Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain-Palin: Surprise!

It's funny - this morning Peter and I were talking about the V.P. candidates, and I told him that McCain had to choose a woman. When I heard that Romney and Pawlenty were out of the running, I was pretty sure he was going to do it too. It's a smart strategic choice to choose a woman; instantly his ticket becomes a historic one if they win, which puts the Republican ticket more on par with the Democratic ticket.

I just watched Sarah Palin speak at the announcement of her being "the chosen one," and I like her. (I'd never even heard of her before today.) She's the first-term Governor of Alaska, and before that she was a mayor. She's the mother of five children, including a baby boy just born in April. I like the way she talks and looks--she seems very familiar to me and probably to many other women in the country. She seems smart, confident, and charismatic. One of her nicknames is "Sarah Barracuda" because of her tenacity and fearlessness.

I think she's going to get pounded for lack of experience, particularly with foreign policy, but McCain balances that. In the end, I think choosing a woman as his running mate is going to help McCain's chances of winning. Condi Rice, who has been my choice for awhile, would be better in many ways, but I'm sure her ties to the unpopular Bush administration were too much of a liability.

A few other quick things:
  • I noticed that McCain looked a little uncomfortable as Palin spoke today. If he was, I wonder why, and I wonder how he really feels about her as his choice?
  • I hope that if McCain wins the election, he'll appoint Mitt Romney to his Cabinet or to another important federal position that will utilize Romney's vast skills. Then he'll have a better chance to run again in the years to come. I still think he would be the best president for this country out of just about anyone.
  • I thought Obama did a very good job delivering his nomination acceptance speech last night. He's one of the best speakers I've ever seen (as long as he has a teleprompter, that is). It was all a bit of a spectacle with the football stadium and fireworks, but then I thought, "He's the first black candidate for President. This is a proud moment for all Americans, independent of where they stand politically. Bring on the fireworks!"
  • I still think Obama will win in November, but that it's going to be a closer race than I originally thought. There are things I like and hate about each candidate, so I'm still undecided. I'll be following the race closely for the next two months so that I can make an informed choice, if I end up voting for either of them. I'm more likely to vote for McCain at this point, but that is subject to change.


Alyson said...

I thought it was pretty cool that he picked Palin too. Whoever wins, it'll be historic!

dougandcheryl said...

Hi. I came over from Mormon mommy's. I think his choice was smart as well. I'm with you though. I think Obama is going to win. I will vote for McCain but I really wish I could vote for Romney.
I wish that people could have focused more on how many organizations, states, etc he has taken from millions of dollars in debt to millions in surplus with speed and skill rather than on him being Mormon.
I know he would have been amazing.

Anonymous said...

She's an interesting candidate. I still think that this race is Obama's to lose, but I also believe Palin strengthens McCain's ticket. It definitely took the attention away from Obama's speech. It will be an interesting election to follow.

Donna said...

Hi Cheryl,
I agree, Romney would have been amazing, and he's still got the future to prove it. I hope in four or eight years that he'll be the one on the ticket. Maybe that will give people time to get over the whole Mormon thing. This country could really use him and his unique set of skills. He has more than proven himself by managing Massachusetts well and through his success in the business world, and that vast cross-section of skills would help make him a good leader of the country. I really hope that if McCain wins he'll appoint Romney to something like Treasury Secretary or maybe even Sec. of State, since his foreign policy experience isn't as strong. He'd be a good diplomat.

Donna said...

Did you all hear that Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant? I was so surprised to hear that today! That's probably not going to go down very well with conservatives, but I don't think it will end up being all that big a deal in the end. McCain knew about it when he was making his choice. I liked Obama's reaction to it--that he's going to stay out of it, essentially that it's none of his business.

jaredandmatisse said...

I love your commentary about the election. You are a voice of reason in a storm. You organize your thoughts so beautifully and speak with such heart and gut without being self righteous. This is a very rare talent. I think you may be the first women president! I was cheering and screaming with joy when I found out Mc's pick. I am an Obama supporter, but I feel so much better about McCain if he wins. Is she Mormon?

Donna said...

Thanks Tisse, your comments made my day! Sarah Palin is not Mormon, but I had to wonder the same thing when I learned she has five kids and was born in Idaho. She probably wouldn't have been chosen if she were LDS; it would have been too much for people to take!