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August 29th, 2008
07:06 PM ET

The Game-Changer

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John P. Avlon
Author, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics

The secretive selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice president is a small masterpiece of tactical and strategic triangulation intended to drive a deeper wedge between Hilary and Obama supporters. With both parties now offering historic campaigns of change, Obama loses exclusive use of that emotional real estate, and Republicans may gain a new edge with swing voters by offering both change and more of the same.

The downside for Republicans is that Palin's selection will undermine their attacks on Barack Obama's youth and inexperience. Governor Palin was first elected governor in 2006 – and before that she was mayor of her home town in Alaska, Wasilla, with an operating budget of less than $6 million. But Democrats will have a difficult time attacking her without provoking accusations of sexism – Joe Biden's attack-dog instincts could backfire badly in the VP debate. That is a variation off the same problem Republicans had with Obama until they stumbled upon using humor with the Achilles heel of the "celebrity" argument.

Governor Palin's status as a pro-life second amendment soccer mom keeps conservatives happy while offering the only (albeit brief) experience with executive leadership on either ticket.

McCain was grinning the grin of the successful gambler as he unveiled his pick in Dayton today. Palin's introductory speech hit themes designed to appeal across the political spectrum – saying "this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line."

Fiscal conservatives who felt betrayed by the GOP during the era of Tom Delay found plenty to like in her record of cutting taxes and government spending – she actually refused the federal funding for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

Independents and centrists will appreciate her role in filing ethics charges against the Republican State Party Chairman and Alaska Attorney General – she is an outsider and a relative reformer in the home state party of indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Liberals may appreciate her shout outs to Geraldine Ferrarro and Hillary Clinton – and her status as a 44-year old working-mother, married to her union-member high-school sweetheart, and their 5 kids – including an eldest who is due to ship out to Iraq.

The McCain campaign did an M15-job of keeping her selection under-wraps – there were no leaks or rumors even in the early morning of the announcement. In some ways it was a counter to the selection of Joe Biden and McCain's "7 houses" gaffe. Just as Biden was an acknowledgement of Obama's weaknesses on experience and foreign policy, Palin brings youth and a blue collar background to the McCain ticket – without angering social conservatives who were threatening to revolt if he defied their pro-life litmus tests.

Palin fits the Republican bill perfectly – but her fast rise from obscurity to being a candidate for vice-president was fast even by Obama-era standards. This is a person who had not been on the national political radar screen at all when the 08 presidential race began in the build to the 06 midterm elections. Whether she will prove to be a seasoned campaigner in the 67‑day sprint to Election Day remains to be seen.

Her selection speaks in part to the striking lack of diversity on the Republican bench, even when it comes to women. And more seasoned figures like Senator Olympia Snowe – who routinely wins 70% re-elections in the blue state of Maine – were never considered due to her liberal social positions. But Palin is an appealing young face – disarming decades old conservative stereotypes – and the Democrats must be on defense the day after their convention.

On a side note, the 2008 election has proved to be big-time for our non-continental states – Hawaii and Alaska, traditional presidential politics after-thoughts, now have native sons and daughters on the each ticket in the form of Obama and Palin. Our 49th and 50th states have come along way since Ike, and half a century since reaching statehood they've reached political maturity.

The bottom line: this already historic campaign just got more historic, and more competitive. Sarah Palin's selection represents an extraordinary evolutionary step forward for the Republican Party, and by extension, for our nation's politics. Neither the ticket looks like those of the past –and that's a good thing for America in the 21st Century.


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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Pamela

    I'm glad the republicans have conceded the "inexperience" argument against Obama as wholly ineffective. McCain's answer to Joe Biden's decades of experience balancing the democratic ticket was to choose someone young, good-looking and charismatic to balance the republican ticket. A smart move which will undoubtedly win over some disgruntled Hilary Clinton supporters, but I doubt it will be enough. Sarah Palin is a woman, but her anachronistic social conservative views will not appeal to most democrats and independents of both genders.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:41 pm |
  2. Gene L

    Part of being qualified for office is not mere political experience but the time spent planning and thinking about issues, combined with vision and intellect. People like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan had little experience in one way or another - but they had years to to plan and think about what kind of presidency they wanted to have. Barack Obama has had a long time to think about the issues facing the nation, and what he plans to accomplish in the presidency. He has also served eight years in the State Senate of Illinois, a large state facing a diverse set of issues, and four years in the U.S. Senate, including on the Foreign Relations Committee. He is ready.

