Originally Posted by Dispatcher
The Republicans may be in love with and heap praise on Palin, but Palin really doesn't matter. What does matter is votes. According to USA Today, in the 28 states that register voters by party affiliation the Democrats have added 2 million new voters in 2008 while Republicans have lost 344,000.
That is significant. And despite all the hype, and the positive and the negative revelations about Mcclain's VP pick, in the end, it's the votes that get people elected.
And Presidents typically pick their VPs to shore up votes where they are weak.
Obama was "weak" on foreign experience: thus Biden.
McCain was on women vote, evangelical vote, and being old: thus Palin.
And if polling numbers are indicative of anything, his VP choice has started to pay off --although, in the ensuing 50 days or so, it is likely they will level back off. If McCain can successfully sequester Palin from the media; and in the brief spurts of her talking with media, paint them as attacking her unfairly; then he will most likely be successful.