Just a small blurb for the Republicans…
What the hell are you doing?
When McCain came out with Sarah Palin for his VP candidate I said “Who?” Read up a little bit on her – governor of Alaska after being a major for a bit – and said “oO, either way we got history in the making for the 2008 presidential election.”
I woke up this morning and heard “Palin’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant – she plans to wed her boyfriend.”
My jaw dropped. I mean first McCain runs the risk of losing support in the southern and mid-west states for having a *gasp* woman run as a VP candidate… not a conservative move since conservatives still think that women aren’t suited for governmental leadership… not unlike the RC only allowing males to be priests. So, OK, an aggressive move from McCain in selecting a woman from an “outlying” state. Then ya hear this unwed, under aged pregnancy.
Can you imagine what the conservatives are saying about this? Did McCain know about it? Did she hide something from the committees? Should he retract the nomination, saying that she’s not right for the job? That makes him appear disloyal. Should he stand beside her? What about family values? The media? They’re going to have a field day with this. How could they not? It’s a proper scandal!
Then it dawned on me… this was a masterful move. Masterful.
McCain has taken the teeth out of the Democrats mouth with this. For a long, long time they have fashioned themselves as the “younger, hipper” party. The party that isn’t straitlaced like the Republican party. Hell no! No Democrat will ever be as conservative as the Republicans! So… then, how can the Democrats throw the first stone at this one? Palin’s life – and her daughters – is more mainstream American than we should know about. No abortion mentioned, true, but she’s having a kid outta wedlock! That’s something a Democrat does – how can they bad mouth her without bad mouthing themselves? Same thing is true of the press: how can they beat the shit outta McCain or Palin on this when their usual line is that, well, simply put, Republicans don’t like or even have sex.
Could he have planned this? Sure, it could backfire: he could end up losing all of the conservative support and lose the election accordingly. However, if this was planned? Disarming the liberals by using their own “rules” against them and possibly grabbing a bunch of swing votes in the process? Even if it’s note 100% effective…