August 29, 2008

We Make History Either Way

Mr. McCain chose Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, as his VP today. In doing so, he decided to not only go outside the beltway but to go outside the traditional pool of white men. So either way, history will be made--we'll either have the first African American president, or we'll have the first female vice president.

Depending on your outlook, this move was either bold or crazy:
In a surprise move, Senator John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate on Friday, shaking up the political world at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women, especially disaffected supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, McCain officials confirmed.
I doubt many Hillary supporters will jump over to the other side since Palin and Hillary are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but McCain's choice will shake things up in the party which some describe as a party for old white men. He's definitely on the political war path. Either that, or he's desperately seeking some edge against the rising tide of Obama.

By the way, make no mistake about what Palin stands for:
She opposes abortion rights, which could help pacify social conservatives in a party whose members were wary as rumors swirled that Mr. McCain might pick a running mate who supports those rights. But she differs with Mr. McCain on a controversial environmental issue that centers on her home state: she supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Mr. McCain’s opposition to drilling — even after he changed positions and began advocating for off-shore oil drilling — has upset many Republicans.
She's against a woman's right to choose, and she's not exactly in line with the rest of the country when it comes to solving our environmental crisis. She's also also a lifelong member of the NRA, and from what I've read so far, she's a conservative fundamentalist Christian. I'm curious as to how the pundits and public will react to McCain's choice. As I said above, it's either bold or crazy. We live in interesting times.

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