GOP’s Palin Hangover

LA Times

Ann Romney is on the record: She would like to see a woman as her husband’s running mate. And so would any number of Republicans who are concerned about their party’s standing with female voters. But for all the excitement that the topic stirs up, don’t hold your breath: It’s unlikely a woman will share the spotlight at the top of the GOP ticket.
It’s not for lack of qualified candidates — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman are often mentioned — but because of the tortured legacy of one former nominee: the inimitable, unpredictable, irascible and, oh yeah, female former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.
This is the quote that turns up most often in response to the female veep question, from a source typically identified as an “unnamed informal Romney advisor”: “Unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that.”,0,721780.column


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 06:13:39

    Palin poisoned the well on that!



    • climber357
      Jul 12, 2012 @ 08:03:04

      You don´t fall into this category, Syrin, but conservative women have kept their disgruntlement with Sarah quiet long enough. I hold conservative female politicians equally accountable for propping up this charade that is Sarah.

      Some things are bigger than politics.

      Like the obvious truth, for example.


  2. NJfan
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 08:57:35

    I love this from the article:

    “Of course, at this point Clinton has the benefit of solid, unassailable qualifications. But she also has the benefit of belonging to a party that hasn’t made women into pawns.

    For all of Palin’s antics, she ought to be a blip on the GOP’s screen, a passing amusement. She tweets for the party’s reliably rootin’ tootin’ margins, but she isn’t enacting legislation or setting policy. It’s not even clear she’s been instrumental in getting anyone elected. But if the GOP dismisses its top female vice presidential candidates because of the specter of 2008, it will have turned Palin from a sideshow into a serious liability.”


  3. pollytickleparty
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:51:07

    “It’s not for lack of qualified candidates …”

    Say … what ?

    Nikki “Slicky” Haley was so scandal-plagued that she finally made the dim-witted claim that she’d quit if found guilty of wrong-doing. Based on just her version of events about her cushy hospital job, she should’ve resigned before being sworn in.

    Emails revealed that Kelly Ayotte sought the death penalty in a cop-killing case so strenuously in 2006 in order to further her political career. (New Hampshire hadn’t executed anyone in so long — some 70 years ?– that it lacked even the facilities to do so !) Also, she opposes abortion and gay marriage and supports Arizona’s especially-heinous SB 1070. The extreme misguidedness of those positions aside, Mitt needs a moderate, not a mirror-image of himself in drag.

    As for Meg Whitman … ??? You can’t mean the hated Hewlett-Packard honcho who squandered $144 million of her personal fortune AND $178 million from donors running for Governor of California in 2010 only to suffer the most humiliating bellyflop in recent political history ! Her dreadful record aside (which included the revelation that she didn’t cast a vote for 28 years), it hardly makes sense for Romney to choose a V.P. candidate worth $1.3 billion when he’s choking so noisily on his own silver spoon that first act his V.P. pick needs to perform is the Heimlich maneuver.

    Condoleeza Rice is smart, has lots of exploitable experience in foreign policy which no one else within 200 miles of the Romney machine possesses, and she might even lure an African-American vote or two should any of “them” somehow manage to slip through the current voter purges. Best of all from the conservative standpoint, she’s shown that she could be bullied by the big Bush boys. Unfortunately, the result was a major role in the “weapons of mass destruction” scam and for THAT little boo-boo … ? Let’s just say, “Condeeee !! You gotta lotta testifyin’ under oath to doooo !!”

    While it’s an unquestionable fact that Sarah Palin was a perfectly dreadful choice is unquestionable — to everyone, that is, except the demonstrably unhinged “lady” herself and her equally balmy bevy of bots — using her as a scapegoat for women who are either poorly qualified or potentially vulnerable is a transparently disingenuous strategy.

    Making it appear that Romney is seriously considering a woman for V.P. may momentarily allow the Repubs to both increase their distance from “McCain’s Folly” AND feign innocence about any “trumped up” war on women.

    But the truth is glaringly clear to anyone familiear with Romney’s staunchly sexist Mormon upbringing and his history of doing business with the “boy’s club”: he’s only using these women like the “show-vinist” pig he really is.


  4. pollytickleparty
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:57:14

    Where’s the damned Edit button ?

    Oh well … apologies for the redundant “is unquestionable.”


  5. Trish
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 11:48:26

    What gets me is that the short list never seems to include qualified women like Olympia Snowe or Kay Bailey Hutchinson. I guess they don’t meet the “young and hot” criteria.


  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 12:07:46

    Palin is more like the GOP STD. And a serious one at that!


  7. Up
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 03:56:22

    Lovely post and spot on. I never thought I’d defend Romney but…, when he was Mass gov he did select a female running mate, Kerry Healey. She almost makes up for the way he treated that nincompoop (and apparent Palin role model) Jane Swift, Mass’s first female governor. (Swift gave birth to twins just after being elected lt. Gov. in the late 90s.)


  8. Sara
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 04:49:44

    Meg Whitman is also from Bain…… don’t think that’s gonna happen!


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