This morning, Bill Burton, an Obama spokesperson, responded this way to McCain’s pick of Palin for VP:
Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.
Now that I’ve heard this response, I get the impression that Obama’s campaign should be able to manage Palin’s VP candidacy, and keep the majority of women on board with the Democratic ticket.
Once the initial sheen and novelty of the choice of Palin wears off, and the election gets closer, more and more people will probably start to realize that Palin is no Hillary Clinton—and that, her gender aside, her policy positions are out of step with the mood of this year’s electorate.
Still, she may also prove to be quite formidable. On paper, she seems to have many appealing qualities. We’ll just have to see.