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?
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:
- Obama can’t put his own feelings aside in order to do the right thing for himself and his Party.
- 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.
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:
- McCain is experienced enough to be President.
- 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.
- McCain’s weakest point is his support in the GOP base, which is heavily anti-abortion and evangelical Christian.
- 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