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Election round-up


Sam Roggeveen


1 September 2008 12:21

With his Vice-Presidential pick, John McCain is breaking the West Wing mould this election was taking (Mitt Romney would have been closer as a West Wing parallel). But who's complaining? Really, could this thing get any more interesting? Well, yes, apparently, with a tropical storm about to play havoc with the Republican Party's convention (pundits are already trying to figure out if McCain can make the storm work for him politically).

Despite the buzz over McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as running mate, I broadly agree with this analysis that the fundamentals still favour the Democrats, and that the election is Obama's to lose. As for Palin herself, I recommend this blog post by James Fallows. As others have argued (see Owen Harries in the AFR today, or this), inexperience is historically no bar toward the highest US office. What counts is character and ability. And as Fallows says, Palin's ability to learn on the run will be strenuously tested in the next two months; gaffes are almost inevitable.

UPDATE: Here's Geoff Elliott on why Australia deserves better than Sarah Palin. (H/t Blogocracy.)