John McCain performed masterful sleight of hand as he announced his running mate. He kept all the pundits chasing their tails until the last minute. With his stealth announcement Friday, he swept aside all the historic and histrionic events of the prior night - even the indisputably telegenic image of Caesar Obama framed between those ostentatious Greco-Roman pillars.
So I now offer to you the top ten reasons to love his choice, Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
1. She has executive experience as an elected official, as both a mayor and a governor. Obama has neither run a city nor a state. His followers may counter "Yeah, but that's just Alaska!", which will only add to the perception of their elitism. Small states have electoral college votes, too, and they have a funny way of making a difference once you 'dis' then enough times.
2. She is a powerful woman who does not toe the feminist party line. You can be a successful woman without contempt for men, marriage and family, and traditional femininity.
3. She can shoot a gun, and would protect your right to shoot one as well.
4. She is from Alaska and understands first-hand that oil exploration in ANWR will amount to the use of a land mass akin to a postage stamp on a football field.
5. Five children? That is one tough lady.
6. She quite graciously acknowledged the roles played by Geraldene Ferraro and Hillary Clinton in leading up to her historic nomination.
7. Her son enlisted in the US Army and will be deployed to Iraq... on September 11. You couldn't have planned it to play out any more poignantly.
8. Her nomination underscores a basic notion that most Americans sense but are only beginning to say: the more seasoned politician belongs on the top of the ticket. Remember the ads about the late night phone call to the White House? Well, it wasn't the incoming call that concerned me. It was the outgoing call that would inevitably follow. ("Joe? Joe? Wake up, it's Barack. I need you again...")
9. She earned her nickname "Barracuda" for her basketball skills, but she will earn it all over again in the VP debates against Biden.
10. She is a woman (historical) but she is not Hillary Rodham Clinton (hysterical). In her speech, Palin spoke passionately without resorting to caterwauling.
I did not yet order my McCain bumper stickers. I usually order them in batches of ten because desperate Democrats with no respect for personal property tend to make them disappear. I can now order a steady supply of McCain/Palin stickers and display them with pride. Especially after I blow the doors off that liberal in a Mini Cooper with a bumper sticker reading "Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History". Read it and weep, Coop. Palin is behaving and succeeding.