VICE PRESIDENT PALIN
August 29, 2008
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With the rift in the Democrat party between Obama and Clinton followers over the issue of sexism, I previously joked that a sure-fire way for McCain to win the presidency was to offer the VP spot to Hillary. With the polls showing an evenly matched race, pulling Hillary over (and why not? Her corporate ties are nicely matched with Republican ideals) could bring over a huge chunk of Hillary supporters, winning the race for the Republicans.
True to the intent of my prediction, McCain appears to have chosen a woman for his running mate.
By selecting a woman, McCain's campaign seems to be aiming at middle-of-the-road women voters who are just happy to see a woman in power, regardless of experience or political leanings. For these women, McCain will appear to be the better candidate, considering the reputation that Obama's campaign has picked up over their treatment of Hillary. On the other hand, I imagine that more-committed feminists will view McCain's token selection as a deeper assault on women; using Palin as a running mate to gain leverage with woman is a marketing tactic.
And I think it'll be a successful tactic. I have a hard time seeing McCain lose this election now.