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  •  I think she serves multiple purposes (2+ / 0-)
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    chrome327, JellyBearDemMom
    1. She'll energize the Fundies. This will improve their GOTV numbers.
    1. She'll appeal the more "purient" interests of some. Nobody will admit that shots of her killing a moose, in a bikini with a gun at a pool party (WTF?), etc. turn them on. But when they get to the black box of the voter booth, they can vote for any reason they want.
    1. She serves to make McCain look more moderate. Yes, it makes no sense to any rational person. But when you put them side by side, many voters will think "McCain is pretty moderate compared to Palin" and vote for him, rather than look at them as a set of party candidates.
    1. She'll get a few low information woman voters who want to see a woman in high office regardless of policy.

    So, I'm actually pretty worried about her. Too often we overestimate the public's ability to think and analyze on their own. She plays perfectly into the Republican sweet spot, low information voters.

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