Saturday, August 30, 2008

There She Is...

This morning, McCain announced that Alaska Governor, and former beauty queen, Sarah Palin, will be his running mate.

My gut reaction was what the hell is he thinking? Is she ready for prime time? Is this a "Harriett Quayle" pick who'll be one heartbeat away from the presidency?

I wanted Romney. He's got strong economic bona fides and could help McCain steal important states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

On the other hand, the Palin pick has seemed to truly energize what was a generally listless Conservative base who seemed to have consigned themselves to a November massacre.

A hard core Republican friend of mine (he was a GOP Electoral College voter in 1980 made the conservative case for Palin:

  • The OBAMA team cannot really, with a straight face, accuse anyone of being too young and inexperienced.

  • Palin locks up the "family value" Republicans who were nervous about McCain all along.

  • If she only picks up ten to fifteen percent of Hillary Clinton's 18 million, Obama is in big trouble.

  • Her gun toting (lifetime NRA member) will play well with those that "cling to their guns" in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, Kentucky, Penn, Florida. The NRA will be sure that all those voters know it, too.

I'm not sure I buy all of it, but let the games begin.

BTW, did Obama make a speech last night?

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