News reports confirm that McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential nominee.
Damn! I was hoping he do something incredibly stupid like pick Lieberman or Romney.
I’m batting 0-for-2 on vice-presidential picks, I thought Obama would pick Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and I thought McCain would select Tim Pawlenty.
Â The upside reasons for picking Palin are obvious. She’s young, she’s a woman (a first for the GOP), stongly pro-life with a large family and she’s a reform Republican right in the vortex of the battles between reformers like herself and her Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska GOP old guard of Don Young and Ted Stevens.
One sees the hand of Karl Rove in all of this. McCain might very have wanted to pick Joe Lieberman but Rove intervened at the last minute to discourage Joe and promote Palin.
Â Say what you want about Rove but he’s no fool. He sees Bob Barr cutting into McCain’s vote totals, especially in the West. Picking Palin directly address this. We’ll see if this affects Barr campaign from here but it’s already had its intended affect. If Barr wasn’t running McCain would not have taken Palin.
And Barr wouldn’t be running if it was not for Ron Paul. Everything has a cause and effect and while this may be inceremental change, I do see it as a positive step. Palin is arguably one of the more cost concious, libertarianÂ governors in the country.
Palin may lean libertarian but she’s also pro-war and that’s important because Rove is hoping to split the libertarians. No doubt Eric Dondero and the CATO and Reason people will be jumping for joy on this selection. It could take the wind out of Barr’s sales and that of Paul’s gathering in Minneapolis next week.
That’s why it’s important that the Paulians emphasize their anti-war bonifides. That’s why he camapaigned in the first place. Foreign policy is the main bone of contention between the two camps, always has been, always will be.Â
You vote for the top of the ticket not the bottom and while Palin is a nice choice, ultimately she’s not going to be elected in a vacumn. A vote for McCain is a vote for war. It’s that simple and that’s what his seriousÂ intellectual opponents (unlike Obama) have to stresss whether its Barr, McKinley or Baldwin.