September 1, 2008
The selection by John McCain of Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate is a bold and fascinating move. First and foremost, Palin is pro-life. And not just ideologically, but practically pro-life. When told she was pregnant with a Down syndrome child, she chose to give the baby life. That should resonate well with serious Catholics and evangelicals.
Alaska has a strong economy and residents have been given rebates from state coffers thanks to large oil profits. Palin thinks we should drill in ANWR. I predict she will convince McCain to change his mind.
Can she be president? We’re about to find out during the next sixty days. But being a governor and a maverick makes her an outsider to Washington and its ways. Voters will be asked to determine who the real reformers are and what reforms they will bring. Democrats have promised the moon but their proposals for paying for it are fantastic and unrealistic.
Sarah Palin is a real conservative. I have always thought the first female national leader would be a Republican. We’ll know by November 4 if I am right.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.