Google “Sarah Palin Vice President” and you’ll be amazed at the number of links the search generates. Those of you who are hard-core political blog junkies already know this, but those of my readers who visit Moralia for my non-political posts may not know much about this young (for a politician) woman who is on John McCain’s short list of potential running mates.
Born in 1964, the same year I was, Sarah Palin is the Republican governor of Alaska, the youngest governor ever elected in that state. (She was 42 at the time.) She and her husband Todd Palin, a commercial fisherman, have five children, the eldest a son who enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 last year, the youngest a son born with Down Syndrome earlier this year, and three daughters in between. McCain also has a son serving in the military, and if he does choose Palin, the ticket will be the first in a very long time in which both candidates have sons who would be put in harm’s way as a result of U.S. military policies. Certainly a McCain-Palin administration could not be accused of unfeelingly sending other people’s sons off to fight their wars.
Pesonally, I would love to see McCain choose Palin, and not just because I’m a woman and want to see a woman as president or vice president. I wouldn’t have voted for Hillary if she’d won her party’s nomination, and I’d be disappointed if McCain chose Condoleeza Rice as his running mate, as some pundits have suggested. It’s because I think a McCain-Palin ticket would both energize the Republican base, and attract a lot of moderate and independent voters, particularly younger people and younger women especially.
To find out more about Sarah Palin, check out Adam Brickely’s blog Palin for VP, which has links to dozens of news stories and websites about the Alaska governor and her qualifications for national office.