    Meanwhile Sarah Palin most likely genuinely didn't have any expectation to be selected vice president. I seriously question whether she has spent a serious amount of time thinking about the many complex issues facing America. In fact, she has admitted that she hasn't spent much time thinking about the war in Iraq. Furthermore, the issues facing Alaska (population: 670,000) are very distinct and relatively narrow, and not generally translatable to the nation as a whole.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm |
  3. Jeff

    What's the deal, can McCain's people please get in an answer to your questions? There is a big difference Gov. Palin and Sen. Obama; She has already proven that she can get things done in her state in one and a half years as a Gov. What can Sen. Obama show as the leader of his state? He can’t show any accomplishments, because he doesn’t manage the state. I rather take someone who has proven to make changes happen than someone who is promising they are going to make changes, but is not specific on how it may happen. Sen. Obama has not been Senator much longer than Gov. Palin has been in office. Between the two, she is the one that is more ready to lead the country.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  4. Gene L

    Unfortunately, I have already observed a number of instances in which pundits have lazily accepted the notion that Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience is comparable to that of Barack Obama's experience. This is simply not true.

    There's a huge difference between some experience and zero experience. Barack Obama has spent four years on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, where he worked on arguably the most potentially dire national security issue facing the world, working with Richard Lugar to pass the Lugar-Obama nonproliferation initiative to secure loose nuclear weapons.

    In contrast, not only does Sarah Palin have practically no foreign policy experience, she recently admitted that she had not been focused on the war in Iraq.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  5. Mike In Ohio

    He made this a pick of politics, not moving womens rights and freedoms forward. My though is this, the women who were on the fence will see this as a ploy and be outraged by it. However, some will find it appealing, but not as many as the other intelligent women who see this for what it is, a gimmic!

    August 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  6. Will in California

    Now there is finally a person with governing experience on any ticket. A youthful, gun-toting, former beauty queen, and successful soccer mom-type who leads an entire state, not to mention being a conservative who believes in the core, wholesome values that has helped build America, yet still is tough enough to stand up against big government and special interest groups. Is she the modern-day Annie Oakley of government who, with Maverick McCain, will help reform the government and establish fiscal responsibility in the government finally? At the DNC convention, speakers stated about working from the top up, instead from working from the top down. Why then, is the Illinois senator, with no governing experience, a presidential nominee, when Sarah Palin has successfully lead an important state, fought against the bullies of special interest and reduced wasteful spending? Being governor is more credible and qualified to be president than a single term senator. Just look at how many governors and senators were president. Whites who vote for a black man for president due to some sense of white guilt, while blacks vote for people of the same color, is more insulting to intellectuals than women voting for a woman for president.
    Some Democratic presidential nominee, why is he afraid to debate with McCain? After loosing to Hillary in debate and dropping in the polls and loosing important states to her, the Illinois senator then avoided debates with the better reasoner to cowardly win his presidential nomination, can you say CHICKEN? It reminds me of Rocky chasing that chicken around a pen. Don’t forget that Hillary was robbed of delegates in Michigan.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  7. Mike In Ohio

    McCain's recent pick might help him pick up some CLinton supporters, that is until they learn she wants to completely outlaw abortion. My question is this, what kind of candiadate surrounds himself with beauty queens and says that Obama is a celebrity?

    August 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  8. Donna R.

    John McCain has done something that I had never expected to see from the Republican party. By picking Gov. Sarah Palin he has shown how opened to change he really is. He has made an excellent choice, I have heard of Gov. Palin's accomplishments, in the beginning of this year, from family members who live on her side of the country. She is very popular because of her achievements. Sarah Palin has proven that a woman can hold down a high level job and raise a family at the same time. She has the skills and knowledge to help get this country back on the right path. As for those who negatively judge her, go and compared her resume' to that of Barack Obama's. You will see who has the experience and who does not. Perhaps you will change your mind!

