Although I have never heard of Gov. Sarah Palin, I think McCain's choice for Vice President is a brilliant move in the long run.
With all the talk of the new grounds being made by Obama as the first African American democratic nominee and the potential history making of becoming
the first Black president, McCain has effectively helped to steal a little of that thunder away for himself. The democrats have lost the appealing
monopoly on groundbreaking "change" as a female vice president suddenly becomes an option.
Palin will appeal heavily to soccer moms but more importantly the former Hillary-for-president supporters (particularly the females) who felt
disenfranchised by the outcome of the democratic primary that eventually came down to Obama and Hillary. These are the democrats that strongly desired
to see Hillary be the first female president...or even vice president...and have seen both those hopes dashed to pieces. They also have threatened to
vote for McCain in protest. Although I disagree with dangerously and childishly voting for a president out of spite, how much more attractive must the
prospect of that idea now be?
Palin may appeal superficially to certain segments but as some analysts have pointed out...
Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
She is younger and less experienced than the first-term Illinois senator, and brings an ethical shadow to the ticket. A governor for just 20 months,
she was two-term mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town of 6,500 where the biggest issue is controlling growth and the biggest civic worry is whether there
will be enough snow for the Iditarod dog-mushing race.
So we now have here a balancing act being played by both groups.
The key for them is to convince the voter not to consider McCain or Obama individually as potential presidents but to see each of them as part of a
"package deal" presidency. McCain is old, a bit of a curmudgeon and at times seems to get foggy and very confused, but Palin is young, fresh and
more likely to bail him out of that situation. Obama is inexperienced and seen as naive and weak on personal attack, but Biden is very experienced and
known to be good for a scrap.
Strangely enough at this point we're not supposed to consider McCain or Obama as a president, but merely part of some new presidential duo. A duo
where neither president nor vice president really overshadows the other but instead form a single president we can be more confident in. A perfect
balanced president found not in one man or woman, but in two people.
That is a new one for me.
Personally I care what direction this country takes during the next presidency. I refuse to be caught up in gimmick, novelty or fad. I think it is
crucial to consider seriously the motives of both sides and focus on them under the glare of spotlights and the flashes of news cameras. The next
president and vice president have a lot of work ahead of them and the wrong choice could help slip this country further into crisis.
Regardless of the outcome inroads into new territory will have been forever made. With lackluster candidates such as these...I am amazed at how
exciting this has all become.
May we live in interesting times.