Bait and switch?

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.

Comments

  1. Jim C

    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 .

  2. Harve3

    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

    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 ?