Don’t listen to David Brooks. He doesn’t like Sarah Palin and doesn’t like social conservatives. You know this before you read his column. This is his bias. Dick Morris hates the Clintons and wants to win. This is his bias. Here’s his read on Sarah Palin’s effect on the election:
Sarah Palin made a vast difference in McCainâ€™s favor. Compared to 2004, McCain lost 11 points among white men, according to the Fox News exit poll, but only four points among white women. Obamaâ€™s underperformance among white women, evident throughout the fall, may be chalked up, in large part, to the influence of Sarah Palin. She provided a rallying point for women who saw their political agenda in terms larger than abortion. She addressed the question of what it is like to be a working mother in todayâ€™s economy and society and resonated with tens of millions of white women who have not responded to the more traditional, and liberal, advocates for their gender.
Add this to the numbers Palin drew to her campaign events–literally tens of thousands of people showed up. She rivaled Barack Obama. Nobody turned up to listen to Joe Biden. And John McCain didn’t pull those kinds of numbers and the base wouldn’t have turned out to GOTV for him either.
Don’t believe the haters. Palin isn’t responsible for the loss and McCain supposed “hewing to the right” didn’t do it either.
On what positions, pray tell, did McCain go right and lose? Drilling? Polls throughout the summer showed Americans in favor of drilling, 70-30%.
Similarly, on immigration, Americans are opposed to amnesty and in favor enforcement. But McCain pretty much didn’t say anything about immigration because he’s personally in favor of amnesty.
Oh, and all that stuff about Palin supposedly believing that Africa was a country, and not a continent, get over yourselves, it was a hoax. Who’s the idiot now?
Obama did in 2008 what Tony Blair did in 1997–he coopted traditionally conservative principles–like fiscal responsibility and tax cuts. How in the world could McCain let Obama steal tax cuts? But he did, by proposing “tax cuts” for 95% of Americans. On foreign policy, Obama even out-hawked John McCain with regard to Pakistan (proposing bombings and special forces incursions).
John McCain did not lose this election by being too conservative or adding Sarah Palin to the ticket.
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