reform by choosing Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin, as his VP nominee. Not only is Sarah Palin’s personal story exciting, her time in politics has shown that she is 100% to reform.
Palin’s personal story is filled with interests ranging from basketball to hunting. She worked with her husband as a commercial fisherman, ran as a beauty contestant, and was a sports journalist. She enjoys hockey and has been a lifelong member of the NRA. Her family is large, 5 children, the last born in April.
Politically, Palin is the first woman governor of Alaska, the first person to serve as governor that was born after Alaska was granted statehood, was mayor and served on city council. She has traveled overseas, probably more than Obama, to visit wounded soldiers and one of her sons is set to be deployed to Iraq in September. Palin’s accomplishments in Alaska dwarf Obama’s time in the Senate. She has killed pork barrel projects including the Bridge to Nowhere and passed ethics reform in Alaska that effectively ended the political career of many Republicans. She believes that abortion issues are not above her pay grade, taking a firm pro-life stance. She also passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage but signed into law benefits for homosexual couples. And unlike the current Senate, has passed a budget in the amount of $6.6 billion that included several hundred cuts in wasteful programs totaling over $200 million.
Sen Obama and Sen Biden say that they will change Washington and argue that only they can make real change. Sen Obama even attacked John McCain in his speech last night by saying that McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time (Biden says 95%) and that only gives Americans a 10% chance of change under a McCain administration. Yet Sen Biden and Sen Obama have voted with their party 96% of the time, leaving roughly a 4% chance of real reform. I’ve been out of school for awhile now but 10% is still higher than 4% as far as I know. If Sen Obama is elected, all we may have left is change, in our pockets, to borrow a line from Governor Pawlenty.
With the addition of Sarah Palin to the McCain ticket, the Republicans have effectively shown that they are the party of real reform. Democrats can talk the game but what have they done to prove it. McCain and Palin have worked throughout their careers to change the way government runs and have the record to prove it. Now that’s change I believe in.