July 6, 2009
I have had a long standing interest in following US politics and I found the 2008 US election to be one of the most exciting. While I don’t agree with much of the tonic President Obama is administering to the current economic illness, I think the two choices American’s had for president in 2008 were both exceptional candidates.
When Senator McCain announced Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his nominee for vice president I was surprised. She wasn’t someone on any list of prospects I had seen. At the time I described that decision as McCain’s Hail Mary pass for the election. As we now know this didn’t pay off for him.
The position of US vice president is important primarly because the occupant of that office becomes president in the event that the incumbent becomes incapacitated. The vice president is also a member of the legislative branch of government in his or her capacity as president of the Senate. The Senate’s president casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
If I were a betting man I’d predict that John McCain will be alive in November 2012 – which means that, barring a catastrophe, it would have been highly doubtful that a VP Sarah Palin would haved needed to be called upon to replace McCain. Nonetheless, she would still have been ” a heart beat away from the presidency.”
The more I learn about her, the more pleased that she isn’t today’s vice president. Now she may over time become well equipped for the job of president, but she’s got a lot of work to do between now and then. This Vanity Fair article, which was linked form a recent Wall Street Journal on Palin, does a pretty good job of describing Palin, a bit of her history and, most concerning, her character.
Vanity Fair is not gospel when it comes to politics. So I take the writer’s comments with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, it’s a worthwhile read if you’re interested in the free world’s leadership.