Mick Arran spells out a good case for taking Palin’s candidacy much more seriously than the shrillosphere and the blogosphere have been:
While one argument goes that McC just killed the no-experience attack line his campaign was using on Obama by picking a VP who’s been Gov for less than two years and whose only previous experience was as Mayor of a suburb, I could make a pretty good counter argument that what he gained is a running mate who undercuts one of the Democrats’ strongest attack lines: that McC represents more of the same Bush-style corruption.
Palin fought her own party and took down a sitting GOP Governor in a successful insurgent campaign – one of the very few you’ll ever see in the tightly-controlled, highly-scripted Republican machine. She broke all the rules and got away with it in a party that lives for rules…
You don’t take down a sitting governor because your teeth are capped and your cheekbones stick out like Angelina Jolie’s. I’ve already seen speculation that Joe Biden is going to make mincemeat of the little soccer mom in the debates. Don’t bet on it. Murkowski was a rough customer and she took his seat away from him. Joey is going to have a much harder time than people think, maybe than he thinks.
Do not underestimate this chickie. She’s no cream puff. She’s tough, she’s smart, and she isn’t afraid of anybody. This may be the smartest move McC has made in months.
Hell, it may be the only one.
Update, 08/30/08, 3:15 PM:
Digby is back from hobnobbing with the rich and famous in Denver and drinking the Kool-Aid to share what her her former brother-in-law and his girlfriend think of Palin:
Here’s the most interesting thing: my brother in law and his girlfriend, both teachers, card carrying NPR listening, Riverdance loving, Jim Lehrer watching diehard liberals …. quite like the woman. They don’t like her social conservatism, but it’s so prevalent in Alaska that they hardly notice it. What they like is that she took out Frank Murkowski, cancelled his secret backroom deals, sold the Governor’s private jet and told the oil companies to wait in line. They like that she is giving checks from the surplus to every Alaskan to help pay for the astronomically rising costs of heating oil up there. They see her as a down-to-earth, post-partisan problem solver. Others may as well…
So, I wouldn’t be too smug about Palin. She’s got something about her that the people who know her really like. She has an 85% approval rating up there, which includes quite a few liberals. Her western state appeal is an amalgam of right wing populism and libertarianism, something that shouldn’t be discounted among swing voters who might also find her to be an attractive working mom who manages to run the state while taking care of her snowmobile champion husband (Arctic NASCAR) and their five kids.
Update, 08/30/08, 3:23 PM:
Anglachel points out some important facts regarding Palin’s selection. The shorter version: McCain has co-opted several of Obama’s themes by choosing Palin, is managing his intraparty conflicts much more effectively than Obama has been doing on the Democratic side (PUMA, anyone?), and those progressive and shrillosphere blogs trying to give Palin the sexist treatment they gave to Clinton had better reconsider their plan of attack.
Update, 08/30/08, 7:52 PM:
Corrente’s Chicago Dyke has an excellent piece outlining the threat that Palin’s candidacy poses to Obama and concludes it with this cautionary statement:
More than anything else, she is a clear warning: someone in the McCain campaing has a brain. Bigger than Rove’s, bigger than McCain’s…