Interesting analysis of McCain’s VP choice Sarah Palin (R-AK) and his general economic plan here. I basically share the same concerns about Palin, lack of experience (I mean 4 years as mayor of 9,000 person town and 2 years as governor of one of the least populated states, really?) and possible ethics violations (see here). It seems as if McCain is trying too hard to appeal to the evangelicals in the party (Palin is very conservative and a solid Christian) and the Clinton PUMA’s (Palin is a woman).
I would have much prefered Huckabee, who wasn’t even vetted, or Romney because at least there would have been some spirited VP debates. Both bring way more to the table in terms of experience and both appeal to evangelicals. So that leaves two factors for McCain choosing Palin; he dislikes and doesn’t get along with Huckabee and Romney, and neither of them is a woman. Perhaps not the best way to choose your VP candidate.
In any case it was a very interesting pick, and will hopefully usher in an interesting election season, full of debate over the issues and not ad hominem attacks.