Sunday, September 07, 2008

A Look at Palin

This piece is from Time magazine and addresses the issue of Sarah Palin's weight in drawing the Conservative Christian Right and scaring away the more moderate voters. Some good points. I think she was perfect for that "injection" of excitement into his campaign, but really, she is not really that good of a choice to win the nomination of presidency. Anything Republicans had leveled against Hilary and/or Obama is coming back at them with Palin and they are screaming bloody murder.

Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?
Saturday, Sep. 06, 2008 By AMY SULLIVAN

Sure, John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his running mate fully consumed a GOP convention that was supposed to be focused on thumping Barack Obama over the head. And it may have raised questions about McCain's own judgment and seriousness. But, as we have been told ad nauseam since the surprise choice was announced last Friday, Palin has already provided one unquestionable, invaluable assist to the Republican campaign: with one sweep of her perfectly manicured hand, she has supposedly erased McCain's Evangelical problem and united the base that proved so key to George W. Bush's victory in 2004. (See photos of Sarah Palin here.)
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To a degree, that's true. Palin's pro-life credentials are impeccable — she opposes abortion in all circumstances, even in cases of rape and incest, except when a delivery will result in death. And her strong, open religious faith will make her the perfect person to reach out to conservative Evangelicals, who still don't fully trust the Republican nominee. But McCain and his aides may not want to say hallelujah just yet. While Palin is inspiring rhapsodies from the lions of the Christian right, her appeal to more moderate and younger Evangelicals — as well as independent swing voters — may be limited.

Of course, you can read the rest of the article here.

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