Though I’m a loyal Democrat, I’m intrigued by John McCain’s choice of running mate. McCain announced earlier today that Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, will be his pick for Vice President. I think this might have been a great move on McCain’s part and am also thinking that the race is actually going to be interesting to watch. Though I still don’t think I can vote for either candidate in good conscience, McCain’s latest move made me stop to consider whether or not I could actually crossover and vote Republican. Of course, I can’t, but I’ve never even asked myself this question before now.
Governor, Sarah Palin seems to have some very strong credentials including her tendency to be a whistleblower. I admire someone who is willing to stand up for what they believe to be right even when taking such a stand is clearly unpopular. She’s got spunk from what I can see. There are only a few things about her that I can’t get past. Her participation in a beauty pageant, the pro-life thing, and of course, that Republican bit. Otherwise, she seems like a great choice. I think she will do a great job if she is fortunate enough to find herself in the position of being our first female Vice President.
Most people I talk to are still not too optimistic about the outcome of this year’s presidential election. On one hand, we can endure more of the same economic hardship and bullshit that we’ve put up with for the last eight years by electing McCain and hoping that his watchdog V.P. will help keep him in check with regards to any ethical concerns instead of helping him continue the Bush legacy of screwing the little guy. On the other, we have a candidate who is a smooth talker and who seems to have all of the right answers to the questions Americans have been asking for years. The problem is that anyone can provide answers to questions. We need someone who will follow through and make some actual progress. Someone who isn’t suspected of operating under some other agenda.
Unfortunately, there really isn’t a good way to know which is the lesser of two evils until they are actually in office. Once we’re stuck with them, the amount of damage they can do is limited only by the passage of time.
Until next time…