Her message is obviously going to need some fine-tuning....
If Sarah Palin thinks she can steal votes from the Democrats by rubbing up against Hillary Clinton and expecting some of Hillary's credentials to rub off on her, she's obviously under-estimating Democratic women voters, expecting them to abandon Democratic principles and vote for McCain/Palin simply because Palin is a woman is not in the cards.
And it appears that efforts by Palin to give praise Clinton towards that end... is being met by some angry reaction from conservatives.
This might not be the best way to reach out to those disillusioned Hillary Clinton supporters.
In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin was showered with boos on Saturday for attempting to praise Clinton's trail-blazing bid to become the first female president.
As she did at in her debut speech in Ohio yesterday, Palin appealed to the women in the crowd here in Pennsylvania with a political shout-out to Geraldine Ferraro, who preceded Palin as the first women to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate. The reference was met with polite applause.
But in contrast with the mild reception that greeted the comment at the Ohio event, when Palin praised Clinton here for showing "determination and grace in her presidential campaign," the Alaska governor was met with a noisy mix of boos, groans and grumbles around the minor league ballpark where the "Road to the Convention Rally" was held.
Palin quickly recovered, promising the audience that female candidates weren't yet finished, and that she and McCain were on their way to victory in November.
Palin is praising HIllary and Geraldine in attempt to put herself in that category of accomplished female politician. Democrats put Geraldine Ferraro on the ticket 24 years ago, and Republicans are just not getting around to doing the same -- only because their polls show them they have a better chance of winning if they do.
Once again, Republican strageists are thinking simply -- Hillary is qualified, Geraldine is qualified, Palin is a female politician like they are, so Palin must be qualified also...
Burp. It ain't gonna fly in red country, you knuckleheads.
Note: Wizbang Blue is now closed and our authors have moved on. Paul Hooson can now be found at Wizbang Pop!. Please come see him there!