Le choix de l’inexpérimentée
et ultra-conservatrice Sarah Palin (gouverneur de l’Alaska) comme
colistière du candidat républicain John Mc Cain à l’élection
présidentielle américaine est-il opportuniste ou déséspéré???
L’on peut légitimement se poser la question.
En effet, si par ce choix
John Mc Cain veut séduire l’électorat féministe de Hilary Clinton,
avouons qu’il y parviendra difficilement. Car les qualités (notamment
la compétence, l’expérience…) et les convictions progressistes qui
ont alliéné une partie des féministes, des démocrates et des
indépendants américains à Mme Clinton, ne se retrouvent pas
malheureusement chez Mme Palin.
Cette dernière a beau être
une femme, il n’empêche qu’elle affiche ouvertement son
ultra-conservatisme sur tous les sujets de société. Mme Palin est
farouchement opposée à l’avortement, est membre active de la "NRA" (le
syndicat des fabriquants et détenteurs d’armes aux Etats-Unis);
surtout, elle est favoravble à la prospection et à l’extraction du
prétrole en Alaska. Faudrait-il rajouter son unilatéralisme et sa
méconnaissance du reste du monde…
Autant de raisons qui ne
sauraient la rapprocher d’un électorat démocrate et indépendant, plus
sensible au professionnalisme et à la perspicacité du ticket
Bref John Mc Cain déconcerte
autant son camp républicain que l’Amérique dite profonde par le choix
de Sarah Palin comme vice-président(e).
Est-ce le signe annonciateur d’une résignation à l’échec? seul l’avenir nous dira….
A l’évidence, il appartient
désormais à Barack Obama et à Joe Biden de surfer pendant les
prochaines semaines sur la vague convainquante et rassembleuse de la
convention démocrate de Denvert, en éspérant qu’elle les portera
définitivement jusqu’à la Maison Blanche…en Novembre prochain.
C’est tout le bien qu’on leur souhaite.
Je vous remercie
The New York Times
August 30, 2008
McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate
By MICHAEL COOPER and ELISABETH BUMILLER
Ohio — Senator John McCain astonished the political world on Friday by
naming Sarah Palin, a little-known governor of Alaska and
self-described “hockey mom” with almost no foreign policy experience,
as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
Palin, 44, a social conservative, former union member and mother of
five who has been governor for two years, was on none of the widely
discussed McCain campaign short lists for vice president. In selecting
her, Mr. McCain reached far outside the Washington Beltway in an
election year in which the Democratic presidential candidate, Senator
Barack Obama, is running on a platform of change.
from these parts, and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to
know her, you’re going to be as impressed as I am,” Mr. McCain told a
midday rally of 15,000 people in a basketball arena here shortly before
Ms. Palin, with her husband and four of her children, strode out onto
Within moments, Ms. Palin made an explicit appeal to
the disappointed supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by
praising not only Mrs. Clinton but also the only other woman in
American history who has been on a presidential ticket, Geraldine A.
Ferraro, Walter F. Mondale’s Democratic running mate in 1984.
left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in
America, but it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and
we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” Ms. Palin said to
Ms. Palin and Mr. McCain then embarked on a bus
tour across Ohio and north into western Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, a
route that took in a wide swath of the central battleground in this
year’s presidential campaign.
Mr. McCain’s pick, Ms. Palin, who
opposes abortion, played especially well among evangelicals and other
social conservatives, who have always viewed Mr. McCain warily and who
have been jittery in recent weeks because of reports that Mr. McCain
was considering naming a running mate who favors abortion rights.
McCain campaign sees Ms. Palin as a kindred spirit to Mr. McCain,
particularly in her history of taking heat from fellow Republicans for
bucking them on issues and spotlighting their ethical failings. Like
Mr. McCain’s, her political profile is built in part on her opposition
to questionable government spending projects.
But they differ
on a number of policies. Ms. Palin opposed Mr. McCain on one of the
most prominent Alaskan issues: She supports drilling for oil in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Mr. McCain opposes it, much to the
consternation of some Republicans. Mr. McCain’s environmental policy
accepts that global warming is driven by pollution; Ms. Palin has said
she is not convinced. A spokeswoman for Ms. Palin, Maria Comella, said,
“Governor Palin not only stands with John McCain in his belief that
global warming is a critical issue that must be addressed, but she has
been a leader in addressing climate change.”
Ms. Palin, a
former mayor of the small town of Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb, rose to
prominence as a whistle-blower uncovering ethical misconduct in state
government. Her selection amounted to a gamble that an infusion of new
leadership — and the novelty of the Republican Party’s first female
candidate for vice president — would more than compensate for the risk
that Ms. Palin could undercut one of the McCain campaign’s central
arguments, that Mr. Obama is too inexperienced to be president.
and at least some shocked Republicans questioned the judgment of Mr.
McCain, who has said repeatedly on the campaign trail that his running
mate should have the qualifications to immediately step into the role
of commander in chief.
Mr. McCain’s words on the matter have
had more than usual resonance this year because of his age — he turned
72 on Friday, and hopes to be the oldest person ever elected to a first
term — and his history with skin cancer.
