Was Sarah Palin simply chosen because she’s a woman?
No way. Instead, she was chosen because she supports gun rights, offshore drilling and smaller government. She fought corruption and worked for lower taxes. These are all synonyms for the word “Republican”.
I mean, come on! Do you really think liberal women are going to be duped into voting for the McCain ticket just because he chose a female running mate?
If you want to make any charge of pandering, you could argue that this was more of an effort to reconnect with the conservative base than to woo former Hillary supporters. McCain feels no love from the far right.
Still not convinced? Look at the runners-up. Both Tom Ridge and Joe Liberman are pro-choice. And Lieberman is probably viewed by most conservatives as another McCain – too conservative to be a Democrat, but still to liberal to be a Republican. Neither of them would have cemented the base McCain needs to win.
Is it working?
Immediately after the announcement, the McCain campaign raised over $4 million on-line. They raised over $10 million within the following two days.