Republicans? Less to choose from, I think, and no person who challenges a Democratic stronghold (except maybe Rudy, but I can't see that happening).
My out-of-the-box choice?
Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. see Friday Quickies, 2/1/08
I like her, and I like what I've seen so far-- except....
I know McCain wanted a "surprise" choice. And the surprise knocked the afterglow of Obama's speech right off the screen. But the last surprise choice looked great on paper, and proved to be a disaster--Dan Quayle.
I only wish McCain would have trotted Palin out weeks ago. Let her do the national talk shows; let her give some surrogate speeches on his behalf, much like Gov. Pawlenty did the last month or so.
Then we'd know better if she's really ready.
From her opening speech, it sounds like she is. But when the networks were looking for some B-roll video to show of her, all they could find was an interview she did with Glenn Beck--which is seen by about 6 people. No Meet the Press, no Larry King, no FoxNews. It wouldn't have been hard to book her for any of those spots-- dealing with energy, Alaska drilling, wasteful spending/earmarks, her kid going to Iraq, or how she's handling a Downs syndrome new born.
All compelling stories, all relevant for America today.
The Obama campaign is the tightest, best run campaign I've ever seen. McCain's campaign, while better than it was, continues to show flashes of the incompetence we've suffered the last 8 years. And that concerns me.
Sarah Palin? Everything I've seen so far makes me stand and applaud. I just wish we'd have seen a bit more before now.