For Choice of Running-Mate, McCain Pitches Ovulating Curveball
For those of us that seriously thought John McCain would go the predictable route for Veep, the Maverick whips out a trump card: Sarah Palin! Gotta say, McCain/Palin '08 isn't the ickiest choice of bumper sticker.
The Alaskan governor -- age 44, anti-abortion and alarmingly photogenic -- is expected to split women voters that would've otherwise put their weight behind Hillary (and failing that, her choice of POTUS). According to The Weekly Standard, honey's got an approval rating in the 90s and is allegedly "the most popular public official in any state."
Sounds like a dish the media won't be able to resist, even at the expense of the latest Obama mashup.
Right about now, McCain's chuckling to the tattered Obama photo he doubtless keeps by his bed: "That was cute, your little text-message marketing racket with Biden. Kept your pulse steady on the blogosphere for at least another day. But when the going gets tough, true red-blooded Amurricans know to hide behind a woman!"
Cheap shots at ye olde Maverick aside, the move nullifies two issues: Obama's age (he's three years older than Palin), and the so-called "novelty vote." What's America most ready for: its first black President, or its first female Vice President -- a position playfully speculated to be the real seat of power?
The plot thickens.