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Saturday, August 30, 2008

(What's So Funny 'Bout) VP, Love and Understanding

Democrats are turning to their favorite rhetorical argument, hypocrisy over reality. Rather than pose the laughable claim that Sarah Palin is inexperienced for a VP choice when she is arguably more qualified than the Democratic presidential candidate, they are turning their sights to McCain. Apparently, he's a big liar for saying that his top criteria for a VP would be the ability to be president. Back to that in a second.

VP picks are supposed to be based on long personal relationships. I remember the stories of boyhood friends Bill Clinton and Al Gore as kids...oh, wait, they didn't know each other very well at all.

Truly, a VP choice is based on geographic necessity. Cheney's influence in the battleground state of Wyoming... Nope, not that either.

A VP choice has no particular rules. Obama chose Biden because Obama has no experience at doing anything in particular. So, he chose a guy who lost about 3 times in runs for president assuming that running that much must make him a good (Vice) President. That reminds me of Reagan picking GHW Bush who despised Reagan and invented the Democratic rallying cry of "voodoo economics."

So McCain decided to pick a three-fer, if you will. Choosing a governor was pretty much a given. A Senator hasn't won an election since 1960. Also, he wanted to pick a woman. Well, there are all of 3 Republican women governors. One had her own bout with cancer, which is the attack of the day in terms of "McCain has to pick his replacement for VP" claims. He also needed a conservative. Sarah Palin is that, but also a "maverick" in the sense that she has taken on Republicans in her own state.

This is the key. Joseph Biden has experience. He has the experience of sitting in the same office for over half of his life. He has the experience of being a non-executive politician from a state that has about 150% of Alaska's population, but only 0.35% of its size. he also respects John McCain more than Barack Obama, even if her prefers a Democratic win in November.

Sarah Palin is the governor of 16% of the total land mass of the United States. She is on the front lines of the energy policies that affect Middle East relations and the US economy. Most importantly, she is her own person. She praised Obama when he flip-flopped to a pro-drilling stance. She thanked Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro for their trailblazing in politics. She is poised to be a force for change with a candidate who has worked for change his whole career. And that's why she is the choice for a replacement president. She would be comfortable with carrying on a McCain legacy and apparently, he is comfortable with her.


  • At September 01, 2008 6:17 AM, Blogger Strikeslip said…

    I love the statistical comparisons between Palin and Biden. That 16% of the total US land mass that Sarah presides over is a good talking point.

    Palin gives me a reason to vote in this election. She is so opposite "politically correct" that I'm sure she even has many Republicans worried . . . the ones who gave up on the idea of limited government in order to be able to buy themselves votes. She also will not throw the people under the bus to cater to the wants of big business (like when she made sure that the Alaskan people got a big piece of the oil action). . . something else that will have some republicans worried.

    It would be nice if we could find someone like Palin to run things around here.

  • At September 01, 2008 9:25 AM, Blogger Strikeslip said…

    PS -- This commentary by Rodger Hedgecock fills in some of the information about Palin, and emphasizes a significant accomplishment.

  • At September 03, 2008 10:12 AM, Blogger Amanda said…

    I'm loving this commentary lately--keep it coming!

    I think Palin is a great R VP choice!

  • At September 03, 2008 8:05 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    I have to say, I was excited about the VP pick. But after Monday, I am absolutely fired up. I'm getting on all kinds of message boards and I am a political blogging machine this week. I have hope, too. Two weeks ago, I was annoyed by the prospect of dragging McCain across the finish line, no I want to run alongside McCain-Palin to the end. Of course, there's no way I could keep up with her.


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