THE PALIN GOVENOR: A "Fatal Cancer" on the GOP?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 10, 2008 11:57 AM GMT
    Some of the neoconservatives clearly find the selection of Palin as unfortunate. Conservative writer David Brooks called her a "fatal cancer" on the GOP. I think he finds her approach such that would "chase off" more moderate members of the GOP. Kathleen Parker (another neocon) who has written about Palin and her lack of qualifications.

    So my question, rather than rehashing our positions on Palin here, do you think she has and will ultimately be an asset for the McCain ticket at the end on election day?
  • Koaa2

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    Oct 10, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    I think,other than being the hatchet person for the ticket, she has been a liability, as they can't let her speak on her own, defend her ideas(if she has any), the tickets and party. Other than pre-planned speeches and stints on Fixed News, she can't be allowed to interact with the media, which must be hurting somehow.
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    Oct 10, 2008 1:21 PM GMT
    I strongly believe it was a mistake. I don't know why the McCain campaign thought that selecting her would bring in Hillary Clinton supporters. Many of Hillary's supporters do not share the same policies as Sarah Palin (e.g. pro-choice not pro-life).

    Furthermore, the past 8 years has demonstrated the risks a country like the United States takes when it elects someone with limited experience, especially in the area of foreign policy.

    The final nail in the coffin is the current meltdown in the stock market which many (rightly or wrongly) associate with the Republicans. If McCain had selected a more seasoned politician he might have stood a chance.

    Unless something very bizarre happens in the next 3 weeks the Republicans are facing armageddon at the polls November 4th.
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    Oct 10, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    definite liability. I kinda like mccain but there's no way I'd vote him into presidency with her on board. seriously... mccain needs to change her now.
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    Oct 10, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    I think she has been an asset to the McC campaign...among Republican supporters. Remember his campaign was really flat-lining before her. She rescued him among REPUBLICANS....however, her appeal doesnt go beyond the base much....except to some ex-hillary supporters maybe, but I bet a lot of them have fallen away lately, we dont hear anything more about them.

    Overall her appeal doesnt reach much farther than the party faithful, I dont think. But McC hardly had them before ... icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 10, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    I think at first she was a real pull for the fundamentalist christian right, but now that she is dregging the bottom of the barrel to find and make up things against Obama, that she's losing some of even that group of diehards. She is particularly pushing away swing voters. Most people see right through these "HIGH SCHOOL BITTY" actions and are not impressed, all she is accomplishing is pushing people away from the ticket. I think she now is a total liability, as witnessed by even their own party members speaking out against these actions. McSame couldn't have done a better job of
    "shooting himself in the foot" by picking her. GO OBAMA / BIDEN !!!!
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    Oct 10, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    As poorly as McCain is doing, his numbers would be much worse without Palin. I say he'd have less than half the support he now does if he'd gotten somebody who sounded smart. Palin has definitely appealed to the "stupid is in" crowd and it's larger than anyone could have imagined.
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    Oct 11, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    they thought using the gender card would work...but clearly it has backfired miserably from the beginning.
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    Oct 11, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    It came out today that Palin's "star power" was only the result of paid marketing in the few months preceding McCain's selection of her. READ:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/10/politics/washingtonpost/main4513011.shtml
  • MuslDrew

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    Oct 11, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    I had originally thought she would be the next GOP star, but soon realized she is too polarizing. Conservatives love her, but moderate independents seem to be leaning away from her and towards Obama. The McCain campaign has lost support among women & independents since Palin was selected. I doubt she will ever be a viable candidate on any future national tickets. I'm thinking her future lies in governing Alaska, maybe running as a Senator from Alaska or hosting a show on FOX news. With the winking and all she'd be a natural there.
  • joeindallas

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    Oct 14, 2008 5:45 AM GMT
    Palin is a Journalist by training Well 6 Colleges in 5 Years Look like she wsa trying the I can not transfer D's and F's.
    Now they are questioning the Contractor who built her House the same ones who built the Hockey Rink

    She is also for lower taxes 25K on 170K that is 15% how much lower does she wasn to go?
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    Oct 14, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    If the McCain/Palin ticket wins, my guess is that she does a disappearing act sometime within the first year of his Presidency. Maybe a Spiro Agnew type of scandal. Or a John Calhoun moment of opportunity elsewhere. Or just a hockey mom who wants to be with her kids. Then the 25th Amendment kicks in, and John picks one of his real friends to fill the role.