Author: Rory B. Bellows
If John McCain wishes to win the election there is only one decision he has left to make that can shake up the race and that is naming his running mate. The names being bandied about have obvious flaws. Joe Lieberman is a lifelong Democrat who clings to the neocon philosophy of empire abroad and would do nothing to win back moderates and Republicans disgusted with the party’s descent into military adventurism abroad. Putting a lifelong far left liberal one heartbeat from the oval office on Republican ticket would infuriate the base of the Republican Party even though militarism abroad seems to have carried the day with Republican Party.
People claim Mitt Romney would excite the conservative base. If that were the case, would he not have won the nomination in the first place? The Republican base went into the primary season hating John McCain and looking for any live body to nominate, but McCain carried the day as the last man standing. It is a disgusting comment on America in 2008, but Romney is also too rich and successful to be Vice President. The whole campaign will be about how many houses the GOP ticket owns and the Democrats will confuse success with being out of touch and “uncaring”. As if caring has any place in government.
Tim Pawlenty is just another big government conservative who disguises his desire for activist government with clever sloganeering. “Sam’s Club Republicanism” is just another name for “Compassionate Conservatism”. We know what a disaster for the party that was.
The new name being thrown out there is Colin Powell, but a careful examination of his record reveals a man who believes in nothing and has been a spectacular failure at all his appointed positions.
The only logical choice is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She is bright, conservative and attractive. Very attractive. She has cultural conservative credibility without being a fire-breathing member of the religious right, who are not conservatives, so much as a religious movement, a lifetime member of the NRA, a hunter, an outdoorswoman and, most importantly, a firm believer in limited government.
Palin would energize the conservative base like no other pick. She is not a latecomer to the movement like Romney and unlike Pawlnety she actually believes in conservativism as opposed to using it to put lipstick on a pig in order to win elections. McCain showing that he actually cares about the party and the conservative movement, two things he has made a habit of not doing, by naming one of the rising conservative stars as his running mate would fire up the base.
Palin’s more down to earth personality will help the ticket connect with working class voters who have been slow to warm up to the messiah because of cultural issues. Obama is just a big city, Ivy League leftist. You’d never see Palin bowl a 37 and she would look just as comfortable taking a shot and beer as she would getting a manicure. Add this to the fact that she actually agrees with the blue dog democrat types of cultural issues and you have a winner.
Palin would also appeal to the diehard Hillary supporters who wanted to see a woman on the ticket and have their pantsuits in a bunch over Hillary being passed over for the number 2 spot on the ticket and losing the nomination to Obama because of what they saw as sexism in the primary.
The bottom line is Palin is a winner on every count. She is a woman, a conservative and one who actually believes in limited government and can talk cultural issues without damning those who disagree with her to fires of Hades. Not to mention, when has having a good-looking woman around hurt selling anything?