Stalking Horse?

I watched John McCain’s speech tonight. He’s no Sarah Palin, but then who is? It was just an ok speech until he talked about his experience as a top gun in Vietnam. He was captured with two broken arms and a broken leg. He was held in captivity for seven years and tortured repeatedly. The speech took on a whole different hue as he spoke with earnestness about his experience. I believe him when he said his capture changed him from a selfish flyboy to a grown man who loved his country. After the speech, the love fest began and McCain and Palin appeared together on stage with their families. Republicans love Palin, and maybe they love McCain, or at least are willing to give him a chance. I know I have.

The question on my mind right now is, “Are we being used?” The reason I ask is the latest Peggy Noonan column in which she wonders about Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, “Why Palin and not you?” Is is part of some Republican narrative that requires a woman like Palin?

Then there’s the column by Chuck Baldwin, who is running for President on the Constitution Party ticket. He asks what will Palin do when the liberal McCain comes out.

What will she do when he proposes to increase federal spending for abortion providers (which he has done numerous times as senator)?

What will Palin do when McCain decides to nuke Iran (and who knows what else), not only without a Declaration of War by Congress, but also without provocation or justification? (Baldwin apparently doesn’t think Iran has provoked any country yet.)

What will she do as John McCain allows the United Nations to dictate and manipulate America’s foreign policy? (Take the Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST) for example)

Baldwin believes “John McCain is using Sarah Palin as inducement to trick conservatives into accepting his liberal, big-government, globalist candidacy.

Is Gov. Sarah Palin a stalking horse? Wikipedia defines the word thusly:

The phenomenon occurs particularly in politics, where a junior politician acts as the stalking horse to promote the interests of a senior politician who remains unseen in case the actions would damage him or her but nevertheless wants to provoke a debate or challenge to a party colleague. In some cases stalking horses are not working for a particular individual but may wish to provoke a response that leads others to join in. In politics, the truth about the relationship between an individual stalking horse and a candidate may never be known, as both sides may claim that the (alleged) stalking horse acted without the agreement of anyone else.

Gov. Sarah Palin is a star. She may even be the first woman president. It’s going to be really interesting to see how she and McCain mesh. Will she be used and then thrown away, ruined on compromises? Or will she resign if such a scenario surfaces? Is she so tough that she persuades?

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