O-Biden vs Mc-Palin

So, on to the VP picks.
At first I thought Sarah Palin was a worrying pick for Obama. I was still sort of waiting to see how things settled from the DNC, and with the RNC coming up next week it’s hard to tell where things were going to go, but a younger female governor who was still strongly conservative sounded like the perfect weapon for the McCain camp. It deflates the “more of the same” line to a reasonable extent, and in a way even makes it possible to paint the democrats as the ones staying with what’s familiar, since Biden was never a “maverick” or anything but a standard old white guy democrat, and even Barack was a Harvard Law School guy who was some elite Professor (and yeah he’s half black from that muslim african dad, but he’s half white from his ordinary white family too – etc). And, if any democrat is tempted to talk about Sarah Palin’s lack of experience, it will only bounce back in their face, that at least their actual candidate has real experience.

However, after watching her give a speech, and McCain stand nervously by twiddling his fingers, I don’t feel nearly so concerned. Obama/Biden just seem like a stronger ticket. McCain/Palin don’t look like they really know what they’re doing. McCain is at an age when the VP pick could actually matter, and Palin seems like a lot more of a throwaway “symbolic” sort of pick than you might expect from someone who’d be 76 when his term was up, in a country where the average life expectancy for men is supposedly 73.6. And while this may make democratic change look like familiar enough change, in a way that might be just as well, because real hard core conservatives aren’t going to have anyone to vote for, and people who want some kind of change are probably mostly not going to want to vote for creationist pro-lifers… Perhaps this was just McCain trying to be like Obama, which is just proof that Obama was the zeitgeist and will be ok in the end.

I’m not really sure at this stage, and I think this move was probably the right way to go for them, rather than going back to Mitt Romney or whatever, but I wasn’t really impressed by her talk. Though she got a little fired up at the end, most of it was a little on the Harriet Miers side of things – yes, she’s a woman, but she got into politics by way of the freakin’ PTA. She majored in journalism and then was the mayor of a small town and eventually, for two years, the governor of a state with a population 1/12 that of New York City. And that’s it. Whereas, Obama knew he wanted to be in public service from the start; he went to Harvard Law School and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. And then he went back to Chicago and started advocating for people on the south side of chicago and got into the state senate, where he served for 8 years before getting into the US Senate (and along the way, also lectured at Chicago). Those are entirely different resumes, even if Obama is still somewhat early in his career.

So, it will be an interesting race, and I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but I’m thinking Obama/Biden are looking better in the long run here, and while Palin will generate a little excitement, when people really think about it, it’s not going to make McCain truly stronger.

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4 Responses to “O-Biden vs Mc-Palin”

  1. rushmc Says:

    I hope so. Lew Rockwell seems to disagree rather strongly, fwiw. I’m not sure what I think yet.

  2. drinkme Says:

    Yeah, well, it is all going to be about the next couple of months, and I suppose more specifically, the RNC next week. At this stage it is just idle speculation, and things really could go either way. I mean, I always thought McCain was in the running for real, so I’m certainly not saying Obama can relax. I think I was just saying it looked worse at first than it did after a little reflecting. But maybe that’s imagining Americans do any reflecting when they vote… It’s true my gut reaction was “oh shit”.

  3. rushmc Says:

    After reading more widely on both her qualifications and positions and on various responses to her selection, I’m feeling a lot more confident that this was, indeed, yet another bonehead McCain move. But, as you say, there is a lot of ground to be covered yet.

  4. Mr. Waggish Says:

    My pro-choice WSJ-reading McCain-voting mom’s response:

    “She is no worse than obama, who has never run anything at all ever.”

    I’m with you in thinking/hoping she will just be manifestly inept and gaffe-prone, but the media are already bending over backwards to call her a maverick and a reformer, so I worry.

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