I have to admit, this seems like a pretty slick move on the part of the McCain campaign. Given the choice of who we know was being considered for the VP slot, it was pretty slim pickin’s. I think that McCain believes that by putting a woman on his ticket he can gain the votes of the Hillary supporters who were reported to still be holding back from Obama. The problem with that strategy is, that’s a very small number of votes.
Yes, the media reported all week that there was tension between the Clinton and Obama campaigns during the Democratic convention. This was reported over and over again by those reliable sources: Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Nora O’Donnell, Joe Scarborough, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell.
Do you see where I’m going with this? The whole “major rift” thing was blown up by the media because it makes a much more interesting story than having supporters of the two candidates come together — which is what has truly happened.
As a Clinton supporter who has always been lukewarm to Barack Obama, I wrap up this week feeling that the most important thing to do as a Democrat — as an American — is to keep the Republicans out of the White House and get a Democrat in there. And as President Clinton said the other night, Barack Obama is the man for the job. (Not the person for the job, because that would be Hillary Clinton.) A Democratic President means a Democratic Administration. It’s not just who’s in the White House, it’s also who they appoint throughout the federal government. It’s very far-reaching. It’s bigger than Barack or John.
Yes, there are still some Democrats who refuse to vote for Barack Obama, but I think that number is small and getting smaller every day. And this chess move by John McCain won’t matter in the end. Sure, Palin’s a woman. She’s also anti-abortion, gay-hater who has little record to show except for some questionable ethics in having her ex-brother-in-law fired. I think this was a reactionary move on McCain’s part, and I don’t think it’s going to help him.