August 29, 2008

It's Palin

The best thing about John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate? Mitt Romney will be nowhere near the levers of executive power at any time in the foreseeable future. Even though running against Guy Smiley may have been fun, we can all be thankful for that.

The pick strikes me as highly risky, mostly because it eliminates the GOP's ability to play the inexperience card against Obama. She has, after all, been in office for only two years, and has even less foreign policy experience than Obama. Sure, the pick may help the GOP pick off a few of the disaffected Hillary voters, but I've got a feeling that demographic is small, and getting smaller all the time.

Still, Palin seems like an impressive individual, and certainly has a compelling personal story. The next two months will tell...

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 29, 2008 02:52 PM

This is a game changer, Steve. It's bold and audacious. I've been for Palin for months, and she energizes people who were either on the fence or just consigned to, but not happy about, voting for McCain. And it doesn't destroy the inexperience card: it emphasizes the idea that the Dems' ticket is upside-down.

As for what you said about Romney, yeah, that's one thing we can both agree on.

Posted by: Dave J at August 29, 2008 09:50 PM
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