Good grief. Most of last week’s posts centered around Obama and Biden with a dash of O’Donnell. I was hoping to jump off politics for at least a couple of posts but I feel the need to touch on John McCain’s upcoming VP pick. At the end of June I wrote about two names being kicked around for McCain’s VP: Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin. At the time I felt that both of them would be great for the ticket, however it should come at another time. Jindal has only been governor of Louisiana for less than a year, and I felt he could use some more time fixing all that was wrong down there. Palin has been the governor of Alaska for about a year and a half. She’s well liked there, but there’s work to be done in Alaska so it may be better to continue to focus her attention there. In addition, Palin had a son during the spring who has Down Syndrome, and this certainly would make the Presidential campaign trail a difficult task.
Two Delaware bloggers, Howard in the south and Hube in the north, both think she would be a good VP. Among many of the names tossed around, I will agree with my fellow bloggers that Sarah Palin would be a great asset to the McCain ticket. She is a young, attractive woman, wife and mother. She appears to be a strong conservative, being a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of Feminists For Life. She has drank the Global Warming Cool Aid, but McCain has drank it too, so getting away from that will be difficult. I really don’t think that she will pull any Hillary votes over unless it’s the crowd that would vote for any woman regardless of her views. The one thing that might cause trouble is a growing scandal regarding the firing of Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner because he wouldn’t remove a former brother-in-law from their state police. From Alex Gimarc’s Interesting Items, August 18, 2008 edition:
Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The firing came as a surprise to most observers, as Monegan was popular and appeared to be doing his job well. As the days went by, information started dribbling out of the state government that he was fired because he refused to remove from state employment a state trooper who was Palin’s former brother-in-law. The trooper had been involved in a very nasty divorce and custody fight, and the fight was family-wide, with various Palin family members filing nearly 40 official complaints against him over the course of a couple of years. The event has opened Palin into charges of abuse of office, for while she does have the ability to hire and fire her political appointees at will, she does not have the ability to reach down into the state bureaucracy and do the same thing.
This scandal might hurt her in Alaska were she enjoys a 80-90% approval rating but it could haunt her on the Presidential campaign trail. I suppose if she’s chosen time will tell. Still, I am coming around to liking the idea of a McCain/Palin ticket.