Archive for August 2008

If today has shown nothing else it’s shown that…

…McCain will be pushing the issue of Reform HARD.
Palin’s main issue, the reason she became Governor in the first place, is because she stood up to corruption and ethical violations. Her role as a reformer is the #1 reason she’s on the ticket. (Ignoring the “token uterus” folderal.) They’re going to be pushing hard on “Obama talks change but WE’VE actually enacted change and we already have results to show for it. Put us in and we’ll fix the system, not just use the system to enact our favorite programs.”
You can argue over the effectiveness or the merits of that, but they’re definitely going to be pushing the Reform angle, giving Obama a run for his money on his ubiquitous “Change”.

On Palin

I’ve been taking a fairly detached and analytical approach to this election, supporting McCain but with a healthy dose of “a pox on both their houses”. This pick of Sarah Palin as his running-mate though honestly has me kind of excited.
She has a very interesting bio when you get into it. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, former sports reporter and commercial fisherman. 5 children, one heading to Iraq next month, one born with Down’s Syndrome in April. Her husband works for BP on the North Slope and when they eloped they recruited two random people from a retirement home to be their witnesses. She made her bones in Alaska as an ethics whistleblower, taking on her own party in doing so. And she’s anti-pork-barrel-spending, having killed the Bridge To Nowhere.
She doubles up on McCain’s already impressive Reform credentials and brings some youth to the ticket.
So, yeah, I’m kind of excited.