Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain's VP: Sarah Palin 

Well, that was a bit of a surprise, but based on the little I know about Gov. Palin, I'd say she's a good choice. I made the mistake of visiting Instapundit before writing this, and Glenn made the same observation I have, which is that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than anyone else on either ticket.

It remains to be seen whether Gov. Palin has the moxie to do well down the stretch to November, but I suspect she does. I also suspect she'll be able to hold her own in debate with "Grinnin' Joe" Biden, given her record of toughness.

All in all, a good choice, in my opinion, and even if the Dems win in November, Sarah Palin is now a force to be reckoned with in American politics, if she wants to be.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

So It's Biden 

Couple of thoughts, off the top of my head with minimal rumination:

Obama almost had to pick Biden or Richardson in order to get someone with a foreign relations/national security resume on the ticket. Not even Hillary would have done that for him, and I can't think of any other Dem that would fit the bill. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has the experience but he's a lefty like Obama, and Biden is more middle of the road. Richardson is probably too far left, too, and in addition, I don't think he campaigns all that well.

I have a funny feeling that Biden was not the first choice--remember a few days ago Biden said, "I'm not the guy." That could have been political disinformation, or it could have indicated that Obama had initially picked someone else who for one reason or another demurred, or who disclosed something that would have been a problem if made public during the campaign.

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