In an apparently successful attempt to steal the spotlight from Barack Obama's big night at the Democratic Convention, John McCain let it be known he had picked his VP. Who will it be everyone wondered...Mitt Romney, no... Tom Ridge, no... Kay Bailey-Hutchinson, no... It is...drumroll please... Sarah Palin!
Wait, what? The governor of Alaska who has been in office for 18 months? Seriously? Oh, ok, its an attempt to get the "disenfranchised" Democrats that voted for Hillary Clinton. Wow...What an insult to women everywhere!
Sarah Palin is EXTREMELY Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro Alaska National Wildlife Refuge drilling and is married to someone involved in Big Oil. She is also being investigated for firing someone in her staff that wouldn't fire her brother-in-law, whom her sister was in a major custody dispute with. The specifics are not known, but it is interesting that the Republicans would pick someone that is under an investigation of any kind.
During Palin's speech she mentioned the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling that Hillary Clinton made with her historic Presidential Race. She went on to say that women everywhere can still shatter that ceiling with her VP nomination. Is she joking? Her nomination is pandering of the lowest form. She is the opposite of what women everywhere would need. In fact, it wouldn't be far fetched to say she is actually a step backward for women with her conservative ideas and lack of experience.
If, god forbid, something should happen to John McCain, this is not the person who should be "answering the phone at 3am". She has been the governor of Alaska for less than two years! And before that, she was mayor of a town of 7,000 (give or take). Really Republicans? Is this the best you can do?
Only time will tell if this selection will actually work in helping the Republicans win in November, but it is obvious that they did accomplish their major goal for Friday, distract from Barack Obama's speech. This election has just turned the corner from important to critical. Now its up to voters in November to see John McCain's VP choice for what it is and keep the Republicans from winning, again.