Obama delivered. Simple as that. And the poll bump is now bumping. Even before his Goldilocks speech last night (Goldilocks because it was “Just RIght” — not too righteous, not too soring, not to wonkish, not too churlish, not too congenial) Gallup showed him regaining momentum over McCain due to a Biden Bump. By Monday that will be in firm double digits as his “We Can Not Walk Alone” speech works its way into the national zeitgeist.
This despite McCain’s best efforts to steal the limelight back today with his veep pick. Even if McCain picks first term governor Sarah Palin as For Republicans woman candidates and politicians are so much window dressing, just like Republican minority candidates. They’re trotted out like so much chintz in help to try and obscure the reality that the Republican party has, is and, seemingly, always will be a white man’s party. But after elections it’s the party good ‘ol boys who run the shop. Democrats give more than lip service to the efficacy of their female and minority candidates. Nancy Pelosi is not window dressing. She’s the whole window. Ditto Barrack Obama. He’s now the whole Democratic store.
McCain really has no choice but to go with Palin, just as the GOP really had no choice than to go with McCain. Had the GOP nominated any of McCain’s primary rivals, candidates who, for the most part, were more in step with core Republican values than McCain himself, Obama would be up by fifteen or more points by now.
The simple fact that Republicans recognize but refuse to really act on is that Americans are finally souring on their anti-government, your on your own, you drown you drown, New Orleans, rhetoric. Republican call to dismantle government has amounted to the opening of our civic gates to the hordes of no-holds barred, loot what you can while you can barbarians masquerading as legitimate businessmen. (Fitting, in its own way, that this week also marked the 1,598th anniversary of the barbarian sacking of Rome in 410 AD. Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Colbert.)
That’s why McCain has been trying to walk the ultimately untenable tightrope of sounding Republican enough to win his base without sounding so Republican he looses the independents and moderates. Tain’t possible over the long haul, Johnny ‘ol boy.
Now comes the dropping of the other high heel. Sarah Palin adds the balance in terms of youth and gender that the Republicans need which can help with the middle. The Palin Problem is that once McCain picks a half term governor to be one seventy year old’s heart beat away from the Oval Office the whole GOP “Obama ain’t ready” campaign collapses in a heap of hypocrisy. Once he picks a woman as running mate his luke warm support from social and religious conservatives who, not so deep down, still feel that woman should follow their men, support their men but never lead their men, turns positively tepid. And once he picks a woman mainstream moderates, seeing the pick for the simple, political, opportunistic choice that it is, will realize that the Republicans really are that out of touch with mainstream moderates. Diehard Hillary supporters will realize that the Democratic party really is the party that treats women as more than just wrist candy for powerful men. Hillary Clinton was not run by the Democrats, nor did she get eighteen million votes, as a stunt, a sop to women
Last night Barack Obama proved he can. Today, with his pick for Veep, John McCain underscores that, come November, he can’t.