Sunday, August 31, 2008

More Thoughts on Sarah Palin 

It's been less than 48 hours since McCain announced his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin. We have studied her background and rise in AK politics and concluded, along with others that she knows there is more to life than what professional politicians and pundits assume is life; she comes across as real; she's truly outside the Washington beltway.

Governor Palin provides a refreshing face, independence, decent, family driven behavior and a "can-do" attitude. Sarah Palin knows how to play offense when it is appropriate to do so.

What the analytical pundits, on all sides are missing is this: everyone can identify with some part of Sarah Palin. One valuable piece of training I had while working at IBM was a course in understanding what motivates people to do something. We are not all alike. Sarah is appealing because she recognizes this fact. She knows there are more people in this great country than just talking head babblers and people who want to destroy us from within.

She "gets" the American people. As a result, money is flowing into the McCain campaign like never before. Volunteers are coming out of the woodwork. Every place I've been in the past two days, grocery, gas station, coffee shop, I've heard people commenting how excited they are about Sarah.Why? She has touched their souls - something about her is resonating with the lives of many ordinary Americans. We are excited because we have found someone we know can make a difference - she already has.

As this election cycle progresses, we will see there is far more to Sarah Palin than the negative talking heads have discussed. I'm very optimistic that Governor Palin will be able to stand up to Motormouth Biden's long track record of nasty debating tactics.