The Sarah Palin Selection: McCain Folly Or Stroke of Genius?


The presumptive Republican nominee for President, John McCain, made his choice for Vice President on the ticket by naming Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska. Political pundits have rightly noted she has no foreign policy experience and very little executive experience, being just shy of 2 years into her first term as governor.

Palin, a mother of five and a hockey mom, was introduced by McCain to a crowd of about 15,000 supporters. She stepped to the mike and addressed the audience like a seasoned veteran. After introducing her family and accepting McCain’s offer of the number 2 spot on the ticket she made a few colorful and timely remarks.

Palin, a beautiful woman, who facially resembles movie actress Rachel Welch in the movie 10,000 B.C., shimmered with youthful vigor and vitality while making her remarks. Based on my first impression of Palin I believe John McCain may have had a stroke of genius when he decided to select her. If Sarah Palin is as smart as she is vivacious I don’t believe the American electorate will careabout her inexperience.

Some people have expressed concern that she will become a liability for McCain when facing Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debates. As almost every married man in America can attest it is unlikely Joe Biden or any man can out-argue a woman. If, during the debate, Biden hits her over the head with facts, she doesn’t grasp, it will appear to female voters he is trying to bully her. If Biden mocks her lack of experience he runs the risk of appearing like John McCain deriding Obama for lack of foreign policy experience. It didn’t work for Hillary Clinton against Obama and it won’t work for Biden against Palin. If she is careful it is unlikely Joe Biden, or any man, can defeat her in a one on one debate.

Sarah Palin has a colorful, salt of the earth, speaking style which is disarming. I believe the American people could fall in love with her as a person. Despite all of her pluses one policy belief could sink her candidacy and the Republican bid for the White House; her stand on abortion. Palin does not believe women should have abortion rights and favors overturning Roe v Wade.

The addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket is going to make this election one of the most interesting on record. In the final analysis though, I believe the American voter has a clear choice; 4 more years of failed Republican, domestic, foreign and economic policies, or turning the page and setting a new course. A Democratic course designed and constructed to improve the quality of life for the middle class and the have-nots in our society, or a Republican course designed for the wealthy and powerful which leaves little more than scraps for the middle class and the poor.

Political observers and pundits are reporting daily that white working class voters are reluctant to embrace Barack Obama because they don’t know enough about him. This is despite the fact he has campaigned throughout the nation the past 19 months and the press has examined and reported on every aspect of his life. Between now and November 4th I wonder if any of these white working class voters will say they cannot embrace Sarah Palin because she is an unknown?