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GOP Makes a Better Judgment Call

September 8, 2008

By Caroline Elliott

 

Let me get this straight, the Obama campaign is finally on the defense and the Republican Party in full throttle offense mode? It’s been interesting to see America’s reaction to both the Democratic and Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee picks. We have two juxtaposing Vice- Presidential Candidates who couldn’t be farther apart.

On one hand we have Senator Joe Biden who exudes the typical old white guy persona that most people stereotype as a politician. Biden brings several risks to the Obama campaign. First, he doesn’t represent change. He reflects the average politician that Americans are trying to avoid. Second, Biden voted for the war on Iraq, which is what Obama railed Hillary on the entire Democratic primary. Can we say hypocrite?

On the other hand, we have an out of the blue, beauty queen, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican Vice- Presidential nominee. You want to talk change? She is a woman who brings confidence and strength to the female community. She is a tough-minded reformer like McCain. Women are looking up to her and see her as a down to earth representation of a strong female. Palin is a loving mother, who has a spine of steel and who is going to bring it in Washington. She says it best, “I am not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.” She couldn’t have said it better. Her representation as a solid hockey mom that could care less what the press says about her is just what America needs.

With McCain’s age and wisdom along with Palin’s zealous passion for success, the two will strongly represent the American people. This creates a challenge for the Democratic Party. This Republican ticket is going to be hard to beat. McCain has a strong record in public service and military experience. Governor Palin brings proven executive experience to the table. The pair will bring economic growth and national security to our nation.

Obama’s choice of Senator Biden may hurt the Democratic ticket. The American people are seeing that Obama himself does not have the governing experience that our country needs in a president. Bringing Biden onto the ticket did help strengthen the foreign policy side of the ticket, but it’s not going to be enough. Not many people have much confidence in Obama’s ability to have an effective plan to deal with foreign affairs and Biden’s record isn’t going to compensate. We have the Russian invasion of Georgia, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenge of moving Americans away from foreign energy dependence on our plates and we can’t risk having a novice representing our country when dealing with these other nations.

Our citizens are looking for change and that’s what needs to happen. Even though Obama has patented the word “change” in his campaign slogan, he isn’t backing it up. McCain’s brilliant decision to have Governor Palin on the ticket is the best thing since the blackberry.

 

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Caroline Elliott, Senior  SCHotline Contributor- Elliott is a senior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in business. She has been active in campaigns in South Carolina and has worked in Washington D.C the past two summers, in Representative Sue Myrick’s office (R- NC 9) and the Republican National Committee.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary C permalink
    September 9, 2008 2:55 PM

    Sarah Palin is the perfect R choice: a good-looking woman in a skirt who can sneer and ridicule with the best of them. Lie like a pro with a straight face about her anti-corruption and no-earmark views, touting abstinence-only sex-ed while putting her unwed teenage daughter in the spotlight, correctly saying it’s a personal private family matter that’s noone else’s business while advocating laws that would put the gov’t in the personal, private lives of everyone else. Yes indeed, she’s excited the base.

  2. Dave Wilson permalink
    September 9, 2008 6:21 PM

    The Obama campaign is quickly realizing that the leadership that change and hope require must have substance. Obama’s team is beginning to see some chinks in the armor and are pushing hard to divert attention away from their candidate. Could it be that both he and his running mate are not the agents for change that they purport to be? Just read this line from an AP story today…

    “Obama is putting as much heat on Palin as he is on the man at the top of the GOP ticket, objecting to the Republican Party’s portrayal of her as a reformer who can bring change to Washington”

    And then there’s what McCain-Palin spokesman Tucker Bounds said about Obama’s negative attacks…
    “Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin have shook up the establishment and delivered real reforms,” Bounds said. “Barack Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”

  3. September 10, 2008 10:21 AM

    hmmm…this article is nothing but a rehash of talking points on both sides that have been circulating throughout the media the last two weeks…nothing new. no new thought.

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