Wow! Just Expletive-deleted wow! That’s the emotional reaction. On to the thoughts.
1)When I turn off the partisan inside me, Barack Obama is still favored to win. Just not by as much. McCain went from improbable to possible. I feel like I just watched a replay of the 1st Period of a certain 1980 Olympic Hockey Game.
2)Why has Senator McCain improved his chances? The selection of VP Candidate Governor Sarah Palin is just the latest in a string of good moves.
a) Let’s do a compare and contrast. Senator McCain runs an ad congratulating Senator Obama on his historic nomination. Yes, it gives McCain publicity during Obama’s Big Night. But also, it sets up just the contrast he wanted to this…Senator Obama’s campaign responds to Sarah Palin’s VP selection.
Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.
b) What were the media covering this morning? Obama’s speech or McCain’s Veeping Process? McCain handled this like, (dare I say it?) a consummate showman.
3) Could one state in the union offer us a more stark contrast between what is right and what is wrong in today’s GOP? Ted Stevens, Jabba the Young and Governor Palin; one of these things is not like the others…
4) McCain has profoundly buffed and reframed his Mavarick image. In keeping with thought #3; Sarah Palin stood up to her own party and actually mailed one of Ted Stevens’ grosser earmark checks back to DC. It was she who finally dynamited the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.
Now can you picture Mr. Barack Beyond Partisan saying the following?
”I’ve known Rahm Emmanuel a long time. I considered him one of my best friends. But I just found out about some of his Congressional earmarks and I just have to send them back to DC and stop ripping off the taxpayers. Sadly, that’s just not the Rahm Emmanuel I used to know….”
5) In conclusion. McCain could really pull this off. His selection of Sarah Palin may really be a second Miracle on Ice. It wouldn’t be as much of a shocker the second time. In helping John McCain defeat Barack Obama’s ambitions, it would be the second time, in recent years, that Sarah Palin killed a bridge to nowhere.
Update: I haven’t wanted to cheer, jump up and down, and hop around the room like a meth-addled ape this much since QB Doug Williams went on a touchdown-passing spree in a Super Bowl a few years back. This just in from our good friend Senator McCain:
It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether itâ€™s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the â€˜bridge to nowhere.â€™ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.
Cross Posted:The Mighty TMR