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Sarah Palin the New Yoko Ono

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It's been a Hard Day's Night for John McCain ... and pundits are already starting the Sarah Palin blame game.

It's nothing new. Women are often viewed as scapegoats -- just ask any Beatles fan, Yoko Ono herself for that matter. She knows what it's like to be blamed for the downfall of an empire. Last night's defeat of the McCain/Palin ticket is already inviting fingerpointing -- all aimed squarely at Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

Many agree Palin has some obvious flaws that led 60% of voters in exit polls to say she wasn't qualified to step in as President. So is she and she alone responsible for McCain's staggering defeat? Insiders in the McCain camp would sure like you to think so. Days before the election, anonymous McCain sources already began pegging her as a 'diva' and a 'whack job.' New York Times writer David Brooks bluntly stated,  "She is a fatal cancer to the Republican party." 

But one key fact remains: McCain hand-picked Palin as his running mate. Period. In McCain's gracious concession speech he eloquently shouldered full responsibility for losing the election -- but that won't stop the public from throwing Palin under the bus. And why not? Women are easy targets, considering misogyny is the last tolerated prejudice. Shouldn't greater focus be on the many blunders, gaffes and missteps of Mr. McCain?  But then again, it's much easier to blame the girl. Right Yoko?  

Will Palin go down in history as the woman who tanked the Republican's chances at the 44th presidency?

next: Obama and the Number 44
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Jim Dandy November 5, 2008, 3:50 PM

McCain lost the elction on his own. One of the factors that led to his demise was that he displayed terrible judgment in picking Palin, who is really not qualified for any public office and never will be. But he would have lost anyway. His inability to make good decisions and his obvious lack of any real conviction became too clear. The only reason he did fairly well was because Obama is black and because some very uninformed people bought McCain’s lies and his fear tactics.

bloggingmom67 November 5, 2008, 3:53 PM

I do think Palin’s presence on the GOP ticket sealed McCain’s fate.

Did she single-handedly bring about their loss, no.

First, as you point out, McCain picked her. So he has no one to blame but himself.

Second, I think there was a groundswell of support for Obama. He didn’t just win as an anti-McCain/Palin vote. I think he really touched something in the American consciousness. Voter turnout was amazing. Some voters may have picked him out of Palin fear, but I think he got a true mandate. Voters wanted him.

With that said, I do believe the race could have been much closer if Palin wasn’t on the ticket. McCain is a moderate Republican, way more moderate than Palin. She was picked to woo the ultra-conservatives who see McCain as too moderate. What she did was scare away the swing voters and middle ground from both parties who were afraid or her conservative stands.

someperson November 5, 2008, 4:15 PM

I agree with bloggingmom67. I blame McCain, although I had planned on voting for McCain until I got to know Palin.

Justathought08 November 5, 2008, 4:53 PM

McCain is the one who chose Palin. She definitely didn’t help things - but he was the one that chose her.

I agree with bloggingmom67 - the only reason why he chose her was because of the Christian voters. He wanted to get the women and conservatives who most probably hated him.

I doubt McCain even knew her before he chose her as his running mate!

lolz November 5, 2008, 5:37 PM

i hadn’t planned on voting until i saw palin’s interviews. after that, i was sure to vote against she and mccain. it really scared me to think that she had a chance of running this country. the major flaw was that McCain picked her of all people in the first place, as stated by many ladies here already…

Sister Wolf November 5, 2008, 6:37 PM

Surely Yoko Ono doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the despicable Mrs. Palin!

Bob November 5, 2008, 6:47 PM

I love SP

mary November 5, 2008, 7:32 PM

As someone who was inspired by Sarah Palin’s grassroots appeal and political rise, I must say that I saw today, on Fox News no less, a quick story about how now that the election is over, we are going to hear more ‘stories’ about how poorly she was vetted and how she was not prepared to become VP or President. I do not blame McCain for choosing Palin. From the story, it does sound like she was chosen in part, by the party’s pressure to choose her…someone who would bring something different to the ticket than anyone on his short list. I think McCain probably relied on those around him to properly vet her, and he probably found out all too soon that they had not properly vetted her. At what point, what else could he do but carry on. The Fox story said that Barack went back up in the polls the day after the disastrous Katie Couric interview. Rather than being overprepped for that, as we all thought, she actually had declined prep for that interview.

So for all of those who criticize Fox News for not being fair to both parties, I would say hey, watch some of the election coverage because actually that is fair and balanced for the most part. I mean, here they are, putting out a news story that is essentially throwing Sarah Palin under the bus, knowing the wide appeal she has to conservatives.

Anyway, I don’t blame McCain for the loss and in some ways, I don’t blame Palin either…she was asked to do this, she in her naivete said yes, and so here we are today…

I voted McCain, but I am glad for the outcome of Barack winning. I am glad that McCain gave such an outstanding speech and can continue working for America.