    August 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  9. maria

    I am disgusted that he would chose her. Yes she has a nice personal story but that is it? Is she really ready to serve as a commander in chief?? I think not.

    I as a woman am insulted that just because I'm a female, this is supposed to sway my decision. He could have chosen other women if that was his game plan.

    This had to have been his last ditch effort to win this race. My vote is clearly NOT for McCain/Palin

    August 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm |
  10. Nicole in Alabama

    This is exactly what we need! Another VP running around with a gun shooting people.

    How can anyone with rational thinking believe this this is a good VP choice. We all know McCain health problems not to mention his age and if something happens to him she would become President. This isn't a game. Our country in at a breaking point and you want her to answer the phone @ 3am. Well I guess she will already be up since she have a sick child. What type of mother is this? Wait! She must be middle class, you know making $5 million or more so I guess she can afford a nanny or nurse for that matter!

    I am all for girl power but to simply put a woman in the white house solely because she is a woman!

    I'll take my chances with Obama I mean at least he has an advanced degree in a related field.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:30 pm |
  11. Barbara (Gaithersburg MD)

    McCain is no maverick-just a megalomanic sidekick who just got himself a cheerleader.
    He is clever though: Pallin has a son shipping off to Iraq soon (the patriot), lost a few fingers at work (the blue collar), is relatively unknown (the outsider) and (though briefly) a government executive. All these will raise the level of excitement amongst republican voters but "game changer"?, I think not!

    August 29, 2008 at 8:30 pm |
  12. john

    They say she has done a great job governing a state with a population of 670,000. "Currently, there are 11 Republicans and 9 Democrats serving in the Senate. In the House there are 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats". Pretty easy to get reform done when your party has the majority in the House and Senate.

    This is a small stage compared to the rest of the US. Can she really lead a country of 301,139,947 people? I have no confidence in this choice. She seems extremely disconnected to the the majority of the American Public. But wait, she is connected to the Big Oil Companies. I get it!

    August 29, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  13. Bailey

    For all of the women prepared to uncritically accept McCain's unqualified selection, always remember, "Every shark of your kind ain't your color, and every shark of your color ain't your kind."

    Clearly McCain has exposed himself as unpatriotic and undemocratic; instead, he has chosen to act upon his political ambitions rather than logical reasoning concerning the future of this country.

    I am appalled that he would put the entire country in peril in order to win the election, and for this reason alone, if I had to choose between voting for him and not voting at all, I would proudly choose the latter.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm |
  14. marie

    Biden is far away to be the best vice-president than her. John McCain is playing a game, and the balloon will soon will blowout in his face.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  15. Richard Owl Mirror

    I find it appalling that Senator McCain is willing to put the National Security of this country at risk by asking America to trust that a basketball barracuda, a beauty pageant runner-up, a journalist, mayor of a small isolated town of 6000 people and a few months in the Governors Mansion can step into the shoes of the President and Commander in Chief on a moments notice.

    Sure, she holds fast to Conservative values, so does my sister in Minn. She may be effective in shaping change as the campaign is touting. She even could shock the world by stepping into the role of the Presidency and being a great leader.

    But, is America willing to gamble that John McCain will remain healthy and able to fill his duties, and the Vice-President won't be called upon to inherit Two Wars and a host of International troubles?

    August 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  16. laila

    i am dissapointed...
    this has nothing to do with gender, but i don't trust her...the safety of the US may rest in her hands.
    John McCain is incompetent and I would suggest in fact DEMAND an MRI or CTscan of his brain to look for atrophy. IT starts in all seniors at a certain age I want to see how bad off he is because once people start digging...this is going to be a blowout for Obama mark my words.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  17. Chris

    When I first heard of McCain's pick, I was insulted, and the feeling is growing. Hillary supporters felt a common bond with a woman who is smart, talented and had extensive experience, and we came of age in a time where there was not equal pay, no equality in job consideration, where it was hard to even get credit in our own names. Hillary represented the battles won, and John McCain's answer is to say, well here is a woman, take her! She's a mother, she's a beauty queen, she likes guns! Typical male, he doesn't have a clue.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  18. Ryan Field

    You've got to hand it to McCain. He trumped "the blessed one" big time; he made the greek stage at last night's convention look like a kiddie birthday party today by selecting Palin. Sorry lovers of "the blessed one" I really can't stop laughing today.

