One of the women below is John McCain’s pick for his vice-presidential running mate. The other is Rachel Welch. Need I say more?
I will anyway.
Rachel Welch is a contemporary of McCain (she’s four years younger than he), but she’s holding up much better. I wouldn’t mind looking at her in press conferences over the next four years.
But Sarah Palin is not Rachel Welch. So outside of the obvious glam factor, what does Sara Palin offer the “McCain for President” campaign?
Okay, she’s huggable. [Odd, I didn’t see Barak Obama hug Joe Biden like this!] Note to Mrs. McCain: Best keep an eye on the old fart!
Governor Palin is 44 – 24 years younger than Rachel Welch, two years younger than Barak Obama. Her political experience boils down to two term as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population estimated somewhere between 5,000 and 9,000), and 20 months as governor of Alaska (population 683,478). She has no foreign policy experience… despite one pundit’s idiotic notion that since Alaska is geographically closer to Russia, that counts!
And she has never appeared on “Meet the Press”.
So now the McCain camp can no longer accuse Obama of lacking experience. He has selected a very inexperienced person to be “a heartbeat away from the presidency” – and with McCain’s heartbeat, that’s relevant!
Sure, she’s pro-life, which will shore up the Religious Right vote. And she knows her way around firearms, so the NRA is happy. She has a son being deployed to Iraq next month [same as Joe Biden], which helps with… somebody, I’m sure.
But she disagrees with the commonly held notion that humans are a main cause of global warming – which McCain believes (now), and she favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – which McCain opposes (now).
And what’s up with the bearskin rug?
There goes the PETA vote!
According to news accounts, McCain met her once – only six months ago, and had spoken to her only once – by phone, on Sunday when he invited her to be his running mate!
To be honest, beyond the glam factor, I just don’t understand what McCain was thinking.
Doesn’t it really just boil down to this? McCain needed a woman, someone to lure the Hillary Democrats over to the Republican side – those who vote for gender rather than ideals and issues?
But if he just wanted a woman, why not a real woman?