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Why Palin Is a Desperate Choice

The babe factor won't keep McCain's candidacy from cratering.

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Taylor Marsh

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August 30, 2008 - 12:00 am
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So much for McCain’s talking point that the “war on terror” is the transcendent issue of our time. Because thinking about John McCain’s pick for vice president is absolutely frightening to me. With John McCain turning 72 today, it’s stone cold comfort thinking about Sarah Palin being next in line. Obviously, McCain’s going for the babe factor to counter his geezer quotient. On that he scored. But it’s desperation on display.

Sarah Palin and I have one thing in common. We both did the beauty queen circuit. I won, she didn’t; though she did Vogue and I didn’t. John McCain evidently thinks that’s a pretty good qualification to be vice president, because he’s chosen her to share the ticket with him. It’s his Hail Mary political pass to get some PR going his way, because if McCain didn’t shake this race up he would have been relegated to a footnote of history. But let’s not kid ourselves. After weeks and weeks of being slammed with emails from the McCain campaign, which continually focused on Hillary Clinton and her voters, this is an attempt to peel off disaffected HRC voters who say they won’t vote for Barack Obama. Evidently, the Republicans think women are stupid.

Sarah Palin is not a supporter of women’s civil rights. She’s rabidly anti women’s right to self-determination, which means she’s the conservatives’ darling. But she’s got bigger problems than relegating females to second class citizens. McCain’s against equal pay, so it’s not like he’s picking Palin out of respect. This is desperation time for the Republicans.

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