One of the pleasant ironies of this race is reading outraged articles by Obama partisans in venues like Newsweek and The New Republic on the "recklessness" of McCain's VP selection, worries often put into context by purportedly mainstream CNN/MSNBC media conservatives like David Gergen and Pat Buchanan.
We are supposed to believe that a first- term Alaskan governor is less qualified for the second spot than a first-term Illinois Senator is for the Presidency—who once again just announced to the nation that he is ready to invade nuclear Islamic Pakistan to get bin Laden, who wanted all troops out of Iraq by March 2008, and who once dismissed Iran as a small threat. Next in their wisdom they will go after Gov. Palin's husband—and therein re-invite comparison with Michelle's wise declarations.
Again, I think the irony is lost—that as old-pro McCain matches the experience of old-pro Biden, so too fresh -face Palin emphasizes fresh-face Obama, but, then, one is supposed to be our President, the other the Vice President. And whereas McCain was suggesting that the Presidential nominee was too inexperienced and thus subject to charges of partianship, now the Obama team will be making just those charges against Palin, and thus by comparison making McCain's original case against themselves. Needless to say, many voters may find a mom, up-from-your bootstraps in the Alaskan outback a more compelling narrative than Harvard Law Review, Chicago community organizing and Trinity Church.