1. The McCain campaign is clearly desperate to harness some of the Obama mojo. Much of Palin’s speech sounded like watered-down Obama, particularly where she talked about being an outsider, about bipartisanship and about reform (and remember, this talk of ‘reform’ is coming from someone who was ringingly endorsed by now-indicted Senator Ted Stevens and is under a state investigation for abuse of power).
2. Looks like Gov. Palin has been given her very own deck of POW cards to play. The McCain campaign plays the POW card to defend against legitimate criticisms and to defend every bad policy McCain has endorsed. They’re cheapening both McCain’s service and the service of every other American POW and soldier who has suffered for their country.
3. I thought-I hoped–the McCain campaign had a smart strategic reason for picking Gov. Palin. I hoped it wasn’t just a naked pander for women’s votes, particularly those of Hillary Clinton’s former supporters.
And then Palin brought up Hillary Clinton, in a blatant attempt to win over Clinton’s former supporters. But Sen. Clinton and her supporters have almost no common ground with Palin on any of the issues, and they’re not shallow–they won’t simply vote for McCain because his running mate is a woman.
Clinton’s qualities that earned her such a strong following was that she was an experienced fighter for progressive causes, particularly for choice and equality for women. Palin is not experienced, she has no record of fighting for women’s rights (or any other progressive cause), and she’s strongly anti-choice. I was hoping McCain didn’t pick her just to pander, but after that speech there is no doubt in my mind this was a desperate move.
The choice in this election couldn’t be clearer–Barack Obama picked a Vice President to help him govern; John McCain picked a Vice President to help him win the election.
UPDATE: There is dissention in the ranks:
Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked — and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown. Two senior Republican officials close to Mitt Romney and Tim
Pawlenty said they had both been rudely strung along and now “feel manipulated.”
“They now know that they were used as decoys, well after McCain had decided not to pick them,” one Republican involved in the process said.
And like I wrote about below, the GOP is spinning hard, pushing Palin’s ‘executive experience’ — an empty buzzword used to describe a Governor, Mayor, CEO, etc. with no real notable accomplishments.
Atrios catches the flaw in their argument:
Republican on MSNBC is arguing that Palin has much more experience than Joe Biden because all he did was run committees in the Senate.
By this logic Palin has much more experience than John McCain.
UPDATE II: Here’s Sarah Palin campaigning for indicted Senator Ted Stevens, who was under federal investigation at the time this video was filmed:
Inexperienced, corrupt, abusing power–Sarah Palin is a George Bush Republican, through and through.
UPDATE III: Another oops:
Flashback: Palin Said She Didn’t Like Hillary’s “Whining”
Today in Ohio, new McCain veep pick Sarah Palin made a big play for Hillary voters by referencing her now-famous “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” quote.
But Newsweek reports that back in March, at a Women and Leadership event held by the mag, Palin’s view of Hillary wasn’t quite as charitable:
Once onstage, together with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Palin talked about what women expect from women leaders; how she took charge in Alaska during a political scandal that threatened to unseat the state’s entire Republican power structure, and her feelings about Sen. Hillary Clinton. (She said she felt kind of bad she couldn’t support a woman, but she didn’t like Clinton’s “whining.”)