Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Who?

McCain’s running mate is Sarah Palin. Huh?

Two gems from an article at:

“Palin is 44 and has been governor for less than two years. She has no foreign policy experience. For a candidate who turns 72 today, the “heartbeat-away” question carries weight. It also seems to undercut a key line of attack against Obama. If Sara Palin is ready to be commander in chief, then so is Barack Obama.”

“By picking Palin, McCain hopes to appeal to the white, suburban, middle-of-the-road women who tend to decide presidential elections. During the Democratic convention, I tried to figure out how serious the McCain team was about going after Hillary Clinton's disaffected voters. His campaign ran three advertisements with Clinton as the theme, courting Hillary's largely female fan base... As one McCain aide put it: "We either get Hillary's voters and we win, or we don't. It's not a mystery."

So, do you think that by being late and lukewarm about party unity, Hillary still holds the key to this election? Do you think there are enough female voters out there who are so fixated on gender that they will ignore the fact that Obama agrees with them on 90% of the issues and McCain agrees with them on the rest – but they will vote for McCain anyway because Obama is standing where they wanted Hillary to be? Clearly McCain's campaign thinks so as they have opted for Palin over numerous more experienced alternatives.