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I've gotta say, I'm pretty tired of hearing McCain's people blame Sarah Palin for losing the election.

It's not that I'm a Palin fan--obviously I'm not. And it's not that I don't think she was a factor. She might well have been. But even if it was Palin that lost the election, it was McCain's fault she was there to lose it. His camp vetted her for all of five minutes. Her nomination was a crass political maneuver, an attempt to make the GOP more appealing to women. Sarah Palin just did what she's always done: she showed up and acted like Sarah Palin. If they didn't want that, they shouldn't have tapped her for the job.

Yes, I'm glad she's being packed off to Alaska where the only people I have to hear complain about her are my parents. But it's not fair for the Republican party to blame her for their own miscalculation.

on 2008-11-08 05:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] blozor.livejournal.com
It's the GOP's fault for running the same exact type of campaign that narrowly got Bush re-elected against a lame Democratic candidate. If there was any gross miscalculation, it was mistaking Barack Obama for just another John Kerry. It would have been a much tighter victory for either candidate if they just let McCain be McCain.

on 2008-11-09 02:13 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] goselam.livejournal.com
McCain made the same mistake Al Gore made in 2000: pandering to a base instead of talking about stuff he cared about.

on 2008-11-10 02:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] blozor.livejournal.com
He also made the mistake of assuming that base was a bunch of idiots. Obviously many of them are, but apparently not enough to make a difference.

on 2008-11-09 03:48 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] bluescissors76.livejournal.com
I agree. And the WAY they're doing it...ugh.

on 2008-11-09 07:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] hartofak.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
What was so disappointing to a lot of us Sarah Palin fans was that she showed up and didn't act like Sarah Palin. Here, she's worked very well with Democrats, often better than with Republicans. She's been pragmatic instead of doctrinaire, and reasonable instead of shrill. I don't think she could have been as popular here as she was before her VP nomination if she had been as cartoonish as she appeared for the last two months.

on 2008-11-11 09:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] musashi270.livejournal.com
It's politics; fairness need not apply. I am quite looking forward to Palin running at the top of the ticket next time. That will be the culmination of the GOP's re-ordering, that is starting now, to be more neocon and appealing. The logic they are using that they did not make it this time by not being neocon enough gives me great hope that Obama will have two terms to work in.

on 2008-11-11 06:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] te-amo-azul.livejournal.com
It is a wonderful thing to see them err. I agree that their likely strategy will make them more distasteful. Further, the McCain camp's backbiting Palin does indeed reflect poorly on them. For this reason, I love hearing them cut her down. Rats desert a sinking ship, and apparently turn on each other at the end -- and these particular rats are showing their essential rattishness in the national arena. Oh, and I can't thank them enough for the delightful revelation that in the Palin's mishmash of a worldview, Africa may be a country rather than a continent.

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