To get this out of the way early, I called it. I’m not going to brag or anything, but still.
John McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the first-term governor from Alaska will be his Vice Presidential candidate and that’s awesome. I love the pick for a plethora of reasons, most of which I’ll discuss here. But since none of the girls in my classes today knew who Sarah Palin was, I’ll introduce her a little bit.
Palin is the kind of conservative that McCain has been criticized for not being. She is pro-life, pro-gun lady who favors drilling in ANWR (which McCain opposes) and she was the woman to run a no-corruption campaign in Alaska, a state that had once been plagued by corruption. She is a mother of five, one of which suffers from Down’s Syndrome. Not only is she perfectly acceptable choice based on her viewpoints and qualifications, but she is also virtually untouchable by whiny Democrats.
Palin is a first-term Governor, but Democrats can’t highlight her inexperience without also drawing attention to Obama’s own inexperience problems. They can’t attack her for being a woman because they are the party that claims to be for women and gender equality. Palin has no foreign policy experience, but that is immaterial based on the fact that foreign policy is one of McCain’s strongest areas, if not the strongest.
McCain’s pick of Palin was absolutely brilliant. Not only did it take the wind out of Barack Obama’s Greek-temple acceptance speech, but may have also picked up some former Hillary supporters who don’t vote based on qualifications, but just want to see a woman in the White House in some other capacity than just a First Lady.
She is fiercely opposed to abortion (refusing to abort her own son when she found out he had Down’s Syndrome) and supports capital punishment. She opposes gay marriage, although she did sign into law same-sex benefits. She is a hunter and is a member of the NRA. She supports the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment and her oldest son is deployed in Iraq as a member of an infantry brigade.
I’ll eventually get around to addressing Barack Obama’s acceptance speech and try to make you understand that capital gains taxes are completely different from income taxes, but I’m too excited about McCain’s choice to point out the nonsense in the Democrats campaign. Sarah Palin is a great choice and the first female candidate that isn’t a complete joke.