In an attempt to steal headlines and women votes from Obama, McCain announces his VP pick immediately after the Dem convention and, as I predicted, picked a woman, the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin:
Sen. John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a senior McCain campaign official told CNN on Friday. Palin, 44, who’s in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s top political job. Born in Idaho, she is a longtime Alaskan and a Protestant. Her biography said she arrived in Alaska in 1964, “when her parents came to teach school in Skagway.” She graduated from Wasila High School in 1982 and received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. Her husband is Todd Palin, an oil production operator on Alaska’s North Slope. They have five children, including a son who enlisted in the Army last year.
The speeches from Clinton and Obama have been more stridently women’s rights oriented than in previous Dem convention speeches. I doubt that Palin will demand equal pay for women and other demands espoused by the Dem camp. So, what does this mean for changing women’s lives? Is this a Geraldine Ferraro pick, destined to lose or is this the future of women’s politics in America?