In the ultimate example of his misogyny, John McCain has made the ultimate PUMA pander and chosen Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
Why do I say misogyny? If John McCain truly respected women he would have chosen a woman with a substantial reputation that at least marginally qualified her for Commander-in-Chief. The prime choice would have been Kay Bailey Hutchison but based on her assessment of John McCain on MSNBC this morning as a man who “sowed his oats” but then “matured” it’s obvious that McCain couldn’t choose a qualified woman who knows what a cad he is.
The beauty of this pick is that now experience is off the table as a campaign issue. Who would you prefer? A candidate who knows his limitations and chooses a running mate to bolster those limitations (Biden) or a candidate who grossly overestimates his prowess and chooses a neophyte to be one 72 year old heartbeat from the Presidency?
To those who would accuse me of disrespecting Ms. Palin, I reply that it is McCain who disrespects her. Ms. Palin earned her way to Alaska Governor and I don’t besmirch that accomplishment. But that does not make her ready to be Vice President of the United States. McCain is making a blatant play for disgruntled Clinton supporters and is using Ms. Palin as a pawn in that game.
While we’re here, let’s not forget that what little we do know about Palin makes her the next Dick Cheney. She is Annie Oakley without the ethics. She is currently under investigation by a Republican Alaska legislature for abusing her power. She would fit right in with Cheney’s methodology of abusing the Constitution for political purposes. This fact alone calls McCain’s judgement into question. His vetting of Palin didn’t even go as far as Googling her.
The fascinating by product of this choice is it gives Senator Hillary Clinton another chance to show her mettle. If Hillary does what I think she will do, she will tell women voters:
“Don’t be manipulated by this move. Don’t fall for the old oakie-doke. You don’t want just any woman in the White House. You want a woman who shares your values. Vote for McCain-Palin and you will at the very least, lose your right to choose.” As Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “I know Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.”
The game is on!