In a surprising move, John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
It looks like a surprising move, anyway. Upon closer inspection, it makes a great deal of sense. And I applaud McCain and his team for being this crafty.
Unfortunately for them, they haven’t been crafty enough.
This move is an obvious step towards getting disaffected women Clinton supporters to break away from the Democratic party and vote red in November. And it will work…for some of them. It will work for the women who supported Hillary only or mostly because she is a woman. It will work for the women who may deep down not like black people. And it will work for the women who are convinced that Obama somehow stole the primaries, and for whom stopping him from becoming President is more important than anything else.
Luckily for Obama, and for his supporters, that amounts to few of Clinton’s supporters.
The liberal women of the Democratic party are not going to follow just because he has a woman on his team. That woman has to share their opinions, their values, and their idea of what direction the U.S. is going in.
Sarah Palin, however, is pro-life. She’s a member of the NRA. She’s for drilling in her home state. She’s against same sex marriage. And she’s under investigation by her state’s legislature for firing a state trouper for personal political reasons.
But hey, she’s a woman. So maybe the women of this country will just ignore all that and vote for her anyway? Right? Right?
John McCain certainly hopes so. I wouldn’t hold my breath.