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McCain’s VP Choice Evident On Wikipedia Weeks Ago

Community Pegs Palin As Possible Saint

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In case you didn’t hear the collective explosions powercharging out of heads around the country, Republican Presidential nominee John McCain picked Alaska governor Sarah Palin for his vice presidential running mate. Since the news broke a little while ago, Wikipedia might as well be on fire, but despite a rapid community editing free for all, her page was prepared fairly far in advance.
 

Let’s do a quick profile, courtesy of Wikipedia editors, where George Washington cherry-tree-type stories dilute a minor scandal involving the ousting of her sister’s ex-husband from government. That’s about as dirty as it gets though for an apparently squeaky clean veep choice who’ll appeal to conservative soccer moms, disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters, and men who like attractive women, so long as they don’t mind retracting former arguments about the value of experience.

In short, her Wikipedia biography places her just short of sainthood, just short of personally saving the whales. Miss Congeniality and runner up in the Miss Alaska pageant in 1984, Palin was formerly known as “Sarah Barracuda” to a high school basketball team because of her intensity; she played despite a stress fracture in the championship game where she sank those all-important free throws in the final seconds. Her husband and high school sweetheart with whom she eloped is a champion snowmobiler; she’s a church-goer, a social conservative pro-lifer with five kids, one of whom is a soldier slated for service in Iraq and one of whom was born last April and has Down Syndrome; she’s been a moose-hunter, a 5k runner, a sports journalist, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a hockey mom, a city councilwoman, a mayor, and finally governor of Alaska since 2006. Oh, and she plays flute.

Governor of Alaska since 2006

This paragraph is choice:

"She hunts, eats moose hamburger, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane. Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it."

And rumor has it her best party trick is feeding a multitude of Girl Scouts with one pan of brownies, having enough left over to give to the homeless.

Rumor has it she was a VP choice as early as August 12th, according to the history of that Wikipedia article, meaning McCain and his campaign may have kept this pretty darn mum for a couple of weeks now, timed no doubt to immediately follow and steal some thunder from Barack Obama’s historic acceptance of the Democrat nomination. Complaints about sources, though, kept that potential VP tidbit generally off the page.

While edits to her page are coming fast and furious at the moment from numerous editors, the page was pretty tame until the past few days. Yesterday was especially active thanks to a few choice editors, one of whom, “Young Trigg,” was warned about conflicts of interest and slanting the article too much in favor of Palin. It was this editor who provided the great tidbit about how Palin returned to her job as Governor just three days after giving birth. Surprisingly, there’s nothing about how her strength is enhanced by Earth’s yellow sun.

At any rate, saint or not, Wikipedia accuracy or not, she’s a shrewd choice, and definitely a tactical one. The people are chomping at the bit to find out more about her. Palin’s already dominating Google Trends. She’s also number one among trending topics on Twitter, as well.
 
UPDATE: Coincidentally, her newborn son is also named Trig.

 

 

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  • Guest

    Talk about timing, the official website for the town where she was mayor just launched their new site a week ago! Heck, if they had sold banner ads, they could have refilled the city coffers by now ;-)

  • http://ChemoDiva.com Kelly Robertson

    The democrats were SILENT after the announcement and I’m sure that Obama and ESPECIALLY Hillary had their insiders checking things out.  This news, not as "new" as we thought", IS HUGE.  If McCain is elected and he croaks, guess who the First Woman President will be? I bet Hillary is beside herself, I know I’d be.  Interesting – thanks for posting!

  • Charles

    The whole point of the VP is to take over if the President can’t fulfill his duties. Why pick someone with no experience is several areas that McCain kept stating was important? Surely there must have been better female candidate available than a former beauty queen that likes Moose meat currently being investigated by the legislature for using her political power for personal revenge.

    • LEO PIERSON

      Agree. And she definitely doesn’t talk about increasing the size of government, thus raising taxes, nearly as much as Obama- she loses on that point!

  • Guest

    I think that’s way beyond the call of a Hockey Mom’s duty.  Giving up a daughter for the team.  Let’s not forget that’s she’s currently under investigation for abusing her office by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired.  Also her she refused to support her own mother-in-law for mayor, not because of quallifications, but because of her opinion on abortion.  So much for family values.

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