So in picking Palin to be veep McCain is trying to pick up some PUMA votes. Walking around Denver this week the PUMAs had a presence, but not much of one. It seemed to be the same group of 30 or so people (mostly women) walking up and down the street, getting petitions signed, and getting themselves noticed by the media. They weren't happy that Clinton didn't win the nomination, and camp McCain is looking to pick up some of that PUMA action.
Will and new pantsuit do the job? I agree that picking a woman would help McCain pick up some disenfranchised Clinton voters, but will picking Sarah Palin? Will picking someone who doesn't know what the Vice President does?
In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn’t seem “productive.”Then there's that whole problem with Palin being under investigation back in Alaska.
In fact, she said she didn’t know what the vice president does.
Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain's ticket mate.
Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”
In a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) conceded that someone inside her administration pressured the state's Department of Public Safety to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin's former brother-in-law, who is now embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Palin's sister.And of course, there's the experience question. Palin was on the city council for two terms, then mayor of Wasilla. Yes that Wasilla, population in 2000 - 5470. Then she lost a bid for Lieutenant Governor in 2002, and in 2006 she was elected Governor.
Palin's statement is the latest in what has come to be known around Alaska as "Wooten-gate." The scandal began on July 11, when Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was fired from his post with little explanation, a move that quickly raised questions in Alaska.
A talking head on the hotel teevee just said she has "executive experience" since she's run a city and state. Something tells me that's not going to go over too well, but that seems to be the way they're going to try and spin this. Firing someone because they won't fire your sister's ex husband counts as experience now?
In October, she'll debate Joe Biden. Her foreign policy experience relies on the proximity of Alaska to Russia, because as we all know, Siberia is where the real policy gets made in Russia. Her executive experience is 12 years in small town government (most of which was in the legislative branch), and 2 and a half years of governing Alaska during which she managed to find controversy to the point where she wasn't a viable option to replace Ted "Tubes" Stevens when the other shoe finally dropped on his corruption. Aside from that she hunts, fished, believes creationism should be taught in schools, and anti-choice (you hear that PUMAs?). But hey, at least she'll pull Alaska back into McCain's column, she's photogenic, and 28 years younger than John McCain. Will that stand up to the Joe Biden we say this week?
My money's on Biden.