Then there was this column, "A Feminist's Argument for McCain's VP," by Tammy Bruce:
"For Democrats, she offers something even more compelling - a chance to vote for a someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don't agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.
Whether we have a D, R or an "i for independent" after our names, women share a different life experience from men, and we bring that difference to the choices we make and the decisions we come to. Having a woman in the White House, and not as The Spouse, is a change whose time has come, despite the fact that some Democratic Party leaders have decided otherwise. But with the Palin nomination, maybe they'll realize it's not up to them any longer.
Clinton voters, in particular, have received a political wake-up call they never expected. Having watched their candidate and their principles betrayed by the very people who are supposed to be the flame-holders for equal rights and fairness, they now look across the aisle and see a woman who represents everything the feminist movement claimed it stood for. Women can have a family and a career. We can be whatever we choose, on our own terms. For some, that might mean shooting a moose. For others, perhaps it's about shooting a movie or shooting for a career as a teacher. However diverse our passions, we will vote for a system that allows us to make the choices that best suit us. It's that simple."
Add in the latest poll, as reported by the Wall Street Journal:
"Mr. Newhouse, the Republican pollster, said that Gov. Palin's image with blue-collar voters in the poll was significantly better than Sen. Biden's. Sen. Biden was chosen, in part, with hopes that he would be able to reach voters from blue-collar towns like Scranton, Pa., where he was born."
Now comes this brilliant poster, from a story in the LA Times:
(Arlette Figdore of York, Pa., right, holds a campaign sign with an image of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "Rosie the Riveter" at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pa. ~ Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press, September 9, 2008)
No wonder people are so energized over her selection for the ticket.
It's going to be an interesting campaign!