Hugh Calderwood: Palin an exciting choice


Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.

This year will certainly be a historic presidential election. It is a given we will see either the first black elected president or the first woman elected as vice president. Hasn’t our country made great strides in our short history as a democracy?

What is of interest to me are the responses from the Democrats towards Sarah Palin. I see two camps emerging. First are those who say that she lacks experience to be “a heart beat” away from the presidency. Don’t they realize that she has more executive experience and the same foreign policy experience as their selection for the presidency? And he would be that heart beat.

She has two years of day to day decision making, on the job training, in running a state verses their candidate’s 145 days on the Senate floor rubbing elbows with the Washington elites. He has been Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for two years and has yet to hold a meeting.

In the second camp are those Democrats that realize that her selection has energized and electrified the Republican base just as their candidate has done for them. They are afraid of that so they claim that McCain selected her to capture the disenfranchised Hillary voters. This is a big mistake. McCain was looking for a similar maverick that would rally the conservatives and appeal to hard working middle class independents, including soccer moms. She appeals to those middle class independents who can relate to her life story of standing up to the entrenched elites and fighting corruption. She walks the walk when it comes to real change.

Her brief exposure on the national stage has been all that McCain could have hoped for. She is authentic and articulate. Do I see a movie remake, “Mrs. Palin Goes To Washington.”?

I predict that the vice presidential debate on October 2nd will have the largest national audience in history for this debate. Isn’t watching history great?

Hugh Calderwood,

Alachua

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