POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Lupica: John McCain can’t hide his Sarah Palin problem

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 30, 2008

Mike Lupica writes in today’s Daily News …

  • John McCain “suspended” his campaign last week because he said he needed to fly down to Washington and save a failing economy all by himself.
    • McCain was doing the opposite, of course, wasn’t suspending anything, just campaigning harder than ever, trying to figure out a way to bail out his own campaign.
    • And this was only the second great publicity stunt of McCain’s campaign. The first was the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
  • Except now McCain can’t hide Palin anymore.
    • He couldn’t hide her from Katie Couric last week and he can’t hide her on Thursday night at the vice presidential debate, even if the bar for Palin will be set lower than the curb in St. Louis.
    • There will be those who declare her a winner on Thursday night in St. Louis if she remains standing.
    • Sen. Joe Biden will be called out for bullying her or patronizing her if he comes close to breaking arbitrary rules that would never be set up for a male candidate running against him.
    • It won’t change what she is and has been from the start, which means a prop.
    • She will leave the stage Thursday night, having hurt McCain as much as she helped him at the beginning.
  • Then the stage will belong to McCain and Obama, and they will talk about the economy and how they plan to fix it, and McCain will continue to talk about his experience and being a war hero, and Obama will try to show he is smart enough to have a real foreign policy and tough enough to enforce it.
  • And then the campaign will finally become what it has really been about all along: race. It will be about how many people are going to vote for the black guy on Nov. 4.

To read the entire article, click … http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/09/28/2008-09-28_john_mccain_cant_hide_his_sarah_palin_pr-3.html


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