Common wisdom holds that Obama chose Biden as his running mate because of the latter's extensive knowledge of foreign affairs and the inner workings of Congress. As far as McCain's choice of Palin, common wisdom holds that McCain is hoping to capture a) disenchanted Hillary Clinton supporters and b) disenchanted evangelical Christians. It remains to be seen how successful he will be with (a), but he has scored some major points on item (b). Dr. James Dobson said,
“Sen. McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is an outstanding choice that should be extremely reassuring to the conservative base of his party. She is a strong executive who hates corruption and puts principle above politics. After floating the names of Tom Ridge and Sen. Joe Lieberman in recent weeks – selections that would have created consternation among pro-family Republicans – Sen. McCain has chosen a solid conservative who has a reputation for espousing common sense.
“Gov. Palin’s commitment to the sanctity of life is not just a political position. She was advised to abort her fifth and youngest child when it was learned he had Down syndrome. She refused. That’s bravery and integrity in action.
“Gov. Palin’s views align with Sen. McCain’s own stated position that human life is precious and must be protected – and that gives us confidence he will keep his pledges to voters regarding the kinds of justices he would nominate to the Supreme Court and the way he would conduct our nation’s domestic and international affairs. This selection by Sen. McCain is a very encouraging sign for his campaign.”
My question to evangelicals is this: are you going to allow McCain and the Republican party to manipulate you yet again? They just want to win the election by any means they deem necessary, and they'll court your votes to do that. Moreover, they'll laugh behind your backs and snicker about your predictable gullibility all the way to the White House. As far as Hillary supporters, I'm guessing that most of them will see through this ploy and refuse to take the bait. I'm incredibly insulted that McCain expects huge numbers of women to vote for his ticket on the basis of gender rather than issues. Excuse, me, Senator, but women have functioning brains and a lot of us care about issues, such as making substantive progress on addressing women's concerns. We will not reward your obscene use of a woman as a trophy running mate.
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have been doing some excellent commentaries on Comedy Central over the past couple of weeks. I'll close this post with this bit from Jon Stewart: