The "experience" trap:
The other potential trap is luring the Obama campaign onto the "experience" field. The early conventional wisdom says McCain's pick was boneheaded because it takes the experience issue off the table. But it seems that it has done the opposite: The importance of experience is the topic of the day.
The more Democrats complain about this, the more Republicans can turn it on them and say, "If you are so concerned about the amount of experience of the vice president, what about the top of your ticket?"
Obama's argument thus far has been that experience isn't what counts; it's judgment. By attacking the Republican woman relentlessly on this issue, Democrats are undermining their own man.
When discussing experience, the Hussein supporters are simply bringing up an issue that Hussein himself tries to take off the table. As a fallback, they simply assume that McCain will die soon and we’ll be faced with a Palin presidency.
I have only one word: Hoorah!
Then there’s the misogyny issue:
One Obama supporter and political operative blogged, "In picking an unknown, untested half-a-term governor from Alaska . . . John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen."
Do we really have to do this again?
No sooner was Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race, and a new woman is in the cross hairs.
On CNN, during a discussion about whether it was appropriate for Palin to accept this job when she has a baby, Dana Bash pointed out it's unlikely anyone would ask this of a male candidate.
I can't help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts.
One top Republican said to me: "Just wait until she is debating Joe Biden and he starts attacking or condescending to her. Hillary voters are going to say, 'Oh yeah, I remember this.' "
One of the biggest problems with the Hussein campaign is its supporters. They are the far Left lunatic fringe who has forced its way into the hall. They define the Hussein candidacy as nothing else does. They are the faces and voices Americans see in their nightmares as they try to imagine a Hussein presidency.
The drive-by-media will do its best to airbrush them out of the picture, but the loss of control of the means of communication has made the gatekeepers much less effective. It’s no longer possible to limit what we can see and hear.
And the women are jazzed.
How's this for the Democrat's nightmare: McCain wins, serves two terms to be followed by two terms of Palin.