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That Palin thing...

So the really hopeful part of me thinks it knows what's behind the Palin selection.

McCain really hates how much of a pandering douchebag the election has turned him into. McCain also hasn't forgiven the Republican leadership and establishment for the crap they threw at him in both this and the 2000 primaries.

This is a big "fuck you" to the party machine: a choice they have to publicly love (she's got an "in" with almost every interest-based Republican constituency), but a choice that they can't but hate in private (because she's a whistleblower who goes after powerful and corrupt Republican lawmakers).

Mind you, I don't think a McCain/Palin administration would be good for the country; I think it would be a disaster. It would also be a disaster for the Republican Party (or at least some people in the Republican party).


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Aug. 30th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
That's an interesting thought. My feeling is that she was against corruption, but maybe now her price has been found. Not that it stops her from being a disaster.
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Aug. 30th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I doubt that he sees it that way.

This looks like a hail-mary to reestablish his "maverick" credentials and throw the evangelicals a bone.

Sep. 2nd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
The first part I could buy, but not the second.

Based on too much experience with the religious right, they'd be more likely to vote for a ticket that put Mr Ed one pacemaker malfunction from the Oval Office than one putting a woman in that position.

Personally, I suspect Palin was the first woman Republican they could find who would sign an agreement that if anything happens to McCain, she would step down in favor of a male Secretary of State instead of taking her Constitutional place as the next President.
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
See, the problem is you're looking for rational thought in this selection. It's not really that, it's just McCain being true to himself.

1965: marries Carol Shepp, a former swimwear model.

1980: marries Cindy Lou Hensley, a former Arizona Rodeo Queen and USC cheerleader.

2008: names Sarah Palin his vice presidential candidate, a former Miss Wasilla (Alaska) and first runner up for Miss Alaska.

Johnny loves the pretty ladies! He just can't resist!

Aug. 30th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
That thought had crossed my mind...
Sep. 2nd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
And, in the time it took for me to enjoy a gaming convention over the weekend...it goes from McCain picking some obscure woman governor, to the scandal machine running full bore! barry_short is very correct, imho, in the reasoning John picked her...'cause all he had to do was find out the weird stuff about her son/grandson, and he should have left it alone!
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