This isn’t a political blog, but Art’s 8-19-08 post got us thinking about how Christians might work through their faith in deciding how to vote. Yesterday, the choice before us suddenly got more interesting.
I surely didn’t see Gov. Sarah Palin coming, although my high school aged son, who has been intently interested in the VP selection process for months, had her as one of his top three picks for McCain. He had put her on my radar screen, but all that accomplished was to leave me impressed with the depth of his research. Who knew?
Gov. Palin’s CV is packed with broad experience - chief executive; business person; whistle-blower; energy expert; tax cutter; mother of soldier, daughters, and special needs baby; outdoorsman; former union member and wife of union member; total commitment to life . . . the number of competing constituencies to whom she might appeal is staggering.
I found her speaking style to be both bold and warm. Although she is low key about her faith, Gov. Palin used the phrase “servant’s heart” in her Dayton speech, and it felt authentic.
Not everyone is thrilled with Gov. Palin, of course. She’s perceived as too unknown and too light to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Her experience has been ridiculed as having played out in too small an arena. The pro-choicers are unhappy. The patriarchal men are unhappy. Some die-hard Clinton supporters are outraged that McCain seems to think that any woman will do to attract their vote.
I don’t automatically cast my vote for Christians, and I won’t automatically cast my vote for a woman. But I have to say that I have experienced the kind of reaction that so many African Americans have shared since Obama became the Democratic candidate. There is something viscerally right about finally seeing someone who’s, as I said to a friend in the grocery store yesterday, “one of us,” in the last leg of the race.
Over to you. How do you receive McCain’s selection? Do her credentials bring elements of social justice to the Republican ticket? Does the Vice Presidential candidate make a difference?