As I'd been saying all along, McCain had to pick a girl. There weren't many choices for him. However, the Governor of Alaska? Look, VPs have come out of left field a few times and ended up elected, so let's not get casual about the clever threat now presented.
While Republicans have the same pipeline problems we have (that is: we have a few high profile elected women, but we have gaps in the system and too many of our high profile women are foreign born), I think they have some more experienced gals to choose from than the Governor of Alaska.
I saw the "Special Report" on the Today. Matt Lauer listed a few facts about the VP pick. His first fact: she is a Washington outsider. Is she? How do we know that? Because she's from Alaska? Isn't EVERYONE a Washington outsider during an election year? Hell, Clinton went from a former First Lady and two-term Senator to an outsider during her bid, it's like electoral magic.
Is it good or bad that the Reeps have now beat us to the woman-punch? (Wait, woman punch? Is that a VAWA violation? Ha! Domestic violence humor, always a knee-slapper.) Does Palin pack the same emotional punch as Clinton? Is it a good enough substitue for the sobbin' women and men smarting over the out come of the Democrats nominating process?
There's been much ink spilled and keystrokes expended discussing this foolish post-post-feminist decision of some women to feel it unnecessary to vote for Clinton because we've come to the point where we're so liberated we don't vote for people BECAUSE they are women. Will we now vote for Palin because she's a woman? I can't help but feel McCain chose her BECAUSE she's a women and a conservative and that's pretty much all he needed/wanted, experienced be damned. Am I now being that post-post-feminist foe of feminism for discounting Palin because I've never heard of her?
Or is it totally fair to say that Palin is no Clinton?
I think it is.
Maybe Palin is brilliant. If Obama can go from failing to get a floor pass in 2000 to accepting the nomination in 2008 (btw: even I scored floor passes in 2000, but apparently, I've done nothing with my life since), then why can't Palin go from being mayor of . . . some town in Alaska to being the Vice Presidential nominee?
And it doesn't really match Obama's speech last night. Though I have little doubt the pundits will treat it like it does.
It's going to be really frustrating if the Republicans out Democrat us.
Maybe it's just a byproduct of my being a Democrat: I can't help but feel like this selection was contrived. It's pandering.