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    hot What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.

    must admit that sarah palin is a helluva strange and fundamentally wrong choice for a VP.

    i'm a little biased but then again, her only international relations experience is having alaska close to russia. she must have good experience in negotiating with russki polar bears.

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    “Is this a joke?” That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska. I mean, we’re sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’….but seriously? Sarah Palin for Vice President? Yes, she’s a popular governor. Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point. But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there. And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image.

    There is no doubt in my mind that many Alaskans are feeling pretty excited about this. But we live in our own little bubble up here, and most of the attention we get is because of The Bridge to Nowhere, polar bears, the indictment of Ted Stevens, and the ongoing investigation and conviction of the string of legislators and oil executives who literally called themselves “The Corrupt Bastards Club”.

    So seeing our governor out there in the national spotlight accepting the nomination for Vice Presidential candidate is just downright surreal. Just months ago, when rumors surfaced that she was on the long version of the short list, she was questioned if she’d be interested in the position. She said she couldn’t answer “until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day. I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here….”
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    The only reason he picked her was to try and get all the woman that are pissed Obama didnt pick Clinton. I dont think it was a responseble pick, if the VP is supposed to be a back up if the president dies then the person running for president should pick the person they feel would be the next best person to be president and I think eveyone including republicans can agree it aint her.
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    So the latest, which republican's deny, is that she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party that sought a vote on whether Alaska should Secede from the US.

    Edited: sounds like her husband was a member and she attended a covention with him.

    That's what the US needs, a VP that wants states to leave the Union.

    This is all pretty bizarre, really sounds like McCains got a bit more than he bargained for.

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    I like to wait until all the evidence is in, before deliberating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmCan View Post
    That's what the US needs, a VP that wants states to leave the Union.
    Actually it is EXACTLY what the US needs. (and the world).

    Every election shows a signifcant dichotomy with the two coastal parts of the United states seemingly bathed in Democrat blue and the US continental heartland covered in Republican red.

    The US has got too big, too unmanageable, and the governmental agencies now simply think that they're above basic international law. There is widespread apathy towards the elections and genreal discontent with the lack of representation.

    So ... let individual states go their own way.
    Texas, California and Florida would be major international players in their own right.

    How come it's OK in Yugoslavia and Russia, but not close to home in North America.
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    Hey it's fine for people to discuss that.
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    It's pretty silly to elect someone to protect and defend the constitution, who has supported (now it's turned out to be her husband, not her, it's hypothetical) breaking away from the union.

    I also disagree with your notion that problems in the US would be solved by splitting up. In fact the problem with the US, Canada and other similar Federal systems, is that the very idea states/provinces within a federal system, is to allow each area to obtain/retain it's own culture and characteristics. This makes countries built around a federal system inherently less homogenous.

    I frankly have found the idea that the US should have 50 state governments dealing with schools, policing, welfare, etc. a huge waste. Conservatives in the US, love to fight waste, then go and push more governance and taxation to the state level so that there can be 50 duplicate fiefdoms to build political systems, bureaucracies and waste money.

    i think the US red/blue split has been engineered by the republicans who want to localize all government where the democrats tend to want everything to be a national standard level.

    Having said all this, it's certainly an interesting election, with Joe Biden being the only guy who would be on the ticket in a "standard" election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stocks View Post
    The only reason he picked her was to try and get all the woman that are pissed Obama didnt pick Clinton. I dont think it was a responseble pick, if the VP is supposed to be a back up if the president dies then the person running for president should pick the person they feel would be the next best person to be president and I think eveyone including republicans can agree it aint her.
    That won't work because many women were for Hillary because she would not ban abortions. Sarah is anti abortion.
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