Originally Posted by BRussell
It's a very high-risk, purely political choice. Obviously McCain wants an attention-grabbing choice, but she's so unknown and untested that she could easily turn out to be another Dan Quayle.
Also, I bet there will be something kinda jarring about them together - this old fart and this young woman. They don't seem like a team.
I agree. It is sort of like a youngish black man and an irish guy so old he is astonished to discover the young black man is clean and articulate.
A little reminder for those that don't remember....
Originally Posted by trumptman
Obama: I have no idea and frankly, don't care.
McCain: I'm pulling for Sarah Palin. I think she would by far, be the best choice. It would earn my vote.
This mean John McCain just earned my vote. It also means I WIN!
I want a star and a cookie now.
Originally Posted by ShawnJ
Well he just picked Palin.
I can't wait
for the VP debate!
Yes because the point to drive home is that if it doesn't qualify someone to be a heartbeat away, then they certainly shouldn't have the job in the first place.
Originally Posted by ShawnJ
It doesn't seem like a particularly strategic pick other than to rebut the historic significance of yesterday
The Republicans are capable of some pretty mystifying mental jujitsu, but it's going to raise some eyebrows if the McCain camp keeps raising the "inexperience card." Really? You're putting a small-state (pop wise) Governor who's been in office for a year and a half a heartbeat away from the Presidency when the top of the ticket is a 70+ year old two-time cancer survivor?
So I guess the argument would be that representing Delaware is some big state experience? I'm all for these arguments. They disqualify three and qualify one. That would leave McCain standing alone.
Originally Posted by shetline
Was the gambit here that McCain hopes to lock in the disappointed Hillary supporters, thinking they'll vote for just any woman on any ticket?
I don't know know much about this Palin, but at first blush I get a strong feeling that McCain just killed off whatever chance he had of winning this election. The experience argument against Obama? Gone. The votes from people who won't vote for a black man, many of whom are likely to be as sexist as they are racist? Gone.
Maybe this move shifts a few more independents McCain's way, but my gut feeling is that this strategy just isn't going to work out.
Of course there is always the possibility that America isn't the insanely sexist and racist place you imagine and that the pick will give him a huge bounce because she represents being an outsider, is another fresh new face that will learn while the experience hits the grounding running on day one. That she represents a historic first with regard to being vice-president if McCain wins.