In the last two days, two Republican governors who are often mentioned as potential running mates for McCain have come out with high praise for Obama.
First, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised Obama’s energy plan, despite the fact that McCain is trying to hammer Obama on this issue. About Obama’s plan to complete the Alaska natural gas pipeline:
I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs.
About Obama’s plan to offer $1,000 rebates to help offset the high cost of energy:
This is a tool that must be on the table to buy us time until our long-term energy plans can be put into place. We have already enjoyed the support of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and it is gratifying to see Senator Obama get on board.
Say what you will about Barack Obama, people gravitate when you have something positive to say. People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders. They don’t want to follow some negative, scornful person.
Pawlenty also talked about Reagan, saying that Reagan “actually had some ideas” but that the Republican idea factory has seemed “a little stagnant in recent years”. Pawlenty even brought up the issue of age, saying that Reagan is ancient history to young people. “If you’re under 40, that was a long time ago, man,” he said to laughter.
Ouch! I doubt if McCain is laughing.
UPDATE: Today US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave even higher praise to Obama. Rice has been often mentioned as a potential running mate for McCain, but when she was asked if she would consider as VP for Obama, she responded:
I don’t need another job in government with anybody. Look, I’m a Republican, all right? Senator McCain is a fine patriot and he would be a great president. But there’s something to be said for fresh blood. And I know that there are a lot of very good people who could be his vice president.
Rice was also asked “Would you feel safe with a President Obama?” to which she responded “Oh, the United States will be fine.”