It seems that Johnny McCain has picked his running mate. He went with youth. And sex. He chose the first-term female governor of tiny Alaska, just one and half years into her first term as governor. Talk about experience! But, she does have youth going for her. Johnny is 72 years old; Ms. Palin is only 44. And, did I mention she’s a girl? (A rather obvious reach for the so-called Hillary vote, don’t you think? Johnny McCain thinks so little of Hillary’s supporters that he thinks they are all going to flock to him just because he’s putting a woman on his ticket, regardless of whether she’s qualified or not.)
WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, making her the first woman ever to serve on a Republican presidential ticket.
McCain’s decision was revealed just hours before he was set to appear with his newly-minted running mate at a rally in swing-state Ohio.
Palin, the first Alaskan to appear on a national ticket, was elected Alaska’s first woman governor in 2006. The state’s voters had grown weary of career politician Gov. Frank Murkowski, whom she defeated in the GOP primary.[..]
Palin’s selection was a stunning surprise, as McCain passed over many other better-known prospects, some of whom had been the subject of intense speculation for weeks or months.
At 44, she is a generation younger than Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, who is Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic ticket.
She is three years Obama’s junior, as well, and McCain has made much in recent weeks of Obama’s relative lack of experience in foreign policy and defense matters.[..]
Born in Idaho, Palin moved to Alaska with her parents in 1964, when they went there to teach school.
She received a degree in communications and journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.
I don’t know what to say. I really am at a loss for words. I had my suspicions that Johnny McCain was not serious about this election, that he was just going through the motions. Now I’m sure of it.
Considering Johnny McCain’s advanced age and questionable health, it was of vital importance that he select a running mate who is ready to be Commander-in-Chief. Sarah Palin definitely is not ready. No way, no how.
Johnny’s first “presidential” decision, and he blew it. Big time.
Update: Via Borowitz Report…
“The Presidency of the United States of America is the toughest job on the planet,” Sen. McCain said. “And my friends, the best testing ground for that job is being the mayor of a 5,000-person town in Alaska.”
Update #2: From the editorial board of The Washington Post…
But the most important question Mr. McCain should have asked himself about Ms. Palin was not whether she could help him win the presidency. It was whether she is qualified and prepared to serve as president should anything prevent him from doing so. This would have been true for any presidential nominee, and it was especially crucial that Mr. McCain — who turns 72 today — get this choice right. If he is elected, he will be the oldest man ever to serve a first term in the White House.
In this regard, count us among the puzzled and the skeptical. Not long ago, no less a Republican strategist than Karl Rove belittled Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, noting that picking him would appear “intensely political” because Mr. Kaine’s experience consisted of only three years as governor preceded by the mayoralty of Richmond, which Mr. Rove called “not a big town.”
Using Mr. Rove’s criteria, Ms. Palin would not fare well. Her executive experience consists of less than two years as governor of her sparsely populated state, plus six years as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 8,471). Absorbed in Alaska’s unique energy and natural resource issues, she has barely been heard from in the broader national debates over economic policy and health care. Above all, she has no record on foreign policy and national security — including terrorism, which Mr. McCain posits as the top challenge facing America and the world. Once the buzz over Ms. Palin’s nomination dies down, the hard questions about her will begin. The answers will reflect on her qualifications — and on Mr. McCain’s judgment as well.
Your humble host could not agree more. Johnny McCain proved today that he is not ready to be President of the United States. His vice presidential running mate definitely is not either.
Update #3: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd report that Johnny did not even know Sarah Palin before selecting her as his running mate. This choice is a political gimmick through and through…