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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Balancing demands

The McCain campaign faces a difficult choice.

Do they continue to keep Sarah Palin in a cocoon, refusing to allow reporters to ask any questions of her and, in the process, feeding the perception that she's not ready for prime time?

Or do they allow her to take press questions with the knowledge that the press will treat her at least as contemptibly (if not more so) as they have for the first week of her national political career?

If she's as sharp as I think she is, I vote for No. 2. The first option will be fine for the "base," but will do nothing for the rest of undecided America. The second option will continue to expose the press for the left-wing hacks they are, while revealing more about the character and skills of the vice presidential nominee.

And if those skills are not as high as I think? Well, then bad on John McCain.

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  • At 9/06/2008 2:59 PM, Blogger Red said…

    I was a strong McCain supporter until Palin came along. She is totally inexperienced, politically wishy washy, and has to play the "I'm a girl" card whenever she gets into trouble. Heck, the Republican party won't even allow her to talk to anyone, because they're afraid that she'll mess up. Can anybody honestly trust the welfare of our country, our children to such a person? She can't even control her own daughter! I'm really disappointed and disillusioned about McCain's judgment. I'm voting Obama if nothing as a statement of protest.

  • At 9/06/2008 5:54 PM, Blogger Ken said…

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  • At 9/07/2008 7:55 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Red, I call BS on you. If you were really a "strong McCain supporter," you would never consider a vote for Obama (even as a "statement of protest"). I suspect you're a Democrat troll, so give it a rest.

    Palin has more executive experience than Obama (check out the great comparison chart at Northwest Republican). And, if I recall, Obama is running for president against McCain, not against Palin.

    Also, please name for me instances where she has needed to "play the 'I'm a girl' card" (I'm willing to bet you can't, because there haven't been any).

    And that slap at her "controlling" her daughter is the biggest line of BS in your entire message. You apparently have never been a parent, or if you have, you must have your child locked in the basement. If Palin really was "controlling" her daughter, you'd complain about some sort of Orwellian tactics that she'd carry to the White House.

    The only thing I agree with (and thus, the point of my post) is that it seems the GOP does fear she'll screw up, and thus they won't let her face the media.

  • At 9/07/2008 12:33 PM, Blogger OregonGuy said…

    Not only does she have a greater wealth of true experience in government, I would challenge anyone to compare the importance of her decisions for her state against the value of the decisions made by our "qualified" governor of six years.

    She made decisions.

    Our governor has Visions.


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