Friday, August 29, 2008

Michael Palin is historic choice as US Republican Veep candidate

Well it's about time they had a good old down-to-earth Yorkshireman with a sense of humour at the top in Washington.

Oh all right then, I'll be sensible. It's Sarah.

Dear young Stephen Tall asks on LDV: Will this spike the Dems' Denver guns? Well there is always a DNC then a RNC bounce. This choice is, in many ways, obvious, in terms of it being a young, fresh, "change" Veep candidate. The two tickets are now perfectly symmetrical. Age and experience in one slot, and relative youth and "change" in the other.

I was becoming increasingly convinced McCain would choose a woman - but I thought it would be Carly Fiorina and then Kay Bailey Hutchinson. After the event, with the benefit of hindsight, the Veep choices look a quite predictable. But of course, they were, infuriatingly and emphatically, not predicatable before they were announced!
However, James Shaddock on LDV makes a good point. The debates:

McCain versus Obama
I'll eat my hat if Obama doesn't wipe the floor with McCain in all the debates.
Biden versus Palin
Well, having seen Joe Biden in action at the DNC and in various debates, I think Michael Palin would do better than Sarah against him. It's going to be eye-watering car crash TV.

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