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Dem reaction to apparent Palin pick begins: “But she’s not *Famous*!!”
We don't all want Spears/Hilton/Obama celebs on our tickets, Ken.
With a hat tip to RCP’s Tom Bevan, Democrats Ken Salazar and James Clyburn are testing out lines of attack against McCain’s apparent Veep nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) — and, quite frankly, if this is the best they can do on a Friday morning, (a) they don’t have much to go on, and (b) their heads must still be spinning from the masterful job the McCain folks did of holding this pick close to their vest until the last possible moment.
Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina attacked Sarah Palin on South Carolina ETV Radio this morning, comparing her unfavorably to both Dan Quayle and Geraldine Ferraro:
I do believe that McCain has to do something to reshuffle the cards, shake up the establishment, do something unexpected and Governor Palin…has all the kinds of things that McCain might see as a way to shake things up. I think (her selection) would be something similar to Dan Quayle…
Dan Quayle proved to be sort of an embarrassment as a campaigner. Being thrust on a national stage like that could be very tough.
Now Mondale tried to shake things up by going with Geraldine Ferraro…she proved to be a disaster as a running mate. And as a campaigner, she was absolutely awful. And so I just think that it is very risky for McCain to do this, but it may be all he has left.
All he has left? He clowned you with a surprise pick whose experience, appearance, and gender make her a formidable opponent at very least, and you try to play it off as an act of desperation? How weak.
Further, appearing on CNN this morning, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) said the pick was “impulsive” and “risky.” The fact that McCain picked someone no one has ever heard of before this morning shows the “kind of judgment he’d bring to the White House,” Salazar said.
So let me get this straight: now that they’re topping their ticket with a celebrity who has never managed a thing in his life, and whose entire resume consists of student/community organizer/state senator/speech giver/4-year U.S. Senator, experience (like being a mayor and a Governor) doesn’t matter as much as being famous does?
By the way, I continue to note — with a hearty laugh — that they still appear to have the word “judgment” in their campaign vocabulary, even with their nominee’s history of associations (*cough* Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Jones, Dohrn, Johnson, etc. *cough*).
Isn’t that cute (and detached from reality). But I digress — the point here is that they’ll have to do a lot better than the above to take on McCain’s vice presidential pick. We’ll see if they have it in them to do so convincingly; personally, I have my doubts.