The Obama campaign wasted little time pouncing on John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin as inexperienced, in bed with Big Oil, and committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Democrats called the choice political panic.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, “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.”
Rep. Rahm Emanuel called the choice political panic, “Is this really who the Republican Party wants to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Given Sarah Palin’s lack of experience on every front and on nearly every issue, this Vice Presidential pick doesn’t show judgement: it shows political panic.”
Rep. Jim Clyburn compared Palin to Dan Quayle, “I do believe that McCain has to do something to reshuffle the cards, shake up the establishment, do something unexpected and Governor Palin has all the kinds of things that McCain might see as a way to shake things up. I think (her selection) would be something similar to Dan Quayle. Dan Quayle proved to be sort of an embarrassment as a campaigner. Being thrust on a national stage like that could be very tough. Now Mondale tried to shake things up by going with Geraldine Ferraro she proved to be a disaster as a running mate. And as a campaigner, she was absolutely awful. And so I just think that it is very risky for McCain to do this, but it may be all he has left.”
This selection does have a degree of desperation to it, and listening to Palin speak it is clear that she is very, very, green. I don’t think this is going to work. If this is a ploy to lure Clinton voters, it is going to fail. I think it was a bad idea to make this pick on his 72nd birthday. Palin’s relative youth and inexperience highlight, just how damn old McCain is. The more I think about it, this pick was driven more by a desire to get McCain some media attention., and a cheap play for Hillary voters. I don’t think the Democrats have anything to worry about with Sarah Palin.