On his 72nd birthday, John McCain named the 44 year old Governor Sarah Palin (R- Alaska). Unfortunately, she's not related to Michael Palin. So let's discuss this.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Who is Sarah Palin? Two years ago she was mayor of a village in Alaska with a population of 5000 or so people. She's just been elected Governor in a state where the top two Republicans, Murkowski and Stevens, are having serious ethical and legal troubles. She is basically the "last Republican standing" up there. A quick look at her page from "on the issues" shows an awfully sparse record. However, to the extent that we can tell something about her it is that she is solidly social conservative.
I think this takes the "Obama's too inexperienced" thing off the table. Obama was a state assemblyman for 7 years and US Senator for 4. Compare that to being on the village council and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska then being governor for two years. This in the context of McCain's age and health making the whole "heart beat away" thing that much more important.
I also think that to the extent this is an attempt to convince Hillary's female supporters to vote for McCain, it could backfire. She's out of step with most women on social issues. Also, I saw some polls earlier this summer that the only way Obama would lose his advantage among women would be to appoint a female VP nominee OTHER than Hillary.
Finally, she's going to make McCain look even older. If they think that people will look at the two of them add their ages and divide by two and say "wow, what a young couple" they're nuts. It will look like Sarah Palin and her grumpy grampy.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin is under investigation in Alaska for allegedly using her position of government to push for the firing of her sister's estranged husband from the State Police. When the public safety commission refused he was fired by Palin because she wanted to make the department "more energetic." She replaced him with a man who has since resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 8:03 AM