[NOTE: I wrote this post a couple of days ago but had kept it as a draft. Now that McCain has stunned me by picking Palin as his VP choice---I didn't see that coming---I will publish it just as I wrote it.]
Now that Obama has anointed Biden as his VP pick, it’s time to speculate whom it might be for McCain.
I don’t know. How’s that for candor? But I understand why so many people wish it would be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Here are my reasons, not in order of importance. Some of them are admittedly superficial (but hey, I never said I didn’t have my frivolous side):
First of all, she’s a woman, which would appeal to Hillary’s PUMAs (although a young one, which smacks a little bit of ditching the old gal for the newer model. But unlike Obama, McCain can hardly be faulted for not picking Hillary as his running mate, despite this.)
Second, she’s bit of eye candy. Next to not-so-lovely old guy McCain, that wouldn’t hurt.
Thirdly, between you and me, her husband’s no slouch either. In fact, his bio is as good as hers, albeit in a different and decidedly macho way: Alaska-born with a Native American grandmother, commercial fisherman and oil field operator, outdoorsman extraordinaire, and four-time champion of the Iron Dog (at 2,000 miles, the world’s toughest snowmachine race). You may come to your own conclusions about his photo—I know what mine are:
And here’s Todd, supporting his wife at her swearing-in:
Fifthly, listen to this stuff, speaking of diversity. Palin was a beauty queen. She eats mooseburgers and rides snowmobiles, and is a lifetime member of the NRA. Has a degree in journalism, though, and admits to having smoked marijuana back when it was legal in Alaska. Is against gay marriage but is socially liberal on gay rights. Has a son in the Army. Has five children, one of whom is an infant born a few months ago with Downs Syndrome (she and her husband were aware of this before his birth; she is very pro-life not just in word but in deed). And to top it all off, her approval ratings in Alaska are in the 80-90 percent range.
Of course, her foreign policy experience is nil. But McCain, unlike Obama, doesn’t need any shoring up in that department.
And she’s not Bush. Although that won’t stop the Democrats from saying she is.
[ADDENDUM: Watching a bit of the McCain/Palin news conference on TV, it strikes me that Palin is so beautiful that she's one of those women who need to wear glasses rather than contacts in order to give her some gravitas. Also, that although McCain may have been truthful in saying he delayed this announcement until after the Democratic Convention in order to avoid upstaging Obama, it's just as likely that he postponed it because he wanted to have the MSM's attention focused solely on the Palin story.]