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September 01, 2008

Women Aren't Buying It

It's clear that women don't like McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as running mate.  In watching Campbell Brown eviscerate Tucker Bounds, a McCain staffer, on CNN today, Brown was angry at Bounds.  I'd say she was conveying a message of "Don't you dare pull that one on me!" as Bounds tried to avoid answering a real question about Palin's foreign policy experience as "Commander in Chief of the the Alaska National Guard".   

And this, coming from a woman who was going out (and may still be for all I know) with Rush Limbaugh!

Coming on top of some numbers from a couple polls released today on women's reactions to Palin's being on the ticket, it was clear that women are not buying into McCain and the Republicans attempts to woo us.  Gallup found that Democratic women, including those who were disappointed in having Obama rather than Clinton as the nominee, the choice of Palin makes 9% more likely to vote for McCain, 15% less likely. 

Rasmussen polled both men and women and found that men said she was not ready to be president at a margin of 41% to 35%, but women said they didn't think she was ready to be president by a margin of 48% to 25%. 

I've noticed that I am all over this story and just waiting for her to get brought down. It's more than politics.

I hadn't put it together until I saw the anger in Campbell Brown's face.  Most of us have worked really hard to make it in the world and this ditzy woman has been plucked up and selected to be the vice presidential nominee.  (I'm sure that Palin has worked hard in her life but she is only governor because of a set of flukes and an intent on the part of right-wing Republicans to push pretty fundamentalist women forward in politics to cover for their nasty policies.) 

Man, it was hard enough watching Clinton fail and I'd been for Obama since early February.  She worked her whole life to get to that spot - and thought well and made generally good decisions and tons of relationships.   

Same with Nancy Pelosi.  And Gregoire and Murray and Cantwell and all the others, including the bulk of the Republican women.   

The more we see her, the more it looks like the sole attribute of Sarah Palin's is that she is photogenic!  Oh, and she appeals to the fundamentalists.  I can't see anything else that stands up under a couple days of scrutiny. 

Watch a YouTube of Campbell Brown and Tucker Bounds here.  It's startling.

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 1, 2008 at 08:05 PM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink


Not just Gallop and Rasmussen. A CBS poll released today (http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/Aug08bPostDemConv.pdf) also shows that women aren't buying the choice of Palin.

Interestingly, it is men who are most smitten by the selection of Sarah Palin. I'd note that most right wing bloggers whooping it up are also men.

Posted by: Daniel K | Sep 1, 2008 10:10:59 PM

Thanks, Dan. That is also really interesting. It also shows that we really need not to get caught up in all this; instead we have to keep working in all our various ways. It is still too damn close.

It could blow up on them and she would have to "resign", in which case it would be hard for the Repugs to recover.

Posted by: Lynn | Sep 1, 2008 10:30:48 PM

It's hard not to think that the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn isn't just 'rolling in her grave' over this mess. One wonders what she'd have made of it all.

But it's worth posing the question: would IBM hire this woman? (If so, for what?) Would Batelle? Would a university... (other than Regents)?

I'll say, it's quite the revelation to see what John McCain really thinks of women. Judging from the irritation in Campbell's voice, it looks like she's as aghast as I am.

Posted by: readerOfTeaLeaves | Sep 2, 2008 10:22:39 AM

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