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Originally posted by Skyfloating
Excellent behind-the-scenes question there.
If you look at older ATS-Threads in this Forum you see all kinds of VP Candidates names dropped...but hardly if any mention of Palin.
From obscurity to fame in a day. I look forward to what this thread uncovers.
Originally posted by Alora
Flagged. I'm going to be following this thread closely because I have the same questions: who, what, why, huh. It almost seemed like we were side swiped with the announcement-- honestly the first time I ever heard her name was when she was announced as the VP running mate.
According to both the Aug. 29 Anchorage Daily News and the June 13 Colorado Springs Gazette, Sarah Palin became John McCain's vice presidential candidate largely through the machinations of someone even younger and less experienced than herself. From the Anchorage Daily News:
The hype can probably be traced to the Web site of a 21-year-old college senior* majoring in political science at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Adam Brickley, a political buff who will graduate in May, started a "Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President" blog last year and has relentlessly promoted the idea ever since.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
I'm not complaining, but with the old, non-google search engine on ATS, you could search for words IN a post. How can I search for "Palin" as a word in the text of a post??? Can you still do that?
If so, it'd be a great way to discover who posted on ATS first about palin. . .
Palin's rise came as the Valley's politics were changing sharply from Democratic to Republican.
The national Republican Party was encouraging local party officials to groom a new generation of candidates, officials say. Palin was an obvious selection, say local party officials Roy and June Burkhart of Willow. Roy is head of the District 15 party, while June sits on the state party's executive board.
"Not only that, we've got some in the bullpen. You'll be hearing about them, too," Roy Burkhart said recently.
In Palin's last year as mayor, she headed straight to her next race, entering the 2002 Republican primary for lieutenant governor. The winner was going to run at the side of Frank Murkowski.
"She thought it would be a very good opportunity to be mentored," said Babcock, who is now manager of government affairs for Matanuska Electric Association and a close Palin confidant. "She had a lot of confidence she was going to win that race."
PRESS: Where'd you find you're VP, McCain?
MCCAIN: I found her on ebay, dude.
Last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC’s spectacle in Denver, the country’s most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.
CNP members have included Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Tim LaHaye and Paul Weyrich. At a secret 2000 meeting of the CNP, George W. Bush promised to nominate only pro-life judges; in 2004, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told the group, “The destiny of the nation is on the shoulders of the conservative movement.” This year, thanks to Sarah Palin’s selection, the movement may have finally aligned itself behind the campaign of John McCain…
The members of the Council for National Policy are the hidden hand behind McCain’s Palin pick. With her selection, the Republican nominee is suddenly — and unexpectedly — assured of the support of a movement that once opposed his candidacy with all its might. Case in point: while Dobson once said he could “never” vote for McCain, he issued a statement last week hailing Palin as an “outstanding” choice. If Dobson’s enthusiasm for Palin is any indication, he may soon emerge from his bunker in Colorado Springs to endorse McCain, providing the Republican nominee with the grassroots support of the Christian right’s single most influential figure.