Saturday, August 30, 2008

What Palin Pick Says about McCain

Politico writers Jon Vandehei and John F. Harris have written a piece that is worth reading. They titled it, 6 things the Palin pick says about McCain. So what are the six things?

1. He's desperate.
2. He's willing to gamble big.
3. He’s worried about the political implications of his age.
4. He’s not worried about the actuarial implications of the age issue.
5. He’s worried about his conservative base.
6. At the end of the day, McCain is still McCain.

You might have caught the previous article at Politico titled, 5 things Biden pick says about Obama:

1. He's fixing for a fight.
2. He's a lot more conventional than advertised.
3. He's insecure about security.
4. He’s more worried about Lunchbox Joe than Bubba.
5. He doesn't hold a grudge — or at least he doesn't let it get in the way.

All-in-all, given these assessments, I think what Biden says about Obama is a lot better than what Palin says about McCain.

The former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum, is fretting this morning about the Palin choice. Observing that it "looks cynical," Frum notes:
It's a wild gamble, undertaken by our oldest ever first-time candidate for president in hopes of changing the board of this election campaign. Maybe it will work. But maybe (and at least as likely) it will reinforce a theme that I'd be pounding home if I were the Obama campaign: that it's John McCain for all his white hair who represents the risky choice, while it is Barack Obama who offers cautious, steady, predictable governance.


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