The Art of VP Selection

There is a delicate art to selecting a Vice President. It is a big decision, because it says a lot about you as a candidate, and telegraphs your weaknesses to the other side.

The Republicans scheduled their convention later than the Democrats, and so were almost guaranteed to get a look at Barack Obama’s pick before making theirs. In a sense, they had a big advantage there. But what else is new? As we all know, they are very, very good at this game.

Let’s see what each Presidential hopeful’s choice says about him, eh?

Joe Biden

Senator Joseph Biden

Barack Obama picked Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), a guy who’s known for his gaffe-tastic tendencies, but who is a Washington Insider with years of foreign policy experience. He did not pick Hillary, despite the obvious fact that doing so might be the only thing that would help him win in November (and myriad polls backed that assertion up at the time).

This pick tells me:

  1. Obama can’t put his own feelings aside in order to do the right thing for himself and his Party.
  2. Obama doesn’t have enough experience to be President, and is especially weak in foreign policy.

After taking a gander at Obama and his continued humiliation of Hillary Clinton and her voters, and seeing how un-democratic and unfair the fake roll call vote that nominated Barack Obama was, John McCain picked national unknown Sarah Palin for his Vice President.

Sarah Palin

Governor Sarah Palin

Ms. Palin is the 43-year old Republican Governor of Alaska, who fluctuates between a 70% and 90% approval rating among her constituents. She is a conservative Christian who has a reputation for fighting corruption and eschewing the traditional perks of her job (like selling the Governor’s jet to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year). She was a member of Feminists For Life, an organization which supports reducing abortions by offering women better financial resources and educational opportunities. Showing her commitment to this issue, she refused to abort her fifth child, even though she knew he had Downs Syndrome. She supports the teaching of creationism in schools, but only if it is alongside evolution. Her first veto helped gays and lesbians gain civil rights in her state. She also has a son going to Iraq. In her acceptance speech yesterday, she thanked Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton for making it possible for her to be there, next to Senator McCain.

Here’s what this pick is telling me:

  1. McCain is experienced enough to be President.
  2. McCain is still maverick enough to do something completely unexpected, and moderate enough to pick a person who is liked by Democrats as well as Republicans.
  3. McCain’s weakest point is his support in the GOP base, which is heavily anti-abortion and evangelical Christian.
  4. McCain acknowledges the nauseating sexism unleashed on Democratic women this year, and shows that the GOP does not feel the same way about teh Scary Vagina. This is what I’m now calling The PUMA Effect.

Personally, I think this was a coup of incredible brilliance on McCain’s part. Oh, sure, the media won’t be saying so now, but that’s because they have hysterical blindness when it comes to women. They absolutely cannot imagine that we would ever vote for a Republican.

Unfortunately for them, they underestimate our commitment to kicking these corrupt Chicago thugs out of our Party. We are wide awake now, and understand the hatred these so-called Democrats have towards women. We will do whatever it takes, even voting for McCain, to give these evil bastards the heave-ho, and in the meantime, will work very hard to take our Party back for 2012.

Well-played, Senator McCain. Well-played indeed. If nothing changes between now and November (such as Obama dropping out of the race, a very unlikely scenario), you will be the next President of the United States.

Cross-posted at The Confluence

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13 responses to “The Art of VP Selection

  1. Great post! I agree the selection of Sarah Palin clearly shows a good political mind. I am very excited to have a VP nominee that shares so many qualities with myself. I posted a generally biography on my blog, feel free to check it our for more information: http://bloggermom.wordpress.com/

  2. Bloggermom – I deleted your duplicate post. Please do not copy and paste the same thing over and over.

    Thanks very much.

  3. Yesterday McCain showed he is not a doddering old fool like so many would like to portray him. He made an excellent choice and it has the dems in a dither. And doncha know they played right into his hands with their stupid responses.
    I am sure Hillary and Bill are having quite a few laughs at this turn of events….

    Thanks for another enlightening post madamab.

  4. masculine_monica_nyc

    I don’t understand how people who support women’s rights can support the continued enforcement of the global gag rule. I understand that you want to rebuild your party. But at the expense of the lives and health of millions of women outside the U.S. who have no input into U.S. policy but who suffer directly the consequences of that policy? I simply don’t understand why they should continue to suffer for at least four more years while the Democratic party is being rebuilt.

    Why should they pay that price?

  5. Masculine Monica – Did you vote for Hillary in the primaries?

  6. masculine_monica_nyc

    No. New York has closed primaries, so I am not eligible to vote in them.

  7. Let us now forget Hillary’s classy and measured response: “We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain,” Clinton…said in the statement. “While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.”

    Or good ol’ Geraldine Ferraro with this: “There are a lot of women who are disaffected by how Hillary was treated by the media, by how she was treated by the Obama campaign, by how she was treated by the Democratic National Committee — [Democratic party chairman] Howard Dean not speaking up when sexism raised its ugly head in the media. They’ll be looking to see what happens now.”

  8. Masculine – LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    So, your “principles” prevented you from voting for Hillary Clinton, then?

    Thanks for playing. Buh-bye now.

  9. Great post, and brilliant move by McCain. I doubt I would have considered voting for McCain if he had picked Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, or any of the usual GOP suspects. But once Palin started speaking of the 18 million cracks, that moved me over that threshold. The inevitable sexism emanating from the “progressive blogosphere” only reinforced my decision.

    Poor Hillary. What must have been going through her head as she congratulated Sarah on her nomination… Because nobody in the GOP will dare treat her like the Democrats treated Hillary. And she does seem to have McCain’s respect and admiration, that much was evident from their joint appearance.

  10. republican in seattle

    Great post! I’m guessing the author isn’t you, Madame, as you’ve stated many times you plan to vote for McKinney instead.

  11. No, it’s me! I can admire the pick without voting for the ticket.

    FYI, unlike the Confluence, this is a solo blog. I’m the only author.

    🙂

  12. republican in seattle

    I posted an excerpt of the VP blog entry here because I have a liberal who cannot believe anyone would be enough of an “idiot” to want Hillary and then vote for McCain/Palin. She’s since dismissed it as you guys are only just a handful of people. Eh. Typical. LOL.

  13. Well, Republican, thanks for trying anyway!

    I guess they will find out how “few” we are when Obama wins only 5 of the 57 states! LOL