September 3, 2008
Saw this in the Times.
Now I'm not a fan of John McCain. I think there has to be something seriously wrong with any person who wants to stay in Iraq. He's shown a serious lack of judgment by picking a VP with barely two years of experience running a state with a population less than half that of the Portland metro area, and he's endangering the world by picking a trophy vice who has no experience in dealing with international issues, is an anti-environmentalist, and who brings the same hardline conservative Christian fundamentalist values that most of the nation is sick of.
That being said, he's playing this election like a fiddle. He's showing his maverick side by embracing the family of his VP, regardless of what people think about the pregnant daughter and her boyfriend, and he's effectively using it to reach out to the young and disaffected. It's almost as if he has used the momentum from Jamie Lynn Spears to bolster his campaign. And he's continuing to paint Obama and the Democrats as sexist for choosing Obama over Clinton.
I don't have much positive to say about his politics, but in terms of political maneuvering, it was an amazing move. He's milking the VP choice for all it's worth. Obama is going to have a tough fight ahead of him.