Well – that’s what I keep hearing.
But does it?
This election cycle we see that John McCain, not only has he picked his running mate – a woman – but has become a puppet of the neocon-conservative right. Nothing at all like the depiction Lieberman pointed out in his speech last night. John McCain is no longer – nor ever was, a maverick. Urban myth 1.
John McCain and the GOPs real nomination for president, George Bush picked a woman not because they felt that she would be a good VP, but because they saw that Hillary Clinton supporters supported Hillary Clinton. That isn’t an odd thing in a primary – I never thought that Hillary was the best choice, but I have to be fair – her supporters did and you really can’t argue with that. Did she give ammunition to the GOP and McCain? Of course she did – but that is where the whole McCain things falls apart.
McCain has said that the American people don’t need to know about taxes – they were too stupid to understand them – not saying that all Americans can afford a good accountant that makes sure you pay the bare minimum of tax, if any at all. Much like McCain and his wife.
But in this election cycle does the fact that McCain has picked a woman who has zero experience, zero credibility with Democrats sway any Democrats to him and his ticket? By the looks of it, no.
The opposite seems to be happening. Some republican women who are pro-choice now have to think hard. Do they vote with the party line or do they go with what is right for them? The step to the right with the Palin pick means that some Republican women are looking at that step and feeling that this isn’t right for them at all. Do they vote or do they stay home?
Just because Palin is a woman insults women. The GOP have made a bad mistake in pressuring McCain to take Palin. Women think different than men, that is a given, but women also think harder than men when it comes to casting their vote. The day of the election it won’t be about the VP, it will be about McCain or Obama, but believe me – if a woman feels insulted in such a way they WILL take on the thought of why Palin was picked. Why McCain didn’t take into consideration them rather than Clinton supporters – because that is what this is.
McCain wants to pander not to GOP faithful women voters – but to Democrats.
That is why this time, the VP pick does matter.