98% November 5, 2008, 10:35 PM

98% of people who voted for Obama polled said that they voted for Obama simply because he was black…
So sorry folks but it was not Palin’s fault that she and McCain lost, it was in fact nothing more than the color of his skin that won Obama the election.
Once he’s in office and turns our country into the socialist state that he wants and you can’t find a well paying job…well… maybe then you’ll all see the grave mistake you made in electing a far leftist for president.

Steve P in Bethesda, Md. November 6, 2008, 5:56 AM

If the Democrats couldn’t win in 2008, they could *never* win — after eight years of an unpopular incumbent and in the midst of both an unpopular war and a severe economic downturn. So McCain’s candidacy, or that of any Republican, was virtually predestined to defeat. Sarah Palin’s effect, I suspect, was a wash. She’s certainly a lightning rod for left-wing contempt, although it’s hard to see that’s she anything more than a conventional conservative. OTOH, she seems to be a very effective speaker and campaigner. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a future in national politics.

Yoko, on the other hand…

Cynthia Powell, Chicks & Cubs November 6, 2008, 7:58 AM

I agree with 98% - Sarah Palin was a BOOST to the McCain Camp. I love her. She is REAL. She most definately could run the country. What make Obama any more qualified than her?

This race ended up being about RACE for blacks and history for WHITEs that voted for him.

How do you explain CA voting to do away with same sex marrage but voting for Dem. party? 80% of blacks there voted to ban this, only 40% of whites.

Go Sarah, Go - we need her leadership!! Forget the politics lets get to the TRUTH!!

Jami November 6, 2008, 11:28 AM

The Democrats would have won no matter who was running against them. People blamed the Republicans for the financial problems. Which in reality it took people from both parties to make this mess.
I love Palin and I hope to see her in National Politics again.
One good thing out of having a Dem in the Whitehouse and majority in both the House and the Senate. Republicans can’t be blaimed for the next disaster.

Fresno Kaborkian November 6, 2008, 3:22 PM

to 98%
98% of people who voted for Obama polled said that they voted for Obama simply because he was black

That is just ridiculous - there were no polls whatsoever that said that. Why hurt your cause by makign stuff up?

98% November 6, 2008, 4:58 PM

to Fresno - That was said on CNN yesterday.
Plus, Fox News exit polls show 95% of the black vote went to Obama, CNN exit polls show 96% of the black votes went to Obama, and exit polls show 96% of the black votes went to Obama.
Do you really think that nearly 100% of black people voted for Obama because they ALL agree with his tax plan and they ALL agree with his willingness to allow babies to be killed and they ALL agree with his plans to weaken our national defense systems?

huh… how naive of you…

The African-American community may agree with one or more of Obama’s plans but when you see nearly 100% of the votes from one race voting for the same person that says to me that they are not voting on their personal beliefs but rather on a common goal. In this case that goal was to finally get one of their own into the White House., no matter what the consequences will be. And that is just irresponsible!

Derline November 6, 2008, 9:13 PM

Mysogyny is NOT the last tolerated prejudice. Try being an atheist in America sometime. You’ll be told straight out, you can’t possibly be a moral or ethical person unless you believe in someone else’s Sky Daddy. But misogyny is a close second.

Carlos B November 6, 2008, 10:07 PM

“Will Palin go down in history as the woman who tanked the Republican’s chances at the 44th presidency? “

No, she will go down in history as the third-party candidate who tanked Republican chances in the 2012 election. Assumption is that the Republican party will move toward the center in an effort to capture the centrist, independent vote. This will outrage the far right, which will rally behind Palin for a third party, which will poll something like 20 percent of the vote, almost all taken away from the Republicans and thus ensuring their defeat.

to 98% November 7, 2008, 6:51 PM

Your post don’t add up. First post you said that 98% of the people you voted for Obama voted for him because he’s black, second post you say the 98% of blacks voted for him because he’s black.
Did it ever occur to you that Barack can do great things for our country. McCain could have done a lot for us too, but he didn’t win so just let it go. This just wasn’t a race for republicans.

SLB November 10, 2008, 1:06 PM

It really is remarkable how the McCain folks rushed to make Palin the focus of their blame. Even before the election, they were starting to split up — McCain supporters and Palin supporters. It was a bad sign already. McCain supporters began to set the stage, knowing they were going to lose, by calling Palin a “whack-job” and “diva.” They will only help the Democrats even further by focusing efforts on blame-seeking for their massive loss. And I do agree that misogyny is in play here — when was the last time a man was called “diva”? When has a male VP candidate been entirely blamed for a loss? Even George H.W. Bush didn’t focus on Quayle like these folks are going after Palin.

lieben March 5, 2009, 10:12 AM

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