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She was a bad choice; a Rightest pushed moderate Republicans over the edge away from the MAC; I'm never coming back to vote for her in 2012 - and her innane attempts to keep the media spotlight on herself back in AK while she's doing nothing for the Nation is useless.
Majic - thanks for your service! Because of you and your military counterparts we are able to actually have discussions like these. I admire John McCain deeply for the same reason - he sacrificed more for this country than most of us will ever realize. In my mind, there was no comparison between him and Obama. Notwithstanding Obama's socialist agenda, Obama will never be the patriot that McCain has been. I voted for McCain. That said, McCain was the worst candidate the Republicans could have put forward. In this time, a true change WAS needed and McCain did not represent change in any way. McCain with his long tenure in the Senate represented the status quo, and each time he and Obama shared the stage the differences in their ages (and in many peoples minds their thoughts and "coolness factor") was blatantly obvious. In retrospect, I think the Republicans during the primaries really thought Hillary would be the Dem nominee, and in that case the differences between the two candidates would not have been as stark. But when Obama beat Hillary, the game changed and McCain was way out of the race.
I understand how you feel about Palin, but I firmly believe that she brought voters in for McCain as opposed to turning McCain voters away. While you didn't vote because of her, McCain would have lost a much more decisive defeat if she had not been on the ticket. And it's for the very reason you mention above - Palin brought out the true conservatives who don't feel McCain fits that description. And frankly, if the Republican Party is to survive, it's the conservative agenda that they need to push....not the "Democrat Light" that has been so prevalent the past 8 years.
So I don't endorse her just because of her gender, but because of her ideals. I agree with you that it's not an ideal situation that her unmarried daughter became pregnant. But it also illustrated the strong pro-life stance she and her family have in not aborting the child. as for the so-called "Trooper-gate" scandal, she was cleared of allegations that she misused her power.
So we disagree that the party needs to appeal to moderates - I think the party needs to get back to its conservative roots. And as for the outgoing administration having a low approval rating, keep in mind that the approval rating of Congress has been even lower than that of President Bush for quite some time.
The big problem with the Republican Party right now is that most people can't tell the difference between it and the Democrat party....big spending and big government are rampant due to BOTH parties. The Republicans need to change this perception and show that they are the Party of smaller government, less spending, strong national defense and lower taxes. And from what I've seen of Sarah Palin, that has been her agenda since day one.
Gilia; I am a retired 25 year vet and former 32 year Republican; I would have voted for MAC if he had NOT chosen PALIN. Her governing credentials were/are far right, her politics far right, and her performance as elected Mayor and elected governor average at best according to conservative media. She had nothing to contribute to John's platform sands her gender, and absent her gender, nothing else. Would you want a VP potentially President to not only endorse but affirm out-of-wedlock pregnancy in her own family? What message does that send to a nation that has moved away from the nuclear and extended family - surely not towards it. I'm realist enough to understand how it is. PALIN advocated things in her campaign comments that I don't want to embrace as a national goals. Instead of inspiring Women of all ages to be like her, she showed them that personal parenting irresponsibility is acceptable in her own children, that we needed to correct critics not endorse proper parenting on public stage. Her scandal about the state tropper merely confirmed in my mind she lack moral conviction of her office, and the AK state record is repleat with additional examples of her decisions that fly in the face of mainstream America and other states' decisions for the public.
Finally, I could never envision serving under her as Commander-in-Chief; she lacks the discipline and conviction to send young men/women to their ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great Nation. If the only reason you can endorse her is her gender, there are many other republican, democrat and independant Ladies of moral and ethical basis that the Republican party can T-up in 2012. I for one will not return to vote republican then if she is the Republican party candidate. And the party needs learn to appeal to moderates if the party desires recaputure the votes lost in this election and over the last 8 years. Think about the reasons the outgoing administration had a ~25 % approval rating across the national populace - that's not just Dems...
Gilia; Her scandal about the state tropper merely confirmed in my mind she lack moral conviction of her office, and the AK state record is repleat with additional examples of her decisions that fly in the face of mainstream America and other states' decisions for the public.