Politics

Miss Congeniality Comes to Washington

If McCain can stun the Middle East as well as he stunned Democrats with his VP choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, get ready to rock the White House. How shocking is the Palin pick? Just ask the liberal bloggers, who seem to have been tased.

The leftist blogs are still scrambling, trying to find the proper dirt – or, uh, reaction – to McCain’s pick. Huffington Post and Daily Kos haven’t come up with anything better than the “experience card” – the very experience Obama poked fun at McCain for having in his acceptance speech Thursday.

This is doubly hard for the Obama camp to react against because – if you look at it objectively – Palin (commander of the Alaska National Guard, the chief executive of the state) is more experienced and qualified than Obama.

McCain’s choice of Palin destroys every neat campaign slogan the Democrats worked so hard to indoctrinate America with during Obamafest this past week — Palin is not “four more years” of the same. In fact, she’s about as far removed from Washington, D.C. as you can get, and definitely farther away than, say, Delaware or Chicago.

The most compelling part of McCain’s masterful triangulation: Palin is really the change Obama pretends to. Not once — in the Illinois legislature or the US Senate — has Obama actually produced change to anything.

That cannot be said of Palin. Her record of legislating against corruption and reducing state spending will be parsed out in detail. But she at least has a record to parse.

A posting on Daily Kos claims, “Obama felt no need to use his VP pick to rally the base and unite his party. Biden was picked precisely because Obama felt he was the best pick for the ticket, not because he needed to mollify one group or another.” Right. That’s why he spent the whole week mollifying Billary.

People said Obama lacked experience. So he chose experience. People said McCain lacked change and a vision for the future. So he chose a hardworking, young governor known as a reformer. And if we want to talk about energy, oil, and drilling, her experience as the governor of Alaska beats either Biden or Obama any day.

Daily Kos mentioned what they felt was an “ouch” moment for Palin several months ago – when Larry Kudlow asked her about the VP job a few months ago, Palin responded, “[A]s for that V.P. talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that V.P .slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.” Unlike Obama, who has been prepping himself for the presidency since he saw the ambition in Michelle Obama’s eyes, Palin actually seems to care about fixing the problems she was elected to fix before moving on. Imagine having a politician in Washington who didn’t want to twiddle her thumbs and jet around the world saying “merci beaucoup.” Now that’s change we can believe in.

Of course, there’s the “woman” factor. But according to Huffington Post, Palin is an insult to women voters, and her selection “suggests that McCain has such a low opinion of women voters that they would overlook education, abortion, foreign policy, civil rights, health care, family leave and more simply to vote for a candidate with two x chromosomes.” Family leave? Abortion? Let’s just forget that Palin has five children to Hillary’s one and gave birth to that fifth child – diagnosed with Down syndrome — only earlier this year.

If Obama can pick Lifeguard Joe, McCain can pick Miss Congeniality, a title Palin won in her beauty queen pageant days. Personally, we’ll go with the surefire shot from Alaska any day. Bring on the debate.


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