Saturday, August 30, 2008

Odds and ends

Good for John McCain.

Running mate (we may have to change our vocabulary here) Sarah Palin brings us one step closer to the day it won't be a big thing when a woman runs for public office. Closer, but it will be awhile: every story about Barack Obama still has to adjectivally note that he's half-white; it's been 24 years since Geraldine Ferraro was number two for the Democrats.

I just wish I'd bet on Alaska's Governor a year ago, when some pundits were pushing her as a solid second to counteract then-favorite Hillary Clinton. Yes, I do check the internet odds; following the money is at least as useful as this poll-a-day nonsense we get.

A new deck

McCain is gambling here too: he's thrown in his callow and shallow cards; Palin is younger and less-experienced than Obama. That undercuts one of his main attack points.

But apparently his pollsters have told him he has a good chance to pry away a chunk of the Hillary horde and Palin connects solidly with the Bush base, particularly the coathanger crowd.

The spin begins

At the same time, he's trying to have it both ways: pet pundits have already said 'sure it's an important job' but not that important-- misattributing that famous old Will Rodgers line.

Also, a professional putz trotted out the talking point that her high-maintenance newborn Down's Syndrome baby can be a plus instead of minus. I'd like to say I couldn't make this stuff up, but of course I could, I just wouldn't say it.

The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?" -- Will Rodgers


bigsoxfan said...

I have to admit I was a bit shocked by his choice. My initial reaction was to call it pandering to another less well represented sector of the populace, then again this is politics. Who knows, maybe she can deliver California, which has never been a bad quality in a VP choice. The missus was pleased by the news and although she won't be voting, if many other wives come around, his base will be strengthened. I have to call it a good move, he just couldn't afford to give up the women's vote which the spector of two old white guys on the ticket would have done.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

I kind of figured he was eyeing some woman for the position. I didn't think he'd actually select one. It's pandering to the Hillary squad. If any candidate is close to keeling over.. it's McCain. So to suggest that Obama is not ready, and then select a veep who may be less ready, and that is more likely to serve out your term than you are, is quite hypocritical.

He'll get some female voters from this. On one level, even I'm a bit giddy. Problem is.. he'll lose a chunk of the republican vote as well. There is a good sized portion of the party, that seriously believes a woman's place is limited to the home. I think these folks will have a hard time swallowing a female veep.