When my sweet husband sent me a text this morning asking if I had heard who John McCain chose as his running mate I answered “no” but let my mind float over the list that has been so thoroughly talked about of late. I had a secret hope that he had chosen Mitt Romney. I like Mitt (I apparently know him well enough to call him by his first name!). I liked him when he came to Salt Lake to do the Olympics. I also liked watching him as he has spent the past few years campaigning for President.
So when Dave texted back that Sarah Palin was chosen, I was surprised. And then I smiled. It is an interesting move, to say the least, of the Republican party.
My perception of politics is that it is more of a game where one party is constantly trying to gain the advantage over their opponent than it is about the issues of our day. Both sides will say what needs to be said to win the election. So without getting into the issues or perceptions of politics, I only want to ask the questions…
Is Sarah Palin qualified to be a running candidate on the presidential ticket or is she being used by the Republican party to gain the women voters left behind by Hillary? And if she is being used, is she ok with this? Is she ok with putting her husband and five children in the center of the spotlight when any number of things can be said to and about you to gain the upper hand? Is this a good political move for her to further her career and does she feel a strong call of patriotism to step up and try to make great things happen for our country? I am sure she has though through all of these points. She seems to have a great head on her shoulders.
My mind is flooded with questions about this woman; this mother of five children; this wife of 20 years; this woman who doesn’t have decades of public service under her belt only to be asked to serve in such a lofty position.