    My own personal e-mail has been inundated with notes from Hillary supporters who will not hestitate to vote for McCain now. But more than that, it's like a wave of anxiety has been taken off their shoulders and now they can sleep again.

    Roland, Brazile, and Gergen must have been kicking their TV's today. I seriously wish I could have seen their faces the moment it was announced. It must have been the same expression the Hillary supporters had during that vicious primary when Barack Obama was dragged across the finish line.

    I just hope the DNC remembers their mistakes (Kerry? Obama? McGovern? Dukakis?) four years from now. It would have been clear sailing for Hillary.

    So while I'm still deciding on the person for whom I'll vote, I know many Hillary supporters who will not "fall in line" like Brazile suggests, and they will not be told "it's all about party unity."

    August 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  19. Richard Owl Mirror

    LOL, I just heard a Palin defender say "She's Commander in Chief over the Alaskan National Guard" as proof Gov Palin could step into the role of Commander in Chief at a time our Nation is fighting two separate war fronts and Iran Russia and China are making Planetary moves for expansion.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:11 pm |
  20. Addison

    In light of 'old shcool' scare tactics: Any possibility that Ms. Sarah Palin may become our President is just a possibility.

    It is NOT a statistical probability that Palin might be sworn in as a U. S. President within the next term.

    The biased media are making far too much over Palin becoming our next President. Give it a rest.

    Palin has taken on political corruption, and not just on the other side of the isle! The fact that Palin is still politically alive and well as a viable Vice Presidential candidate speaks as to why she is respected on both sides of the isle. She has an 80% approval rating!

    Fair minded Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike should not allow Palin's to be 'dissed' by haters. And, though it may not mean much to some people, Palin did it all while raising 5 children.

    Sarah Palin is NOT an old school conservative. Palin is a social conservative with the vision, will, and energy to conduct non-partisan politics.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  21. jrq La Habra, Ca.

    She can call him Grandpa.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  22. Julie San Diego, CA

    Lampe, what are you smoking?

    This isn't Vice President of the local PTA, this is the second in command to the Presidency of the United States. She doesn't have the experience to do the job.

    Does this woman even have a passport?

    I prayed he wouldn't choose Romney. I think this is worse.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  23. David G.

    Boy, the dems are angry that McCain had the nerve to choose a capable woman. Campbell Brown totally LOST IT tonight. Pretty funny 🙂
    Campbell needs a vacation......

    August 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  24. Madeline

    Rob, if 19 million people voted for Obama, isn't that proof that experience isn't really that important? People are so caught up with Palin's "lack of experience" but they're more than willing to put someone equally inexperienced into the Oval Office.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  25. Amy from GA

    All I can say is WOW!!! I know John McCain is trying to win an election and trying to get women voters but WOW!!! I still cannot wrap my head around it. I don't believe John McCain picked Palin because he thinks she is the best qualified. There were many other Republican Women who would be a better President. No offense to Palin, but to be the President of the United States of America you have to deal with world leaders, domestic programs, Supreme Court Judges and basically the lives and safety of the American people. I don't trust her to do this. I don't get it.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  26. Todd

    All this talk about stealing the spotlight off Obama's speech is nonsense.

    If anything this has just proven every point Obama made in his speech and has made it ever more poignant.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  27. Audrey

    For people who are insulted by Palin's lack of experience, how do you feel about Obama? From what I've heard today, Palin has done a lot in her two years in office while still managing to raise a family. I don't think McCain chose her just to attract Hillary's supporters. Afterall, he had other women on his list with more experience. I think McCain chose Palin because she's a conservative and, more importantly, she's a Washington outsider.

    I believe McCain made a bold choice today. I don't think the press would be as lively as they were today if he had picked Romney or Pawlenty.

