McCain picks Sarah Palin.
The best indicator of the effectiveness of the pick was the Obama Team’s first response:
OMG! We should have picked Hillary!!!!
Yeah – duh… No – actually it was this:
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.”
Ouch. “I must have hit her them pretty close to the mark to get her them all riled up like that, huh, kid? – Solo
Later they realized that probably seemed a little knee-jerk and issued the damage control reaction:
“We send our congratulations to Governor Sarah Palin and her family on her designation as the republican nominee for Vice President. It is yet another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics. While we obviously have differences over how best to lead this country forward Governor Palin is an admirable person and will add a compelling new voice to this campaign.”
Like I said above, interesting choice – certainly mixes things up with many pros and cons. Ed has a great rundown here. This is no doubt, one crazy election year!