Many people are more qualified than me to write about politics. However, as an outsider, I think I am qualified to comment on John McCain's selection of a running mate --since his choice seems clearly designed to win over the hearts and minds -- and votes -- not of political pundits -- but of women like me.
I don't need to hear experts on either side spin the conversation. I don't think McCain cares if I hear their words anyway -- given that a picture is worth a thousand words. Because McCain right now is asking American women to look at the picture. And the most important attribute McCain wants us to notice about his running mate is something he won't mention in words: her breasts.
She made this clear herself by trying so transparently to appeal to Hillary's supporters as if they admire Hillary for her estrogen rather than her intellect and experience. Could anything be more insulting? Does McCain really believe American women are that stupid?
Although I don't always think the American people make wise decisions (i.e. 2000 and 2004) I have far more faith in their collective wisdom at this moment than John McCain apparently does.
Does he think we don't notice his unbelievable level of hypocrisy?
Here is McCain, questioning the judgment of a man who has inspired millions to support him in a grassroots campaign for President. And here is McCain, asking us to choose him instead---based on his superior judgment---when he selects Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat away (in McCain's case, less than a heartbeat away) from the presidency.
Despite fortunate near-misses like Dan Quayle and Spiro Agnew, American history is filled with times when a president is unable to serve and the Vice President takes over -- not even including the last 8 years. We have to trust that our president has our best interests at heart when he makes this first, and potentially most important choice of his future presidency.
Today -- in the midst of a war that McCain believes is going to continue maybe forever, at a time when our nation faces some of the greatest problems in our entire history, his first presidential decision is revealed to us -- the person in whose hands he wants to place the future of the war in Iraq, the future of our country, possibly the future of our planet.
I have nothing against Sarah Palin. I'm sure she is a very capable governor of Alaska. And even a really good mom to her 5 children.
But nothing matters except one thing. John McCain is 72 years old, and has battled melanoma several times, and the only real job of the Vice President is to be there, just in case.
You don't need a thousand words. You don't need any words. Just look at the big picture.