    August 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  28. Susan

    John:

    Senator Obama gave a great speech last night and today all the talk in on Senator McCain's choice of Governor Sarah Palin for VP. What a difference a day makes!!!! It is a game mover!!!! Game changer will not be known until we get some polling information.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    August 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm |
  29. Enam K.

    What a ticket! John McCain does not know ‘much about economy’ and Sarah Palin ‘has not been paying much attention to the Iraq war’ (where her son will be deployed soon). McCain and Palin sure are two maverick nominees who do not know much about the two most pressing issues of this country at this time. I too ‘put my country first;’ I can’t give these out-of-touch mavericks the responsibility to run my country. I rather take my chances with the guy with intellectual curiosity, who was first in his class at Harvard, worked his way up in life, went back to serve his community, who is in-touch with the reality, communicate well, and inspiring.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  30. sharon Zysk

    I am a registered independent mymother a registered democrat, until now we were considering not even castin a vote for the first time, however with Palin as a vp pick, we are excited to vote for McCain. This is a winner. She represents a large part of the unrepresented americans in this country who can identify with her!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  31. Michelle G. from Alabama

    McCain's pick of Sarah Palin is unbelievable. First, President Bush, with his incompetence, has already lowered the intellectual standard for the presidency. We cannot allow McCain to reduce the standards for the Vice-Presidency. His choice demonstrates that he lacks judgment and is impulsive. Today, he proved Obama's arguments against him. Furthermore, as a mother of a child with autism, I resent the Republicans' constant reference to Palin's newborn who has Down's Syndrome. Obviously, Mrs. Palin cares more about political ambition than caring for an infant with a disability.

    I am a democrat who supports Obama, but I like many Americans have questions about his experience. His first presidential decision, Joe Biden, was excellent and pragmatic. Obama has also proved his brilliance. No matter how steep the learning curve, he has managed to surpass expectations. After Obama's speech and McCain's pick of Palin, I definitely trust Obama more.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  32. Evans Oluoha

    McCain's selection of Gov. Palin tell everything about his judgement...i wonder who he is going to pick for secretary of state if by chance he wins...Amy Holmes?

    August 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm |
  33. AZsundevil

    300 million Americans, approximately half of which are Republican. Just over half of those are Women. So... with 75 million people to choose from, does anyone actually believe that Sarah Palin is the best we can do? She's our best and brightest, and the one we want to send out to the world to represent the rest of us?

    Shame on you, John McCain. You grabbed the headlines the day after the Democratic Convention, but at what cost?

    August 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  34. Matt LaFramboise

    I have been asking this question tothe McCain camp for months: Who do you balance the budget while you stay in Iraq and spend money that we borrow? And don't tell me that it will happen when the Iraqi government uses their money. It costs so much more just to maintain soldiers over there.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  35. Gary Schaub

    The nay-sayers that don't like the Palin choice don't get it: Being a "heartbeat away" means that if something would happen, she would have had some time to get the proper experience with a team that McCain would already have in place. In most cases the people chosen to surround the President help with complex situations are more important. In fact, the one problem with this choice is that it puts more emphasis on McCain's cabinet picks so that if she would be called on, she would have a team in place that she could trust. I believe that McCain has the experience to put together that team.
    What Palin brings is what a lot of us have been saying for years, lets put in a real conservative outsider that is not tied to DC politics. Besides, she has real executive experience, not long on the job, but she still shows she can make bold tough decisions. Conservative middle Americans have a winning combination!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  36. Nate

    Wow, all those thousands/ millions of dollars spent on campaign ads talking about experiance, they even recycled a Clinton ad. Now he comes back with this VP pick? It seems even Mcain's people don't believe the retoric. She's no Hillary but, she is a beauty pagent winner! Way to go John!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  37. MahoganyShotgun

    It's funny how people are praising McCain's choice of a female running mate, when that female he chose does not support Women's Rights. She's just proud to be able take advantage of the rights gained by women.

    If the women of the Democrats allow the Anti-Women's Rights Sarah Palin to become Vice-President of the United States of America, then Junior Senator Hillary Clinton will have a hard sell running against Palin with acquired VP "experience" under her belt in 2012. Hillary Clinton has a vested interest in making sure Sarah Palin doesn't acquire that "experience," especially if there may be a possibility of a Republican vs. Democrat "gender card face-off."

