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Bait and switch?

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August 31, 2008

The selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate was shocking and mystifying. Stunning for its demonstration of bad judgment on the part of McCain, I just could not figure out why he would select someone who was already under investigation in her home state. But what if that was not the strategy to begin with? What if instead the design was to select a woman who they already knew would pull out quickly?

Much has already been written about the questionable tactic of appealing to former supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton by naming a woman as pick for Veep. As if a anti-abortion, pro-petroleum industry, political novice would take the place of a woman running for the Presidency.

While Palin’ much discussed conservative and “maverick” views have invigorated the Christian Right who had heretofore been cool to McCain’s candidacy, think of what may be about to come. here is the scenario:

Within the next 48 hours a viral, and actually quite vile, rumor currently exploding on the internet about the circumstances about Trig’s birth — the one with Down’s Syndrome — will get vetted. Whether true or not, they will place Palin on the spot and the fact of her being under investigation herself will loom larger.

Then McCain, being the alpha male he is, will accept her withdrawal from the race to “protect her from the vicious assault on the left” and thereby accomplish a move even Karl rove (assuming he didn’t orchestrate it) would envy. McCain can then name another Veep, one he actually wants, and still claim the “high ground” and support for women and conservative values.

It really won’t matter whether the rumor is true, whether she is indicted for ethics violations or whether any other of the sure to follow mistakes in her background dent her appeal. She was never intended to be the candidate anyhow.

She was the bait. Watch for the switch.

16 Responses to Bait and switch?

  1. Jim C

    September 2, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Harve3 , before dissing anyone you might want to talk to any woman who has ever been pregnant about the likelyhood of having your water break , then finishing a speech , taking a ride to the airport and going on a long plane ride . If those had truely been the circumstances the child would no doubt be named ” Boeing ” or ” Sky ” because that is where he would have been born . It would also show questionable judgement at best on her part . You also question JudyB’s choice of new’s sources , I have heard the same thing and I didn’t read the article she mentioned , I would venture other readers have also . May I inquire where you get your information and if you can show me a rebuttal of the story ? I would love to know who you find a reputable source ?

  2. Harve3

    September 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Jim C posted[in part]:
    “You also question JudyB’s choice of new’s sources , I have heard the same thing and I didn’t read the article she mentioned , I would venture other readers have also . May I inquire where you get your information and if you can show me a rebuttal of the story ? I would love to know who you find a reputable source ?”
    Jimmy, the cited article is mainly devoted to unattributed sources and “Sid Vicious” flogging his latest book; IOW there’s really nothing to rebut. FWIW, this website, among others and print media are valuable sources which this correspondent finds reputable; thanks for asking.;)
    Hill Country resident

  3. Jim C

    September 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Well Harv , I believe I heard mention of the possibility on the News hour for one and maybe Bill Moyers , I’m frankly not sure , It is out there however . I am a bit of a news junkie and that particular story has been popping up . While I occasionally brouse the Huffington Post I am not a regular reader . Are you saying you haven’t heard it or that you find it unlikely ? I am not sure exactly what your view is , do you think roves ( gag ) charcter is being unfairly besmirched ? ” Jimmy ” , the only people who still call me that are my siblings , at least since third grade , but I’m comfortable with it Harv and it is less formal than James , so be my guest .

  4. issodhos

    September 1, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Shocking, yes, but not mystifying — and probably not bad judgement. The fact that Democrats are so feroceously snarling and snapping at her jugular indicates that they perceive her to be a threat to the their ticket. Why? Well, she is intelligent. She is a woman. She comes from a working and middle class background. She exudes confidence and probably does not play the “I am a female victim” card that the recent loser of the Democratic primaries was wont to do. She comes across as very likable and down-to-earth. She does not show any animosity toward men, and, given the size of her family, at least gets along pretty well with one of them who is apparently part Alaskan Eskimo (which will make it more difficult for Dems to use one of their favorite weapons against opponents — labeling her a racist).

