McCain master stroke,woman VP, but the voice

August 29, 2008

(Copyright 2008)


By Tony Walther

I’m adding a new lead to this blog now that I’ve listened to the acceptance speech of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be John McCain’s vice presidential running mate:

Oooh! that voice, kind of shrill. Maybe if she keeps her remarks brief out on the campaign trail. Lots of jingoism during the speech with chants of “USA, USA, USA” and her remarks that a son is going to serve in Iraq and her praise for McCain as the only one, as a brave war hero, who can defend America and keep Iran from getting the bomb.

And now back to the original blog:

You snooze you lose – I just got the news that John McCain has selected a woman, Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, to be his vice presidential running mate.

And a bold and clever stroke that was, choosing a woman, on the heels of the Democrats selecting the first black (a man) to run for president.

I really think this could be a winner for McCain because if there really are still die-hard Hillary fans out there who really will live up to their threats to vote for McCain, then this gives them more incentive to vote the Republican ticket. I say this even though it would seem that a Democrat, man or woman, voting Republican these days is surly voting against her or his own interests.

Now I know almost nothing about Ms. Palin. To paraphrase Will Rogers, I only know what I read on the internet. To be honest, I never heard of her until I turned on my computer this morning. I do know that she is a first-term governor and had been involved in local politics and she has one mini-scandal – a staffer made a phone call and tried to get her former brother-in-law fired from the highway patrol – something about a custody battle. But she said that was wrong of the staffer and she did not know anything about it (hardly believable, but probably not a major scandal, really).

More importantly, I also read that she is all for drilling in the Alaska wilderness reserve for oil – currently off limits. That will surly play well among many in the lower 48 (and Hawaii) who simply say, as McCain, drill, drill, drill, no matter where it is (who cares about the environment? We need oil and cheaper gasoline). We’ll destroy our home (planet Earth) to save our way of life. Huh?

I had suggested early on that McCain might choose Condoleezza Rice (I was going on something from another blog). So he did choose a woman after all.

Later, when I can digest more of this and learn more about Ms. Palin, I’ll write more.

But in closing for now, I have to say, McCain has delivered a master stroke (barring the skeletons and scandal).

I think McCain is smart enough to tone down some of his warlike and country club Republican stuff and go with the proud soldier, public servant, and reasonable leader thing that won’t let another Katrina failure happen (he has said as much on Katrina — although the one threatening now will still be on Bush’s watch) and that coupled with choosing a woman could really give him the boost that he needs.

It’s going to be tight folks. Both sides will need to exhort their followers to vote early and vote often.