Big Mac gave us more feints than the fabled Gale Sayers (NFL, 1965 - 1971), the legendary mid-20th century crowd-pleaser whose dazzling open-field running carried him oft over the goal line: It's Romney right, Ridge left, Lieberrman left again, Huckabee right, no, its Pawlenty up the middle....reports say a private plane from Achorage landed 15 miles from Dayton, Ohio late yesterday evening, from which stepped a woman in her forties with two teenage kids (as Palin does), and the plane owned by a McCain donor--it's Palin!, But other reports have Palin still in Alaska; wait, now it's back socially LEFT but economically RIGHT yet again to Meg Whitman, moderately pro-choice but a New Economy superstar but also a bi-coastal--born NYC, lives in CA....But wait!--yet another plane flew in to the same Ohio airport, then proceeded to Flagstaff, AZ, near Phoenix, then returned to Ohio at that airport last night, lots of bags off the plane....
BRILLIANT! All the buzz this AM is WHO will Big Mac pick?????? Barack WHO???? Obama WHOM????
SARA PALIN is "Game-changer" VP! Her biography. Fox is reporting, based upon senior McCain aide telling Carl Cameron of Fox; official announcement due by Noon.
PLUS - A very attractive mom of five, strongly pro-life (Protestant), pro-drilling in Alaska, media-savvy from TV sports reporter experience, executive managerial competence as successful governor, thrills Hillary supporters angry at her defeat yet also attracts conservative base, adds outside Beltway cast to GOP ticket. She is TOUGH: played in the high-school state championship basketball game with a stress fracture (ouch!). Most Important: RE-BRANDS GOP, women having been 54% of voters in 2004; GUARANTEES HISTORIC WINNING TICKET--either 1st black President or 1st woman Vice-President. Family is five children (the youngest has special needs, all with New Age names, the eldest enlisted 9/11/07 in the Army), a husband who is a champion sledder & works for BP on the North Slope.
MINUS - Three years younger than Barack Obama; zero foreign policy commander-in-chief experience.
X FACTORS - McCain has been running near even with Obama for months. The standard playbook is to pick a safe VP choice, as good VP picks rarely help, whereas bad VPs picks seriously damage a presidential candidate. But 2008 is hardly a conventional year, and with the standard GOP brand positively toxic, Team McCain felt the need to run away from today's Beltway GOP. How will she perform against foreign-policy star Biden in the Oct. 2 VP debate? she can point out where Biden was wrong--let's break up Iraq, and opposing the successful surge--and benefit from the expectations game: Everyone expects Biden to win big, but media-savvy and tough, Palin stands a good chance to hold her own.
BONUS: Sarah Palin pushes Obama Big Speech off front page. WHAT Denver speech?