Aug 292008

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.)

McCain picks Palin as running mate

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin

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…

  10 Responses to “McCain picks Palin”

  1. I agree, the Republicans have definitely closed up some avenues they could use before to attack Obama, such as one of experience. I’m looking forward to the Democratic response to this pick.

  2. Losing the chance to attack Obama on experience is no different than Obama being unable to attack McCain on being a Washington Insider by choosing Biden….oh wait, he still tries to do that…

    The amazing thing is that the Democrats are attacking Palin for lack of experience, even though she has more years in politics than Obama does, including time at an executive level, which Obama doesn’t.

    I won’t even try to hide the fact that she wasn’t my first choice, but with the recent statistics that 24% of women are undecided, while only 7% of men are, that doesn’t bode well for Obama.

    I’ll agree with you that it was an obvious reach for the Hillary vote. However – people tend to vote for their own, look at the African-American community with Obama. I’m not suggesting 90% of women will vote McCain-Palin, but I do think that the GOP will have a majority of the women vote, which usually goes to Democrats.

    While I know that you (like myself) originally believed Romney to be the VP choice, I am curious who you would have preferred on the ticket, in a scenario where McCain wins. I was hoping for Evan Bayh if you recall. I also feel this pick is making the Obama camp think twice about not selecting Hillary, but they won’t admit it of course.

  3. You guys are so funny!
    McCain made the best choice in his political career. Not only is Palin a slap in Hilary’s face, and not only is she more experienced, smarter and more in touch with America than Barack Hussien Obama, but she also supplies McCain’s campaign with a much needed shot of conservatism! I was voting for Chuck Baldwin until this morning. Now I’m a solid McCain/Palin supporter!
    And they made the announcement at the perfect time! I haven’t heard ONE WORD about the ‘super’ speech from Barack Hussien. The ’08 Presidential Race ended this morning.
    Sorry guys…you lose!

  4. @Anthony Fuller : The Obama camp is smiling today. Believe me, they really are. (Experience? Let’s see… she was mayor of a town of about 6,000, governor for 18 months of a state with a population smaller than the town in which I live, a journalism degree from the University of Idaho… Yep, she’s ready to be president!)

    @James : You type a comment like that and then claim that “we” are are funny ones? You really are lost down in a well somewhere, aren’t you?

  5. As far as using her to tap into the young, female vote… where? I’m a 31 year old female and I’m not impressed at all. She is a far cry from Hilary Clinton and I’m not interested in an inexperienced “hockey mom” who is active and supports the NRA, is an avid hunter, is against pro-choice and is against gay rights. I’m also NOT impressed with her or shall I say her HUSBAND’S activism and support of drilling in Alaska.

    I think 90% of why she was considered and chosen was due to her husband being the production manager of an oil rigging company in Alaska. I guess the conservatives finally get what they want, Alaska’s oil.

    She doesn’t support increasing the minimum wage, she’s a very religious, fur owning woman with corrupt ideas and influence from her husband’s career choice, and I don’t agree with anything at all she’s done so far.

    I find it amusing sometimes that the majority of conservatives are against a woman’s right to choose but they love guns and killing animals for sport.

    She has a baby with down syndrome. While I respect the fact that she did not abort her baby, I also support the fact that she knowingly got pregnant at 43 years old with the knowledge that conceiving a baby with problems would be likely. That was HER choice. I’m already tired of hearing about her not being pro-choice based on her OWN choice to have a child with a syndrome. It’s as if she did something angelic by getting pregnant so old and having “Trig”… Really?

    Obama touched America with his historical speech and I hope he continues to do so while President.

  6. Anyone else picturing Lorne Michaels trying desperately to get Tina Fey to “do” Sarah Palin for the season opener of SNL?

  7. Actually, I would say it is the McCain camp that is smiling today. Through the entire primary season Obama managed to deflect talk of inexperience. In one fell swoop, McCain got the issue front and center on every left wing blog and column. At the end of the day, whom does this hurt? The Vice Presidential nominee with 2 years of Executive level experience, or the Presidential nominee with none at all? Think about it. Be careful what you wish for.

  8. @Steve :

    Think about it.

    I have, my friend. I’ve thought about quite a bit.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    I am very careful about what I wish for.

    The mayor of the city in which I live has way more “executive level experience” than Mrs. Palin. Makes you wonder why Sen. McCain didn’t pick him instead of her, doesn’t it? Look at how much executive level experience George W. Bush and Dick Cheney had and what that got us. Be careful what you wish for. 😉

  9. “Look at how much executive level experience George W. Bush and Dick Cheney had and what that got us. Be careful what you wish for.”

    Ummm… It got me the same occupation that I had when they got here. The year of their arrival, I reported $42,000 in earned income. Last year I made $52,000 with a lot more time off. Not that they are responsible for that. That’s not what they got me. But I live outside the rhetoric belt and things are much better over here.

    But no, I don’t wonder why he didn’t pick your mayor. That’s your question. But if he has one day of executive level experience, he has far more than Obama. So it makes me wonder why you didn’t pick your mayor.

  10. @Steve : I am glad you have fared so well. Congratulations. Unfortunately, I know a heck of a lot of people who have not. You may consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

    So it makes me wonder why you didn’t pick your mayor.

    Well, two reasons actually. 1) He’s a Republican, and 2) though he is better qualified than Sarah Palin, he is not ready to be vice president (and potentially president). Make that three… he had the good sense to realize he is not ready.

    If you have spent any time reading here, and haven’t come here purely for the thrill of arguing, you know why I support Barack Obama over John McCain. I realize I’ll never convince you. That is not my goal here. I merely enjoy doing this and expressing my feelings and opinions for whomever may feel inclined to read about them and perhaps leave a bit of their own.

    Hope you enjoy the holiday, Steve? Did you get the day off? If so, again… consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Thanks for dropping by! (at 4:15 in the morning… do you ever sleep?!)

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