by Cireal Americanus
Who does the Republican Candidate, John McCain, with 26 years of Congressional experience, pick to augment his bid for President? Mit Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Ridge, Meg Whitman …. all potential running mates that have been discussed by Pundits and Commentators alike. No, John McCain choses 1st term Alaskan State Governor, Sarah Palin, who only two years ago was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population of approximately 5,700).
Today, August 29, 2008, Republican Presidential Candidate, John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin, will be the first female Vice Presidential Candidate representing the Republican Party and the second female Vice Presidential Candidate representing a major Political Party. She will also be the first politician from Alaska to run on a National Ticket. McCain’s hope? Steal some of the spotlight from Senator Obama’s historic Campaign by creating one of his own and garnering the “disenfranchised Hillary supporters”.
Like McCain, Palin has a history of running contrary to her Party’s ideals and philosophies. A “Maverick” in her own right, shortly after becoming Governor, Palin successfully pushed for an Ethics Bill and the shelving of Pork-Barrel spending projects, i.e. The Garvina Island Bridge a.k.a. “The Bridge to Nowhere”, which were supported by fellow Republicans. She has also challenged the State’s Republican leaders, helping to launch a campaign with Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to unseat U.S. Congressman Don Young (R) and publicly challenging Senator Ted Stevens (R) to “come clean” about the federal investigation regarding his financial dealings.
Also like McCain Palin comes with some baggage (for those who don’t remember, Sen. McCain escaped prosecution, by the skin of his teeth, for his participation and profit in the Savings and Loan Scandal, commonly referred to as the S&L Crisis of the 1980s/1990). On July 11, 2008, Palin fired the Commissioner of Public Safety, Walt Monegan. According to Monegan, he was fired over his reluctance to fire an Alaska State Trooper involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann.
John McCain’s pick seems to say that I have all I need to be President, i.e. experience, judgment, wisdom, etc., so the need to pick a candidate to complement any short coming is not needed. No, I, John McCain, will pick a person who will attract a certain segment of Voter to my team, i.e. the disenfranchised Hillary Voter, the undecided Liberal Voter, and Women Voters, as a means to help boost my numbers in the polls.
In my view, the pick to me says that John McCain is spending more time looking at the score board than keeping his head in the game.
This selection comes in spite of the drastically opposing views that the Presumptive Nominee, McCain, and Presumptive V.P., Palin, have, i.e. Pro-life vs. Pro-Choice, Drilling exploration vs. Drilling in Anwar, etc. The selection also comes at the appropriate time to steal Senator Obama’s thunder after delivering his presidential acceptance speech the night before in Denver.
This seems like a selection to garner votes and up poll scores vs. a thought of qualification and whether or not Palin is ready to potentially lead this country. An unfortunate but necessary consideration given McCain’s health history and age.
Only time will tell what the Voters think……………………….