I’ve thought all along that Barack Obama needed to pick a woman for his VP.
But the fact that he didn’t choose a woman for VP is now probably going to prove to be a decisive mistake.
Palin now makes both tickets, whichever one wins, “historic” in the sense that we will have, in January of 2009, either a female vice-president or an African American president.
Also, people who wanted to vote for McCain, but might have felt ambivalent about resisting a historic moment by not voting for Obama, can now feel “progressive,” and not “reactionary,” by voting for McCain-Palin.
NOTE TO READER: The above post represented my impression, on first hearing the news of Sarah Palin’s pick. I assumed that McCain would have picked a moderate, fully vetted person for VP.
Very quickly, however, my opinion changed. See my more considered take on Palin here: https://santitafarella.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/fatal-attraction-with-vp-pick-sarah-palin-john-mccain-wrecks-his-moderate-brand-and-reminds-voters-hes-old/ .
Or just look at my homepage for my latest impressions.