We've heard the right-wing talking point for months about Barack Obama's lack of experience. For the "under-informed voter" (a phrase that reminds me of the administration's catchy little expression, "food uncertainty", for people who can't afford to eat), the talking point has been effective, evidently. Our poor "under-informed voters" are too lazy, I suppose, to find out about Obama's eight productive years in the Illinois Senate and four even more productive years in the U.S. Senate, where he sat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Homeland Security Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, et al. Certainly if our "under-informed voters" get all their information from the Fox News Network, they'll never learn about that.
And now, John McCain, the oldest-ever candidate for the presidency, who has had melanoma five times and still suffers from catastrophic injuries received in Vietnam, has chosen a charming, attractive young woman from Alaska as his V.P. choice. Her resume includes being mayor of a teeny tiny town where her job was to run council meetings, and then eighteen months as governor of a state with a population 1/3 that of Brooklyn, N.Y. She's an evangelical Christian who opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. She supports drilling in Alaska as a way to solve the energy problem (do they EVER listen to the scientists--or even the people in the oil companies they love?) She touts herself as a "reformer"--but her campaign commercials included indicted Sen. Ted Stevens.
They love her in Alaska. I'll bet she's a fun person to know, and I admire her for her five kids and her achievements. But. They say the V.P. is a heartbeat away from the presidency. In the case of John McCain, I would say his V.P. is a half a heartbeat away from the presidency. What on earth would someone like Ms. Palin have to say to Putin? Or Ahmedinijad? Or, for god's sake, any single person in the U.S. Congress?
I watched one of the PUMA representatives (Hillary Clinton supporters who swear they're going to vote for McCain) on television yesterday. (Wow, did she look angry. And depressed. I felt sorry for her.) This woman, whose name escapes me, went on and on about how McCain had "showed up" Obama by choosing a woman. If PUMA thinks that Sarah Palin is a replacement for Hillary Clinton, they're delusional.
This all reads like a bad novel, and I know from bad novels. But somehow, I'm not laughing.