Originally posted by jamie83
After thinking about this, I realized that McCain might have chosen Gov. Palin for a less obvious reason than most people reflexively assumed.
Because she is a woman, everybody, me included, thought McCain selected Palin to win over some of Hillary's supporters. After thinking about it, I don't think this was the only reason.
I think McCain chose Gov. Palin primarily to solidify and energize the conservative base. McCain needed to make sure the red states stay red, and the best way to do this was to add a conservative to the ticket.
Ironically, it's McCain himself who is going to appeal more to the Hillary supporters, not Gov. Palin. The Hillary supporters might even be put off by Gov. Palin trying to take what they feel was Hillary's birthright.
However, the conservatives are going to LOVE seeing Gov. Palin become the first woman VP instead of Hillary. And if Gov. Palin pulls in some Hillary supporters, that will be a bonus.
The real brilliance of this strategy is that it will also appeal to the independents because they will see McCain's choice of Gov. Palin as a true "maverick"-like, anti-establishment move.
The only people who are going to be upset by Gov. Palin are the Dems who were going to vote for Obama anyway.
DEFINITION OF - Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favor tradition, where tradition refers to various religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs.
ANTI establishment - what is she a liberal???
YES I think she was a good pick, take an opportunity, looks and a simple bio...
I think MCCAIN and her are going to RETOOL as a REFORM movement. In order to counter OBAMA's Change movement.
I suppose you will spin the irony but, BEING a CONSERVATIVE is at its core the embracing of the establishment in order to PREVENT reform.
Anti establishment movements are liberal ideologues JAMIE83.
BUT i suppose it will work - nascar, mullets, flobies and a knee jerk terror washed public.