Tonight’s debate may not change minds when it comes to electing our President. In fact it probably wont. However, Sarah Palin has one chance and one chance only to give a boost to the McCain candidacy and continue her own viability as a political presence in the future, regardless of the results of the coming election. If she flops, she will never overcome the media’s unavoidable, continuous belittling of her. If she does more than just well, she will remain a potential national force to deal with, even if the McCain ticket loses.
What Sarah Palin needs to do is accentuate her positives. She is relatively plain spoken and has the ability to connect with people in a way that far exceeds Biden’s or Obama’s. She needs to use that ability to undercut Biden’s 36 years of Washington doubletalk, and she can do it.
Sarah Palin needs to approach each answer to each question with a common touch that enhances her most attractive political quality, she’s one of us. Governor Palin is not a part of the political establishment which has collectively, led us to the need for a 700 billion dollar bailout. She is not a part of the old boys network that adds pork barrel spending for studying the DNA of bears to a bill that is aimed funding troops in Afghanistan. No, Sarah Palin is not a part of that process and she does not have experience with that. Her experience is founded in achieving what she set out to do. Be it creating a new pipeline to provide new energy to the nation and increased wealth to her constituents or vetoing her state legislatures attempt to deny homosexuals equal rights, Sarah Palin has done it and that is the type of experience that she has.
Sarah Palin’s greatest asset is simplicity, a simplicity in an approach to government that avoids the filibustering of progress and sets course for action and progress. This is what she must convey in her answers. She must rekindle the maverick theme that the McCain ticket needs and she can do it.
In her debate performance Palin will have the opportunity to gear each answer towards that maverick image. By stating a non-political course of Presidential action in response to issues facing the nation. She can also take the opportunity to highlight the typical approach to government an bureaucracy that will be obvious in Joe Biden’s answers.
Authenticity will be the key to Palin’s success tonight. If she is herself, her natural instincts which propelled her in Alaska politics and accounted for productive leadership in Alaska will come across to Americans and be appreciated by Americans.
Tonight is her opportunity to assist this Republican ticket in getting across the finish line first and it is her chance to either cement herself as a political force to reckon with or politician to be made fun of by a liberal media and a bitter liberal segment of the electorate.
I have faith and I believe that the former is more likely than the latter.
A president’s pension currently is $191,300 per year, lasting until he is 80 years old.
Assuming the next president lives to age 80:
- Sen. McCain would receive ZERO pension, as he would reach 80 at the end of two terms as president.
- Sen. Obama would be retired for 26 years after two terms, so would receive $4,973,800 in pension.
Therefore, it would certainly make economic sense to elect McCain in November.
Now, how’s that for non-partisan thinking???