Pondering Palin

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2008

Perhaps, in the past we have too often discounted the significance of the role of our vice president.

Hopefully, we will be mindful that the vice president is just a heart beat away from the presidency. Unfortunately, too often we have had to experience such a change of power; Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman - just in our lifetime.

The obvious question presents itself: Is Sen. John McCain's choice, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, vice presidential material?

No doubt, she has done a commendable job as Alaska's chief executive. Her aggressive stance and refusal to accept the infamous U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' "bridge to nowhere" were bold courageous political moves.

Even her opponents would agree that she is an excellent mother with an admirable family values philosophy. As the father of a handicapped child, I can certainly relate to her role as a handicapped parent.

McCain will be 73 years old when he takes office - age 81 if he was to finish eight years in office. Just using the law of averages, the likelihood of McCain finishing a term of president is significantly less than his opponents (Obama and Libertarian Bob Barr).

Where would we be with Palin as president and if the so-called crisis "3 a.m. phone call" comes? As commander in chief of the most powerful nuclear military force in the world, what experience would she draw on to command?

The vice president serves as president of the U.S. Senate and must cast tie-breaking votes. Where is her national legislative experience?

Palin is the ideal mother you would want leading your PTA, coaching your kid's ball team and possibly leading one of the least populous states, Alaska.

But as president of the United States, that's a stretch by anyone's criteria.

Let us all pray for the continued good health of McCain.

James W. Anderson

Former County Republican Chairman

Talladega, Ala.

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