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Best. Presidential. Race. Ever.

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!

 

Politics

Senators say whether they’d agree to be vice president

TheHill.com has somehow managed to ask all 97 sitting Senators whether or not they would consider the VP nod from the presidential candidates.

They’re reproduced (verbatim, they claim) the responses from all the Senators.  Here’s a couple of nice little jewels:

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah)
“Of course. Big house, big car, not much to do. Why not?”

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
“I would be honored to be asked. I’ve got to appraise the position in considering it. But I haven’t gone to the step of saying whether I would or wouldn’t at this point … I’d probably take away from the ticket, too. There’s always pros and cons. I’m strong pro-life, pro-marriage, and some people would say, ‘Well, I don’t like that.’ But really, people vote for president. Not vice president. I think vice president can hurt you more than it can help you. I can’t remember any time in my lifetime where I voted for a president because of the vice presidential nominee.”

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
“Yes. Sign me up. I’ve been kidding people for years: The hours are better, the wages are just as good — whoever heard of a vice president getting shot at? — and it’s a great opportunity to travel. And actually since time has gone by, the job is robust … So sure. Anybody here would, if they’re going to be honest. The chances are slim to none. But I promise you, I would deliver all three of Delaware’s electoral votes.”

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho)
“I would say ‘No, Hillary.’ ”

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
“No, I’d have Jon Stewart stand in for me. Jon Stewart. That’s my guy.”

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
“If I were asked, I would say, ‘You’re out of your mind.’ ”

There’s tons more of these in the article above.  Really, these answers cast a whole new light on the US Senate.  For one, there are a lot of insanely old Senators.  There was one talking about how he was shortlisted for a VP spot back in ’76, and a few more who’ve been around at LEAST that long.   There’s self-deprecation, with one Senator saying that there are lots of capable people, and he’s not one of them.

It’s a good read, so definitely check it out.