Is he kidding? How can John McCain make the argument that Barack Obama isn’t ready to be president when he picks a running mate with even less experience than Obama to be his vice president? Is he actually retarded? When you are seventy two years old and attempting to undertake one of the most strenuous jobs in the world for at least four years, don’t you want to at least consider the notion that you might drop dead?
Memo to John McCain: you might drop dead.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been a governor for two years, and before that a mayor for ten, the mayor of Wasilia (population 5,000). My brother-in-law was the Republican mayor of Waseca, Minnesota, which has about the same size population, and I can tell you with absolute certainty after playing foosball with him in his basement that my brother-in-law is not ready to be president of the United States of America. I’m not even sure that he’s ready to be president of his rotisserie football league.
For the last month, all we’ve been hearing about from the Republicans is that Barack Obama is not ready to lead this country. That he doesn’t have the experience or the judgment. Didn’t they just set the bar even lower by picking this chick? Yes, she’s a member of the NRA. Yes, she’s a former sports reporter which will be useful when conducting photo ops with members of whoever wins the Stanley Cup in 2010, but is she ready to assume the reins of the most powerful job in the world if John McCain should succumb? The question is rhetorical because anybody who isn’t on John McCain’s vice presidential selection team already knows the answer.
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The vice presidential selection is the first presidential decision a candidate makes. How could he botch this one so badly? Could it possibly because he’s trying to woo alienated Hillary voters? Again, rhetorical. Does he really think one woman equals another in their eyes? If that were so, why didn’t the go gaga for Elizabeth Dole when she ran in 2000? After all, she’s got the same exact reproductive system as Hillary, give or take. Although, maybe I’m mistaken. Maybe Hillary Clinton supporters will rally behind a pro-life, Republican, moose-burger eating, lifetime NRA member. Or not.
This smacks of Dan Quayle all over again. It’s the classic strategy of picking somebody who “balances the ticket” instead of picking somebody, like Barack Obama did, who actually brings something to the table and is ready to assume the presidency.
Let’s see how Sarah Palin balances the McCain ticket:
McCain: Really old.
Palin: Really young.
McCain: Really male.
Palin: Really female.
McCain: Kind of unattractive.
Palin: Kind of attractive.
McCain: From a hot state.
Palin From a cold state.
McCain: Former prisoner of war.
Palin: Former beauty queen contestant.
McCain: Ran for first congressional seat in 1982.
Palin: Won high school basketball tournament in 1982.
McCain: First-term congressman in 1984.
Palin: Elected “Miss Congeniality” in 1984.
McCain: Spouse is an affluent WASP.
Palin: Spouse is a Yup’ik Eskimo.
McCain: Extremely rich.
Palin: Extremely into snowmobiling.
McCain: Rips on Barack Obama for being too young and too inexperienced to become president.
Palin: Too young and inexperienced to become president.
I’ll be honest, I was hoping McCain would pick the snake oil salesman Mitt Romney because I thought he was the worst choice out there. I was wrong. I mean, if you’re going to pick an inexperienced former beauty contestant and television personality, why not pick Kathy Lee Gifford? She’s also got the Christian thing down, also married to a jock (Palin’s husband is a champion snowmobiler), and at least Kathy Lee is used to spending time with a cantankerous, much older man.