Friday, August 29, 2008

You CAN Have it All! (Sarah Palin for V.P.)


I wrote a few days ago about Barack Obama's blunder in picking Joe Biden to be his Vice-Presidential running mate, and about how it presented John McCain a huge opportunity to blow the race wide open.

Well, McCain seized the opportunity and selected a near-ideal running mate in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The knock on Governor Palin will be that she's a little inexperienced, especially at the Federal level and in foreign policy. But everything else is is upside. She's a woman, a working mom with five kids, and as a former mayor and current Governor she has more EXECUTIVE experience than Obama and Biden combined. She also has strong credentials as a reformer and for reaching out for bi-partisan solutions (she's a uniter, not a divider!). She has strong conservative credentials and values. It also doesn't hurt that she's a very attractive woman, and in fact is America's Hottest Governor.

Hillary! supporters generally came in two flavors. One group loves Hillary! because she is a doctrinaire, fire-breathing liberal who hews to Democrat orthodoxy as consistently as anyone. Sarah Palin isn't going to lure many of those voters into the GOP fold in November. But there's a significant portion of Hillary! supporters who have backed her primarily because she is a woman. To those voters Sarah Palin presents a unique opportunity (not available in the Democrat party) to advance the cause of women by putting a woman a heartbeat away from the Presidency. A woman in the White House, not by marriage, but on her own merit. John McCain and Sarah Palin don't need to sway all those Hillary! voters, or even a majority of them. But if 10-15% of those voters decide to cast their votes for the party that walks the walk on equal opportunity, Sarah Palin will be the next Vice-President of the United States.

Sarah Palin's position as Governor of Alaska and as the Republican nominee for the Vice-Presidency fulfills the promise that the womens liberation movement has been making to American women for a generation: You can have it all. You can be a good wife and mother and still have a career. You can be a wife and mother of five and become the Governor of Alaska and Vice-President of the United States. And look darn good doing it! Well, at least you can have all those things if you're a Republican!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yep, she has 5 children, just like Nancy Pelosi. ;)

tjak said...

Wow... a mayor! This will definitely help get the Russians out of Georgia and stop Iran from nuking Israel. Great choice. I hear she chaired the PTA as well

OC Domer said...

Tjak- Your typical PTA president would still have more leadership experience than Obama.

Anonymous said...

At first I though this choice meant the Republicans wouldn't be able to hammer The Messiah's lack of experience (I still haven't heard a clear answer as to what exactly a community organizer does!). But now I see it has the opposite effect. It's like an tO$U fan criticizing U$C for running a dirty athletic program. While there's some truth in the lack of experience charge, Obama supporters look downright silly bringing it up.

Anonymous said...

On average a VP does not matter much, but when you are voting for a 72 yr. old candidate, you are essentially voting for his VP. Way to goof this one up McCain.

Anonymous said...

You're dreaming to think she'll help McCain or that that old man has any chance against Barack!
Hank Gilday

James Spurgeon said...

This was an excellent choice. She is young, vibrant, tough, and oh-so middle America. The libs are down-playing the choice and her because they know it and she are good. Besides, Dick Morris practically called the move a coup and I'm betting he knows more about politics than some "tjak" spewing democrat talking points in the meta of a blog.

Anonymous said...

We will truly "have it all" when women's "looks" are not mentioned along with their qualifications.