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ANALYSIS: Trumping Obama on change
Her first gaffes will be magnified into conventional wisdom.
And her lack of national stage experience works against Mr. McCain’s argument that the White House is no place for on-the-job training. She’ll have to be nearly perfect in her early outings to convince voters she’s ready.
But she’ll also be a tough figure to attack, as Democrats found out Friday morning as they searched for the proper tone to respond. Initially they took a dismissive approach, bordering on insulting.
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton, saying Mrs. Palin is also an extension of President Bush’s policies.
Ninety minutes later the campaign put out a far more measured statement from Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden congratulating her, and later in the day Mr. Obama told reporters the first statement was the result of his campaign having “hair triggers.”
We’ll know how popular a pick Mrs. Palin is by the number of congressional candidates begging to have her campaign for them.
Mr. Cantor said Mrs. Palin’s presence on the ticket will also be a boost for energy issues, and could even put the issue of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the table again.
“There is no better advocate for that,” the congressman said.
Mrs. Palin in her remarks yesterday said she expects to lengthen the cracks Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made in the glass ceiling by narrowly losing to Mr. Obama for the Democratic nomination, and there’s little doubt Mrs. Palin complicates Mr. Obama’s electoral calculations.
Mrs. Clinton said Mrs. Palin’s selection was “historic” and added an important voice to the debate, even though she said Mrs. Palin “would take America in the wrong direction.”
One certainty is that it’s now a guarantee that history will be made: Barring something bizarre, the next administration will have either the first black man in the Oval Office or a woman in the No. 2 slot.
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