Sunday 31 August 2008 - Filed under Politics
McCain’s nomination of Palin as his VP is very interesting. First of all, the Republicans don’t know what to think. They were not very happy about it at first, but they must have gotten their marching orders because they are coming around.
Republicans are weird, though. Take, for example, this quote:
Palin brings traditional political strengths—such as gun enthusiasm and a pro-life record—to the ticket.
Gun enthusiasm is a political strength? The Righties don’t seem to realize how unimportant guns and abortion are in the real world. When it comes to issues facing America today a) they are on the wrong side of both those issues and b) they are not anywhere near the top of what people are worried about.
Except, of course, for single-issue voters who care only about those two issues. Luckily, they are a shrinking minority.
But back to Palin, it surprises me that McCain took away his main advantage over Obama, which is this inexperience argument. How can McCain hammer on Obama for inexperience when he would put a small-town mayor second in line to the Presidency? It’s true that Obama can’t very well attack Palin on the inexperience issue (even though he is much more experienced than she using normal measures of experience). But McCain just took away one of his major advantages in the debate.
It also seems like a token female gender play, trying to woo Clinton supporters. I am happy to see a woman in the race and I think we should all judge her independent of her gender. But it seems like a completely political decision, as opposed to a policy decision. This could hurt McCain as well.
I don’t think people vote for, or against, the VP, so it may not make tons of difference. But I personally don’t see McCain in a stronger position after this decision.
2008-08-31 » lolife