08.29.08 McCain’s VP: I Was Right!
I wasn’t literally right, of course, when I wrote last month that McCain would pick a neophyte, ultraconservative governor as a Hail Mary pass to change the central narrative of the campaign. I was wrong about Bobby Jindal getting picked in order to get a person of color on the ticket. Instead, McCain picked the much more obscure, much more religious Sarah Palin in order to get a woman on the ticket.
Sarah Palin? Is he serious?
Two years ago, this Alaskan was part-time mayor of a village of 6,700. As the Alaska GOP is melting down amidst corruption charges, she is under investigation for improper meddling in a case involving a family member. She advocates teaching creationism in public schools.
Even Geraldine Ferraro was more qualified to be a heartbeat away from the White House than Palin is! According to CNN, the last VP pick with less than two years experience in a statewide office was Spriro Agnew. What a fine pedigree.
So, here is McCain’s cynical ploy to win over hysterically disaffected Hillary voters, all 150 of them coast-to-coast. (How about the media’s overplaying that “movement” during the Democratic convention?!)
How many pro-choice women do you know who are going to vote for McCain because he’s put a female anti-choice, pro-creationist on the ticket?
Of course, this takes the experience off the table as an argument for the GOP this fall. And it exposes McCain to charges of utter irresponsibility. It makes him look small and petty, perhaps shoring up the rabid religionists in his base a bit, while doing nothing to bring in the Wall Streeters or the neocons.
I can’t wait to see Biden gently showing Palin where Abkhazia is on a map.
Count me absolutely delighted.
©2008 Keith Berner