I watched Sarah Palin give her spech last night at the Republican National Convention. For the first time in a while, I think I’ve seen a real Washington, D.C. outsider. Forget about McCain, Obama and Biden who, despite their saying otherwise, still wear the badge of Washington or elite politician. Verbosity aside, when it comes down to it, the three men in this election campaign still represent the unwritten rule in D.C. politics that say men make better leaders. Even Obama, who has no more experience than 90% of Congress and less than 50 governors, still looks like the same old politician with flashy speeches promising the world but offering little.
Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air in a stale and humid political climate. I watched with fascination as this hockey mom from Alaska delivered a near flawless speech that stirred and fired up her audience. Sure it was a Republican audience but even Democratic talking heads were giving her A’s and B’s (unheard of in partisan politics). Though quick to look and point out anything they find that is even the remotest bit negative, Democratic pundits still had a hard time saying anything short of, “She was brilliant.” But more than just a good speech, Palin seemed to offer some intangibles that none of the other three can.
Palin knows what it is to live in our world, in a commoner’s world, in a place where struggles really do occur in life, where moral decisions are made on a daily basis, where faith and family really do come first. Palin knows what it is to work and not have everything spoon-fed to her like a cute little panda baby in a zoo. She knows how to work to achieve her goals and not only to achieve her goals but to walk in those circumstancial steps of life that come our way, no matter what we do or say. She doesn’t appear to have set out to chart her course but rather she has taken the journey set before her head-on with all the strength and fortitude of which any man in Washington, D.C. ought to envy.
Brilliance is what we need in the Oval Office. We don’t need a flashy media male diva, we don’t need a grumpy old man, we don’t need a slicked-back smooth talking salesman. What we need is someone who will go to bat for the country and will stand by the little people. We need someone that’s not afraid to stand up to the big interests and someone firm enough to stand against our adversaries. More than anyone I’ve seen so far in this election cycle, Sarah Palin seems to embody that sort of leader. And before you say, “she’s a woman”, let me just say that someone of the toughest and firmest people I’ve known and seen are women (think of some of your old teachers.)
While she hasn’t been in D.C., she still has plenty of executive governmental leadership and communication skills to make her quite effective. Certainly, she has more executive governmental experience than Obama and probably more than McCain or Biden when it comes down to it. After all, Senators aren’t as much executive decision makers as much as representatives that vote what their constituency wants (supposedly). I have every confidence in her, after reading about her and after hearing her speak, that she can deliver in the executive leadership role.
When I first saw that McCain had named Palin as his running mate, I kind of thought he was crazy. She’s just a beauty queen. She’s just a mom. She’s got five kids to care for (as if her husband shouldn’t share in that responsibility). The whole world seemed to think so, too. But as I’ve seen and heard and learned more about Palin, I think Palin is not only a great pick for Vice-President, but even a better pick for President, at least among the three others in this year’s race. So, I say let’s forget about the others. Make McCain your veep and run for president. Sarah Palin for president!