Frankly, I just don’t get this. What is McCain thinking? I understand the reformer angle, I get the play for the gender vote, I get the youthful Mom demographic thing. But, seriously, this is a politician not ready for federal office. You can’t harp on Obama’s inexperience and then turn around and choose a first term governor from a small (population-wise) state (47th least populated) and expect no incredulity from voters. I mean, come on; her previous job was mayor of a town of 5,469 people (as of the 2000 census). For my Michigan friends, that’s about the same as having the mayor of Zeeland (2000 census population of 5,805) get picked as the VP candidate.
As Rogers Cadenhead points out, this also someone who has demonstrated extremely bad judgement with regard to not only her own life, but the life of her unborn child. All you parents, would you trust someone with the well-being of the entire country who risked her own child’s life for the geographic location of its birth?
Hopefully, though, she knows what a Veep does now. (She didn’t two months ago.) I really hope there’s something more to this choice, because right now, it feels like an impulse buy.