I was not going to do a diary on Palin. Too many have come out with people freaking all over the place.
But, I happened onto Americablog and they have a link to Editor and Publisher that has a story on new polls out that show this whole thing of Palin as veep to attract women did not go so well.
This is going to be very short because I really don't have a whole lot to say on this.
I kind of figured many democratic women, even Hillary supporters, would find this as more of an insult to their intelligence then attractive.
All year in the heated battled between Obama and Hillary supporters the big deal with Hillary supporters seemed to be her experience and wonkiness.
They seemed to have the biggest problem with Obama from what they saw as his thin resume and dismissed his eight years in the State Senate.
So, when McCain picked Palin I laughed. I figured these women would mostly see this a huge insult. It seemed to say, "vote for me. Even though she is inexperienced and a rightwing extreme fundie, you can vote for me because I put someone with a vagina on the ticket"
Like one Hillary supporter said, it would have been different if he picked someone like Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who has serious cred and experience but, this is just an insult.
So, Gallup and Rassmussen comes out with two polls today that say women are not so fooled.
Here's a finding from Gallup: Among Democratic women -- including those who may be disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination -- 9% say Palin makes them more likely to support McCain, 15% less likely.
From Rasmussen: Some 38% of men said they were more likely to vote for McCain now, but only 32% of women. By a narrow 41% to 35% margin, men said she was not ready to be president -- but women soundly rejected her, 48% to 25%.
You can follow the link to read the full story. It has interesting findings on how Obama's speech was received:
Among all those surveyed, 35% call Obama's speech at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium Thursday night excellent, 23% good, 15% "just OK," 3% poor and 4% "terrible." Sixteen percent say they didn't see it and 14% have no opinion. That's higher than the ratings for acceptance speeches by President Bush and Democrat John Kerry in 2004, by Bush and Democrat Al Gore in 2000 and by Republican Bob Dole in 1996.
Asked about the Democratic convention's impact, 43% say it makes them more likely to vote for Obama, 29% less likely. Nineteen percent say it won't make a difference.
I was thrilled on that front. I was sick that day so missed all the diaries and reactions to the speech on here but, made sure to see the speech and even managed to do a little shaking along with 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' when Stevie Wonder sang that. it was a blast.
anyway, I hope this will let everyone kind of settle down and see that for all the pundits in a thrill, it did not have the effect McCain hoped. Except maybe with the Base religious right.
For the press it is mostly to a new story and not to anything else, as they will have someone new to vet and make opinion on as well over the next few weeks. Especially if the polls continue to show a decided resistance to Palin by women.