The more and more I think about McCain’s choice today, the more I can’t seem to make much sense of it. HUGE downside and virtually the only upside is the idea that disgruntled HRC fans will jump ship just because Palin is a woman. And that’s pretty presumptuous.
In any event, here’s what the Obama camp had to say…
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
Burton also criticized Palin as a vice presidential pick for her support of oil drilling in the Alaskan wilderness and her anti-abortion stance, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.
“Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies. That’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” he said.
Honestly, I think once the Obama camp heard that Palin was the VP candidate, they start doing victory dances. Sure, this contest isn’t over, but they knew that McCain had taken his most potent attack off the table, and, at the same time, had made a VP pick that was completely unserious. You know, like something a “celebrity” would do. Yes, McCain’s camp will paint it as “maverick”, but will people really think this woman could be the leader of the free world?
More as it develops…