Briefly, on the big story of the day.
John McCain selected Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. A historic choice but a wise one?
Assuming Palin was sufficiently vetted, selecting her was a tactically smart move on McCain’s part. Palin has some executive experience but the real value is that choosing her zeroed in on the papered over but yet unhealed gender fault line in the Democratic Party from Hillary’s defeat while burnishing McCain’s claim to be an advocate of change. Obama will now have to expend additional effort and time to woo independent female swing voters and entice Hillary’s embittered feminist supporters to come out to the polls. McCain has just given them an additional reason to feel good about staying home this year.
Strategically, well…Palin’s not ready to step up and be president of the United States on day one. Let’s be serious – she’d make a great Secretary of the Interior but the fact that she lacks any defense, IC or foreign policy experience would rule her out for consideration for most major cabinet posts in the national security arena, much less as Vice-president.
However, the same could easily be said of Barack Obama and that implicit comparison is going to be evident to a lot of independent voters.
ADDENDUM: I will add here the views of others on McCain-Palin as my schedule today permits.