    Of course, some of the miff being shown by Democrats may be simply because her selection knocked the Denver circus off the front page and put it to bed prematurely.

    There is also the complaint that she is not warrior in chief enough, and that she would not be able to go eyeball to eyeball with a thug like Putin. I suspect that she would be more than a match for the Putins of this world because if push came to shove she would view herself as being the one standing between her children and the bad guy — not some geopolitical wonk working up a legacy. The bad guy would lose.

    If there is Democratic concern for her ability to step into the role of commander in chief, I suspect that it is because she is a woman, else Democrats would have an equal or greater concern with Obama assuming that role, given that his experience is a short stint in a corporate job, then doing the ‘community’ activist thing, being a state pol for a few years, followed by a couple years in the US Senate during which time his main focus was probably on running for the Presidency. He certainly has not been in jobs where he has had to make anything close to executive decision, whereas Governor Palin has.

    It could be to that she is too much a part of the common folk and just not elite enough to please the upper eschelons of the party. But one thing is sure, Party operatives and hacks in general are already ripping her family apart. It ain’t gonna be pretty.
    Yours in observation,
    Issodhos

  5. mrspeel

    August 31, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I must admit this whole Republican VP affair has been quite bizarre so your take on the situation is intriguing!

    I’ve spent that last couple of days trying to figure out just what John McCain was thinking when he chose Gov. Palin as his running mate. Not that I have anything against her. She’s bright, personable, seems very smart, and quite beautiful. She will definitely be a force to reckon with in political circles in the future, but for right here, right now, she doesn’t strike me as a perfect fit for him.

    He has said many times that when he chose his VP, it would be someone he’s comfortable with, and who could take over as POTUS if anything happened to him while in office. Does someone he’s only met twice qualify as someone he’s comfortable with? I think not, but he’s calling her his “soulmate”. Does the member of the PTA of Wasilla, Mayor of Wasilla, and Gov of Alaska really qualify her to become President if he should become incapacitated? I doubt it, but he feels she’s far more qualified than his Democratically Elected opponent. She also doesn’t seem to have a lot of opinions about anything that doesn’t directly relate to her and her family, or her state.

    My only question is why did she accept his offer if she wasn’t sure he really wanted her? Surely she must have known that the media would rake every aspect of her life over the coals, not to mention the Party “regulars” might get a little bent out of shape about it. Why put herself through all of that for a ruse?

    At any rate, I’ll be watching closely to see if your theory works out and I’ll be the first one back here to congratulate you if it turns out you guessed right!

  6. gazelle1929

    August 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    If that rumor turns out to be true it’ll be the end of McCain’s campaign before he even has a chance to get started. If she did do that she should be impeached, tarred and feathered and sent of to Point Barrow to count the hairs on the backs of the polar bears.

  7. JudyB

    September 1, 2008 at 6:14 am

    The rumor has already been circulatiing for 48 hrs. I do not believe it in the first place, but I don’t necessarily believe her withdrawl won’t happen.

    The choice of Palin by McCain was a huge mistake, and I feel sure, that the grand poohbahs in the upper ranks of the Republican party want her out and the sooner the better…in fact, I would not put it past them, to have started this rumor themselves…after all, it does have all the vileness of something Rove could have and has done in the past. With all their so-called compassion & concern for the hurricane, its been a great boon for them, in my opinion….The RNC is using every excuse to stall this convention and the GOP big wigs from attending it or in anyway taking part in it. Folks, I believe they are using this hurricaine time span to quickly formulate a plan “B” that won’t include Palin.

  8. Harve3

    September 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Hill Country resident
    Phil Hoskins posted: “Within the next 48 hours a viral, and actually quite vile, rumor currently exploding on the internet about the circumstances about Trig’s birth — the one with Down’s Syndrome — will get vetted. Whether true or not, they will place Palin on the spot and the fact of her being under investigation herself will loom larger.”

