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Giving some credit to McCainPosted Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 8:35 AM
Ok, it's time to give some credit to Republican nominee John McCain, or at least to his advisers.
Choosing Palin, in my opinion was a brilliant and at the same time risky move for the candidate. My gut tells me that choosing her had nothing to do with beliefs or qualifications, but solely on the fact that she's a woman.
He wants to get his hands on those Hillary supporters who refuse to vote for Obama and this is a fantastic way to do just that. However, the one major risk is for it to be so obvious that this is all he was doing. I'm afraid that is exactly how the whole thing has come across.
It's my understanding that some of those voters feel like the whole move was a cheap way to gain their support and are quite upset about it. But, who knows.
Personally, I think the fact that she IS an unknown will make her appealing to a lot of voters. That very fact is what makes Obama appealing to so many voters. People are ready for someone not so deeply entrenched in the political mainstream.
It's strange how in the Gallup and Rasmussen daily polls for 4 days following his pick, Obama saw higher numbers than ever in his campaign even crossing 50% at one point. The RCP average is still showing him up by 6 points even after Palin's speech last night, which was very good mind you.
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