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Saturday, August 30, 2008

OK, Here's What I Think

Let's be honest. She's not going to be a Dick Cheney. But then he's a cut above all others so she shouldn't take that as a slight. He's just that darn good for the job.

But Sarah Palin is a whole lot easier on the eyes than Cheney is. That's for sure. Point Palin.

The lack of experience is what turned me off to her nomination early on. Though the office is of no great consequence (don't believe everything you read in the papers; Cheney has no real power, except over the Senate, on occasion), it would still be best to have someone who's "ready to hit the ground running," should the person from whom she's just a heartbeat away suddenly have problems in that regard.

Experience, as none of Obama's advisors will tell you, is critical to the job at hand - one aspect of which involves providing advice to the person at her side.

Still, this is a shrewd move on McCain's part. Not only will Palin's nomination give the feminists pause - if ever so briefly* - but it will certainly influence a sizeable handful of female voters - not a small thing for a candidate who hadn't a prayer of capturing that critical demographic.

Then there's the timing. Perfect. Just as the Obama coronation was coming to a glorious end, when all the nation's focus was on audacity and hope and all that again, here comes McCain to divert everyone's attention. At the most needful moment in the campaign - when Obama had the Big Mo, and was seemingly off and running. You could hear the American people going from chanting "Save us, oh Great One" to "Sarah Who ...?" That's no small victory for the Republican.

Oh, and she's articulate. She'll need that trait if she's going to convince Americans that she's up to the task.

One other thing, she comes across as being one tough babe who's not going to be pushed around by the media like Dan Quayle allowed himself to be.

Palin's biggest plus? She's a stalwart conservative, from everything I've read. On abortion, gun rights, government waste, family, gay rights, corruption, the War on Terror, religion, and capitalism, she's one of us. A welcome breath of fresh air (contrast that with Obama's fossil-by-comparison of a running mate) too.

And I can only imagine how Hillary must feel about now. The gods just aren't on her side these days, are they?

Anyway, I wish Sarah Palin had a whole lot more experience than she does, particularly in foreign affairs matters. But then at least she's actually been in charge of something. Her running mate's opponent certainly can't make that boast. If truth be known, we'd find out that he doesn't even run his own household, much less a Dairy Queen. But we'll deal with that another day.

So here's to Sarah Palin. I hope she has a bright future in politics.

* Expect the feminists to savage the Republican nominee, despite the fact that, by all accounts, Sarah Palin is a self-made woman, the kind the feminists - until now - championed. After all, the old prunes were steadfast against sexual harrassment too, if you recall, until Bill Clinton elevated it to becoming a regular White House activity. They then turned to a new argument: The cheap sluts were all asking for it.