Saturday, August 30, 2008

Karl Rove on the VP Pick

With all due respect again to Governor [Palin], [s]he's been a governor for three years, [s]he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that [s]he's done. [Sh]e was mayor of [small city]." Rove continued: "So if he were to pick Governor [Palin], it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can [s]he bring me the [votes of the base and maybe a few Hillary voters]?

Read the full quote here.

Ok, so I substituted Gov. Palin for Gov. Kaine, and changes a few pronouns, a biographical detail or two. But the reasoning still stands. I wonder of Mr. Rove stands by his statement?

The more I ponder this pick, the more I think it reflects poorly on McCain. Gov. Palin seem like a very nice average person, a next-door neighbor type. The questions is how she will wear after the klieg lights of the press and the Democrats are focused on her? How will her stand on teaching creationism look? Is her troopergate scandal going to gain traction? Is her denial that global warming is man-made going to sound reasonable? And will her parsing of the "bridge to nowhere" funding issue come under scrutiny? These are only a few of the initial questions that come to mind. By picking a blank slate, McCain risks that the Democrats will be better at filling the slate than he is.

And then there are the reactions of the Alaskans.:

Alaska State Senate President Lyda Green (R): "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Alaska House Speaker John Harris (R): "She's old enough. She's a US citizen."

How it will look in November is still unknown, but it is a big risk.

Update -- Just saw this ABC report that Palin will be deposed soon regarding the troopergate investigation. No matter how you want to spin it, Americans are probably a little leery of politicians and depositions.