Thursday, September 04, 2008
McCain's Veep Pick
Now that the dust has settled a bit, I see her as a pick that aims to do something else entirely. She isn't here to get independents or women necessarily...she's a pick who's there to mollify the conservative base. That's been one of McCain's consistent problems this entire election cycle - the right doesn't trust him. Sure, he's saying the right things, but we all know that talk is cheap. He's been around Washington too long and done too much for people to say "this new McCain is Bush lite." It's one reason why I think Obama's lines about how a McCain presidency is a 3rd Bush term is ridiculous. Everybody knows John McCain and he's no George Bush. At any rate, Sarah Palin is an unknown with solid conservative credentials and a rock solid conservative record. She has the reformer/crusader credentials for McCain but the social credentials for the base. I think the moment that I decided McCain made this move for his base was when Glenn Beck said that this was the pick that would get him to pull the lever for McCain. He might get some women voters, but he's solidified his voters which allows him to tack to the center for the remainder of the election.
One other advantage of Palin: she can beat the crap out of Obama and Biden and if they hit back, they'll look like schmucks. This wasn't the case with Hillary, but with Palin you can't hit her hard. You can stomp on McCain's face and it's all politics, but the minute you pull out something like the word shrill (what Harry Reid called her speech last night), you've got every single woman in the media running to her defense, despite the fact that she just eviscerated them too. That's a powerful defense, even if it's ridiculous.
Can I also say that I really like McCain's campaign slogan ("Country First")? I think that McCain has personified this (even if he's wrong at times) and I love seeing someone who cares more about the country than their political career. Not that just because he has this slogan it makes it so, but I think that that's absolutely how he feels.