Now that the flux capacitor has cooled and I’ve refueled the DeLorean (great scott that was expensive) we can resume looking at the Palin Phenomenon and how McCain’s vice presidential choice was nothing more than a political stunt.
As we rev up the engine to 88 miles per hour I’ll set the course back even further than last time to see what would happen if Hillary Clinton was chosen as the presidential nominee for the Democratic party.
Now, as you well know, Hillary’s absence from Obama’s ticket has been cited as one of the primary reason for McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, which is out maneuvered if Obama chooses Hillary to be his VP. On this trip I shall go back and place Hillary in the presidential candidate position giving McCain more to loose if he chooses Palin as his VP.
Instead of focusing on what Palin brings to McCain’s ticket that Hillary trumps, as we did last time, I’ll instead focus on the stance McCain would need to take to oppose Hillary Clinton’s ticket that Palin would not contribute to.
- McCain would need to try and garner the support of the disgruntled Obama supporters by trying to show them McCain is more about change than Hillary. McCain would not have to worry about Hillary choosing Obama has her VP since it would be viewed as too radical and would dissuade more voters than it would bring in. Regardless, Palin is not the person for the job since she’s not a radical reformer (no matter how hard McCain’s camp tries to make her).
- McCain would have to be very careful about sexist remarks towards Hillary, which we’ve seen take a hit on the Obama/Biden ticket. Adding Palin to the mix might help, but would negate any chances of McCain pushing the “not emotionally ready” if Hillary ever brakes down again.
- Hillary’s healthcare revolution would need to be dealt with. McCain needs to push the failure of a socialist healthcare system. Palin has a better idea about health care than McCain, but her record would speak otherwise.
Simply put, McCain would need a strong VP to help him stand against a strong woman like Hillary Clinton. Palin is just not the person for the job when McCain has choices like Mitt Romney.
Besides, Sarah Palin’s political half life seems to be reaching it’s peak even as we speak.