It was inevitable. John McCain picks Sarah Palin, Alaska Governor, as his wing
manperson, and immediately the media produce the kind of probing analysis that really dissects the effect of such a selection.
Little-Known Palin May Be Benefit or Bust for McCain's Campaign
Wow. That is astonishing. It's really the headline that's amusing. Obviously picks like this have both upsides and downsides. If you're John McCain you hope that the upsides outweigh the downsides, and if you're Barack Obama and his team you try to blow any perceived downside into an Angel Falls-type drop.
However, it's fair to say no one would Google "Hillary Clinton bikini" or "Geraldine Ferraro bikini". Ms. Palin is a break-the-mold pick, and a very good one on the whole. The best thing about her is that selecting her highlights the greatest weakness of the Democratic ticket. I'll pause for a moment... Give up? As a vice presidential candidate she has more executive experience than the opposition team's presidential candidate, and Mr. McCain has much more experience than either Democrat. If inexperience is a minus for a vice president, isn't it even moreso for a president?
Joe Biden was selected specifically to give a sheen of experience and wisdom to the Obama presidential campaign. In other words, Mr. Obama new that was his weakness, and he strove to shore it up. Smart, but it also highlights that weakness. Both of those gentlemen have only legislative foreign policy experience, however.
Mr. McCain has just turned up the volume to 11 on that inexperience. I disagree with Tom Daschle, whose reasoning here defies logic.
Former Senator Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat and leading Obama advocate, said McCain's selection will make it more difficult for the Arizona senator to fault Obama for a lack of experience.
"It takes the whole experience issue off the table,'' Daschle said.
No, Mr. Daschle, it doesn't. It shines a klieg light on it. A world tour and a speech in front of fainting Germans does not equal experience, and nothing Mr. Obama did in the Illinois Senate does either. He hasn't been in the Senate long enough to measure up in any way to Mr. McCain and his long track record and experience.
This race just swung dramatically. Wait for the polls over the next week and you'll see a shift. Economic and social conservatives will be more strongly McCain. Married women and men will shift more strongly to McCain. And although this may not sway the disaffected Hillary Clinton voters to move to McCain, it will prevent those who already have from leaving.