What is the reaction in her home state to her elevation? According to an editorial in the Anchorage Daily News:
Her resume is as thin as the meat in a vending machine sandwich. I'm thinking being mayor of Wasilla doesn't qualify her. And she's less than two years into her first term as governor. Except for her high-profile gas pipeline legislation -- which I like a lot -- she doesn't have much to show. Oil taxes? Most of that work was done by the legislature. Ethics? Ditto. And her role in killing the much-touted Bridge to Nowhere? Talk about coming in after the battle is over and bayoneting the wounded.The Fairbanks, AK Daily News-Miner published an editorial which said this:
And there's a growing sense that the government isn't running all that well, that all that's keeping the wheels from coming off is that 25,000 state employees show up for work every day.
The long and short of it is this: We're not sure she's a competent governor of Alaska. And yet McCain, who is no spring chicken, has decided she's the best choice to replace him as president if he should win and then fall afoul of the Grim Reaper.
Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his political interests ahead of the nation’s when he created the possibility that she might fill it.These viewpoints come from the state that knows Sarah Palin best. Add to them her supposed Christian Dominionist leanings, her complete lack of knowledge in foreign affairs and national policy, and she's a very disturbing choice.
It’s clear that McCain picked Palin for reasons of image, not substance. She’s a woman. She has fought corruption. She has fought the oil companies. She’s married to a union member. These are portrayals for campaign speeches; they are not policy positions.
Perhaps she's just today's Dan Quayle, McCain's Hail Mary play in response to the realization that he can't win this election without rolling the dice. His selection of Palin can be viewed as a reckless gambit to draw male Independents, disenchanted Hillary Clinton supporters, and staunch social conservatives.
The question that I can't avoid: Is McCain's judgment so poor that he believes placing someone like Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency is the best choice, especially when he himself has stated that the most important qualification for a VP is that they be ready to assume the presidency?
Frank Rich's op-ed column sums up the Democratic National Convention and McCain's rash choice of a running mate better than anything i've read thus far. And that's not just because i agree with him.