My apathy has turned into excitement! Whether you’re routing for Obama or McCain, you have to admit that it’s been an interesting week in politics.
As I watched Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention last night, I couldn’t belp but cry a little. Not beacuse I was moved by his speech, but by the fact that finally a (half) African-American was being nominated by a national party to run for President. After growing up learning about Martin Luther King and civil rights, I always thought the black/white divide was a bit silly. I never understood racism, but seeing Obama on that podium made me realize how far our nation has come. It was definitely a defining moment in our country’s history. I can admit what Obama’s nomination means even to me, though I’m leaning towards McCain.
Then today came John McCain’s chose of running mate–Sarah Palin, the first female governor of Alaska (read more). At first I screamed, “Omigosh! He picked a woman!” I swelled with pride that my gender would be represented at the polls. After I thought about it, I realized what a shrewd choice McCain is making–if he is elected to office, then his VP will be the first female vice-president ever!
If Obama wins, we get the first black President, and if McCain wins, we get the first female vice-president! What seemed like a doldrum little election is turning into an interestign political spectacle. I, for one, am thrilled with either prospect because history is going to be made!
Admittedly, I haven’t been all that impressed with McCain’s campaign lately and have felt that Obama’s people have done a much better job communicating his slogan. However, in recent weeks McCain’s political ads have stepped up, including an impressive TV spot that aired Thursday night during the DNC in which McCain congratulated Obama on winning his party’s nomination–brilliant!
Following his “Mr. Nice-Guy” ad with his announcement that Sarah Palin will be his running mate is a great way to kick-off next week’s Republican National Convention (granted that Hurricane Gustav doesn’t interrupt things. However, the immediate concern is for the people in Gustav’s path, not politics). Governor Palin has the potential to win over disgruntled Hillary supporters and disengaged feminists, as well as provide interesting commentary on environmental issues, such as the hotly contested issue of whether or not to drill for oil in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).
Palin is a maverick in her own right, often working on a bipartisan level to enact legislation for her state. This mother of five–the oldest is in the military and the youngest is a 5 month-old with Down’s Syndrome–has a unofficial slogan all her old “Coldest State/Hottest Governor.” Her husband, who is part-Eskimo, is also easy on the eyes. Another advantage Palin brings to this ticket is her age–she’s obviously much younger than McCain, and more Obama’s contemporary.
Now if only McCain’s campaign would let me volunteer and/or give me a free pin or bumper sticker… No, McCain 2008 still hasn’t called me back (read post). But MoveOn.org is sending me a free “Vote for Obama” pin…oh, the irony. What happened to the ol’ days where they handed out the stuff for free?
For an insightful post on Sarah Palin and women in leadership, check out Jonalyn Fincher’s “Sarah Palin- Integrating Work and Home.”