August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin, McCain's GOP Vice President PIck (VIDEO)

Video of Sarah Palin accepting John McCain's invitation to be his Vice President candidate. Sarah Palin is Governor of Alaska, and now the shocking choice for VP on the GOP ticket, chosed by John McCain today.

Sarah Palin, McCain's GOP Vice President Pick (VIDEO) National Review

[Problems with GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, as pointed out by the conservative National Review]

Inexperience. Sarah Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain’s decision, Sarah Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain's age raised the stakes on this issue.

As a political matter, it undercuts the case against Obama. Conservatives are pointing out that it is tricky for the Obama campaign to raise the issue of her inexperience given his own, and note that the presidency matters more than the vice-presidency. But that gets things backward. To the extent the experience, qualifications, and national-security arguments are taken off the table, Obama wins.

And it’s not just foreign policy. Palin has no experience dealing with national domestic issues, either. (On the other hand, as Kate O’Beirne just told me, we know that Palin will be ready for that 3 a.m. phone call: She’ll already be up with her baby.)

Tokenism. Can anyone say with a straight face that Palin would have gotten picked if she were a man?

Compatibility. It doesn’t seem as though McCain knows Palin well. Do we have much reason to think they would work well together?

Debates. Maybe, as Jonah said the other day, Biden will look like a bully going up against her—and maybe she’ll shine. But I can think of a lot of other picks who would have been lower-risk.

I am not even sure that the pick will have quite the galvanizing effect on conservatives that it seems to be having now as it sinks in. The concerns I’ve mentioned here—about her readiness and her credentials—are the kind of thing that many conservative voters take seriously.

Now, as I said, there are pros too. Maybe Palin will be a terrific candidate and vice president. But let’s not underestimate the potential downside.

Sarah Palin, McCain's GOP Vice President PIck (VIDEO)

Posted at August 29, 2008 1:57 PM

Man, What a breathe of fresh air to see Palin picked for vp. What a wimp you are. Please get some gumption. I Think she will mop the floor with Joe Biden. The comment on tokenism is absurd. Of course she got picked because she is a woman, that is the whole point. Now the voters have a choice between two historic candidates. I'm a conservative that has been galvanized by this. I wasn't to keen on Mcain, but she does balance the ticket. I have a feeling your one of those conservatives that wanted Joe Leiberman picked. Palin is not a reckless choice, she is a wise, calculated choice that will pay off in the end.

Posted by: Michael Kiehl at August 29, 2008 11:45 PM