In two short years, Sarah Palin moved from small-town mayor with a taste for mooseburgers to the governor’s office and now — making history — to John McCain’s side as the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket.
She has more experience catching fish than dealing with foreign policy or national affairs.
Talk about a rocketing ascent.
In turning to her, McCain picked an independent figure in his own mold, one who has taken on Alaska’s powerful oil industry and, at age 44, is three years younger than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and a generation younger than McCain, 72.
Palin’s selection was a jaw-dropper, as McCain passed over many other better known prospects, some of whom had been the subject of intense speculation for weeks or months. “Holy cow,” said her father, Chuck Heath, who got word something was up while driving to his remote hunting camp.
Palin had been in the running-mate field but as a distinct long shot.
She brings a strong anti-abortion stance to the ticket and opposes gay marriage — constitutionally banned in Alaska before her time — but exercised a veto that essentially granted benefits to gay state employees and their partners.
“She knows where she comes from, and she knows who she works for,” McCain said in introducing her to an Ohio rally. “She stands up for what’s right, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down.” He said: “She’s exactly who I need.”
Said Palin: “I didn’t get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship is built.”
Democrats seized on the gaping experience gap and said McCain now has no business questioning the seasoning of their nominee. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said McCain was taking a “roll of the dice” and declared that Palin’s “lack of experience makes the thought of her assuming the presidency troubling.”
What the heck? Weird. I would not have predicted this choice. Perhaps that’s the point. McCain is sending a message that he has a few surprises in store if elected. Obama is still my pick. Palin as president?
Here is some video of Palin.
What is great is that we will now definitely have either the first black President or the first female Vice President of the USA in about 144 days!