McCain’s choice of Palin as his running mate is the single most brilliant piece of campaign strategy in my lifetime. I was still not sure I would push the button for McCain on November 4th. Palin is what it took to put me over the top.
Obviously she’s a woman. That’s good. She’s a governor, so she has executive experience (albeit not for very long). She’s pro-life and has traditional Reagan-esque philosophy.
The Democrats immediately came out and said that you can no longer attack Obama’s experience, because now there’s an inexperienced woman on the Republican ticket. What they fail to mention is that she has roughly the same amount of political experience that Obama does, and making a comparison between their Pres choice and the GOP’s VP choice is absurd. McCain has more experience than Obama and than Biden. Biden has more experience than Palin, but Obama doesn’t.
The brilliant stroke isn’t that it will get Hillary supporters to vote for McCain. I really don’t see much of that happening. But it will get women who were ambivalent out to vote. And, it will get the conservative base that was ambivalent about McCain (like me) out to vote, too.
The Democrats are now scurrying around looking for anything they can say to discredit this woman (in their typical sexist fashion), but the problem is – she’s untainted. She’s not a Washington bureaucrat. She’s not an idealogue. She’s a normal American woman with a spotless record of conservatism.
Oh yeah… she’s WAY hotter than Hillary, too. Just sayin.
McCain, have a drink on me.