If her defenders are looking for sexism, they should begin with the biggest sexist ploy in the campaign so far: the cynical decision to make her McCain's fresh supply of Geritol without thoroughly checking the label. In other words, she was used, regardless of her command of national issues, for temporary relief from his anemic campaign image. McCain had teased reporters by saying that he would pick the person most qualified to serve in the office. Oh? Well, not really. Bottom line: For whatever her deficiencies, she was on board strictly because she was a tigerish woman. Among other carry-on baggage that she brought to the airport was her demonstrated support of a secessionist movement in Alaska, the Alaska Independence Party, founded by Joe Vogler, an angry Alaskan. Vogler once said this (as quoted in the Los Angeles Times:
"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government...And I won't be buried under their damn flag."
Earlier this year, Palin, as governor, was happy to tell the AIP convention: "Keep up the good work."
I wonder how well that will play in Peoria; that is, if the folks hear about it at all.