Republican columnist Patrick Buchanan says John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin is a gamble that will likely win him the election and “shape the future of the United States”. (see McCain Pick is Paying Off Big Time).
In fact, Buchanan said McCain’s selection of Palin was “comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge.” An exciting image, to say the least.
Buchanan’s theory is that Palin, “with her youth, charisma and vitality”, will acquire her own power base within the Republican right. He suggests the possibility of an all female election in 2012: Sarah vs. Hillary.
More from Buchanan:
“As Thomas Jefferson said, from time to time, a little rebellion in the political world is as necessary as storms in the physical.
“The Palin nomination could backfire, but it is hard to see how. She has passed her first test, her introduction to the nation, with wit and grace. And the Obama-Biden ticket, having already alienated millions of women with the disrespecting of Hillary, is unlikely to start attacking another woman whose sole offense is that she had just been given the chance to break the glass ceiling at the national level.
“Her nomination, which will bring the Republican right home, also frees up McCain to appeal to moderates and liberals, which has long been his stock in trade.
“With his selection of Sarah Palin, John McCain has not only shaken up this election, he may have helped shape the future of the United States — and much for the better.”
Buchanan’s column is worth reading and considering. With the speeches at last night’s convention (which I finally switched off in disgust as the anti-Obama statement became more strident and hateful), McCain’s campaign has begun in earnest. McCain’s advisers, in the modern Republican tradition, are pushing a vigorous attack on the personalities rather than the issues of the election.
I guess only a Republican would ridicule a person who would choose to help unemployed factory workers instead of pursuing a lucrative legal career.