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.

by Angela Natividad    Sep- 1-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Political   

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"the move nullifies two issues: Obama's age (he's three years older than Palin), and the so-called "novelty vote." ...

But what it doesn't nullify is the relative lack of experience. In fact, it plays right into it in Obama's favor, I'd think. After all, Palin would be only a heartbeat away from the top job and her experience has been, basically, 1-1/2 years as guv of a state with a few people and lots of moose, head of the city council of a metropolis of 8,000 and head of the local PTA. Oh yeah, she's ready for the job.

Posted by: David Reich on August 30, 2008 10:17 AM

i love how americans are so rigorous and thorough about choosing their president. (and vice president)

yet we still managed to elect AND re-elect george bush. hmmm...something is not right.

Posted by: veedub on August 30, 2008 1:58 PM

Sarah Palin actually has some executive experience and accomplishments she can point to. Obama has none. What did Obama accomplish besides writing two autobiographies and somehow managing to get nominated for President?

So yes, let's discuss experience. Talk about a curveball.

Posted by: Peter Verkooijen on August 30, 2008 5:15 PM

yeah peter,

but as i said before we elected george bush twice. so don't have credibility in even picking our own leaders. how sad is that?

she's great. biden's great. they're all great.

but who's going to end the war in iraq the fastest? the biggest issue of the election surely. americans dying needlessly in a pointless, endless war.

Posted by: veedub on August 30, 2008 10:10 PM

"Executive experience" Peter? Seriously? I was a fucking shift supervisor at starbucks, but that doesn't make me more qualified to lead than a senator.

She's an ex-beauty queen (runner up), ex-sportscaster. Yeah, sounds like she's always had the one track mind to lead this country...

Posted by: Mike on September 2, 2008 10:29 AM