Bill Kristol seemed in high spirits as he announced his prediction for McCain’s running mate… and no surprise to me, it was Sarah Palin.
There is much speculation as to whom McCain should and will pick for his running mate, as well as the timing.
I firmly believe that Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin should be that choice, and that the announcement needs to come sooner rather than later. Let me explain.
Gov. Palin is a reform candidate in her home state of Alaska. She went to battle against a relatively corrupt Republican organization in her state with much success, and is very adamant about ethics in political office. This personality type makes her a great fit for McCain’s goal of holding politicians accountable for their financial earmarks and their relations with special interest lobbyists.
The VP pick should be a representation of where the party is heading. In this case, a young and attractive female on the ticket says that the GOP is not a good ‘ol boys club, and raise awareness that we are actually the party that supports true reform for women and minorities. Palin has the ability to represent a young and fresh juxtaposition to McCain’s age, and stands to act as a symbol of the longevity of this party.
And with symbolism being a theme in this argument, we need to discuss timing. Should Obama select Hillary Clinton as his running mate (they are getting along very well all of a sudden), a selection after the fact of a female on the GOP ticket would look like a case of monkey see, monkey do. McCain needs to look as if he is setting the trend in opening the door for women in the White House. McCain should select Palin sooner, rather than later.
Of course, I am not advocating a Palin veep pick because she is a woman, but I am suggesting that we use that to our advantage. The Democratic Party has done a great job in negative PR for the GOP, classifying us as a bunch of money hungry and greedy old white hairs, with no appeal to women, minority, or the youth. In fact, we are the very party that promises the most to ALL citizens of this country, because we advocate for smaller government and more personal responsibility. This is most promising to a true equal playing field for women and minorities… if you see people in that light… I, however, see people based on their ability and capability, rather than sex or creed.
Check out the Draft Palin website for a great radio interview. Palin is getting the question more and more about the VP spot, which may be an indicator that McCain has her on the very short list.