This morning, as I was recovering from the greatest live speech I’ve ever witnessed – political or otherwise, I thought the ’08 presidential race had reached its emotional peak. And then I visited Slate.com, and learned that John McCain had picked little known Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. McCain may not be my favourite politician, but the man clearly knows how to raise the stakes. Palin is a stunning (pun intended), risky choice, and has added an entirely new twist to an already riveting campaign.
Just think of the new narratives, the fresh angles Palin offers the media. Will she renew lingering doubts among Democratic supporters about Obama’s refusal to even vet Clinton as a vice presidential option? Will her inexperience force McCain to stop attacking Obama for the same? Will she falter in the spotlight? How will she do against Biden in the vice presidential debate? What about her support for drilling in ANWR, a plan McCain opposes?
Indeed, Palin makes this race more exciting than I thought it could be. In the span of a single summer, the Republicans and Democrats have completely altered the shape of American presidential politics. Just four years ago, both slates were composed of affluent, middle-aged white men. But in about two months, the White House will either be occupied by a black president or a female vice president.
To qoute Terrel Owens, get the popcorn ready!