A Whiter Shade of Palin

By Natalie Gewargis

Aug 29, 2008 11:24am

When considering Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., VP pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, it’s worth putting into context how focused McCain has been about winning the women voters who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and are not yet sold on Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Just think about how often McCain praised Clinton during and after her campaign, and all the McCain TV ads featuring Clinton.

To that end, consider the immediate reaction of Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson, who writes today
in a short piece titled "I’ll See Your Biden and Raise You a Palin," that "you are going to have a lot of women voters wondering why Sen. Obama didn’t tap Sen. Clinton as his running mate."

The McCain camp will argue that Palin has a great life story, is a reformer, has executive experience as governor and the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. She also knows quite a bit about energy issues.

Palin doesn’t exactly scream "experience," which is McCain’s main argument against Obama. For a decade, she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which has a population of approximately 8,471, which the Obama campaign says is less than 1/20th the size of his former state senate district.

Palin has been governor for two years. Some might argue that, in terms of experience, she makes Obama look like Robert Byrd.

In July, Palin told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that "as for that VP talk all the time, I tell ya, I still can’t answer that question until, until somebody answers for me ‘What it is exactly that the vice president does every day?’"

The McCain campaign says in a statement: "Gov. Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington. … Gov. Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today."

- jpt

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