Not much to say about Barry‘s speech last night that hasn’t already been said. It was historic, honest, bracing, tough, inspiring and politically astute. Here it is, in case you missed it:
Unfortunately, the news cycle has now been completely overtaken by McCain’s somewhat surprising VP pick, Sarah Palin — a one-term governor of Alaska with no national (or international) policy experience. But hey, she has ovaries — something clearly not lost on Johnboy, who is hoping to pick up a few of those still-disgruntled Hillary supporters. Actually, Palin is already praising Hill and Geraldine Ferraro for their Girl Power, despite being diametrically opposed to everything Clinton and
Ferraro stand for.
Although she’s currently under ethics investigation in her home state, Palin passes the social conservative litmus test, meaning she’s oh-so-softly bigoted.
This is a bizarre choice for McCain. Palin is nationally unknown, brings nothing to the electoral map, reminds people of Ted Stevens‘ indictment and completely undercuts the whole "experience" argument. Palin has served a little over a year as the Governor of the least populated state in America, and delivered her acceptance speech in a room containing twice as many people as the town where she served as mayor. From PTA to potential POTUS — awesome! I mean, McCain is 72 — if he drops dead in office, our new Commander in Chief will be an unseasoned politician with no understanding of Washington, much less the world.
Or, as Rep Rahm Emanuel puts it:
"Is this really who the Republican Party wants to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Given Sarah Palin’s lack of experience on every front and on nearly every issue, this Vice Presidential pick doesn’t show judgment: it shows political panic."
Biden is gonna eat this lady alive.
But it also means McCain will probably win. Sigh.