This election is getting even more exciting now with a young female governor in the picture; not that I think a 71 year-old white male presidential candidate wasn’t exciting enough. Sen. John McCain’s pick of Gov. Sarah Palin is a calculated political move not just to attract female voters but also to counter Obama’s theme of “Change.” If Palin is a mover and a shaker in Alaska, she’ll be able to shake things up in the Washington beltway. Way to go, Gov. Palin! Thanks to McCain for picking a woman. She’ll be great for the Republican ticket.
As an outsider coming in, she’s also a counter to McCain who’s been in Washington for too long. In fact, this Republican ticket is kind of a counter to the Democratic ticket. Obama represents an outsider, a racial minority; and Palin represents an outsider who is gender minority, and both McCain and Biden represent long-time insiders in Washington. The one ticket almost perfectly counters the other.
Some voters who might be silently accused of voting based purely on race, gender, and outsider/insider will now have to look at what’s really important—that is—the issues. This race is getting more exciting by the day. I’m really looking forward to the Republican National Convention beginning next week. It’ll give Americans a chance to get to know Gov. Sarah Palin.