Such a pick had the advantage of bolstering McCain’s “economic” credentials. More importantly, Romney knows how to raise money.
Yet, miraculously, McCain must have seen that picking Romney would have sealed his doom. Tired politicians spinning their way out of statements made just months ago; Democrats and their pals at Planned Parenthood running ads about the disturbing story of Romney’s ambitious journey from adamant pro-abort to adamant pro-Lifer – just in time to help his bid for the presidency.
Within minutes of McCain’s announcement, the energy level of the conservative base increased tenfold.
We took emails and phone calls all day Friday from pro-Lifers anxious to get involved in the effort to elect Sarah Palin. Folks are energized by her clarion call to protect preborn children. But it is already clear that there is much more to Palin than simply having the politically-correct answer to a modern plague. Obviously Palin is not “politically” pro-Life but rather understands at a heart level that abortion is not about the ambition of various politicians – but about its many victims.
As the media coverage continued throughout the day, other things about Sarah Palin became clear: She is actually a gifted and articulate member of the great “middle class”. Her family is composed of average Americans, and her passion is for the average folks from her neighborhood. She won’t have to spend most of the next three months persuading us that she “feels our pain”: Anyone who has seen her with her family already knows she is one of us. One could safely bet the farm that her highest calling is Wife and Mother. Power and privilege have yet to stain her soul or twist her world-view. She is the sort of person whom the Founding Fathers envisioned stepping up out of obscurity to serve the public good for a season.
We must pray that the Lord protects her from the vast temptations which surround a person of sudden celebrity, because her present humility and station will offer renewed hope to millions of Americans that our system of government can still work – can still produce average persons of great character. People like Sarah Palin have the power to confirm the promise of democracy by demonstrating to all the professionals and pundits that government by the People is still within our grasp.
The choice of Palin also says quite a bit about John McCain. Maybe there is not such a disconnect after all between the hero of Vietnam and the present politician. Perhaps he does hold respect for the values which have bred greatness for a nation. His courage in picking Palin may prove to be his greatest contribution to the conservative movement.
All of which is to say that McCain has put himself back in the game to be president.