Girlfriends Appalled about Sarah Palin? Ruth Sheehan wrote today about this growing group of women in Raleigh who have galvanized around actively supporting Barack Obama because they found John McCain’s vice presidential choice “cynical and insulting.”
Insulting to whom?
The people McCain is courting with his Palin pick are the “Focus on the Family” folks. It’s not as if most evangelicals were in love with John McCain. James Dobson had been pretty vocally opposed during the primary, in fact.
There are any number of criticisms that can be lobbed at McCain -- I’m not all that excited about the idea of shopping for my own health insurance, to be sure -- but to act like he’s stupid enough to think he’s going to woo women who had been supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton by waving Sarah Palin at them is just an outrage looking for an excuse.
The worldviews, policies and life experiences of Palin and Clinton are about as different as two women can have in America today. The number of women who had been supporting Clinton who will now vote for McCain because of Palin’s double-X chromosome situation is exactly two.
Those who want to be insulted by believing that McCain was pandering to them puzzle me. If you want to be insulted, be insulted that he wasn’t thinking of you at all.