Even in Viet Nam, we’re getting word (via NYTimes.com and various folks on g-chat) that it’s Palin for McCain’s VP. Not good. She has a solid resume. She’s not an old white dude, which makes McCain look less stodgy. Biden will have a harder time debating against her without coming across as a bully (especially since he’s something of a loose cannon prone to idiotic slips of the tongue, despite being an excellent debater). She could potentially woo white suburban politically moderate female voters. She’s likeable and has a very all-American story. She has a son in the military. The media are already swooning over her.
All that said: She doesn’t have much foreign policy (or any other governing) experience, which puts a dent in McCain’s argument that experience is everything. But… yeah, this was a smart choice on McCain’s part. Damn.
(Yes, I am still in SE Asia, and no, I am not coming back to blogging regularly quite yet. I happen to have internet in my room tonight, but won’t have it again regularly for another two weeks. I may be popping in and out and I have a few post ideas that I’m working on, but won’t be back to Feministe permanently until mid-September. Continue to enjoy your guest-bloggers!)