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Schwarzenegger likes the man-woman ticket

It didn't take Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger long to figure out why John McCain and Sarah Palin would make for a good Republican ticket. He likes the gender balance.

When asked about McCain’s vice president choice at an appearance in San Diego on Friday morning, Schwarzenegger said it would be “terrific” to have “a man and a woman running things together” for the first time in the White House.

"I’m a big believer that women can do just as great a job if not a better job than guys can do, and I’ve seen this is in my own house,” Schwarzenegger went on to say. For more of the interview, visit LA Now, our sister blog.

To learn more about what kind of woman Palin is, check out Jacket Copy, The Times' books blog, which has a post about Palin's biography. The book is called "Sarah: How a Small Town Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear." It was penned by Alaskan writer Kaylene Johnson, who interviewed Palin's childhood basketball coach, her aerobics instructor and her pastor, among others.

Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg reports that sales of the tome have taken off since McCain announced Palin as his vice president.

The book started the day with an Amazon sales rank of about 300,000. By noon it, it had risen to No. 775. Shortly after 6 p.m., it was No. 24. Epicenter, the book's publisher, is figuring out how to fill the new demand -- Barnes & Noble alone wants 15,000 copies.

-- Kate Linthicum

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This tells yoiu all you need to know about Arnie!! She is an anti-choice evangelical who wants to teach creationism to our children - which of Hillary's true supporters is going to be swayed by her? None!!! only the fakes managed by the Rove people. The Palin choice is a desperate move by the McCain handlers- you can be sure that the Rove team made the choice since McCain barely knows her. With her lightweight resume: beauty queen, sport fishing , snowmobile rentals, and 2 years governorship of an idiosyncratic state with a very small population. They haven't even fully vetted her since she is caught up in a local scandal- WootenGate in Alaska. After all the hot air emitted by the McCain/Rove team about Obama's lack of experience they look even more hypocritical than ever. This is a ploy that will come back to bite them - only hard-core conservatives will buy into it. Who could want this person, as nice as she may be, to be a heart beat away from the presidency given McCain's age and health history. This is a gift the Obama/Biden campaign. The neocons self-destruct yet again!!! Thanks John.

John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin is a SOLID one for REAL Conservatives, and announcing the pick today is a strategic masterpiece, knocking out Barack Obama/Joe Biden’s after convention euphoria!.

Did I mention that I loved EVERYTHING she said after being introduced by John McCain?

EVERYTHING!! OsiSpeaks[dot]com

Some are describing her as Dan Quayle in a dress (because of her lack of experience), others as a female Alberto Gonzales (because of the hiring and firing scandal), but I see her as the female TOM EAGLETON.

I see it playing out like this: After the convention, the press will descend on her and McCain with questions about the firing of state employee for personal reasons, and then they will ask about the budget deficit she left as mayor of Wasilla. It will be a constant barrage and distraction from the message of the campaign. Next the National Enquirer will run stories about her not be the mother of the infant baby. Finally, after several weeks of agony for the Republicans, Gov. Palin will announce that she is withdrawing her name from the Republican ticket. The McCain campaign will accept the resignation, and McCain will hold a press conference to denounce the media as "agents of titillation" only concerned with scandals which increase their ratings. He will blame the democrats and entrenched political establishment for practicing the "politics of destruction" for driving a "good decent woman, mother of five, and mother of soldier currently in Iraq, from public service." but he will save his sharpest criticism for his own Republican party and the social conservatives who use "narrowly defined litmus tests" to eliminate perfectly qualified candidates who fail those tests. He will say that the only litmus test that he will apply is whether the candidate is ready to be President of the United States. Several days later, no longer under the constraints of a nominating convention, he will pick his real choice, his friend, his soul mate Joe Lieberman to be his running mate. He will also announce that like his hero Teddy Roosevelt, if elected he will not seek a second term.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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