Campaign Updates and Media Headlines 9/3/08
Palin's path to the top paved with good luck (McClatchy)
St. PAUL, Minn. — A charmed political career launched Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin from small-town mayor to the Republican National Convention, where she's set to accept the nomination for vice president Wednesday night.
PALIN’s path is paved with good luck??!! How about being handed a nomination against a formidable opponent?—Caro
Wednesday: It matters who counts the votes (by riverdaughter at The Confluence)
Last Wednesday morning, a vote was held in Denver in the hotels of the state delegations. Later that afternoon, a “roll call” was held in the convention center and Barack Obama was hailed as our new nominee. The funny thing is, those of us who remember what the primary results were in some of our states could not reconcile our memories with the way our delegations actually voted… What we know of the vote last Wednesday is that Hillary actually received more than 1900 delegates before the counting was stopped. We have been told that the delegate count was getting too close for Pelosi et al to explain away… [N]o one who witnessed this should feel any less outraged and those who participated in the fraud should never expect unity. There will never be any resolution to this primary season.
Palin "risky," but Ferraro "a disaster," says Clyburn
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is lukewarm on Palin, speaking to South Carolina radio.
Would somebody shut this guy up? His misogyny is showing again. And maybe the Palin selection isn’t as risky as Democrats might think. See below.—Caro
For GOP Delegates, Sarah Palin on the Ticket Is a No-Brainer (by Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report)
[D]elegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., are close to unanimous in their enthusiasm for the self-proclaimed “hockey mom.” Yes, Palin’s selection pleased social conservatives and gun owners, who see her as an unapologetic supporter of their causes. As one former Member of Congress from a swing state told me on the floor on the opening night of the Republican convention, “The party was with McCain intellectually, but not emotionally. Now, with the selection of Palin, that’s changed.” Another Republican, a moderate from New England who doesn’t necessarily agree with all of Palin’s positions on the issues, was no less enthusiastic. “She connects with people. She’s the mom next door,” said the Republican, who argued that Palin’s greatest strength is getting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) back to his maverick image and message.
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