McCain has picked Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, as his VP running mate. Democrats, and some Republicans too, are criticizing this pick saying she has insufficient experience. To this Ed Morrissey writes:
Why would he put a small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?
This is a real laugher. By the same logic, why would the Democrats make a state legislator the actual president? The answer is that Obama is a US Senator of three years experience, and Palin is a governor of 20 months’ experience. Only Barack Obama has spent two of those three years not in the Senate doing his job but running for President. Before starting his bid, he had a grand total of less than 150 days in session in the Senate. Palin, on the other hand, has run her state for more than triple that time.
And let’s remember that Obama is running for the top job, while Palin’s running for VP.
Palin, at the very least, is a new and interesting figure. While being an anti-corruption reformer in Alaska, she also has five kids, likes and shoots guns, runs marathons, plays hockey, and her husband is last year’s winner of the Iron Dog snowmobiling competition. She is attractive, young, and tends to be popular with voters. Palin has the highest approval rating of any governor in the US. McCain is taking a real gamble here, but the payoff could be that he ends up winning the presidency.
In a more ideal world, neither Palin nor Obama would even be in the running for these high offices. In fact, Obama may well be the next Jimmy Carter.