Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sarah Palin, Hockey Mom
Hard to argue with the Financial Times Gideon Rachman's characterization of John McCain's selection of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, the title says it all: Bold, exciting - but also stupid. McCain staked so much of his campaign on the experience factor - ready to hit the ground running as a commander-in-chief on day one, unlike the inexperienced Barack Obama. But by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate, he has effectively ceded away whatever advantage he might have by picking someone even younger than Obama, less experienced in both in national and international affairs, and more of an unknown entity than Obama, who at least has been vetted through a hard fought, bruising Democratic presidential campaign. It is also an amazing choice for a septuagenarian with several bouts with skin cancer and, if elected, would be the oldest man to assume the presidency.