Now we have the reaction to McCain’s selection of a beauty pageant runner up for Vice-President of the country, a woman who served as Mayor of a town about the size of the average urban high school and then Governor of a state with the population less than one half of greater Phoenix. Tucson has more people than the state of Alaska. Can you imagine Bob Walkup as President? Tucson’s clothmeisters would have brain aneurysms prioritizing the plunder lists. We could put Kennedy in charge of the transportation budget, install Hecker as Attorney General (my keyboard just popped a key), and Snell over the Department of Education.
Equally farcical is the attempt of the GOP and the TV heads to inject sophistication into an Occam’s Razor one-liner - the selection of right wing zealot Sarah Palin as the GOP nominee for VP. The move is neither Karl Rove’s "brilliant" nor whoever’s "gamble" nor any of the content proliferating since Friday. It’s simpler. Sparing the reader the background I jump to the assertion that some military men of McCain’s generation continue to live in a world where women are not truly human beings. These guys have wives and daughters, and women are not to be abused or murdered (just like the family pet), but they are NOT equals, i.e., the same species.
To McCain, it makes perfect sense that the 18 million (an inflated number under real analysis of those votes) who supported Hillary would simply switch to “another female” when denied the one they wanted. As already partially evidenced (more coming) by the recent booing and groaning when Palin dared to suggest she compares to Clinton, we will see soon enough that HRC’s supporters supported HER and HER STAND on the issues, not her genitals. Anyone who thinks Palin can even begin to stand in HRC shoes is an idiot.
Noted ad nauseam is the blow choosing Palin delivers to the one viable (though flawed) assertion the McCain campaign forwarded in its criticism of Obama, experience. At 73 with repeated cancer diagnoses McCain selects Palin and then wants to debate a ticket’s experience credentials? The entire country looked to the McCain VP choice as particularly relevant because the person has a better than average chance of succeeding him. The Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other GOP staple folk look at this woman and scratch their heads. They can’t vote for the ticket.
Occam’s Razor. It IS that simple. Female plumbing and staunch conservative positions may grab some of the conservative base McCain is seeking (not all - misogynists tend to settle in this crowd). He may get the Dobsons and Robertsons in November, but he has insulted, offended, and totally lost the HRC voters that were a long shot for him in the first place. Now he looks even more pathetic and clueless with his beauty pageant trophy by his side. The hard core will cheer and voice support (what choice do they have?) but make no mistake. Choosing Palin was a deeply embarrassing step backward into the fifties world of "Leave it to Beaver."