"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


the veepstakes, part deux

Mitt Romney seems to be the favorite for McCain's vp pick today, but there are rumors swirling that it may be Alaska governor Sarah Palin. If that's true, it's a very, very smart pick. Palin is young, capable, and very pro-life. And she has a compelling personal story that will pit her and Biden against each other in a contest to see who can make the most soccer moms cry. She's also not an old, white man, which is something McCain needs to make the Republican party seem less homogeneous. (Make no mistake, the Republican party is very homogeneous, particularly in its leadership.)

If McCain picks Romney, he's driving nails in the coffin of his campaign. There's no way evangelical Christians will vote for a Mormon, and when middle America learns that Romney believes that when he dies, he'll become god of his own planet and he and his wife will populate it with spirit children, well, that ain't gonna fly with most of the electorate.

We shall see, we shall see. And I'm sure there will be a shout in the conference rooms today when the word gets out. Somebody text it to me, okay?


Blogger euphrony said...

Does he get to pick the planet? That's what I really want to know. And the voters might like to know if he can go ahead and head that way, if ya know what I mean ;)

When I heard the rumors about Sarah Palin I was thinking the same things as you. No, she probably won't really help draw off the Hillary supporters disaffected with Obama simply because she's a woman. (Not to say that it might happen, to some degree.) She really would make McCain's run and the GOP look a bit more like the nation. And, in a year where people really want to talk about historic firsts, it wouldn't hurt to be able to say no matter the outcome of the election we'll see something in Washington that has been a long time coming.

Friday, August 29, 2008 8:44:00 AM

Anonymous SKR said...

I think Palin is an interesting pick. Certainly not bad, but how are you going to knock Obama on experience when this lady has been city council member, and mayor in Wasilla and only governor for a few years? McCain turns 72 today, and she'll be one heartbeat away? Can't wait to see the VP debate.

Friday, August 29, 2008 10:48:00 AM

Blogger Alexis said...

I agree SKR. Additional points- she's been mayor of a small town- less than 9,000 people, and Alaska is only one congressional district- population 670,053. I literally heard a Rep. Congresswoman on CNN today tout Palin's PTA experience in response to the foreign policy experience question.

Friday, August 29, 2008 1:59:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

I think McCain WANTS people to knock her on inexperience so they can use those comments in anti-Obama ads. The VP debate will be something else, probably 1/2 showdown on who's more committed to family and 1/2 beauty contest.

Y'all should've seen how 7,000 political scientists reacted to the news.

Friday, August 29, 2008 3:44:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

TIA, I think you're right. They start talking about inexperience at the VP level and McCain can very easily turn around and say that the VP is a spot you can grow into, but not the Presidency. And I'll bet the reaction was interesting.

Alexis, they actually touted her PTA experience? Okay, that's pretty pathetic - no way around it.

Friday, August 29, 2008 4:05:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

I think this was done so that McCain/Palin can claim that they aren't Washington insiders. McCain likes to say that he challenges Washington (read: Biden). McCain also wants to show that Obama is an elitist who is out of touch with real America, so he pulls in a lady with 5 children.

And I don't want to know how 7,000 political scientists reacted. No doubt, they too were out of touch with real America.

And p.s. Palin is smokin hot.

Friday, August 29, 2008 4:21:00 PM

Blogger CharlieMac said...

I think, (like what I think is important!), that McCain picked a winner. Now conservatives like myself can feel a lot better about voting Republican this year.

I am sure that the Dems are looking hard and deep to find some dirt to sling. I hope McCain and his people checked just as throughly and that there is none.

She is a mother of five, one a down syndrome child she chose not to abort. Good for her.

Her public (political) career began as a caring and active PTA mother. Good for her.

Her PTA leadership led her into local politics to help others and fight corruption. Good for her.

Her work as a local politician led her rather quickly to become the governor of the largest state in area in the union. She has proved her leadership ability in only two years as governor by cutting at least some waste and some taxes. Good for her!

She has a son in the military and has been Commander-in-Chief of the Alaskan National Guard for two years. Good for her.

She supports responsible drilling in ANWAR. Good for her.

She is a life member of the NRA and hunts and fishes. Good for her.

When(if)John McCain and Sarah Palin are sworn in next January she will be a heartbeat away from being President and the Commander-in-Chief of our military. Good for her, good for America, and much better for all the world than either of the other party's options. (See opening statement)
Charlie Mac

Friday, August 29, 2008 5:03:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

Charlie Mac, I believe that her husband is also part Alaskan Eskimo. Interesting additional bit of info.

Michael, she was a beauty queen.

Interestingly, it seems that the Wikipedia editors shut down open access to edit her profile. Starting yesterday someone with a username of her infant son, who has not edited anything else, began to systematically edit her bio, polishing it up but also glossing it up. When the news of her choice hit this morning, the editors noticed. The edits to her bio also indicated beforehand that she was the VP choice.

Friday, August 29, 2008 7:50:00 PM

Blogger CharlieMac said...

He reportedly is part native Alaskan and once won an Ironman 1,900 mile snowmobile race. She was a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in HS.
She also helps him in his commercial fishing business when possible. Real people, real man, real woman, real children, real American family, good for them, probably good for us!
Charlie Mac

Saturday, August 30, 2008 6:43:00 AM


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