Palin A Calculated Gamble For McCain
As I wrote below, there are good reasons for McCain to pick Sarah Palin, the first term Governor of Alaska. Now, Palin is as experienced as Tim Kaine, who was considered an acceptable VP alternative to many. Which was ridiculous. Tim Kaine was unacceptable.
McCain is also signaling an ideological contest, Palin is very conservative. Perhaps Obama's speech and not choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate last night spurred this choice.
That said, Palin is a very risky pick and undermines many of McCain's lines of attacks - the experience argument. But the dynamics of this election are such that McCain needed something to shake up the race. This certainly does that. The discussion of Obama's speech have ended for the moment.
Believe it or not, if not taking the Romney path and hoping for some campaign event to change the math, I think Palin is McCain's best bet. It is a gamble, but when you are going to lose if you do not gamble, you might as well take the shot. I think McCain is taking a clear eyed gamble.
By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
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