In a rational world, people would agree that the presidency as a job requires certain qualities and pre-requisites, just like any other job does. These should include previous experience in whatever you are expected to do when in office: manage budgets, deal with foreign powers, command the military, etc.
In that world, neither Obama nor Palin could become President right now.
However, until yesterday Democrats were basically saying that Obama somehow is a special exception. When you remove the fluff, this ‘exception’ boils down to the fact that he is young and black. Also until yesterday, Republicans were trying desperately to show that this was nonsense, and in some very clear ways, racist.
That strategy was not working very well, so McCain then decided to use that same tactic against the democrats. He chose an inexperienced young woman. Democrats, as expected, are saying that Republicans are hypocrites.
Does that mean Republicans were right before?
Furthermore, no one said much about the fact that Biden is almost as old as McCain, right? The next step for Democrats will be when they try to explain why every Obama critic is a racist but Palin’s are not chauvinists.
It almost sounds like a Seinfeld episode but no one is laughing here.
Now, it would be nice if we all agreed on what is really important here. If experience is what matters, would you say it is better to have an experienced President or Vice President? If what matters is to be honest and not a hypocrite, would you blame mostly the party that started the whole mess or the one that reacted to it?
I think McCain’s choice was a brilliant political move. After Obama chose Biden, the inexperience issue became secondary because Democrats could sell the idea of Obama consulting when necessary. So why not choosing a young VP that can also be ‘trained on the job’? It was also brilliant because Palin is a ‘true’ conservative. So I am happy that McCain’s chances to be elected are much better now.
But rationally I am sad to see a whole country getting lost in this idiotic search of icons that try to prove that we are over our errors of the past just by repeating them in some different, more ‘civilized’ way.
We are going to have a black or a woman in the White house but for the wrong reasons. I just hope we get the least of the two evils.