Friday, August 29, 2008

A Non-Partisan Post

In case you missed last night's speech by Barak Obama at the Democratic National Convention, the presidential candidate gave a masterfully crafted, and flawlessly delivered acceptance speech. I can honestly say that it's been quite some time since anyone has made me think the art of oration is still alive and well. He allowed himself some flights of fancy without actually taking flight into inspirational cornfields, he addressed the areas he is most widely called to task on (experience and celebrity), and even proved to be quite pugnacious, no doubt to prove he could handle the role of Commander in Chief that many have doubted.

It was a history making speech and nomination....leaving McCain with no choice but to take the competition up a notch.

And he choosing Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate. Though she is not very well known, his choice was clearly a necessity of strategy. And a stroke of genius.

Some things about her:

*She's 44 (younger than Obama by three years, and also younger than 2 of McCain's children)
*She is a mother of five and her youngest, born this past April, has Downs Syndrome
*She seems to compliment McCain in that she is a recognized maverick of the Republican party, often coming to blows with her own party members
* She runs marathons
*Her husband, Todd Palin, is part Yup'ik Eskimo, and is a blue-collar North Slope oil worker who competes in the Iron Dog, a 1,900-mile snowmobile race

Things are going to get very interesting.

Both candidates picked someone on the other side of their respective age bracket to address the relative concerns, and both picked someone whose record has complimented their own.

What is the greater signifcance in all of this???

Come November, history will be made when either an African-American man or a woman finds themself elected into an executive office.

Look for another poll to elicit your voter choice at the close of the RNC.

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