One person you can bet is never afraid to share his opinion is popular History Channel TV host of "Tougher in Alaska," Geo Beach. Geo, who is also an award-winning columnist, reached out to us this afternoon (morning in Alaska) and offered an exclusive 'Top O' th Planet' dispatch for "The Vote" blog.
Well, get this: He definitely has an opinion. We welcome all opinions here at "The Vote," so don't be shy to give us the opposite point of view, either in a column or a comment. We love it when everybody gets to talk. With that.....here's Geo:
About last night
by Geo Beach
Yesterday on the eve of Barack Obama's official nomination, John McCain sent what the New York Times called "a Valentine" campaign ad to Barack. Today McCain has pulled off the biggest coup of the election season with his selection of Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Um, about last night -- this morning's announcement was Cupid's arrow shot through that heart.
McCain gets a running mate who is young (diminishing the perceived negative of his age), female (snookering Obama for Hillary's hold-outs), executive (to his legislative) and most important, both by her deserved reputation and by the impact of the choice itself, re-establishes McCain's eroded credentials as a genuine maverick candidate. That appeals to the middle voters who will decide the election.
Plus, McCain's choice of Palin achieves what McCain himself can never do -- it took the words right out of Obama's mouth.