I’ve been hanging on to this meaning to post it. This silly op-ed from RealClearPolitics got linked on InstaPundit. And it is silly. Because amidst all the buyer’s remorse over having thrown the lever for Obama, the writer makes it clear she was just incensed at McCain for having picked Palin as his running mate.
You see, I felt my choice was to risk McCain dropping dead and letting the world’s most well-known hockey mom run this country, or to believe that Obama would surround himself with educated people and that he was smart enough to take their advice.
So rather than vote for a vice-presidential candidate with limited experience, your response was to vote for a presidential candidate with limited experience? But that’s hardly her only swipe against the governor of Alaska the mayor of Wasilla.
Seven years later, I am ashamed to say that I was blinded by charisma. Obama was so convincing that I stopped caring about what he knew and started getting caught up in the euphoria. Imagine having a president who came from a broken home, who had money troubles, who did grass-roots community service? A young father. The first black president. It pains me to admit I got caught up in the hoopla.
But McCain made it easy. He’s a smart man, I don’t doubt that. But between picking Palin, suggesting that the first debates be delayed and, well, picking Palin, he made it easy for Obama to win. As Election Day drew near, all Obama had to do was keep his mouth shut to win.
Well, some of us find Palin’s background more than a bit inspiring. Baseball Crank has covered it in some detail. But to each his own, I guess. What escapes me is why she would find somebody who came from humble beginnings to achieve success inspiring (Obama) while finding somebody who rose from similarly humble beginnings in some way detestable (Palin).