Sarah Palin is John McCain’s Vice President
29 August 2008
McCain announced that Alaskan governor Sarah Palin will be his vice president. This may have come as a shock to many, especially since Palin was not on the short list of people McCain was considering for VP. The question is was this a good choice?
Yesterday, I heard about a poll that pick former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the person on McCain’s “short list” that would have most benefited him. Romney would have helped McCain gain at least 1 out of every 5 voters (all over the country as well as across party lines) that were not already committed to McCain. In addition Romney would have helped McCain almost definitely secure Michigan and many of the Midwestern states. Romney would also be able to help McCain fill in gaps on economic issues, which McCain admits a lack of expertise. So why not pick Romney?
McCain obviously felt that Palin would be more beneficial and pull in more voters. After listening to her speech, she does have many accomplishments including fighting government corruption, having an average family life, and crossing party lines. Despite these accomplishments, Palin was relatively unheard of before today and will not draw many people in on name recognition.
In her speech Palin acknowledged New York Senator Hillary Clinton and the cracks she made in the “glass ceiling.” She also reminded people that this week is the anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. Palin then commented that we can “finish breaking the glass ceiling.” This makes it seem like Palin was not selected for her credentials (or at least not entirely), but instead because she is a woman who may be able to attract female voters from both parties, especially former Hillary supporters.
Obviously no one will know how this affects McCain in the election, but I truly do NOT believe that Palin was selected merely on credentials. Beyond having an impressive story and her ability to reach across party lines to work against government problems, I feel that by ignoring certain issues in her speech Palin may lack expertise on issues such as the economy. I guess the next 2 months and the RNC will tell.