By selecting Sarah Palin to be his vice-president, McCain undermines his argument about Obama's lack of experience
o Cliff Schecter
o Friday August 29 2008 22:30 BST
There he goes again. John McCain went out and found himself a vice-presidential candidate today, but as is often his way, he made sure that political gain was his master, while potential to lead this nation during troubled times was placed on the back burner.
And he accuses Barack Obama of "not putting his country first"?
McCain's choice was governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, a former mayor of a town the size of the building where I grew up in New York. More recently, she has been performing her gubernatorial duties for an entire 1.5 years since her election in November of 2006. In other words, compared to her, when it comes to foreign policy experience, Obama is practically Napoleon.
Meanwhile, she is what you might call a bit slow on the uptake. When asked on CNBC's talkshow Kudlow & Co about some of the vice-presidential speculation surrounding her only a month ago, Palin's reaction really speaks for itself:
"But as for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the VP does every day?"
Perhaps the vice-president, unlike Palin, might spend part of their day worrying about what to do about global warming rather than denying it, as she has.
Making matters worse, Palin is currently under investigation for pressuring Alaska's former public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, to fire her former brother-in-law Mike Wooten from his job as a state trooper. Her sister was embroiled in a nasty divorce with Wooten, and when Monegan didn't investigate, he was fired from his job. Palin denied any involvement at first, yet has since admitted that staff members contacted Monegan about this matter. But she, of course, new nothing about it.
The Alaska legislature, apparently filled with sentient beings, took that denial as seriously as you probably just did, and decided to hire an independent investigator.
It is clear why McCain made this choice. He is hoping to win over still-angry Hillary Clinton supporters and other independent women, although when these women become aware of the fact that she believes abortion should be outlawed, voted for über-right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan for president in 2000 and recently called senator Clinton a "whiner", well, many women may conclude that she just doesn't quite speak for them.
They might also worry, like the rest of us, about a female Dan Quayle being a heartbeat away from the presidency. John McCain just turned 72 today (happy birthday senator!) and has had skin cancer.
In the end, this is one more example of the real John McCain. He was against tax cuts for the wealthy before he was for them. He was against offshore oil drilling before he was for it. And he was against "risking" putting someone as untested as Obama in the White House, until he chose to put someone with the experience of Dudley Moore in the West Wing.
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