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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 16 2008

The Palin choice-10: The real McCain

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) One of McCain’s successes is the way he has managed to cultivate and flatter the press so that they have been very gentle to him and taken his self-portraits of being an honorable, independent-minded maverick at face value, instead of portraying him more accurately as a self-aggrandizing …

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Sep 15 2008

The Palin choice-9: McCain’s recklessness

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) When I first heard that John McCain had selected Sarah Palin, my initial hypothesis was that this was a desperation move, a sign that the campaign’s internal analyses were suggesting that the seemingly close national polls were misleading and they were going to lose unless they did …

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Sep 12 2008

The Palin choice-8: The vetting process

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) John McCain’s campaign people surely must have been aware of the dangers of suddenly springing an unknown like Sarah Palin onto the national stage. If you are determined to do so, the way to minimize the chance of unpleasant surprises is to have a very long, exhaustive, …

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Sep 11 2008

The Palin choice-7: Her background and positions on issues

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) What do we really know about Sarah Palin, apart from her family life? Here is a synopsis of some of her views. The news website Alternet gives some background on Palin’s political positions and history. We learn that: Palin doesn’t believe global warming is man-made. Palin is …

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Sep 10 2008

The Palin choice-6: McCain and women

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The reason that is bandied about the most for the Palin choice is that it was aimed at attracting women voters to the Republican cause, especially those Democrats who are allegedly so furious that Hillary Clinton did not get their party’s nomination that they were looking for …

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Sep 09 2008

The Palin choice-5: To close the age and health gap?

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Another possibility for the Palin choice is that perhaps she was selected to close the age and health gap between the McCain and Obama tickets. There is no question that the Obama campaign just oozes energy (despite Joe Biden), while John McCain does not. McCain was born …

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Sep 08 2008

The Palin choice-4: Shameless double standards

(Although it may look on the surface as if this blog has become obsessed with Sarah Palin, it really is a chance for me to express some thoughts about politics in general, using her story as a hook. So I hope those who are sick of hearing about Palin will bear with me. For previous …

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Sep 05 2008

The Palin choice-3: The danger of picking an unknown

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) One factor that the McCain camp may have used in selecting Palin may have been the sense that she was a fresh face that would generate interest in a way that a more familiar figure would not. The announcement of Palin certainly did that. It immediately shifted …

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Sep 04 2008

The Palin choice-2: The experience question

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) While the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate is a poor one, I don’t think the problem is Palin the person or her knowledge and experience. For all I know about her, Palin may well make an excellent vice-president (and president, if necessary). I …

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Sep 03 2008

The Palin choice-1: Why?

Like almost everyone, I was stunned by John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. And like them, I am wondering which of the two extreme views of her nomination is true: that she is a bold choice that will give McCain victory in November or that she is terrible pick that will …

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