Ms. Palin's experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall.Another:
The day that John McCain announced his selection of Sarah Palin was his birthday. His 72nd birthday. Seventy-two is not as old as it used to be, but Mr. McCain had a bout with melanoma seven years ago, and his experience in prison camp has uncertain implications for his future health. If anything were to happen to a President McCain, the destiny of the free world would be placed in the hands of a woman who until the day before Friday was a small-town mayor. Mr. McCain's supporters argue that he is more serious about national security than Barack Obama. But the selection of Sarah Palin invites the question: How serious can he be if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency? Barack Obama at least balanced his inexperience with Mr. Biden's experience. What is Mr. McCain doing?
And as for how this might help McCain, if at all?
The elder Bush picked Dan Quayle in 1988 in hopes of wooing younger voters, much as Walter Mondale had chosen Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, in an effort to mobilize women, and George McGovern had hoped that Sargent Shriver would stanch his losses among Catholics in 1972. None of these gambits worked. Ms. Ferraro did not deliver women, Mr. Quayle did not deliver youth, and Catholics defected to Nixon in 1972.
His choosing a beauty queen(this is also how he chose his wife) that he only met once before, in February of this year, also underscores the fact that he didn't pick any of the many competent and prominent women in his party, and that she's, as one commentator has put it, a "trophy candidate." Bush 41 thought that Quayle's looks would get the wimmens. McCain thinks this one will do the same. Oh, ha.
And there's a whole long weekend till next week and quite some time till the convention, given they're scared to hold their convention while a hurricane might again hit New Orleans. It's only taken one news cycle for all of Palin's liabilities to hit the news, and more keep coming.
Not least of which her complete opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest, her attempt to get a brother-in-law fired during a custody battle, her appontment of a known sexual harasser, her opposition to evolution...man, it just doesn't stop. Oh, and then there's her Down's Syndrome kid whom she's going to be neglecting in order to run(the social conservatives who love that she didn't abort said child will have fun juggling that one), and her eldest son shipping off to fight in a war she says she hasn't really thought much about.
Don't get me wrong--she seems like a very nice lady. I feel sorry for the humiliation she'll be facing soon.
And by the way, all of these qualities only make her attractive to the rapidly shrinking GOP base--no swing voters, except the stupidest and least informed. But they probably wouldn't remember to vote, or that it was November.
And as the PUMAs are in fact Republicans, I'm sure they'll vote for him too. So McCain has locked up the vote of...those who were going to vote for him anyway. But nobody who actually supported Hillary Clinton would vote for a candidate, with a vagina or without, who had these beliefs. Didn't anyone tell McCain the PUMAs were a hoax by GOP operatives? Oh dear me, the old man's believing his own press. But at least James Dobson approves!
McCain made a great choice. For the benefit of Obama and those of us who want to see him win. Thanks, John!