I've been thinking about Palin since the pick yesterday, so the GOP did a good job of immediately distracting me from Obama's speech. I've been wondering how it'll impact the polls and where the PUMAs are going to land (although I heard the PUMAs website is owned by a registered Republican, so it seems obvious these voters switched parties to vote for a woman and are just going back to where they were before.) I was a little surprised to read this today on the front page of Yahoo.
From The story behind the Palin surprise Jonathan Martin Fri Aug 29, 6:24 PM ET
"...McCain adviser Matt McDonald sought to allay these concerns by citing her experience dealing with international trade issues and even her travel overseas and her eldest son’s Army service.
“But the bottom line is, she doesn’t have a whole lot of experience. She just doesn’t,” said the source on the call, who said he had mixed feelings about the selection.
And, this person noted, beyond her own inexperience, Palin's youth may ultimately pose as much peril as opportunity.
“I wonder if her youth will accentuate [McCain’s] age over time in a bad way,” this source said.
Another Republican, echoing the private thoughts of some strategists in the party, was less restrained, suggesting the Palin pick damaged one of McCain’s most valued attributes and wouldn’t help him beyond the party base.
“It hurts the experience edge, and the hard abortion stuff scares moderate swing voters,” said this GOP insider. “It will appeal to some Bubbas, but that’s not enough.”...
...Another Republican cited a line from “This Is Spinal Tap”: “There is a fine line between clever and stupid.” "
Wow, that's harsh comming from your own party and your own advisors and we're only one day in.