I like McCain’s choice of Palin much more than Obama’s choice of Biden. This New York Times article, McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate, gives a good summary.
While Obama’s choice of Biden felt like he was giving in to people complaining about lack of experience, foreign issues expertise, etc., McCain’s choice of Palin is more risky. Palin is a woman, she’s considered somewhat of a “maverick” in her party, she’s from Alaska, no one has ever heard of her, she’s young and relatively inexperienced, etc.
In the end I respect McCain for making this choice. Now I wish more than ever that Obama had chosen Hilary Clinton. It says something that McCain chose to make the risky choice and Obama chose to make the safe choice. It may say something about who is really for change.
This move could work out well for McCain because the conservative Christians are very happy about it and maybe some women, who are not pro-choice, will move towards Palin.
“They’re beyond ecstatic,” said Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition. “This is a home run. She is a reformer governor who is solidly pro-life and a person of deep Christian faith. And she is really one of the bright shining new stars in the Republican firmament.”
I don’t know much about Biden but my first impression is not favorable. He seems very liberal, loose with his mouth, an insider who likes to say he is not. He is handsome though.
I respect Palin because she doesn’t just say she is pro-life, she didn’t abort her fifth baby when she knew he had Down syndrome. She also rooted out corruption in her government and attacked many Republicans while doing that.
My summary is that though I think Obama > McCain, I think Palin >> Biden.