Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

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.


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  1. * femspotter says:

    As a Clinton supporter I am at a crossroads: do I vote for Obama and side with my party or do I vote for McCain and side with my sex?

    Very sly, Senator McCain…very sly indeed!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  2. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    What McCain did was very slick. It shouldn’t be a choice between a party, sex, or even race. It should be who you feel is most qualified. Of course McCain has made even that decision more difficult because although he is in the Republican party many of his past ideals cross party lines.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  3. * bginn says:

    To much is being said and written about what Palin has or has not accomplished. I would like to know if she will have power to change things should her and McCain get elected? The “terminator” in California quickly found out the sad truth. PACS rule.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago
  4. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    Accomplishments and failures help show a person’s strengths and weaknesses. If a person was able to work across party lines and accompliosh tax breaks and improvements for the citizens of a state they will still have those skills ina higher office. I honestly think the ability to cooperate that Palin obviously has will be applicable in the future if McCain gets elected. So yes, it is important what she has done because that shows what she can do. It is no guarantee she will accomplish it but it also makes her more likely to be able to achieve at least a little bit than if she has never achieved any type of cooperation and success in the past.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 9 months ago

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