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Category Archive: The Palin choice

Sep 18 2008

The Palin choice-12: The strange appeal of Sarah Palin

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) I want to end this longer-than-anticipated series of posts by returning to the original question of “Why?” but shifting it from why was she chosen to why so many people are enamored of her, given her obvious shortcomings. There is no question that the selection of Sarah …

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Sep 17 2008

The Palin choice-11: McCain and Obama on taxes

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) I have looked previously at where Sarah Palin stands on the issues. In this post I will examine McCain’s positions. This is not easy to do since McCain has shown himself remarkably willing to change positions for the sake of expediency. Yesterday’s Post Script of the Daily …

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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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