Opinion: The Case for Bayh, Palin

This opinion piece was written on Monday morning for publishing on Wednesday. Due to the nature of presidential politics, some elements of this opinion may be outdated.

With less than three months until American voters decide who will be the next President of the United States; US Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have yet to decide who they will choose for their vice-presidential running mate.

On the Democratic side, several prominent Democratic politicians have been named likely choices for the vice-presidency, including: Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, and of course, former Democratic rival turned Obama supporter, Hillary Clinton.

For the Republicans, there are Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Governor and rival Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Florida Governor Charlie Christ, and a dark-horse candidate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

As the second most powerful person in American government, the Vice-President will certainly be an important decision for both candidates. For Obama, he will need to find an individual capable of bringing experience to the Democratic ticket. For McCain, he will need to shore up conservative support.

Evan Bayh, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, would be the perfect candidate for Barack Obama. Bayh, 52, is a centrist Democrat from the Republican state of Indiana. As a former Governor and son of a former US Senator, Bayh brings with him political experience required to balance out the Democratic team.

Additionally, since it is quite clear Senator Obama will not announce Hillary Clinton as his running mate, Bayh could heal the rift caused during the lengthy Democratic primary between Clinton and Obama supporters.

Republican John McCain could name dark-horse candidate Sarah Palin, current governor of Alaska. Palin, 44, would convince conservatives that John McCain does stand for conservative values.

Palin was elected Alaska’s first female and youngest governor in 2006. Daring in challenging the Republican elite, she challenged then-governor Frank Murkowski, promising to bring change and ethics reform.

When her latest child was revealed to have Down syndrome disorder, Palin, a staunch conservative and a pro-life individual, stood by her Christian beliefs and chose not to terminate her pregnancy.

Her conservative principles would help John McCain solidify votes among Republican and Republican-leaning voters. Palin could possibly help McCain snatch a few disgruntled Clinton supporters and Democratic-leaning women to cast their ballots for Republicans.

Adding Palin, would balance McCain’s old age on the Republican ticket.

As the days draw closer to their respective party nomination, both Barack Obama and John McCain could announce their vice-presidential pick in just a few short days.

The Democrats will meet on August 25-28, 2008 in Colorado. Republicans will hold their national convention in Minnesota, from September 1-4, 2008.


This opinion will be published in the Temple City Voice on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. This views of this author does not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff.


One comment

  1. Rebecca Burt

    She has next to no experience in government. When ask about national security back ground or knowledge regarding foreign affairs the best Ms. McCain could come up with was “she lives right by Russia.” She has only traveled outside the country twice in her life. She belonged (as did her husband “Mr. first Dude”) to a 3rd party which among other things supports allowing Alaska to secede from the United States and feels the only thing wrong with the John Birch Society was it was to liberal! She tried to have a local Librarian fired for not banning books. Used her political office to try to have fired and smear a state trooper who is in a custody battle with her sister. Is being investigated for this and is worried enough about the outcome to have recently “lawyered up.” Currently has pretty messy family issues, recently gave birth to a son with Downs Syndrome and has a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant. Ironically she has fought sex education in the schools and availability of contraception for minors. Believes that for 9 months a woman has no right to control what is happening to her own body and is basically nothing more than a baby container. She does not believe in a women’s right to choose to end a pregnancy, even if she has been raped. Does not believe human pollution has anything to do with global warming (even Bush has had to back down on this one). Is so in bed with big oil she is willing to watch as the polar bear and beluga whales become extinct, rather than slow the possibility of drilling. She would open up one of the last great wilderness on earth to exploitation by oil interests. Laughs when hearing a fellow Republican woman being called a bitch in public (she and the woman had disagreed on several issues) I guess this does make her on par with McCain who thinks it is alright to call your wife a cunt in public. Has an undergraduate degree in Journalism for a small obscure university. She has been repeatedly described as stubborn with a vicious streak – even by family and friends. (nick name Sarah Barracuda) Did fund raising and accepted money from the same sources as Sen. Ted Stevens. Pushed for the “bridge to no where – the flipped when convenient to do so. She has been named Sen. John McCain’s VP selection for the Republican ticket. Sen. McCain is 72 years old and has reoccurring cancer as part of his health history. One can not help but question Mr. McCain’s judgment regarding her selection.

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