A Bold Move: Sarah Palin for VP
Her husband is a union guy (steelworker, oil worker) and commercial fisherman, and she's a former union member herself. She played basketball (point guard) as well as competing in a beauty pageant. They're both from working class backgrounds. She's said to be very tough and sharp, but also warm and highly likeable.
Her relative inexperience does blunt one of McCain's best weapons against Obama, but I expect that argument will be recast in terms of "judgment" and "accomplishments" rather than "experience." It's also hard for the Obama campaign to attack her inexperience without highlighting his own issues on that score. It should be very interesting to see her debate Joe Biden in a few weeks. Indeed this is turning out to be one of the most interesting elections in my lifetime so far, and my memories go back to Nixon vs. Kennedy.
Time will tell whether this is a brilliant move or a blunder by McCain. That will largely depend on how well she holds up in the whirlwind of a national campaign.
Funny column from David Brooks on the generic convention speech (Democrat).
Debate dialog I'd like to see:
Obama: [something comparing himself to Abe Lincoln]
McCain: "Senator, I knew Abe Lincoln. You're no Abe Lincoln."
(H/T "The Corner") I think even Obama would have to laugh at that one. For the younger readers: it's a reference to Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen in the 1988 vice presidential debate.
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