Saturday, August 30, 2008
McCain Gets It Right
John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate appears to be a strong decision. She is a relatively unknown figure nationally although a rising star in the Republican party. Time will tell if she is the right pick to put him over the top but my gut is that she helps considerably more than she hurts.
She has a good balance of being a pick that excites the conservative base but seems to be someone that moderates would support. She doesn’t have the persona of some of the old boys club conservatives, Dick Chaney, Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay, etc. These are men I like but have so vilified by the liberal media that they are now viewed as caricatures by the public at large. Palin doesn’t have this. She comes off as personable and warm. She has the potential to make conservativism cool again.
She is pro-life and walks the walk. Too often lately we have had conservatives that are pro-life when it suits them politically. Palin is someone who has lived the life style. Women, even some who are on the fence about abortion, will respect and honor her refusal to abort her latest child. Her youngest child was born with Downe’s syndrome and not only did she refuse to abort her child, which is a practice that is supported by many on the left, she is very comfortable about her choice and celebrates the child as a special gift, as she should. This will contrast with widely held beliefs on the left in which we should abort children like this and only allow perfect children to be born. A viewpoint that is amazing for a group of people who make celebrating diversity one of the cornerstones of their beliefs.
One knock against her is her relative lack of experience. This is a conversation I welcome. Let’s talk about inexperience for the job, this is a sure loser for Obama. Not only does Obama have a lack of experience, what experience he has consists largely of voting “present” as a legislator. Further, the Obamites are attacking her for being the mayor of a small town. Susan Estrich wrote today that the town Palin was mayor of is smaller than her neighborhood. When are the idiots on the left going to stop this attack on small town America? We have had several reprisals of Obama’s “clinging to guns and religion” speech over the last 24 hours. When are they going to get through their head that ‘fly-over land’ is largely made up of small towns. Their attitude about small towns combined with her likely appeal could make a big difference in very important states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and even Illinois.
We are also seeing reports of a possible controversy concerning her and the public safety commissioner in Alaska. The truth is yet to come out about the case. Again though, let’s talk about controversies. We could talk about Ayers, Wright, Rezko (who Biden might be connected to also). This is another loser for Obama.
Palin is someone who could put states that are close into McCain’s column (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado), and states that are Obama’s into play (California, Wisconsin). If McCain/Palin could steal California, the election is over.
Further she is the woman that offers it all. She hunts and fishes, is a strong supporter of the troops (a military mom), and at the same time is the mother of five children.
Finally, she has presence. She brings a bit of the “celebrity” aura to McCain’s campaign without the flashiness and superficiality that marks Obama’s campaign. She also will be a stark contrast to Biden, especially in the debate. Word is she is a strong debater. Imagine a photogenic woman standing on the stage going toe to toe with a stodgy white guy with a nasty temper. That may not be a pretty debate.
I have been watching and reading a lot of attacks from the left over the last 24 hours. They are attacking Palin as inexperienced, a gimmick to attract Hillary voters, etc. Some of these attacks will take hold with swing voters, most will be a turn off. What I am hearing most though is fear. This woman scares the Hell out of the Democrats and I think for good reason.