Saturday, August 30, 2008


It has said often that picking a running mate is the first presidential decision a candidate makes.
There's no question that Joe Biden is eminently qualified to be president. While in Denver, I didn't hear anyone voice anything less than delight or excitement about his selection. I didn't even hear anyone even offer an opinion that he's good, but I would have liked so-and-so. And I certainly didn't hear even the slightest reservation from delegates or the media about his qualifications to serve. What I did hear from many people from around the country say is that Joe Biden is the best choice Barack Obama could have made.
I don't know many people who are saying that about Sarah Palin. Her selection has been greeted with delight from the anti-abortion, creationism and oil drilling crowds. But is there anyone who can say that she is even close to being among the best qualified Republicans in the country?
I don't agree with much of what Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Kay Bailey Hutchinson espouse, but I wouldn't question their qualifications to serve in the second highest office in the land. There must be several hundred well qualified men and women among the many current and former senators, representatives, governors, cabinet members, generals, admirals and business leaders who are members of the Republican Party.
One quality we look for in a president is judgement. Barack Obama is universally considered to have showed good judgment in picking Joe Biden. John McCain's judgment in picking Sarah Palin has met with decidedly mixed reviews.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain has activated his base, no doubt. I doubt if that matters, since I think the base would have voted for him anyway. Moreover, it could backfire; from what I've read the Hillary contingent is not impressed by a social conservative. I think Dems have to be very careful not to go after this bait and fall into McCain's trap. We need to keep the focus on McCain's policies, many of which are a continuation of the failed policies of Bush.

Perry Hood

3:08 PM, August 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cancellation does show one thing.

The Party's leadership is indeed beyond the control of Dick Cheney.

Had his influence been feared, we would have had clamors floated about to insist on "business as usual", since no wealthy contributors were in jeopardy of losing their life's work to Hurricane Gustav.....

I see this as evidence that the McCain camp appears to be firmly in control of his party, which is as best as we can see from our reading the "tea leaves."

2:23 PM, September 01, 2008  

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