Obama’s speech last night was historic. Whether the speech was full of empty rhetoric and promise without substance or full of promise and hope for the future is immaterial. Regardless of what you think of the man, his prospects for victory or his readiness for the office, the fact that he won his party’s nomination and is now in a fight for the presidency is historic. One can almost believe that we, as a nation, are finally beginning to judge someone by the “content of their character.”
However, not to be outdone, John McCain has just selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his Vice President.
Now, it’s not unprecedented. Most can remember the ill-fated campaign of Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale, so it’s not ground-breaking to pick a woman as VP. Nor is it ground breaking to pick a politically young governor for a VP. Spiro Agnew was only the Governor of Maryland for a few years before being tapped by Nixon to be his running mate. Previous to that he had no major level government (beyond county-level) experience. While it’s not ground breaking, the past does not bode well for Mrs. Palin’s future.
But to pick a woman who’s 44, the youngest Governor of Alaska ever, and……wait for it…. a life long member of the NRA is genius. And, no matter who wins, history will be made. Either a minority president, or a female Vice President.
Either way, it looks like the promise of America, and equality for all, is slowly coming to fruition. It’s going to be a tight race. One that comes down to the wire. In the end, I’ll be proud to tell my grandkids that I was there when it happened.