The liberal media machine is wringing its hands over McCain’s choice. While sentiments range from, “Huh. McCain may just be a little smart.” to, “Huh. This is proof positive that McCain is an idiot.” I think the operative word at either end of the spectrum is almost certainly “Huh.”
My friend Zach summed it up on my facebook wall nicely:
“Sarah Palin, huh? I think you and I both know that the way things are going McCain will die in office and this lunatic will be running the show. At least she is on board with the pro-nuking polar bears from space platform.”
I myself think that the whole ordeal is peppered with bullet holes from McCain’s pistol–shot from waist height. I think that most of his advisors must have checked off on this because they saw the possible genius of nominating a woman as VP. If 25% of female voters who supported Hillary in the primaries (and are still sidling to have her nominated as VP, even after the fact of Biden) disapprove of Obama, then they surely would be tempted to vote for a Republican ticket with a woman on it, right?
The problem, of course, is that this woman is not exactly the symbol of female empowerment (no matter how conservative as personified by HRC) that is probably necessary to get those voters to switch. In fact, she seems more like the onanistic fantasy of an older, white man (hint hint):
The woman looks like the typical midwestern moralizer who cheerfully bosses around her children and those she believes fall within her limited domain–but for whom true fulfillment lies in being controlled by a superior presence. Her position as vice president implicitly hints at this sort of role for her. This explains why American men approve of her by a higher margin than American women, I think. It also explains why the only direction she can go in polls is down.