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Thoughts on McCain`s VP Sarah Palin

Thoughts on McCain`s VP Sarah Palin

I have to categorize John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his VP as “Brilliant.”

I use that term in the same way that I would describe a chess move that takes a player that is significantly behind in pieces and positions to turn the game around with a single move.

My kids have played competitive chess and I have witnessed these types of moves. One time I watched as my son Andrew took the queen of the state champion in the grade higher than his. That was a brilliant move by my son Andrew. I think that this is described as a “Zwichenzung“ which means such an unexpectedly brilliant move that it changes the dynamic of the game.

Thoughts on McCain`s VP Sarah Palin

I have to categorize John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his VP as “Brilliant.”

I use that term in the same way that I would describe a chess move that takes a player that is significantly behind in pieces and positions to turn the game around with a single move.

My kids have played competitive chess and I have witnessed these types of moves. One time I watched as my son Andrew took the queen of the state champion in the grade higher than his. That was a brilliant move by my son Andrew. I think that this is described as a “Zwichenzung“ which means such an unexpectedly brilliant move that it changes the dynamic of the game.

In this same light, McCain’s selection was a “Zwichenzung“ and categorically “Zwichenzung“ “Brilliant.”

By selecting a conservative, border-line libertarian, out-doorsy, beauty pagent winning, gun-toting, “hockey mom”, corruption fighting Republican Governor of a strategic energy producing state, he changed the entire race.

McCain is not seen as a dynamic candidate or a candidate that is worthy of enthusiastic support. He could never get 85,000 fans to fill a stadium to hear him speak as Barack Obama has.

Almost every argument that Obama’s supporters had been preparing to use against McCain will have to be discarded and his folks will have to scratch their heads and return to the drawing board. You could see his folks stunned by the announcement of Palin. They were expecting to be able to pounce on Romney, Crist, Pawlenty, et al. They tried to use their prepared hit pieces on who they expected the VP to be on Palen to confused looks on the pundit’s faces.

It will be interesting to watch the mental contortions that Obama’s campaign will have to go through to try to land a glove on the McCain campaign. And it will expose hypocrisy that runs deep within the Democratic Party.

I want to watch the national Unions endorse Obama instead of the the member of the union that Palin is.

I want to watch the national education groups endorse Obama instead of the former PTA President that Palin was.

I want to see the national women’s groups endorse Obama instead of the woman on the McCain ticket. I do think that a significant percentage of liberal women will vote for Palen just because of her gender in the same way that conservative African Americans will vote for Obama just because of his race.

I want to see Obama’s supporters say that Palin doesn’t have enough experience. That is the pot calling the kettle black.

I think that Palin’s experience as a PTA President, City Councilor, City Mayor for 10 years, fighter of corruption in both parties in Alaska, and Governor of one of the most important energy producing states in the union, as well as governor of a state that shares borders with Russia and Canada is prepared the lady of 44 years to be a great VP.

I argue that Palin has more of the kind of experience that appeals to me and qualifies her for the presidency than McCain, Obama, or Biden. I think that McCain, Obama, or Biden would be better prepared to be Prez if they had the same experience and resume that Palin does.

Brilliant move McCain. I hope to see more brilliant moves in the future.