Let me preface the following post with a few things …
• I liked Obama’s choice of Joe Biden for vice president as well. Biden is energetic, will appeal to most Democrats, and brings the experience that Obama lacks.
• I had never heard of Sarah Palin until this morning.
• I haven’t cared much for the presidential race so far … but I’m coming around.
A day after Obama delivered a pretty good acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee, John McCain comes completely out of left field and chooses a 44-year-old governor of the least-populated state in the nation as his running mate. But this is why I like the choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ….
1) She’s a woman.
I’ve been saying all along that McCain needed to do something different with his pick. I rolled my eyes at the idea of Huckabee, Romney or (insert Conservative white guy name here) all along. I joked with people that he should pick Condi Rice, if for any reason, to have a bit of the “history” on his side that the Democrats are hoisting on their shoulders.
McCain’s choice may be a relative unknown to the masses, but I think once people read up on her, they’ll be intrigued. Especially Conservatives.
2) It was a news-making decision
Knowing the media like I do (somewhat anyway), they would have yawned their way through a Mitt Romney selection, especially a day after Obama packed a freaking football stadium in Denver and delivered one of the better acceptance speeches in recent memory.
The media will probably rip this selection apart … but guess what, they’ll be talking about it. They’ll be covering it. They’ll be trying like hell to find out more about Sarah Palin … and therefore, it will be news. This will be the most coverage McCain has gotten since he got in the race.
3) Palin should appeal to Conservatives
She’s anti-abortion and she holds the keys to a state where Republicans are eyeing more drilling. Democrats could possibly use that against McCain. According to the Republican nominee, however, she has “challenged the influence of big oil in her state.” I suppose we’ll see if this is true.
She seems to have the same kind of “maverick” persona that McCain and even Bush carry … and unless she sounds like a bumbling fool when she speaks (which we’ll find out very soon), she should bring some much-needed youth and energy to this ticket.
Already, I’ve heard people calling this pick “lunacy” or a sure way to lose. Whatever … I like it so far. Whereas Obama needed the Biden pick to take away some of the “rock star” celebrity from his ticket (which is a small reason why he didn’t pick Hillary), McCain needed somebody to get people interested. Now we’ve got a serious fight for women voters and probably a pretty exciting race on our hands.
Whoever wins … history will be made. Kinda cool, huh?