Because I’d like to see traffic driven to the new Bloggers for John McCain website, to which I am a contributor, I’ll just print a little bit here of the post I did there regarding the Sarah Palin pick. If you like the post, you can read the rest here:
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that selecting Palin was a brilliant idea. She is completely immune from personal attack, which means the only real debate in the upcoming election can be about policy.
Criticize her sex, and you lose the women’s vote.
Criticize her foreign policy experience (or lack thereof), and you invite painful comparisons to Obama, who wants to be President, not just VP.
Criticize her executive experience, and you invite even more painful comparisons to Obama, the wannabe President.
Criticize her youth, and you again have a problem with Obama, since he, with only three more birthdays than Palin under his belt, is aiming for the executive office.
Criticize her U of Idaho degree and you (a) invite painful comparisons to Biden, no Ivy Leaguer himself; and (b) invite charges of elitism.
Criticize her kind of goofy Alaska accent and lack of European sophistication, and you further alienate the embittered gun owners and religious nuts the elite Obama denigrated a few months ago. (By the way, I’m sarcastically quoting Obama when I refer to those embittered gun owners and religious nuts. His view of them, not mine.)
Criticize her small town roots, same thing: alienate embittered gun owners and religious nuts who make up the heartland.
Try to raise Alaskan political corruption, and you run smack into the fact that she attacked corruption head-on. You also open yourself up to invidious comparisons with Obama (Annenberg and Rezko) and Biden (repeat plagiarism)
Add to this that she’s a good speaker, who will make Biden look overbearing and bombastic during debates, and you’re just looking at a brilliant choice. She’s bullet proof.
There’s more, as I said, which you can find here.