Ms. Palin appears to
have traveled very little outside the United States. In July 2007, she
had to get a passport before she visited members of the Alaska National
Guard stationed in Kuwait, according to her deputy communications
director, Sharon Leighow. She also visited wounded troops in Germany
during that trip.
Mr. McCain’s announcement of Ms. Palin came
in the immediate afterglow that Democrats were enjoying from their
nomination of Mr. Obama, and for one news cycle at least, as
Republicans intended, Ms. Palin effectively muffled the news coverage
of Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech to 80,000 people at the Democratic
National Convention in Denver on Thursday night.
Mr. Obama wished her well in a call from his campaign bus.
“He also wished her good luck, but not too much luck,” said Robert Gibbs, a senior strategist to Mr. Obama.
Obama’s fellow Democrats were considerably less welcoming, and most
said they were flabbergasted by what they characterized as a desperate,
cynical or dangerous choice, given Ms. Palin’s lack of any experience
in national security.
“On his 72nd birthday, this is the guy’s
judgment of who he wants one heartbeat from the presidency?” said
Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House
Democratic Caucus, who said the selection smacked of political panic.
Mr. McCain’s advisers said Friday that Mr. McCain was
well aware that Ms. Palin would be criticized for her lack of foreign
policy experience, but that he viewed her as exceptionally talented and
intelligent and that he felt she would be able to be educated quickly.
going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next
four years, and most doctors think that he’ll be around at least that
long,” said Charlie Black, one of Mr. McCain’s top advisers, making
light of concerns about Mr. McCain’s health, which Mr. McCain’s doctors
reported as excellent in May.
Many conservatives said that the
choice would energize them, giving Mr. McCain the support of a highly
active group of voters and volunteers whose support was crucial to both
of President Bush’s victories.
“They’re beyond ecstatic,” said Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition.
Palin is known to conservatives for opting not to have an abortion
after learning that the child she was carrying, her youngest, had Down
syndrome. “It is almost impossible to exaggerate how important that is
to the conservative faith community,” Mr. Reed said.
of Ms. Palin was reminiscent of former President George Bush’s
selection of Dan Quayle, then a barely known senator from Indiana as
his running mate in 1988.
It was far from clear Friday whether
adding a woman to the ticket would persuade Clinton supporters to come
over to the Republicans, given Ms. Palin’s differences with Mrs.
Clinton on issues from abortion rights to her positions on health care
and climate change. Some women said that the pick could be seen as
patronizing, a suggestion that women would vote based on a candidate’s
sex rather than on positions. But others saw the choice of Ms. Palin as
a welcome step.
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” said
Kimberly Myers, a retired transit worker in Pittsburgh who had
originally supported Mrs. Clinton but who said that Mr. McCain’s choice
would win him her vote. “She’s actually broken the glass ceiling.”
they began gathering in Minneapolis-St. Paul for the start of their
convention on Monday, some Republican delegates said they were
concerned that Ms. Palin did not have the experience in foreign policy
or national security to be commander in chief.
“We’re in a
global war, we’re in a global economy, so it’s less than honest if
someone says that this woman is qualified to lead America right now,”
said Todd Burkhalter, a Republican delegate from Mobile, Ala..
selection was kept secret until Friday morning, after the two men who
had been rumored to be on Mr. McCain’s short list, former Gov. Mitt
Romney of Massachusetts and Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, let it be
known they were out of the running.
The McCain campaign said
that Mr. McCain first met Ms. Palin in February this year at the
National Governors Association meeting in Washington and came away
“extraordinarily impressed.” But Mr. McCain apparently has spent little
time with her.
Ms. Palin flew to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Wednesday
evening to meet with two of Mr. McCain’s senior campaign aides, Steve
Schmidt and Mark Salter, said Jill Hazelbaker, a campaign spokeswoman.
The group met at the Flagstaff home of Bob Delgado, the chief executive
officer of the Hensley Corporation, the family business of Cindy
McCain, Mr. McCain’s wife.
After meeting with Mrs. McCain there
the next morning, Ms. Palin was taken to the McCain vacation compound
near Sedona, where Mr. McCain offered her a spot on the ticket at 11
She flew to Ohio later that day with Mr. Schmidt and Mr.
Salter, and checked into a hotel as the Upton family. Ms. Palin’s
children, who had been told they were going to Ohio to celebrate their
parents’ 20th wedding anniversary on Friday, were informed there that
their mother would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee.
evening she had a final meeting with Mr. McCain. One adviser suggested
that although Mr. McCain was sure about his choice, he wanted to sit
down with Ms. Palin one last time before he made what he knew would be
an astonishing announcement the next morning.
As recently as
last month, Ms. Palin appeared to dismiss the importance of the vice
presidency in an interview with Larry Kudlow of CNBC, who asked her
about her prospects for the job.
“I still can’t answer that
question until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the
V.P. does every day?” Ms. Palin told Mr. Kudlow. “I’m used to being
very productive and working real hard.”
Michael Cooper reported
from Dayton and New Concord, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, and Elisabeth
Bumiller from Washington. Reporting was contributed by John Harwood,
Patrick Healy, Carl Hulse, Michael Luo, Adam Nagourney, Larry Rohter
and Jeff Zeleny.