That was my reaction when I saw CNN yesterday afternoon:
McCain Names Palin his VP Candidate
When she took the stage, my second reaction was, "Boy, she's young!"
The more I think about this choice, the more I think it is either pure genius or a dumb ass move that is going to blow up in his face.
First, picking Palin is a direct move to get the 16 million Clinton voters who still feel disgruntled. If you don't believe me, watch Palin's speech. She mentions it directly. While not a bad idea in theory. However, many Clinton supporters were behind her not because she was a woman, but because of what she stood for. To say that all of these people will now vote for Palin only because she is a woman is a bit insulting. Now, if my friends and Clinton supporters do vote McCain/Palin because of the gender factor, then I will be very disappointed as Palin could not be more different Clinton when it comes to policy.
This brings me to my second point, Palin is a NRA member committed to overturning Roe v. Wade and drilling in Alaska. For this alone she would not get my vote.
Third, once again, who? The Repubs have made SUCH a BIG deal out of Obama's lack of experience, that I am left speechless that they think that someone with 2 years experience as the governor of Alaska is qualified to be president. This should definitely take the the experience question off the table.
Finally, VP choices are made because there is a possibility that they might become president. And although 72 year-old McCain may never be sick in the 4 to 8 years that he could be president, should something happen, Palin would be president. As interesting and intelligent as she may be, not only do I think she is not ready, but she sure as hell does not represent me.
One of my friends called this a "Maverick move." I think it is a calculated political decision which panders to his conservative base while trying to steal some women's votes. There is nothing Maverick about that.
**Please note that I have not mentioned any of the criticism about her having a special needs child or her beauty pageant background. These are non-issues for me which do not influence whether she would make a good president. Besides, if the Repubs think that a beauty queen can be president, why couldn't a "celebrity?"
***But, dude, I really do like her glasses.