McCain’s a Thunder Thief
I apologize for this amazingly short diary. But there are 234 diaries up about the Palin pick and what it means. Game change this, game change that.
Okay – talking politics gets pretty boring pretty fast, especially when the talk is merely the unfocused speculations of an uninformed spectator. And I promise to get off it, and stay off it, as best I can. But Sen. McCain’s choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is about as interesting a move I’ve seen since – well, ever. Personally, I’m thrilled that a woman who rejected the choice of abortion for herself is in such a public position. Intellectually, her publicly stated ANWR and energy policy is the perfect counterpoint to McCain’s less than stellar history of statements on the topic. She may have already influenced him in a more positive direction in that regard.
I don’t exactly perceive her lack of experience to be a severe problem, because she has infinitely more executive experience than Sen. Obama AND Sen. Biden, for that matter. She has exactly the same experience level as Va. Gov. Tim Kaine. I’ll readily admit that, except for the fact that her state “boarders” on Russia, her foreign policy experience is non-existent. But she has no less experience than Sen. Obama, and he’s the one running for President.
The way Sarah Palin’s name has been rolled out today, hours after Sen. Obama’s acceptance speech, was a master stroke. What this says about the McCain Campaign is enlightening.
The contrast between the tight, focused operation at Team McCain and the botched announcement from Barack Obama could not be more dramatic, and it points to a competence gap between the two candidates.
Last week, Barack Obama promised an announcement of the most important decision of his campaign, but how did he do it? He relied on a gimmick designed to capture phone and e-mail information from a wide number of interested parties, instead of working it in relation to maximum media impact. He then delayed the announcement all week long, wasting days of earned media while needing it more than ever to boost his flagging poll numbers. When did he finally make the announcement? In the middle of the night, when most of the people who offered their personal information were asleep.
John McCain planned this with care and precision.
It worked, too. The posts at DKos and Eschaton/Atrios are almost entirely about McCain/Palin as I type this. And as you can see, Ed. G’s bleg for progressives to get back on message was not the only one.
Delaware, We Have A Problem
Sen. Biden has a problem, of course, and a bigger one than the denizens of the Daily Kos realize. It’s his smirk. If once – just once – he comes out the way he did during the Clarence Thomas hearings, makes a statement perceived as patronizing to anyone in the presence of Sarah Palin – and he will – he’s lost the debate and damaged the Democrats chances. Look for him to say something like “Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.”, to which the response will be “Nope!”
Gov. Palin’s conservative, pro-life credentials, strong as they are, are no stronger than Louisiana Gov. Jindal’s. So why not him? Well then, why not her? Attracting at least part of the disaffected Hillary! vote is a pretty good move, politically. Even Geraldine Ferraro likes this pick, and that will count for something. Alot, I’ll wager.