Friday, August 29, 2008

Quelle Surprise!

It turns out John McSame's criticisms of Barack Obama's lack of experience, especially on foreign affairs, were completely phony: McSame has picked Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his vice president.

At 44, Palin is younger than some of McSame's children, served as a small-town mayor before her election as Alaska's governor in 2006, and has no experience with foreign policy. None.

It's worth noting, too, that managing Alaska's state budget is not very difficult as these things go: the state in awash in so much oil money that it actually pays its residents. So while the McSame-Palin ticket can be counted on to promise sweeping but completely unspecified cuts to federal spending, these promises will ring exceptionally hollow even by the enormously low standards of such claims.

Words are words, but this choice makes a strong statement: a person's fitness for the commander-in-chief role bears no relationship to her experience. Perhaps the stronger statement is this: for all the professed concern for foreign policy and victory and honor and so on, McSame's highest priority is to try to attract disaffected Hillary Clinton voters who want to vote for someone with lady-parts. I am no judge of what political gambits will succeed or fail, but that seems like a longshot to me.

Barack Obama has vowed not to accuse his opponent of making important decisions based on cynical political calculations, but I have made no such vow. I think it's clear that McSame has made this choice based on his ambitions, not based on a sober assessment of what's foreseeably best for the United States. If that's not unpatriotic, nothing is.

Of course I could be wrong; I cannot read minds. Perhaps John McCain honestly believes that the person elected governor of Alaska less than two years ago really is the second most qualified person in the USA to be president (or is tied with others in that ranking). It falls to voters to consider the quality of that judgment.

1 comment:

Melissa G said...

Excellent analysis! I couldn't agree more. As you mentioned in your other post, I eagerly await the Palin-Biden debate, which will no doubt be thoroughly entertaining and revealing.