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"Should Obama have picked Hillary?" asks Salon's Broadsheet. 
29th-Aug-2008 06:13 pm
RAGE
Guess we know the answer to that question now, don't we? BO left his flank exposed by not adding her to the ticket, and Republicans, with a perhaps nothing-left-to-lose, kamikaze mentality, dove straight in for the kill.

Yes, for the record, I'm angry. Did anybody else see Palin's speech? Clinton's many hard-won achievements just got shamelessly co-opted in one fell swoop by a woman who cheerfully denies a woman's right to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest.

And just when I thought we'd be able to retire the mainstream media's misogynistic tendencies for at least a few dozen news cycles, too...
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30th-Aug-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I don't think it's going to change anything. The media's severely underestimating the intelligence of women, especially the ones who voted for Hillary, when they assume women are going to vote for an anti-choice, pro-gun, creationist nutjob just because she's female.
31st-Aug-2008 12:04 am (UTC)
While I doubt she'll win over true Clinton supporters, she definitely *can* win over those who feel secretly guilty about *not* voting for Obama because of the historical baggage. That worries me...and I already know several people who have decided to switch their vote on that basis.

I was afraid he'd pick Lieberman or a female running mate, and sure enough. At least it wasn't Christie Whitman (her pro-choice stance makes her persona non grata in the GOP); the last thing the Democrats need is a contested New Jersey.
31st-Aug-2008 12:15 am (UTC)
I think in the end most Democrats will vote for Obama and most Republicans will vote for McCain. That's the way it's always been, through good times and bad, everyone goes back to their party at the end of the day.

I don't think having a VP with a uterus is going to change the fact that she's anti-choice, pro-gun and pro-Iraq war in the eyes of the Hillary zealots who are still holding out. Even if they were inclined to give her a chance, she made it clear earlier in the year that she thinks Hillary and her supporters are whiners. That's not going to endear her to the "whiners".

I was really hoping he would pick Lieberman, that move probably wouldn't have even delivered the Jewish vote or Connecticut (since he only won re-election as an independent because he was the de-facto endorsed candidate of the Republican Party) and it would have led to outright revolt among the base. That would have been almost as boneheaded as choosing Palin.

Whitman would have triggered the same problem for McCain. She's semi-liberal, pro-choice and probably wouldn't have delivered NJ.

As it stands, Obama chose a VP from a state that probably would have voted for him anyway, but isn't exactly a solid blue state, who also will probably put Pennsylvania and NJ more firmly in Obama's column.

McCain chose a horribly inexperienced mayor from a state that ranks among the most solidly Republican in the country. She was born in Idaho, another solid red state. I don't think she's going to help deliver any states that weren't already safely in McCain's column and her selection may actually backfire if women realize in large numbers that McCain is just pandering by choosing her.
30th-Aug-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
But, other than being female and ultraconservative...she's such an overwhelmingly stupid choice. Ugh.
31st-Aug-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
A stupid choice for whom? America or McCain? While of course she'd be bad for the U.S., I'm not yet convinced that she is going to "lose" him the presidency, as per the Huffington Post. Those whining about her lack of experience in the face of McCain's criticism of Obama's lack of experience have forgotten that "experience" doesn't seem to win elections lately, anyway.

And while I doubt she'll win over true Clinton supporters, she definitely *can* win over those who feel secretly guilty about *not* voting for Obama because of the historical baggage. That worries me...and I already know several people who have decided to switch their vote on that basis.
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