Governor Sarah Palin

Governor Sarah Palin

The Los Angeles Times is reporting news from unnamed sources withing the McCain campaign that Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be McCain’s choice for Vice President.

In a conversation with my wife last night, she expressed the opinion that if McCain chose a female running mate it would be an insult to all the women in America, a cynical and contemptuous attempt to take the votes of Hillary Clinton’s supporters from Obama. A choice that showed that McCain believes that women vote on the basis of gender alone and have no thought for the character, political associations or the policy choices of a candidate. I was a bit taken aback by the vehemence with which my wife spoke.

What little I have heard about Governor Palin has been positive. I can’t offer an opinion on the choice beyond that. What do you think of McCain choosing a female running mate?

Update: McCain’s choice of Palin was officially announced at a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio today. On first view, Palin’s qualifications seem to be that she is female, pro-life and an anti-corruption reformer in her home state of Alaska. She has held office in the PTA, her hometown city council, as mayor, on Alaska’s energy commission and, for less than two years, as Governor of Alaska. John McCain turns 72 years old today and not in the best of health. His Vice President would truly stand a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Is Sarah Palin ready for that job?