So, this morning when I logged onto the internets, I am informed that John McCain, notoriously anti-woman John McCain (yes, that John McCain) has chosen a woman to be his running mate. 44-year-old Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This is the first time the Republican party has had a woman on any presidential ticket -- and the second time in history that a woman has been nominated for VP (although, we all know that that didn't work out so well for Walter Mondale, now did it?).
Never heard of her? That's because she's only been governor of Alaska for two years, and before than that she was on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (but she thinks that we should drill in ANWR, of course). She has no foreign policy experience. She has no legislative experience. Apparently, John McCain thinks this is a good thing when it's within his own party.
This means, however, that the debate about whether Barack Obama has enough experience to be President is over. With a person who has very little national experience, very little executive experience, and NO foreign policy experience only one heartbeat (that is, John McCain's heartbeat) away from that prospective presidency, I think we have endorsed Barack's level of experience and this debate is over.
This also means that the Republican party thinks that Hillary Clinton's disgruntled supporters are stupid. They think that people who supported pro-choice, pro-woman, pro-equality Hillary Clinton are going to vote for John McCain because an anti-choice, anti-woman, (relatively) anti-equality woman on the ballot with anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-equality John McCain. Get that PUMAs? John McCain and the Republican party think you are stupid.
I have no problem with Palin being McCain's VP. More women should be nominated for big national offices. I don't think she's going to fare well in debates with Joe Biden -- who has an ability to tear someone to shreds without insulting their honor, as we saw in his speech on Wednesday -- and I'm not totally convinced that she's going to do a whole lot to help the McCain ticket. That is, unless those PUMAs really are stupid, which I'm pretty sure they're not (oh, and they don't really exist anyway).
More is going to come out on Palin in the next few days, but in the meantime, I'm getting back to celebrating our breakthrough moment last night where Dr. King's dream came one giant step closer to being realized.