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August 30, 2008

Reaction to Palin

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In the United States the reaction to McCain’s nomination of Sarah Palin seems to be glee from Democrats and outrage and despair from Republicans, which is probably not the reaction the McCain08 campaign was hoping for.

This is all a bit premature: Palin is a pretty big gamble (especially when compared to Senator Obama’s overly cautious choice of running mate) but sometimes long bets pay off. Mrs Palin is about to be subjected to incredible media scrutiny so we will know in a few weeks (if not days) whether or not she was a wise choice.


  1. The campaign to stop the presidency of Barack Obama reached a new low today with the announcement that John McCain has selected Sarah Palin, a white woman, to be his vice-presidential running mate.

    As a further insult, McCain referred to Palin as being the “next vice president” of the United States as if Barack Obama did not exist or won’t be winning the election this November.

    The use of Palin as a political tool is racist and a direct attack on Senator Obama. It is an attempt to reinvigorate the old stereotypes that African men (or Negroes as they were called) are lustful creatures who eye white women as sexual prizes to be claimed.

    It is also attempt by McCain to get Senator Obama killed. In many U.S. states it is still illegal for any African man to look at, touch, or speak with a white woman. McCain is trying to set up a circumstance where Obama would do one of the three with Palin in one of these states and have him imprisoned or lynched.

    In addition, McCain does this just as a Hurricane is bearing down on New Orleans which was attacked by the Bush regime’s Katrina in 2005.

    Comment by Truth First — August 30, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Can you link to your sources? I’m sorry, but a phrase like “outrage and despair from Republican” is so off the mark that I really want to know where you get your news from.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — August 30, 2008 @ 6:27 pm

  3. Here’s David Frum from the National Review:

    The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me. And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics. The Palin choice looks cynical. The wires are showing.

    John McCain wanted a woman: good.

    He wanted to keep conservatives and pro-lifers happy: naturally.

    He wanted someone who looked young and dynamic: smart.

    And he discovered that he could not reconcile all these imperatives with the stated goal of finding a running mate qualified to assume the duties of the presidency “on day one.”

    Sarah Palin may well have concealed inner reservoirs of greatness. I hope so! But I’d guess that John McCain does not have a much better sense of who she is, what she believes, and the extent of her abilities than my enthusiastic friends over at the Corner. It’s a wild gamble, undertaken by our oldest ever first-time candidate for president in hopes of changing the board of this election campaign. Maybe it will work. But maybe (and at least as likely) it will reinforce a theme that I’d be pounding home if I were the Obama campaign: that it’s John McCain for all his white hair who represents the risky choice, while it is Barack Obama who offers cautious, steady, predictable governance.

    Here’s I fear the worst harm that may be done by this selection. The McCain campaign’s slogan is “country first.” It’s a good slogan, and it aptly describes John McCain, one of the most self-sacrificing, gallant, and honorable men ever to seek the presidency.

    But question: If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    And Marc Ambinder interviewed a number of GOP strategists about the choice. He wrote:

    A few are cautiously optimistic that it’ll turn out OK, but most of the strategists and consultants I’ve spoken to, e-mailed with, or read/watched are struggling with it. They expect her to have a good week… and then to crash and burn when she hits the campaign trail as scrutiny catches up with her.

    Some of these strategists are close to those Republicans who were vetted but not picked, but many of them aren’t. “It’s like playing poker blind,” one strategist said. Another e-mailed: “Obama’s lack of readiness was THE only way to win.” When these Republicans ask the McCain campaign for guidance, all they hear back is: “She’s more experienced than Obama is.”

    Comment by Danyl Mclauchlan — August 30, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

  4. You managed to find one commentator who isn’t happy? Maybe you could find two. I fail to see how this supports your statement “outrage and despair from Republicans”. Even David Frum is outraged nor despaired.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — September 1, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  5. would you put an untested small-town mayor…

    So that’s what a Governor is! Seems to me an untested Governor as VP will do just as well as untested Senator Obama, who wants to step up to the plate as El Presidente.

    Comment by ZenTiger — September 1, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  6. ‘massive gaffes’ seem to be widely predicted from Palin in the media, so we’ll see! I don’t think he’s done anything that shows he’s dramatically unsuitable in the 18 months that he has been campaigning, so we might see a bit of a contrast between the two…

    Comment by stephen23 — September 1, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  7. Seems to me an untested Governor as VP will do just as well as untested Senator Obama

    Yeah, the Republicans keep making this comparison between Palin and Obama. Unless they know something we don’t about Palin they’re insane. Obama is a frighteningly ruthless and intelligent adversary – unless Palin can compete at his level they’re raising expectations she can’t possibly meet.

    Comment by danylmc — September 1, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  8. You’re worried about Palin’s ability? It’s not a question of competing directly against Obama in any event – that’s what McCain’s for. With Palin in as veep for a few years, she would gain the experience she needs. Obama however, goes into slot one with no practice run. That’s got running mate Joe Biden very worried. Remember Joe Biden?

    Comment by ZenTiger — September 1, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

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