After listening to vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speak with charisma and defiance at the Republican National Convention tonight, I realized that it’s near impossible for septuagenarian John McCain to blow away the American TV audience any more than she.
I think the same argument can be said for Barack Obama who appears to hold the respect and trust of more Americans than Joe Biden, should the president be incapacited during his term.
Both the Democratic and Republican Party campaigns speak about an intrinsic need to embrace change and fight for unity.
What better way to bridge the country than a nonpartisan White House?
“I would have liked to see an Obama-Palin ticket,” said Alaskan Mike Shults to reporter Megan Holland in a recent story covered by the Anchorage Daily News.
Are his sentiments echoed by America?
Citing the 2000 American National Election Study in their 2004 research paper, “Policy Preferences, Party Ideologies and Split-Ticket Voting in the United States,” Edward Carmines and Michael Ensley suggest that voters pick their candidate based on socio-economic welfare issues and cultural issues.
Liberals vote Democratic and conservatives vote Republican. Everyone knows this.
Carmines and Ensley suggest, however, that voters with populist, libertarian, centrist, or moderate perspectives “represent a sizable segment of the American electorate and these voters are much more likely to cast a split ticket.”
I turned to Google Blog Search.
Lance Miller, Abdul Ali, and anonymous perspectives at Opposing Viewpoints, tsas, and Elected Hotties would fall under this dogma and collectively indicate an Obama-Palin White House would serve the country well.
On an online forum of KFAN-AM, a sports radio station in Minneapolis, an anonymous poster opines, “I’d be really interested in a Obama/Palin ticket. Bi-partisanship, multi-racial, both genders. Wouldn’t that be in the best interest of everyone?”
He (or she?) continues:
“I agree with the Republican views on social issues, I agree with the Democrats on spending. I have no candidate. The Republicans can do nothing to help public education and the Democrats support the fundamental ideal that it is okay to kill infants. I’m caught between a rock and a hard place.”
Word choice aside, I wondered about the odds.
The 12th Amendment is neutral on the thereotical idea of selecting the president and vice president from two different parties.
The odds are implausible but possible, according to a recent ABC News story when Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com stated there is a 0.48% chance of an electoral tie.
It’s something to think about. Stay tuned for an article next week about online voting.