In my previous post, I wondered why so many on the left have become so enthusiastic for Barack Obama as this agent of change when they could point to little (if any) real reform the Illinois Democrat had enacted (or help enact) in his twelve years in public life.
And then he taps as his running mate, Joe Biden, a Washington institution for nearly thirty-six years not known for his zeal for reform. Indeed, University of Pennsylvania Law Professor David Skeel, a expert on corporate law, writes that the Delaware Senator has actually blocked reform on several occasions:
As a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee, Biden has almost single-handedly thwarted a number of reform proposals that would have interfered with Delaware’s prominence as a popular destination for corporate bankruptcy filings. He has been similarly effective in protecting Delaware’s other corporate interests.
Meanwhile, John McCain has tapped as his running mate a Governor who has done more to reform her state government in 20 months in office than Biden has done to reform the federal government in his 36 years in Washington.
Even before taking the helm of the Alaskan government, Sarah Palin had stood up to entrenched interests, initiating an “ethics probe of the state’s Republican party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, involving conflicts of interest with oil companies. The probe resulted in a $12,000 fine for the party chair.” Not only did she stand up to her own state party’s corrupt leader, she also stood up to spendthrift Republicans in the state legislature, putting a halt to the GOP legislative leadership’s “spending spree”
Sounds like the type of real Republican we could use in our nation’s capital.
No wonder John McCain had been considering her for some time. According to Ed Morrissey:
McCain’s selection of Palin was a deliberate effort to craft a specific message for the general election and for his Presidency, should he win. He wants to challenge his party to recall their reform roots from the Reagan Revolution and the Contract with America. He cannot expect to have that taken seriously or effectively without having a real reformer, and not just a talker, on the ticket with him.
(Via Instapundit.) A real reformer, not just a talker. Sounds like quite a contrast to Joe Biden. And Barack Obama.
As Stephen Dinan worte in analyzing McCain’s choice: “I’ll see your change’ raise you ‘shake up.’”
RELATED: Let Palin be Palin.