Last Friday, the day after Senator Obama’s acceptance speech, John McCain announced his pick for Vice President: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. While this certainly came as a shock, seeing as how I didn’t know who she was, after researching her a little, I came to love McCain’s decision.
Sarah Palin has done much to reform Alaska’s government. Before she became governor, Alaska was run by crooked politicians who overspent, squandered resources, and appointed unqualified persons to government office.
But when Palin took office she cut state funding to Alaska’s construction projects, reformed many government positions, and now has an approval rating of over 70%.
While she has been a great governor and has proven her effectiveness, the left hasn’t ceased in slamming her “lack of experience.” Let’s get a few things straight. Sarah Palin may have only been a governor for two years, but she has had more experience in those two years than Obama has had as a junior Senator for three years. Running a state (not to mention the largest state in the union) carries far more responsibility than representing a state. Besides, Palin has had far more effect and seen more results than Obama. So to compare her 2 years as governor against Obama’s 3 as a jr Senator is ludicrous.
Also, Palin brings in the strong conservative votes that McCain has been unsuccessful in capturing. With Palin’s stance on aboriton and gay marriage, the McCain/Palin ticket appeals to a broader base of Republicans now. And with Palin seeking to become the first woman Vice President, many Hillary supporters have vowed to vote for McCain (Besides, if Obama loses, Hillary has a better chance of being elected in 2012).
So to say Sarah Palin has changed these elections would be an understatement. She has not only unified the GOP (something Obama couldn’t do with the Democrats), but has given the Right hope for a win in November.