- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 6, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The following are excerpts from editorials that ran this week in other newspapers:

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio, on John McCain’s running mate: No sooner had the echoes stilled from Sen. Barack Obama’s stirring acceptance speech in Denver … than Sen. John McCain made a bold move. He picked as his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, who was not much known outside her home state and represents a maverick’s gamble if ever there was one.

There’s nothing in her paper-thin resume to suggest she knows anything about foreign affairs, which Republicans have hitherto insisted was essential, and the issues that matter to America’s great urban centers, given that Alaska is not typical of the rest of the country. …

Still, there’s no denying her political appeal. A mother of five and staunchly anti-abortion, she will bring those wary Christian conservatives into the McCain camp.

… Whether her right-wing views will attract white working-class women who supported Hillary Clinton is debatable. In her introductory speech, she explicitly said: “The women of America aren’t finished yet.”

On the issues, there is much to dislike about Sarah Palin – and other Clinton, not to mention Obama, supporters will be the first to point that out. But her candidacy is exciting – and excitement can count for a lot in politics.

On the Net:

www.tinyrurl.com/6ofbbr

The Dallas Morning News, on Latinos and Republicans:

Four years ago, Republicans couldn’t have imagined being in this situation.

President Bush and other GOP leaders were working hard to reach Latino voters and succeeded, as Mr. Bush received nearly 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in his re-election campaign against John Kerry.

But the brutal, fruitless immigration debates in Congress in 2006 and ‘07 damaged the GOP brand among Latinos, and Republicans have seen their standing among Latinos go south.

True, some high-profile Hispanics will be on the GOP convention stage this week in St. Paul, Minn. Still, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows only 23 percent of Latinos backing Republican nominee John McCain.

Mr. McCain can hardly afford that huge drop-off. He especially can’t afford an exodus of Latino Protestants, a key part of Mr. Bush’s base. …

That this dramatic decline appears to be wrapped up in the immigration debate makes the situation an ironic, unfair blow to Mr. McCain. His presidential campaign almost went into the ditch before the first primary votes were counted because conservatives abhorred his courageous stand on immigration reform. Unlike some of the more vocal in his party, Mr. McCain wanted Congress to pass a comprehensive plan that included giving illegal immigrants a chance to earn citizenship over time.

He since has adjusted his stand to say he wants to secure the border first, but he never has backed away from a comprehensive solution. …

Mr. McCain has a message for Latinos. He should sell it.

On the Net:

www.dallasnews.com

The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., on the Republican convention and Hurricane Gustav:

When the Republicans were carefully planning their convention months ago, Hurricane Gustav obviously was not on the schedule.

When it became clear the storm could lead to disasters along the Gulf Coast, presumptive GOP nominee John McCain did what he had to do: He ordered opening night activities curtailed.

Certain items of business, such as the adoption of the party platform, had to be approved at the start of the convention. Monday, though, was no time for images of people in funny hats whooping it up – not after some two million of their fellow Americans heeded mandatory evacuation orders and fled the Gulf Coast. Many of those ended up in emergency shelters far from home.

McCain surely is sincere in his wish that reaction to Hurricane Gustav be from an American – not partisan – perspective. Still, it did give Republicans the opportunity to get emergency response right this time in contrast to the terrible mishandling of Hurricane Katrina just three years ago.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama also has put country ahead of politics. He said he would not schedule any immediate trips to the Gulf Coast because security details can draw needed emergency resources away from the job.

It will be weeks and perhaps even months before a comprehensive analysis on the government response to Hurricane Gustav will be completed. But both the presidential candidates easily passed the test in their responses to a storm that no one wanted to see.

On the Net:

www.tinyurl.com

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