Saturday, August 30, 2008

Was Palin a bust?

The pick was pretty much about seizing attention for the immediate future, and it did that. But it seems unlikely to scrape off too many Democratic women. Interestingly enough, women are more skeptical of Palin than men, and I suppose it's understandable. Women who want a female president are nervous that, should Palin wind up being a disaster, it makes it that much harder for a woman to win down the road. And this is the key: only 9% of Obama's voters are more likely to vote for McCain with Palin on the ticket.

This pick was a gamble that evidently failed, and now the GOP is saddled with her. And I'm not entirely sure why McCain thought Hillary voters would come over in droves just because Palin is a woman--Hillary's qualifications appealed to women because she was very qualified. Palin isn't. It's not a feminist choice in any sense. It really is tokenism.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.