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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.