    August 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  38. Lucy from California

    Dead on Rob in California!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  39. Liz

    Congratulations to Gov Sarah Palin…but shame on Sen John McCain. Today we learned more about Sen McCain's decision making process by his selection of Gov Palin as VP. Out of the number of greatly qualified republican women in this country with credentials that rival those of Sen Clinton, he chooses a woman of little qualification to be VP much less president of the United States. I guess he figures that just any woman will do for the purpose of getting elected. The Maverick looks more like a "political chauvinist".

    August 29, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  40. Laura-Lacey, Washington

    This should be great fun. Her first outing in Dayton isn't a good sign. She came across sounding like she's in way, way over her head.

    I love Alaska. Alaska is close to my heart. No doubt she's a nice person and sounds like in her 1st year as a governor she's changed a bit in the old boy network.

    Alaska is light years from Washington DC. The pander to the Hillary supporters should deeply insult each of them. Hillary was a serious candidate of considerable accomplishment. This one has a seriously thin resume, and doesn't have the political chops to compete on the national stage.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  41. From Canada

    Like watching Republicans spin this to their advantage...good luck!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  42. Meret

    She seems to be a lovely woman committed to her causes, but I would like everyone to respond to these questions. Can she stand up to Russia, Iran, Bin Laden, economic recession, global warming, a diminshed international profile, and so forth should McCain fall ill or become otherwise unavailable. I think not.

    There is a difference between the annointed and the appointed.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  43. cindy

    If you think women are so stupid that we will vote for a strong pro-life, life time nra member, and just give up are views so that we can vote for a women you are badly mistaken. Im so disappointed by this phony nonsense from john Insane!

    August 29, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  44. lampe

    I am so proud of McCain. He has told his party, and women, that The Republicans are now ready for a woman to play a major part in their party. The Democrats, choose to throw Sen. Clinton and her supporters under the Obama Bus, well now the republicans have answered saying. We will treat Women with the respect they deserve.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  45. sara

    As a long time Democrat I have made my decision today to vote for McCain-Palin 2008. No experience?? PLEASE. She has been a Mayor and a 2 year Governor. This is truly the "Dream Team".

    August 29, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  46. Katie Miller

    As an American citizen and as a woman I am insulted by John McCain's choice for Vice President. Governor Palin's experience is insufficient to serve a commander in chief. For some in the media to suggest that Hillary Clinton supporters will consider his candidacy because he chose a woman is simply lunacy. Tokenism does nothing to break the glass ceiling.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  47. Rob in California

    People are justifying Palin's inexperience comparing it to their Obama's perceived inexperience. There is a BIG difference between the two – Barack Obama won the Democratic Primary – 19 million people voted for him.

    Palin was SELECTED by John McCain. This is McCain's first major decision and for the individual who is first on line to replace the 72-year-old if he were unable to complete his term, he picked someone with only two years experience as governor for a sparcely populated state.

    For someone who's campaign slogan is "Country First", he just blantantly put his country SECOND in order for him to try to win an election.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  48. Mary Ann

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter, and I definitely will not vote for McCain/Palin. I feel insulted that she is willing to be used as a pawn in McCain's political chess match.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  49. Cindy

    I think Palin being picked as VP is a game changer indeed!! Her being a pro-lifer and having conservative values just pulled in all of those evangelicals who weren't sure of McCain. Now they will back this ticket all the way. Which Obama may not be happy to hear. Because as I remember didn't the evangelicals turn out in droves and win Pres Bush an election!! I'm just sayin...Game changer indeed!!

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  50. Brenda Harris

    Oh fine Now! Will the VP be breastfeeding in the oval office if she becomes president in the near future? His choice in women really trips me out. His mrs is a recovering addict. The VP, either the baby will be neglected or the job will. She just had a baby.
    Not saying she can't be president because she has a baby. Just saying we don't need to turn the white house into romper room and a convelesent home at the same time.

    August 29, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
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