John McCain has chosen Sarah Palin of Alaska to serve as his running mate on his ticket. Ms. Palin, a Republican born in Idaho, has served as the governor of the smallest state in the union, Alaska, for all of two years. She previously was the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 residents. As far as I can see, her major qualification seems to be that she hunts moose.
I was one of the earliest Hillary supporters in the blogosphere. I have been desperate to see a woman shatter the glass ceiling for the last 40 years. But I would not support a woman who will set the lives of women backwards. Ms. Palin is anti-choice. She is pro-oil drilling. She is shaky on the environment. Personally, I think it's an insult to women. I think John McCain's trying to get the votes of disaffected Hillary supporters by picking someone in a skirt. It is a profoundly cynical choice. If John McCain was serious about a woman with meaningful credentials, why is Kay Bailey Hutchinson not his No. 2 choice? Disaffected Hillary women are smarter than that. Just look at their voting record and the woman they knew was presidential timber.
TPM has a local report on the abuse of power scandal in which Palin is embroiled in Alaska:
McCain chose Palin on the third anniversary of Katrina. Talk about omens.