Aug 31, 2008
Sarah Palin - the death blow
I have avoided commenting on the upcoming US elections. I have been strongly undecided as to whom I will vote for.
Normally I have voted for the Democrat candidate, but I have been wholly unimpressed with Barak Obama, except for his oratorical skills. He is a great speaker, but I am unsure of him as a possible President of the US.
I do not know much about Sarah Palin. I do not think anybody knows much about her. I do not think even John McCain knows much about her. But it seems, at least initially, he made a fantastic choice for his VP candidate.
Palin is a woman, she is an outsider by Washington's standards, she is young, she is a self-made woman, she does not come from any elite background or anything like that. She gives his campaign good face and imagery.
I don't know anything about her policy and her beliefs, other than the little that has so far been mentioned in the press, but picking her was a move that is a real "game changer".
I think Barak Obama is in big trouble now. He picked a mediocre running mate, who looks old, even though he might be a good person and have good policy, he is a Washington insider and does not conform with Obama's big plan of change from the outside.
I thought all along his chances of winning were poor. Mostly because of his association with Reverand Wright. I thought people would not forget that in the long run and would hesitate to vote for him. It was really his election to lose, considering how lousy a job Bush has done. Yet he has failed to pull away from an old Washington insider who has never really distinguished himself as a candidate, in all the elections in which he has participated.
And now with the selection of Palin, I think McCain just dealt Obama the death blow. I wonder how Obama will counter it, but somehow I suspect that his days are over, and the Democrat Party will regret not having chosen Hillary as the candidate.