John McCain’s Delicate Flower

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” I call upon the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower who will wilt at any moment.” — Campbell Brown

Why did John McCain choose Sarah Palin to be his vice president?

Evidence seems to indicate that he wanted to stomp on Obama’s convention bounce and buzz (timing the announcement for the morning after Obama’s acceptance speech), and get some razzle-dazzle for his own campaign. The actions he’s taken since then seem to show a singular lack of respect for the person he has chosen to serve as his closest advisor.

She’s been aggressively packaged. We know that Palin’s convention speech was largely written before she was even chosen. We know that she willingly mouthed false statements (written for her by the McCain campaign) about the Bridge to Nowhere — and that she continued to do so long after the lie was exposed. Andrew Sullivan points out the differences between the Palin we saw at the debate, droppin’ those g’s and aw-shucksin’ her way through, doggone it, with the relatively lucid Palin of 2006.

Campbell Brown’s rant centered on the astounding lack of media access to the vice presidential candidate. Palin has still not held a single press conference, more than a month after her selection and with a month left to go in this campaign. What does that say about McCain’s respect for her abilities?

Then yesterday she revealed that she hadn’t actually been informed about the McCain campaign’s decision to drop out of Michigan. This was a really big decision. And she didn’t even know about it, much less participate in it. It’s one thing to not ask her advice — I’d find that telling (I can’t imagine Joe Biden being completely left out of the loop on such a major decision, for example) but an argument could be made that campaign decision-making is different than decision-making once in office. It’s another thing to just not even bother to let her know.  The question is begged — is she there to contribute in any substantial way to the campaign? Or is she there to simper and wink and send “little starbursts” to the likes of Rich Lowry?

Is there a point at which she will finally chafe at the treatment she is getting from the campaign?

Or is she just fine with being sequestered from the media and treated like a delicate flower?

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3 Comments

  1. nimh  •  Oct 4, 2008 @11:51 am

    Lowry’s pean to Palin was definitely out of this world. One of the most amazing, stunning things I’ve had the misfortune to lay my eyes on in … a long time. I mean, dude.

  2. FreeDuck  •  Oct 4, 2008 @4:27 pm

    I’m glad you wrote this. It sort of brings together two topics that I want to write about but haven’t gelled yet. One is about the sexism of Palin’s supporters and the other is about McCain’s ego and ambition.

  3. Deb  •  Oct 4, 2008 @8:35 pm

    I couldn’t agree more.

    Especially annoying are the conflicting dualities of complaining (reasonably, I think, for anyone else) about the sexism of some of the attacks on Palin, while simultaneously choosing a woman without the abilities to do the job, (surely there must be one or two very competent Republican women, she said with intense irony) and then putting up a dumb smokescreen to stop her abilities being tested.

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