Normally, I’m not in favor of identity politics. However, with the Republicans’ nominee John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I’ve changed my mind. She’s a brilliant pick.
Diehard Hillary Clinton supporters won’t vote for her and McCain, but a lot of women who hadn’t been thinking much about the election up until now, will vote for the ticket with Palin on it. Palin’s experience is a lot more like the average American woman than Clinton’s ever was.
Palin not only has five children, but she raised them at the same time she was helping her husband in his fishing business, working as a local sportscaster, attending PTA meetings and other school functions, and being a “hockey mom” from a small town.
Palin and McCain also peeled off a small segment of voters from the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket who want to change history. Many Obama-Biden supporters still want to choose the first black president in history, but not all. Some will want to choose the first female vice president, a heartbeat away from being the first woman president in history.
Palin and McCain are as “tough” as any male combination. When Palin led her high school basketball team to a state championship as a point guard, she wasn’t called “Sarah Barracuda” because she was a wimp.
When she ran for governor, she took on the state’s establishment. They didn’t want her. The people of Alaska did, however, and she prevailed.
Because the price of gasoline is so high, Palin’s expertise on energy is a definite plus. She’s also smart, articulate, and a budget hawk.
The best part of the Palin pick, though, is that both Palin and McCain represent real change, not just the promise of change.
“Who can resist a governor who comes into office on a promise to clean house, and promptly sells the luxury jet her predecessor had bought on eBay?” asked Mona Charen in the Sept. 5 National Review.
“Palin has confronted the corruption of her own party, just as McCain has done in Washington by challenging those among his colleagues he calls, not affectionately, ‘the appropriators’,” Charen said.
Further, when has Obama ever crossed swords with anyone in his party? she asked.
His acceptance speech at the Democratic convention was a liberal wish list, indistinguishable from something Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and John Kerry would put together, Charen said. That’s not change, just more of the same.
The Democrats think if they treat her like a male candidate, she’ll cave. I bet she doesn’t.
This election is turning out to be one of the most interesting and exciting I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait until election day.