Friday, August 29, 2008

It's Palin

An ... interesting choice. John McCain selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his presumptive Vice Presidential nominee.

I had to look up her biography on Wikipedia, as I know next to nothing about her.

She's a hardcore anti-abortionist, doesn't believe in teaching science in the public schools, and was mayor of a town of about 9,000 people before being elected Governor. She's been in the post for about a year and a half, and as far as anyone knows has no political experience outside of Alaska. She's also known (again, according to the Wikipedia article) to have blown the whistle on corrupt practices within her own Party.

She's also cooperating with an ethics investigation regarding her firing of the State Police Commissioner.

So, what are the pluses and minuses?

Pluses? She's young and female, which might be used to woo away women from the Obama/Biden ticket over a supposed slur against Clinton. She's very opposed to abortion (and has 5 kids) - which might appeal to the Jesus Freak wing were it not for the fact her husband's a Yu'pik indian. Racism cuts both ways. However, I see a lot of GOP stalwarts being very aghast at this.

Minues? McCain's just celebrating his 72nd birthday today. If he cashes in after getting elected, we'll have a woman with less than two years experience running the country (and I'm not sure the GOP al Qaeda has given up their misogyny). Contrast that to Obama, who would be succeeded by a man with 29 years of experience in DC.

Like I said, an interesting move by McCain. Make a little history and change the narrative a bit by taking the "experience" card out of play.

We shall have to see.


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