So McCain picked Sarah Palin for VP. Some thoughts......
- An amiable governor of a small-population state who is little-known outside that state, basically solid but not overly right-wing GOP credentials, registers zero on the foreign policy scale..... If Mike Rounds were female he might have had a shot.
- I can't help but think that a Palin-McCain ticket would be more interesting than McCain-Palin. You would have a young reform-minded politician with an experienced Washingtonian to provide advice in areas in which the President lacks experience. Hmm.....sounds like Obama-Biden. (Or Bush-Cheney in 2000. Remember the Compassionate Conservative slogan?). As it is, I don't see what Palin can offer McCain except a reminder of lost youth. It's easy to see why a number of commentators have said this pick is about campaign dynamics, not governing.
- If nothing else, it at least brings freshness to the front of a party which needs it. With a 70+ nominee, a legacy President, a VP who worked for Gerald Ford, and a bunch of nomination-seekers who looked and acted like they had been put in a time capsule in 1984, new blood is definitely in order.
- As a Monty Python fan, it's good to see the name Palin in the spotlight.