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Polar Opposites

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 Senator McCain has chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate. This move seems to indicate that McCain’s campaign has hitched their success in this election to the Hillary Clinton supporters that are still angry and unwilling to accept Barack Obama as their Presidential candidate. However, Sarah Palin is quite possibly the polar opposite of Hillary Clinton.

If the McCain camp tries to tap the experience issue, then Sarah Palin’s time as city council member and mayor of a small time, and brief executive experience as governor (less than 2 years) is not going to quell voters concerns. In fact, it might raise more concerns about whether the McCain administration is ready for the hard work that awaits them in the White House. This is especially true because she thus far doesn’t seem to have any major foreign policy or national security experience.

If the McCain camp is trying to appeal to women’s rights, well then Sarah Palin is definitely not their lady, because she is pro-life and an active member of Feminists for Life

Oh, she also opposes same-sex marriage and is in favor of drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge. 

The strategy on selecting Palin is still unclear to me, but from just a few minutes of research, it is clear that she is going to find it challenging to debate Senator Biden on national security, foreign policy and perhaps even economic issues. In addition, several the country with a serious question – if McCain could not serve, is America willing to take the risk on this one-term governor as the next President of the United States? This seems to be the contention in the media as well.

It will be an interesting election moving forward, but I certainly don’t see any Hillary supporters moving over to this camp, because Sarah Palin’s social values are so distinctly different. In fact, the selection of a candidate who is so far removed from Hillary’s beliefs, might have helped bring those on the fence, back to Obama’s side.

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Written by Veena

August 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

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  1. Personally, I think McCain made a bad strategic decision here. Its gonna bite him in the ass

    CC

    August 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm

  2. Great post. I am still trying to figure out McCain’s decision to choose Palin as well. If he wanted to go after the Hillary vote, there were far more qualified female candidates that he could have chosen. Yet, perhaps, as some have stated, its her complete lack of a track record that is so appealing? To have someone who can’t really be attacked on foreign policy, unlike most other Republicans could be a positive for the Republican party at this time when they are so hated? On another note, t he fact that the McCain camp thought that Palin could attract Hillary voters is downright demeaning to Hillary supports. Anyone who supported Hillary based on principles and not just because she is a woman would be deathly afraid of Palin being a step away from the vice presidency.

    Sudipti

    September 1, 2008 at 11:14 pm


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