To keep on the American theme I wanted to update readers on how McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin has affected the polls. During the Democrat’s convention Obama held between a 5 and 8 point lead in the polls. However McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his number 2 has all but obliterated Obama’s lead with some polls now even showing the McCain/Palin ticket ahead by 2-3 points. This all comes before the Republican convention, which is always good for a poll bounce!
As myself and others have already blogged, Palin’s pick was inspired and an incredibly bold move by McCain. At a time when corruption and self service is seen as one of the greatest vices crippling Washington, who better to have on your ticket than a woman who has a history of blowing the whistle on law breakers and immoral activities, even when those people are a part of her own party? Sarah Palin is not a easy come easy go evangelical. She is deeply moral and will act in such a fashion in elected office, she can shore up the religious right in a way that few others could.
One other interesting thing to note is that the Obama camp has attacked her relative inexperience which to me potentially puts them in the firing line. Whilst it is true she has only been a governor for one term one only has to look at what great things she has achieved in that short period. By attacking Palin for her inexperience, the Obama camp is leaving itself open for attack because Obama is regarded as more inexperienced than Palin… the difference is she isn’t running for President!
As Govenor of Alsaka Palin has had to take decisions, often tough ones. She knows how to balance a budget, she knows how to deal with the special interests and she knows exactly how to deal with corrupt officials. By contrast as a Sentaor all Obama has had to do is talk. After all talking is what he does best but to be quite honest being President of the United States requires more than just words. The leader of the free world has to have at least some experience of taking decisions and dealing with difficult conditions. I find it hillarious the Obama camp say ‘you might get an inexperienced President’ in Palin… as opposed to the fact they would get an inexperienced President in Obama. I’d rather go with the ‘might’.
Palin will bring god and guns as well as youth and fresh Alaskan air to McCain ticket and could well pull a few disgruntled Hillary fans in along the way. That could make this election for McCain. The only thorn in the paw I can see on the horizon goes by the name of Gustav. No its not a Sweedish immigrant threatening to gatecrash the Republican convention but a category 5 hurricane that threatens to bear down on Gulf Coast. Another storm on a par if not worse than Katriona will remind Americans of the blunders made by the Bush administration the last time such a storm hit.
McCain has to take this storm seriously. He must not be seen to be partying whilst New Orleans is drowning again. Similarly Bush has a role to play in this scene, his response and the federal government’s response must be picture perfect in order to repair the damage Katriona inflicted on them. If not the Republican/Bush tag will remain the millstone around McCain’s neck in November and could destroy all the hard work he has put in to keep the race this close. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Obama/McCain camps respond to Gustav as that could well tip the balance.