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31st August 2008 Charles J. Brown
02:45 pm

Palin: The Core Contradiction

If you believe the cynics, John McCain chose Sarah Palin for two reasons:  1) to energize the right-wing base and 2) to entice some die-hard Hillary supporters to vote for him.

Setting aside, for the moment, the fact that those are largely contradictory motivations, you would have thought that the McCain campaign would have anticipated that Palin shouldn’t play the Hillary card to Republican audiences:

In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin was showered with boos on Saturday for attempting to praise Clinton’s trail-blazing bid to become the first female president.

As she did at in her debut speech in Ohio yesterday, Palin appealed to the women in the crowd here in Pennsylvania with a political shout-out to Geraldine Ferraro, who preceded Palin as the first women [sic] to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate.

But in contrast with the mild reception that greeted her comments at the Ohio event, when Palin praised Clinton here for showing “determination and grace in her presidential campaign,” the Alaska governor was met with a noisy mix of boos, groans and grumbles around the minor league ballpark where the “Road to the Convention Rally” was held.

You have to wonder just how much the campaign thought this through before sending Palin out on a speaking tour of Republican strongholds.  The same people who love Palin’s pro-life, pro-gun, pro-creationism and anti-gay marriage props absolutely loathe Hillary.  In fact, they probably hate her more than anyone else currently active in American politics.

That said, Palin’s next few campaign appearances will tell us exactly whether her (and the McCain campaign’s) professed appreciation of Hillary is real.  If she ignores the catcalls and continues to tell Republican audiences that they should respect Hillary for what she’s done, then chances are her comments reflect her real feelings on the matter.  But if that talking point suddenly disappears from her stump speech, we’ll know that its inclusion was pure cynicism.

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