I've been getting quite a chuckle listening to the talking heads gleefully suggesting McCain has knocked Obama and his "change" mantra right out of the ball park. The McCain choice is real change! Joe Biden is just another old political insider.
You know how they chortle every time a politician inserts foot in mouth because they have it on video? Well, they might want to check some of their own. Just after Obama gave the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention he was anointed as the future of the party. Not long after, these same talking heads were suggesting he should run for President in 2008. Why? Because he was a fresh face without the baggage of someone like Hillary! Finishing his current term as Senator, plus another, would open the door to decisions he'd have to defend.
Good campaign professionals joined his team and he made the decision to run. And run he did, beating the "inevitable" Hillary. Wow. Then all of a sudden these same talking heads were bemoaning his lack of experience, his naivete, his unproven judgement. So he does the prudent in choosing a running mate. He chooses a man who knows his way around the playing field in Washington, knows what's fair and what's foolish and has expertise in areas where Obama is lacking. That he is a bit of an outspoken maverick himself has gone unmentioned, but he's not your usual go along to get along Senator. That in itself is change.
Then there is McCain and the woman he met twice before choosing her for his ticket. He really wanted Lieberman but the quartet running his campaign finally convinced him the party would revolt, especially the conservative wing. This, too, is change but not exactly what any thinking voter would envision!
Today the scuttlebutt is, due to some questionable issues becoming public, Palin may withdraw shortly after the convention. I wouldn't hold my breath on this one today, but tomorrow may be a different story. Just think; then McCain would get to appoint another running mate, re-opening the door for Lieberman.
Well, there goes "change". The image of Lieberman at McCain's side reminding him there is no longer a Czeckoslovakia and that the Sunni's and the Shiia are different haunts me.
What is it I mentioned in yesterday's post? The VIce President's main job is inquiring daily about the President's health. And reminding him of the world as it is today. That's change. An added responsibility. Lieberman is 66. That shouldn't be too taxing if McCain keeps to his current schedule of one campaign stop a day and week ends off.
I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!