Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain's Choice

Today, John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska to be his running mate.  There is no question that it was a Hail Mary pass.  It was designed to 

• Obliterate coverage of Obama's historic acceptance speech.
• Appeal to anti-abortion activists 
• Try to pick off disaffected Hillary voters

But the pick carries with it great risks because Palin has so little experience (less than two years as governor of Alaska), and none on the national much less the international stage.  The Republicans have already tried to compare her experience to Senator Obama's, but this is truly laughable.  He has experience at the state, national, and international level, plus he has led an incredibly successful campaign organization with more twice the number of people in the state of Alaska.  He has learned a lot in those two years of campaigning.  She has 67 days.

But the thing I find most troubling is that they are making a naked grab for Hillary supporters.  Palin and Hillary disagree on almost every issue.  Yes, there are some supporters so childishly angry that Hillary lost that they will buy the ruse, but how can John McCain argue with a straight face that he puts the country first when his choice of running mate was based solely on cynical politics?