I’ve been arguing for a while now that McCain had to pick a VP who was vehemently pro-life mainly because he has yet to win full support from the ultra-right, Christian wing of the Republican party.
And if that was McCain’s goal- then he did a good job picking Palin. It’s not easy to find a woman who will fight against women’s reproductive rights as hard as the old, white, male nut jobs (Dobson, Perkins, etc.) that can sway large numbers of the GOP’s evangelical voters while not seeming like a total ass hat misogynist at the same time.
If only they can get a few choice words from Palin about how the gay lobby conspires to turn America’s youth into an army of flaming interior decorators- McCain might actually get himself some of those votes back.
The ridiculous part of this whole thing, though, is that all I’ve heard in the MSM lately is that there is a lack of unity on the part of the Democrats- when there has been a much bigger fight with the Republican party.
Obama felt secure enough with the unity of his party to go ahead and NOT pick Hillary but McCain was so afraid of GOP party disunity that his VP choice panders directly to evangelical leaders.
Real Maverick move there, John.