UPDATE: Ed Morrissey has a wonderful, pro-Palin response to the Politico article posted on HotAir's front page (along with a big Palin portriat). He does an excellent job of shooting down all of the article's arguments against Palin. YOU ROCK, ED! (hat tip: "It's vintage, duh!")
It started yesterday at Politico.com, then I found it on HotAir.com, then it hit the Yahoo! homepage, then it turned up as a RealClearPolitics headline, and now it's posted at AOL's "Elections" homepage and mentioned by the Wall Street Journal.
I'm speaking, of course, about David Paul Kuhn's article "Three women who might join the GOP ticket", which profiles (in order) Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. On the whole, this is is definitely a positive development for our movement. It gets Gov. Palin's name out there, and almost all of the comments posted at Politico are pro-Palin (much fewer mentions of the other two women profiled), and the same goes for the comments section at HotAir.com. So, people are definitely loving the idea of a McCain-Palin ticket!
However, I also need to take issue with some of the views presented in the article. Several unnamed "party insiders", who seemed to have no inside knowledge of the VP selection process, dismissed Palin as "out of the top tier" for very petty reasons. I feel a need to respond to their claims, as they seem to show a double standard. So, here are their three primary criticisms with my responses.
1. She is "too unkown and inexperienced".
This argument could be made for almost any potential VP candidate. I don't hear anyone complaining about Charlie Crist's lack of experience, despite the fact that he and Palin were both elected in 2006. In fact, Palin was elected to her first office (city council) in 1988, four years before Crist's first election as a State Senator in 1992. Furthermore, I doubt that the average man on the street knows the names Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, and Tom Ridge. Hence, this criticism is totally irrelevant.
2. "She is not only based far from the continental 48 — and in a state with just three electoral votes that should already be in the bag for the GOP".
The Vice Presidency is about leadership, not geography, and this argument is an insult to every American who lives in a small state. However, I would also point out that Alaska could become a swing state this year, and Obama is also targeting other Northwestern red states. Please read my recent column, "The Geographic Argument for Palin", for a detailed description of why the current electoral map requires John McCain to select a Northern (and preferably Northwestern) running mate.
3. "No foreign policy credentials or experience."
Again, this is a blatant example of a double standard being applied to Palin. Gov. Palin has the same level of foreign policy gravitas as almost every other Governor. Tim Pawlenty, Charlie Crist, Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Mark Sanford, and Mike Huckabee are all lacking in the foreign policy department, and no one is criticizing them for it. John McCain has foreign policy gravitas spilling out his ears, and it is not what he needs in a running mate. However, as this election will likely be won or lost at the gas pump, he does need someone with gravitas on oil and gas issues. Gov. Palin, being from Alaska, is one of the country's leading voices on such issues, a mantle which no other governor can claim.