By McCain's choosing Palin, can anyone in his or her right mind think it was for any other reason than to put the finishing touches on his victory? It was SOLELY because she is a woman, period, end of story!
She'll get far more than a few thousand votes. She'll get hundreds of thousands of votes from the idiots who "want a woman in the White House." Most Americans are political idiots, and vote for Obama because he's handsome and/or Black
and/or has a winning smile and/or.... They'll vote for McCain because he's white and/or they want a woman in the White House and/or they hate Blacks. It's a simple as that!
It's image, not substance or issues that matter!
Too much exposure to Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and the like, plus lack of critical thinking skills honed to a fine edge in most of our institutions of "higher education," have made it impossible for most Americans to have critical thinking skills sufficient to see that we are being played like a fiddle.
Moreover, Palin is WHITE! Why not choose Condoleezza Rice if he wanted a woman to run on his ticket? She has far more domestic and foreign policy experience, to put it mildly, than the WHITE woman he picked. He didn't want a Black woman because he wouldn't garner enough of a net gain of votes.
Now, many women who are angry that Clinton lost the nomination; many women who just want to see a woman in the White House; some "liberals" who want to see a woman in the White House to "break the glass ceiling," "conservatives" who want to make sure that the next President (be it by succession or likely successor) votes their "values," will see to it that homophobic reactionaries will occupy the White House for at least 8 and, perhaps, 16 more years.
And even more reactionaries than we expected will flock to the polls and vote, also dooming California's Prop. 8, that seeks to overturn the California Supreme Court's decision [that mandated the allowance of same-sex marriage within California] by restricting marriage to one man and one woman.
And the reactionaries will achieve the victory that justifies those expectations, and they'll achieve it because of the idiocy of Obama [Please see my August 25th post.] and the superficiality of most of the American electorate.
And you are absolutely right! Obama is a closet homophobe, as his opposition to same-sex marriage partly indicates!