I just watched McCain’s announcement of Sara Palin as his running mate. It was clear on each channel I looked at that there was a lack of enthusiasm and some of it was downright aggressive looking and sounding. When Palin came out she almost seemed to ignore McCain — shaking hands with several other people. McCain and Cindy had their backs to the cameras watching her. Cindy said something to him and then gave him a little push forward toward her. Palin finally turned around and gave McCain a hug before she started speaking. McCain stood right there next to her the whole time she spoke. He looked really out of place. It was weird.
As far as McCain being honorable in congratulating Obama yesterday, his campaign put out a statement full of the same old lies and some new ones just minutesafter Obama finished his speech last night.
Again, I think McCain’s choice of Palin is cynical and an insult. He’s still trying to get Hillary’s voters to come to his side. Does he really think that women vote solely on identity politics? Does he really think that propping up Governor Palin — making her yet another token for the Republicans — is going to win him any votes? The Obama campaign has a statement out.
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.
In contrast, last night was joyous. From Al Gore inspiring speech to the five ordinary citizens who were so excited to be there and to speak for Obama, to Stevie Wonder singing the song the Obamas played at their wedding, to the thousands and thousands of happy people in the stadium — it was powerful, strong, and enthusiastic — without an edge of meanness. Obama made his campaign about us — regular Americans. It’s like he said before — he is just the symbol of everything that our country can become in the 21st century. He wants to include everyone not out of spite or cynicism, but out of a true dedication to making us all better, making us all responsible for what happens.
They will be people — Democrats — who will be initially worried about McCain’s picking Palin. I’m not. I have faith that Americans will see this move for what it is — a cynical ploy. This election is not about abortion, guns, gays, creationism. Not this time.