So the political circus — it is ON, mother...
"SHUT YO MOUTH!"
But I'm talking about McCain!
"Then we can't dig it."
I'm a Democrat through and through; I bleed liberalism. However, as a (very) amateur armchair political analyst, I think John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate has many advantages — at least, based on what I can determine from approximately ten minutes of Internet research as I wait to leave the office for lunch.
1. She has no penis. At least, none that I personally know of. Selecting a woman to join the ticket is an obvious play for disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters, and if McCain can move his language and positioning toward the center for the run-up to the general election, it may trick the die-hard Clintonites into believing that the McCain/Palin vote is a vote for the same values Hillary holds dear.
It's not, but whatever. As long as there's no penis!
2. She's a kid. Not literally, like a seven-year-old, although I would ABSOLUTELY vote for McCain if he appointed a seven-year-old as his running mate, despite my Democratic allegiance. But she's young, compared to McCain, who is an old fart, let's all be honest here. No matter how brilliant a politician and leader he may be to the GOP faithful, we've all gotta admit he probably smells a little like Ben-Gay and root beer candies up close.
Obama's young; Palin's young. Now McCain has a built-in response to anyone who suggests that his Presidency would lack youthful energy. He's also got a response for anyone thinking his presidency would become insider politics as usual, because...
3. She's a "political outsider." At least, that's how CNN defines her. Then again, CNN sometimes puts videos of dogs on skateboards on their main page as "news," so what do they know?
Obama's camp went the exact opposite road; with a candidate who has tried to define himself as a Washington "outsider" with new ideas and a fire for change; they selected a running mate who's the definition of Washington "insider" and can nip the whole "waah, waah, Obama doesn't have experience" issue in the bud. He may not have experience, but he sure as damn tootin' hell has Senator Joe Biden.