Thursday, October 23, 2008

Um... drag!


Reuters asks, "Palin: Plus or Drag on McCain?"

Doubts about Sarah Palin are making it harder for Republicans to exploit Barack Obama's lack of experience.

Given the historic nature of the Palin pick as well as McCain's age-- he just turned 72-- Sarah Palin has received much more attention and scrutiny than perhaps any vice presidential pick in the past quarter century.
At this point, Palin's value to the McCain ticket really is nothing more than a rhetorical question.

In fact, it's reaching the point that "can McCain win?" has achieved the status of a rhetorical question.



Embarrassing revelations about her costly campaign wardrobe and bloopers about the vice president's job description are raising fresh fears that Sarah Palin is dragging down the Republican ticket.

New polls showed Wednesday that seven weeks after John McCain plucked the Alaska governor from political obscurity to be his running mate in the November 4 elections, Palin is seen as an increasing liability for Republicans.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Americans are less and less convinced she is worthy to serve as the country's number-two leader.

"Her numbers have plummeted in our poll ... what's more 55 percent think she's unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain's age," said NBC political director Chuck Todd.

The poll also puts the 72-year-old McCain 10 points behind his Democratic rival Barack Obama, and says that 47 percent of those surveyed viewed Palin negatively.

It confirmed the findings of an ABC/Washington Post poll released earlier this month which found that six in 10 voters saw Palin, 44, as lacking the experience to be an effective president.

"A third are now less likely to vote for McCain because of her," the Post added.

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