I gotta say it: Wow. Talk about a left (or rather right) field choice. Alaska governor Sarah Palin got the GOP VP nod this morning in Dayton*, and my first thought was: “Does he really think the Clinton supporters are so gender focused and fickle that they’ll flock to the party that’s proven to be anti-womens’ rights over and over again just because he picked a young female governor who kinda looks like the PTA version of Mariska Hargitay ?” Followed by an immediate “Yeah, he probably does”.
Palin’s such an unknown that it’s hard to say whether this is a brilliant move, or merely an ultimately futile pander to the imagined legions of disaffected Clinton supporters (whom I suspect had their numbers drastically reduced this week). I will say this though: McCain just chucked the whole ‘Obama’s not experienced enough’ attack out the window, as Palin’s 2 years of experience of State government doesn’t exactly put Obama’s 3 years in the Senate and 7 years of State Legislature out to pasture.
Likewise, I fear the VP debates just got a little less interesting (from the point-of-view of someone who enjoys Joe Biden in full on attack mode), as there’s no way Biden’s trademark acerbic style is going to come out looking good if he unleashes on the self-styled hockey mom.
*How disappointing it must be to have your introduction to the national stage take place from Dayton. The Casa de Mono rule of thumb when traversing Ohio’s highway system is a simple one: If you’re heading toward Dayton, you’re going the wrong way.