Daily Archives: August 29, 2008

Gideon Rachman

John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate is bold. But it is also dumb.

At a stroke, McCain has negated his most powerful argument – that Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be president. Sarah Palin has been governor of Alaska for less than two years. Six years ago, she was the mayor of a town of 9,000 people.

Her personal story is interesting and has a certain charm. But I winced as I heard her describe the valuable experience she had gained as a member of a Parent Teachers Association. And this is the person who might end up having to deal with the likes of Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao. And remember, McCain turned 72 today. Read more