Second Thoughts on Sarah Palin?

Now almost a month after John McCain selected Sara Palin as his running mate, does it still seem like such a great idea? The latest polls show Barack Obama ahead of McCain by 9 percentage points, and the difference, no surprise, is the economy.

“More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago, in the days immediately following the Republican National Convention, the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.”

Even with the tremendous show of support that Republican activists demonstrated for Palin, the unravelling economy has exposed McCain on his weakest issue. Neither McCain nor Obama has been particularly strong in recent days — being forced to the sidelines by unexpected events. But Obama has the benefit of being from the opposition party. By definition, he represents a change in approach; McCain, more of the same.

Given those conditions, I stand by my earlier argument that Mitt Romney would have been the best running mate for McCain. Furthermore, I’ve heard the same thing — unsolicited — from committed Obama supporters.

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2 Responses to “Second Thoughts on Sarah Palin?”

  1. expatforobama Says:

    As a committed Obama supporter (as my name suggest (-: ) I agree that Mitt would have been a better choice. And it’s not because of the polls. I know they go up and down faster than the stock market. I just think she was an incredibly cynical choice and brings to this race some stuff that it doesn’t need more of nor had it any additional space for: scandal, inexperience, and superficiality. I really want this race to be about the issues and she is definitely a distraction from them…May the best candidate win and may our country benefit from that victory!

    Obama/Biden 08

  2. Citation Says:

    Palin was a colossal miscalculation on McCain’s part. A couple of weeks after the pick, I saw all my friends (70 plus) who supported Hillary getting off the fence (about 30 were not going to vote and about 15 were going to vote for McCain). Now all but 5 are voting for Obama!

    Palin scared them to death and pushed them into Obama’s arms! Palin was McCain’s greatest gift to Obama! As the polls show, before his Palin pick, only about 59% of Hillary’s supporters were going to vote for Obama. Now iit’s close to 85%!!

    Why did McCain do such a stupid thing? What was he thinking? Galvanizing the right wing base was a dumb reason–would any of these undereducated rednecks have voted for the most liberal senator anyway?
    He should have been moving to the center with Ridge, Leiberman or even Romney.

    The Palin pick also took away his best anti-Obama argument–experience.
    With Palin, we’re not just talking about the lack of experience, we’re talking about ineptitude, the lack of ability and the complete absence of intellectual acumen!

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