Surely you’ve seen by now that John McCain has chosen and announced his choice for Vice President.
It isn’t Romney, nor Crist, not Pawlenty nor even Lieberman.
Nay, in Dayton today McCain announced his choice of Sarah Palin as his runningmate.
I’d never even heard of the woman. But after learning about her even a little, it’s hard not to admit that she is an extremely compelling choice:
She haults – in its tracks – the Obama Bounce post convention, and immediately steals back the news cycle for the Republicans.
She puts Alaska firmly back in the Red. There was a fear for a while there that Alaska might be in play, or even turn blue. Net 3 electoral votes for the Republicans.
She brings back some of the women who felt extremely angry and abandoned by the Democratic Party, but who had resigned themselves to an Obama presidency over the past few days of the convention.
She helps calm the fears about those who fear McCain is too old school or too beholden to the special interests of his party. Her ‘maverick’ persona jives perfectly with the image he wants to rekindle in his campaign.
She invigorates social conservatives who have been frustrated with McCain and who worried he might pick a pro-choice VP. At the same time, she helps him on the left by being a historical choice and having a history of being just as tough on corruption in her own party as in the other.
This is an excellent choice. Bravo, John McCain.