I’ve always defined a diva as a strong, confident woman who commands the respect of men, the type of woman we gay men love.
Watching the Alaska Governor address the crowd in Denver earlier today, I was captivated. Sarah Palin held up well in her first appearance on the national political stage. Not only did she sound good, but she looked good. This lady has style. I mean, you gotta love a politician whose hair reminds you of Audrey Hepburn.
I think she does a lot for the GOP. She’s “playing well with Hillary supporters.” Watching CNN while at the gym, I heard (well, actually read the close-captioning of) an evangelical recounting how excited how many of his colleagues are about the choice.
Michael Barone says she’ll be “Welcomed by Social and Economic Conservatives:”
Palin is a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights (a lifetime NRA member) and of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (will she change McCain’s mind on this?). Cultural conservatives have no basis for objecting to her. Neither, I would think, do economic conservatives. She supported Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in his primary race against 35-year House incumbent Don Young, father of the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Her (and her husband’s) blue collar background will help her with those Hillary supporters, those “Reagan Democrats,” wary of their party’s nominee.
As a Governor, she took on special interests and fought corruption, doing more to reform her state’s government in her short time as chief executive of Alaska than Barack Obama has in twice that time in the United States Senate. This pick reinforces McCain’s image as a maverick and, as I wrote earlier today, helps undercut “the Democratic attempt to tie our man to George W. Bush.”
Sarah Palin is anything but a Bush Republican.
And we gay Republicans have something to cheer in her record. Shortly after taking office, she vetoed legislation that would have prevented the state from providing benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees.
UPDATE: I wonder if it was this pick which motivated me to make a modest contribution to the McCain-Palin campaign. Â I encourage you to do so as well.
UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): I can’t believe I am going to give money to the McCain campaign, but as Dan does above — I urge you to do so as well. This commenter at The Corner sums up how I feel today.
Toss me in as another Republican who’s ecstatic about this pick and who’s writing a check. I teared up as I watched the speech given by Gov. Palin. I haven’t been this proud to be a Republican in far too long a time. I am proud we have a bona fide American hero running for president who has the political chops to miraculously energize his base and sucker punch the opposition at the same time.
Unbelievable. Now where’s my credit card…
Judging by our email, Governor Palin’s selection has electrified conservatives. I think this is in part because of the way she is living out the prolife credo. She sets a powerful and inspiring example. In part the excitement also derives from her stands against the corruption that has tarnished the Republican Party. It seemed unlikely that McCain’s vice presidential selection would at the same time excite party regulars and serve to attract independents, but it may well do so.
As testimony to that electrification, I reference Bruce’s update above. 🙂
UP-UP-UPDATE: Check below the “jump” for more commentary on this choice:Hugh notes that conservatives are happy with the pick. Â And why? Â Perhaps, because, as John J. Miler says the Alaska Governor is “possibly the one choice that can be described as both conservative and maverick.” Â
Victor Davis Hanson says one thing a lot of conservatives have been saying:
In a Zen way it raises the inexperience issue, inviting Obama to critique a fresh VP as “inexperienced” and thereby automatically turn the same scrutiny to his as-thin-or-even-thinner resume for the more important job.
Read the whole thing.
Andy McCarthy is one of many conservatives who have become enthusiastic about McCain’s candidacy now that the presumptive Republican nominee has tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate:
It also shows that he does care about the future of the party after McCain, which I doubted. Today, I go from from an ambivalent McCain supporter driven more by fear of Obama to someone who can feel good about the prospects of a McCain administration. If there are a few million more like me, maybe the all-important undercard of Senate and House races won’t turn out as badly as some experts are predicting.
Once again, read the whole thing!