WITHOUT wishing to take sides in the forthcoming US general election (I’m a government minister, after all, and we’re officially neutral), John McCain’s choice of running mate suggests an intriguing possible future scenario.
Let’s assume McCain wins. At 72, some say he’s unlikely to be a two-term president (though I wouldn’t underestimate him). Neither party has ever denied a former or serving vice-president its nomination, so at some point, maybe in 2012, possibly in 2016, the GOP would nominate Sarah Palin as president.
Meanwhile, over at the Democratic party, and again assuming a McCain victory this year, Senator Clinton is her party’s almost inevitable nominee next time round (though where have we heard that
All this is dependent on a McCain victory. If Obama wins, all bets are off. But it’s certainly quite conceivable that in the space of a few months, we will have gone from debating whether or not a woman can win the US presidency, to speculating about which woman is going to win the presidency.