I’ve had just about enough of the Sarah Palin bashing. She is not at fault for McCain losing the election. the fault is McCain’s staff. The electoral college may seem like a landslide victory for Senator Obama but many of the battleground states were really close. Governor Palin is the reason why it was so close. Without Governor Palin, Obama would have completely wiped the floor with McCain. To use Trucker Randy’s term….
THAT’S A LOAD OF CRAP!!!
Remember that John McCain was not popular at all with the Conservative base of the Republican Party. They were scattering either to Bob Barr, Charles Baldwin, or deciding to just stay home. things changed in an instant with McCain’s selection of Governor Palin as his running mate. If it were not for the financial crisis that move might have won McCain the White House. Even after the crisis having Palin on the ticket kept the race close and got enough Conservatives to the polls to keep the Democrats from gaining a super majority in the Senate down ticket.
If there is any blame to go around it has to go to McCain’s staff and advisers. they did not allow McCain to be the man he was when he gained popularity in 2000. He only really got to show it during his concession speech. For all intensive purposes it was way too late. His staff also needed to use his surrogates more wisely. In many of the battleground states that McCain lost Mike Huckabee was popular and he was rarely used, if ever. He could have won those states (like Ohio and Iowa) for McCain by himself if allowed to stump for the ticket more often.
Also I believe pulling out of Michigan was a fatal error. I think the ticket had a better shot to switch the map there than in Pennsylvania. The move had me and many others scratching our heads. The move handed Michigan to Obama on a silver platter and hurt races down ticket and cost Republicans in the state dearly who could have done better on the coattails of McCain/Palin. However after some thinking the move makes sense. Who is the de facto force behind Michigan’s republican Party and who had a large presence among McCain’s staff? That’s right, Mitt Romney. Why else would McCain’s staff be bashing Governor Palin, especially because she could be a threat to the former Governor in 2012?
So stop bashing Governor Palin! She inspired a lot of Conservatives during this race (including myself). She provided a lot of excitement and muscle to the ticket and she is a rising star in the Republican Party I look forward to more great things from her. God bless Palin, her husband, and her wonderful children!