Fatal Attraction: With VP Pick Sarah Palin, John McCain Wrecks His Moderate Brand and Reminds Voters He’s OLD

John McCain’s VP pick may prove to be his presidential bid’s “fatal attraction,” for in this single decision, McCain does three things:

(1) perhaps ruinously damages his centrist brand, picking a far-right running mate;

(2) reminds people that he is OLD (because his running mate is grossly unqualified to take his place in the event that he dies in office, and this creates anxiety in the electorate about his age and health);

(3) makes people doubt McCain’s seriousness and ability to exercise sound, moderate judgement.

In short, Palin makes McCain appear immoderate in more ways than one.

If you’re an Obama fan, as I am, you can breath a sigh of relief. Obama might have been facing a moderate ticket with a pro-choice woman on it—which I think might have peeled away a lot of independent and centrist voters from Obama and to McCain.

This would have made Obama’s election much more difficult.

Instead, he’s now facing McCain-Palin—a ticket that makes Obama-Biden look like the safe, serious, centrist ticket for emotionally mature grown-ups.

Know hope.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Fatal Attraction: With VP Pick Sarah Palin, John McCain Wrecks His Moderate Brand and Reminds Voters He’s OLD

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