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Sarah Heath (now Palin) on right (#22) as point guard on Wasilla H.S.'s state basketball championship team in 1982. She is one of the great female athletes in the history of Alaska.
Sarah Palin could provide great help to John McCain in earning the votes of Pennsylvanians. Make no mistake about it: Sarah Palin is very much a revered daughter of Alaska. However, she will have great appeal to voters in the Keystone State.
If you want to learn more about Sarah right now, I urge you to read Fred Barnes's article in The Weekly Standard. You can find it here.
The following are the opening paragraphs of Barnes's article:
"The wipeout in the 2006 election left Republicans in such a state of dejection that they've overlooked the one shining victory in which a Republican star was born. The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state."
"Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle--especially to transparency and accountability in government--can produce political success. And by the way, Palin is a conservative who only last month vetoed 13 percent of the state's proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, "may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history."
We Pennsylvanians are used to national (and state) politicians telling us how much they love we working stiffs. Most of those people are very wealthy individuals -- such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- who have little in common with the people in the Keystone State.
Sarah Palin does more than sing the praises of "working people." She's married to one, her husband Todd who's been a commercial fisherman and an oil field production worker. On many occasions, Sarah participated in the fishing business with Todd.
But wouldn't Sarah as governor be inclined to favor Todd's current employer, BP (British Petroleum). Actually, she raised the company's taxes (which had been at very low levels). With Sarah as governor, the big oil companies no longer run things in Alaska.
Pennsylvania is a state famous for its gun-toting hunters -- approximately one million of them. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will not say a discouraging word about guns -- unless of course they get elected to the presidency. Sarah Palin is an outstanding markswoman and a life member of the NRA.
Hillary Clinton will tell us that "every abortion is a tragedy." However, she will do nothing to prevent abortion of any kind, including partial birth abortion. As for Obama, he voted in the Illinois State Senate to allow "live-birth-abortion," basically a form of infanticide.
Sarah? She is staunchly pro-life. At age 43, she's pregnant with her fifth child. She's said recently that her being pregnant should not be any sort of barrier to her running for vice-president.
Pennsylvania has a long and distinguished tradition of military service. People like Obama and Hillary Clinton will say nice things about America's fighting men and women. Gov. Palin's son, Track, joined the U.S. Army on 9/11/2007, and he's now an infantryman -- almost certainly headed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. The Governor and her husband have a lot more than an abstract commitment to the military.
Is Sarah ready, if necessary, to become President of the U.S. She's not ready on this day, March 10, 2008, but she very close to being so. She will absolutely ready on the day John McCain is inaugurated in January, 2009. As Hillary Clinton suggests, Barack Obama will never be ready.
Pennsylvanians of all political stripes -- Republican, Independent, and Democrat -- need to take a good look at this remarkable woman. She will bring a dedication and decisiveness to Washington, DC that our nation sorely needs.