29
Aug
08

More on the Palin pick

I hate beating a dead horse here, but the more I think about the McCain campaign, the more I think that it’s probably one of the best political machines to hit the beltway in a long time.  This Palin pick was pure genius, and the teases from the McCain pick were perfect in making sure everyone was paying attention to his nominee.

McCain floated several trial balloons to see what kind of reaction he would get.  He floated Meg Whitman, to see if people would be OK with a powerful woman.  He floated Tom Ridge, to see if a pro-choice candidate would work.  He floated Lieberman, to see the reaction to a hawkish liberla.  I think he did this with Palin in mind.  Knowing that the base would go bonkers if a pro-choice, liberal, inexperienced VP was named, he purposefully made people think Rudy, Whitman, Ridge or Lieberman were in the finals.  But in getting these names out there, people were paying attention.  More than that, they cared.

“I’m not voting for Liberman!”  “I’m not voting for a pro-choice guy!”  “I’m not voting for a philanderer!”  The base was angry, thinking McCain was going to soil their Wheaties again.  But he didn’t.  In fact, he picked someone the polar opposite– a pro-life, conservative, woman with executive experience.  Not only did everyone breathe a sigh of relief, they were overjoyed— “McCain listened to us!” say the Evangelicals.  And it’s true.  He did.  And he teased the heck out of you to make sure you really enjoyed this great present he had in store for you.

Congrats to McCain and Palin.  If we see more campaign machinations like this, November should be an easy ride.

Prediction:  8-10 point bump for McCain, pre-convention.


4 Responses to “More on the Palin pick”


  1. August 29, 2008 at 11:48 am

    (Agrees with prediction)

  2. August 31, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    nice prediction.

    and way nice gloating.

    20 months of executive experience and she still didn’t know what a VP does one month ago. good luck america.

    I look forward to coming back and seeing you eat your words next week.

  3. 3 docattheautopsy
    August 31, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    “and way nice gloating”

    Gloating? Did Obama withdraw from the election today?

  4. 4 Matt R.
    September 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    She still passed more laws as mayor of small AK town than Obama did in the Ill state legislature. Face facts. She passed laws. Obama hasn’t.


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