The Hail Mary Pass That Missed
My sister is a small-l libertarian who has voted for President Bush and President Clinton in the past (and she voted for Libertarian Harry Browne in between). She is now a registered undecided voter, one I’ve been trying to convert to the Democrats all year.
She’s seen most of the major speeches, and is convinced that Barack Obama is a good man, a good speaker, and could easily be elected President. But she doesn’t like his views on economics. She’s watched John McCain all year, can’t stand the way he’s handling his campaign, and believes he is only marginally better on policy than Obama. And Bob Barr is a former right-wing Republican, so she’s not inclined to vote for him except maybe as a protest. Or she might not vote at all.
Those were her 4 options. She was hoping that McCain would use his VP selection to pick someone like Mitt Romney or any one else experienced enough to give her a reassurance about the campaign, by picking someone who might take charge should the 72-year-old McCain die in office. In her view, McCain threw it all away on a christianist beauty queen with next to no experience.
McCain hasn’t lost her vote – yet. But he’s come a lot closer than just about anytime since Obama’s inspirational speech in Iowa in January.
If my sister is any indication, McCain has done a lot of harm to himself with this Hail Mary pass. But we’ll see. My sister has been oscillating between her 4 choices all year and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.