Saturday, August 30, 2008

Alaskans talk about Gov. Palin

Having spent two summers up in Alaska I knew how well liked Gov. Palin was and see McCain's choice for VP as picking a VP candidate, not a VP. She helps him get elected, but I don't think she will be of much help in governing. This in contrast of course to Sen. Biden who will be a big asset if Obama becomes president, but is less helpful as a running mate.
Palin shores up social conservatives and theoretically peels of Hillary die-hards, appeals to Westerners, and masks McCain with a pretty face, causing independence to give the ticket a second look. Biden on the other hand may help Obama with Catholics and Pennsylvanians. Yet Biden has more foreign policy experience in his little finger than the McCain/Palin ticket has period.
In short Palin is a candidate, Biden is a Vice President. Let's hope the election proves this to be true with an Obama/Biden win.


Chris Duckworth said...

I couldn't agree with you more . . .

Judah Himango said...

Palin will make a great VP. I like her because she, like McCain, is pro-Israel.

For Catholics, she favors LIFE LIFE LIFE over abortion -- a huge sticking point for most Catholics.

Practicing Catholics won't go for Biden; I've been following the bishops here in the US and locally in Minnesota -- they've stated that a person who is not in agreement with the Catholic Church's teaching on preservation of life should not take part in Communion. Some have said Biden should not take part in Communion since he is not in agreement with Catholic doctrine on the preservation of life.

Back to Palin, she's spunky and young, she brings some new life and excitement to McCain's campaign. Very, very wise choice, both in terms of a political move but also in terms of personal beliefs and politics.

The New York times immediately had a hit piece on her the day she was announced, calling her a "gun-toting, religion-clinging" conservative. (Isn't it telling the left wing sees religion-clinging as a weakness?)

I figure if the New York Times finds her absolutely unacceptable, then she is in fact a wonderful choice.