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Is Sarah Palin Ready For Primetime?
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Is Sarah Palin Ready For Primetime?
The major party candidates have chosen their running mates and we now have insights into priorities and thought processes of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.
Obama chose a six-term Senator, Joe Biden, who is respected on both sides of the aisle on matters pertaining to foreign policy. He's run for President twice, in this year's contest until Iowa and back in 1988. Even President Bush has called upon Biden for his insights on matters related to foreign policy. He is, in short, extremely qualified to step in as President and Commander-in-Chief, should the unthinkable happen to President Obama.
Now let's look at McCain. He's been labeled a war hero for having gotten himself shot down in Vietnam and subsequently imprisoned by the Viet Cong. So far as I can remember, no other President has been in a Vietnamese prison camp, which either means that all other Presidents elected since Vietnam have been unqualified, or we should not presume that McCain is qualified to be Commander-in-Chief simply because he has.
Obviously Sen. McCain feels he is sufficiently qualified to be Commander-in-Chief because he chose Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. So what does Gov. Palin bring to the Republican ticket? It's obvious, isn't it?
It now appears that Sen. John McCain, a desert-dweller from Arizona, is well-positioned to win the state that is the epitome of the Great White North, Alaska.
I mean, that's got to be the strategy, right? It's the only plausible reason why McCain, a man, could choose a woman with so little experience like Gov. Palin, right? I mean, McCain's a bright enough guy, isn't he? He wouldn't have chosen someone like Sarah Palin to serve in the second highest office in the land simply to attempt to woo some of Hillary Clinton's 18 million votes to his side, right? No way. McCain's smarter than that. He couldn't be expecting all those liberal pro-choice women to set aside that issue to vote for him, just because his anti-choice running mate is a woman, right?
He couldn't be thinking that all those people who voted for Hillary in the primaries would suddenly decide to vote for him and his NRA card carryinging running mate even though many of them are in favor of sensible gun control. He wouldn't be thinking that? He would never be that small-minded, right?
McCain couldn't be expecting all those environmentally concerned Democrats to suddenly throw caution to the wind and say, "Yeah, let's vote for McCain, who supports off-shore drilling, and his running mate who supports drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge," just because she's a woman?
Here's the only problem. McCain is a Republican, and I've lived under the premise that if Republicans were smart they would be Democrats. Need proof? What did Papa Bush say about his son after he stole the 2000 election? Something to the effect of being proud of Boy George because he proved it was possible for a C student to make something of himself! Something tells me that if, in fact, George W. Bush was a C student, his dad had to talk to the professors to pump up his score!
It kind of makes you wonder what McCain thinks about the American people. Does he think that American women are so shallow that they would choose to vote for McCain and Palin simply because of her gender? Does he think that all, or even a majority, of the 18 million voters who cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton did so because she was a woman? Common sense would dictate this was not the case, because the majority of American voters are women, so it would serve to follow that if all women marched in lockstep behind their gender's icons, some of them would have been elected President by now.
Whatever McCain's reason was for choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate, he's stuck with her. Hopefully the American public will tell him that it was a poor choice when they cast their ballots on Nov. 4, 2008.