Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ok, I was a bit harsh...

I've been reading more about McCain's VP pick, Governor Sarah Palin. She's actually done a fair bit for Alaska, even if the town she was mayor for was described as "the worst kind of suburban sprawl of highway-fronting shopping malls and gravel lots" in a Frommer's travel guide to Alaska. As governor, she's actually done quite a bit, and has some laudable accomplishments as outlined by Fred Barnes in the latest issue of The Weekly Standard:
  • "She brought down Alaska’s governor, attorney general, and state Republican chairman... She killed the 'bridge to nowhere.' She used increased tax revenues from high oil prices to give Alaskans a rebate. She slashed government spending. She took on the biggest industry in Alaska, the oil companies, to work out an equitable deal on building a new gas pipeline." (p.10)
And, to top it all off, Barnes has a good point about all this: "Obama can't match even one of these accomplishments." Maybe that's a bit strong, but I still wonder what Obama's actually achieved in the Senate. Too often he gives off the impression of playing it so safe, it's a wonder he's ever in the Senate to make a "present" vote...

Time will tell whether or not either Obama or Palin are decent picks for such high office. It is interesting that Obama (young, energetic, attractive) picked an old, crusty back-up, while McCain (old, crusty) picked a young, energetic and attractive back-up...

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