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August 25, 2008

McCain Woos The Ladies

Debra Bartoshevich was a Hillary delegate until she announced she couldn't support Obama and would be voting for McCain. The Democrats gave her the boot so now she's cutting spots for McCain.

Many of us on the right noted during the primary that there really wasn't a dime's worth of difference between Obama and Hillary on policy, it was simply a matter of which type of the identity politics history did you wanted to make. Esentially this ad is targeting people like Bartoshevich who want to throw a tantrum over getting beat.

While I understand why McCain needs these votes, as a conservative it's a little disconcerting how easy it is for these Hillary voters to move to McCain. They really shouldn't be as comfortable with the Republican nominee as they are.

Such is life, I guess. At least this election cycle.

UPDATE: "rockmom" makes a pretty good argument in the comments why disaffected Hillary voters seem to be immune to Obama's supposed charms and won't just shut up and get in line.

Barack Obama is every older woman's nightmare -- the slick talking, good looking, totally unqualified man who waltzes in and gets the big job instead of the woman who thought she would get it by sheer force of dogged hard work and experience. A huge number of women have had this experience or know someone who has. I personally have had it twice. Women like this see Hillary as having done everything right to earn the Democratic nomination, getting the most votes, having the best ideas and most complete plans, and just plain working harder, but somehow still getting screwed out of it by the slick young empty suit. It is viscerally impossible for such women to vote for Barack Obama, no matter how much they might agree with him on policy. They simply don't believe him on policy either - such men will say and do anything to talk their way into the job, and who knows what they will then do once they get it?

John McCain represents their dad or their husband - the guy who cheered them on as they pursued careers and gave them a shoulder to cry on when they needed one. He has earned the job, the way they think Hillary did. They trust him on the issues even if they don't agree with him (how many times did we smile when hearing liberals say this about Reagan?) This is not about policy at all, it is about how women think they should be treated by men and how men should get ahead in life.

If McCain is smart enough to pick a woman as his running mate, it will seal the deal with these women.

Sarah Palin anyone?

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