This very strong woman, Gov. Sarah Heath Palin, of Alaska, could be a key to victory for the women whose pictures are below: Marina Kats, Toni Gilhooley, Melissa Hart, and Dana Walsh. If John McCain names Sarah as his running mate, which seems increasingly likely, she would campaign hard in places like Pennsylvania and, one hopes, in Dana Walsh's California. I will be writing this weekend on this site (and on my national blog) about what Sarah's presence on the McCain ticket would mean to Republican challengers in the Keystone State. For obvious reasons, Sarah has tremendous appeal to young voters, women professionals, mothers, social conservatives, gun owners, and military families. (Her son, Track, is an infantryman in the U.S. Army.) She also appeals to working families, mainly because she comes from one. (Her husband, Todd, has been a commercial fisherman and oilfield production worker.) If McCain chooses Gov. Palin, he could break the election wide open. For women generally, the best way to ensure that a qualified females gets elected President is to start voting for people like Sarah, Marina, Toni, Melissa, and Dana. As early as 2012 or 2016, we could have two women running against each other for President (Sarah versus Hillary?). To learn more about Sarah, go to: http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/. If it sounds as I'm asking Toni, Melissa, Marina, and Dana to start promoting Palin for V-P well, that's exactly what I'm recommending!
Republican congressional candidate Melissa Hart, PA 4th District
The biggest buzz in the blogosphere nowadays reflects the vast number of Hillary Clinton supporters who intend to vote for McCain. As I explain on my Hillary Supporters for McCain blog -- the original such site -- one of the Hillary supporters for McCain may be the New York Senator herself.
Here's the link: Doesn't Hillary Really Favor McCain?
Everything Sen. Clinton does between now and November 4 (Election Day) is going to be based not on the 2008 election, but on the one in 2012. Right now, she's in full "grin-and-bear-it" mode. Conversely, her supporters are not grinning -- and, as we hear in the movie "Network," they're "not going to take it any more."
I'm putting up pictures of four Republican candidates: Dana Walsh, running aganst Nancy Pelosi and Cindy Sheehan in California; Melissa Hart, running against Jason Altmire in PA; Toni Gilhooley, running against Tim Holden in PA; and Marina Kats, running against Allyson Schwartz in PA. Today (and everyday), I'm asking all visitors to make at least a small contribution to these outstanding candidates.
Do any of them have a chance to win? I believe that all of have a chance (key word) to win.
Here's what my friend Adam (founder of the palinforvp movement) said about Dana Walsh:
"While I'm obviously skeptical of our chances of beating Speaker Pelosi, this might be a good campaign to highlight. With two strong liberals in the race, there is an slight outside chance that a very well funded and publicized Republican might be able to run up the middle and win a plurality. If nothing else, a strong second . . . place showing would be a major black eye for Pelosi, who usually makes mincemeat of the local GOP out there."
Adam makes an excellent point: yes, Dana Walsh is a true long-shot, but there is a "just maybe" factor. Just maybe this is the year and the time to defeat Nancy Pelosi. If Dana could get 40% of the vote in a three-woman race -- not an impossible number -- she just might end up as congresswoman elect.
The whole point of this column has been to discuss ways that Republicans -- especially first-rate female candidates -- can win. To achieve that, however, they need your support, and they need it now.
In very difficult races, winning and losing should not be a major concern -- at least until late October. Christine Todd Whitman of NJ "lost" a big race against Sen. Bill Bradley 20 years ago. But she came so close that she wrecked Bradley's presidential aspirations. She also established the foundation for a great political career (as Governor and as head of the EPA) for herself.
Winning is part of a process. Admittedly, it's a process great candidates want to speed up. As I keep reminding people, Newt Gingrich lost his first two elections for Congress. The third time for him -- in 1978 -- truly was the charm. Get the process underway candidates, and most assuredly you will win at some point.
Senator Clinton's address today was well-delivered but substantively empty. She reminded me a great deal of Roseanne Roseanna Dann (Gilder Radner) on the old "Saturday Night Live." She was the one who wildly misunderstood political concept and, when that was pointed out to her, would say, "Oh, never mind."