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August 29, 2008

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Patia

I totally agree that McCain's choice of Palin is blatant pandering to women. Sadly, I suspect many women (and men) will take it at face value.

Yep, she's very beautiful, probably very smart and also very, very non-threatening to neo-conservatives.

david

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Palin is a GREAT pick - for ideological AND political reasons. If her credentials and experience didn't measure up, then no way would McCain have selected her.

Wulfgar

Do you care to clarify beyond useless (IS NOT!!!) refutation, David?

Doug

This I'm not too sure about:


McCain chose, a woman specifically because she's a woman.

Maybe I should say I'm not sure this is the only reason for the pick. I believe you know I'm not a McCain guy, but the first reaction I had was that he chose her because of her ideology, not because of her gender. Being that I'm also a hopeless cynic, this also makes me wonder about her ideology; why would any committed conservative want to hitch their wagon to the crooked talk express?

Randy

I loved this comment on the following post:
http://web.me.com/dnksr/vpilf.com/SARAH_PALIN__Vice_President_Nominee/Entries/2008/8/29_10_Things_You_Didnt_Know_About_Sarah_Palin.html

"Is it just me or is she crazy hot. I heard Mccain is goint to hire Hugh Hefners girlfriends to be the Joint chiefs of staff and his whole cabinent is going to be made up of female Telemundo Journalists. And every time he enters a room they have to say "Hola Poppy" in-sync. I'm really starting to like Mccain."

Wulfgar
Maybe I should say I'm not sure this is the only reason for the pick.

Doug, I would never contend that Palin's womanness was the only reason McSame picked her. But it was first and foremost. Just as Republicans have been claiming that Democrats picked Obama because he was the "magic negro", safe in all respects, McCain needed a woman who would shore up his base with the fundy-right. That's what he gets with Palin. He also gets a whole lotta smarts ... too bad he doesn't appear to care one whit about those.

Mandy

I'm still amazed he picked her knowing she is under state investigation on an ethics issue! Is that what you call vetting?

david

I didn't think my comment needed furthering, but in a nutshell: ideologically, she is a great choice - good conservative credentials on social issues, gun ownership, family, integrity, etc. Politically, she is a great choice because she is Someone New, a Woman, Attractive, Articulate, executive experience, military (CinC of Alaska Army/Air Guard) etc.

McCain is going for broke by selecting someone that he really would like to have at his side -- someone who is genuine and not part of the DC "insiders" and will bring a new perspective to the issues, and hopefully a "straight talk" mindset to the politics as usual crowd.

Pawlenty, Ridge, Lieberman -- they are all decent men, but they reek of "same old, same old" -- solid, staid, by the numbers politicians. But if Palin can execute the office just as well as those guys would, but does it with a sense of vigor, candor, and "outsider" perspective to a degree, then McCain just might have ushered in a new era of politics.

JC

I don't understand why we have to get beyond the "Palin fails the CiC test miserably" conclusion and discuss anything else about her. Either we care about the ability of a potential successor-at-a-moments-notice to the president, or we don't.

There's really only this one argument that needs to be advanced against Palin. And she fails it. Thus McCain is either unelectable because of his bad judgement and impulsive nature (or he feels that he is omnipotent), or we really don't care about who leads this country into (or out of) war.

Oh, wait a minute... we elected GWB, didn't we.

I guess that leaves the VPILF scenario open for discussion. ;-)

James

She's up there because the Democrats have spent the entire campaign claiming McCain and GWB to be one and the same, and then McCain goes and shows them to be wrong. Brilliant Move. Obama got zero 'Bounce' from his convention because of this move.

Wulfgar

James, are you a dunce or a liar? I'm gonna go with dunce, simply because it appears more complimentary ...

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