    Phil, its “Down Syndrome”. OBTW, the rumor, “whether true or not” will place Palin on the spot? Just how does that work? Meanwhile, we’re speculating on Karl Rove having started the rumor? Which fever swamp does that come from?

  9. incog99

    September 1, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    The daughter is currently pregnant, Trig is Sarah’s but the daughter is planning on keeping the baby. At least in CA sex with a 16 year old is statutory rape.

  10. JudyB

    September 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Hill Country resident wrote….”Meanwhile, we’re speculating on Karl Rove having started the rumor? Which fever swamp does that come from?

    To answer your question, it came from me! I truely believe Rove is behind the vile rumor, just like he was the rumor that was going around in 2000 about McCain having fathered an illigetimate black child. I have even more reason to believe it now, since I read today in the Huffington Post, an article written by Sidney Blumenthal, stating that Rove was pressuring McCain to pick Romney yet McCain really wanted Leiberman, and there was ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that the GOP powers-that-be, would accept his choice so, he up and picked Palin. Get this straight…I think Palin is bright and energetic, I just do not believe she is ready yet, to take over the presidency should she have to.

    BTW Hill Country resident…I too live in Hill Country and she was ready, willing and able, but the media and the DNC chose to abuse & cheat her! The DNCdidn’t think she could pull enough votes. I am now happy with obama, and voting against any and all Republicans this Nov., as my form of protest.

  11. Harve3

    September 2, 2008 at 12:33 am

    So JudyB gets her/his news from the “Sid Vicious” at the Puffington Host? That explains a lot of what follows.;)
    Hill Country resident

  12. Lillibet

    September 2, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Remember Harriet Miers?

    Her disastrous nomination, which proved she was amazingly under-qualified for any Court, to say nothing of the Supreme Court?

    Lightning could strike twice for women, providing the illusion of breaking the glass ceiling under Republicans. But, to maintain the Republican theology of ‘male superiority’, a suddenly will appear some new “reality check”, requiring a “better” (read more supposedly more qualified, with a Y chromosome) member of whatever dynasty is to be perpetuated.

    Of course, they’ll say they really did nominate a woman, so any voter disgruntled about the “males only need apply”, will be shot down with the obligatory, “We tried. Honest. We really tried.”

    (Go ahead: Pick your favorite Dynasty, just don’t go all Aaron Spelling and confine yourself to Hollywood style glitz and glamor.) Lillibet

  13. Jim C

    September 2, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Issodhos , great post , I loved it , you truly have a gift for satire . You had me going for a minute then I got to the part about Palin going ” eyeball to eyeball with Putin ” and almost fell out of my chair laughing . The way you set it up with what appeared to be totally delusional right wing spin was brilliant . Then you crescendoed with ” democratic concern about her ability to step into the role of commander in chief ” , you absolutely nailed the absurd and dangerous choice of this woman for such an important position and did it in a way that literally brought tears to my eyes from laughing . My hat is off and I will certainly be watching for you posts , keep em comming .

  14. Flapsaddle

    September 2, 2008 at 10:30 am

    What makes you think that this is satire?

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  15. issodhos

    September 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Jim C, while you may have literally shed tears, I suspect that there was no laughter involved. Given the hatred and the blatantly sexist attacks being directed at Palin and her daughter, it is quite obvious that many Democrats of the more extreme type figuratively (hopefully) crapped their pantaloons at the nomination by Republicans of a woman who could possibly be a “heartbeat” away from the presidency. Given that the Dems had just knocked off a female who had supposedly been the all but anointed choice of the party, and given that she had spent millions upon millions of dollars in her effort, they probably do not see the humor in Palin doing nothing more than picking up the phone, and in response to McCain’s offer, had only to say, “Hell, why not”. Damned funny, wot?:-))
    Yours in mirth,
    Issodhos

  16. Phil Hoskins

    September 4, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Iss, I guess I just can’t get away from you. As usual, you are so far from the truth you couldn’t see it if you had the Hubble telescope.

    Phil Hoskins