05 October 2008
Is Sarah Palin to be let loose in Michigan?
Do you remember when the McCain campaign announced that it was abandoning Michigan to the Democrats by ending all political activity in that state? There was something not quite right about that announcement because it put McCain pretty much on the defensive and meant that he had to win just about every state that the Chimp took in 2000 and 2004.
However, Sarah Palin has announced that she was not a part of the discussion that lead to that decision. In fact, she came up with a strategy all her own that she announced to the press yesterday when she said "Todd and I, we'd be happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants of the car manufacturers. We'd be so happy to get to speak to the people in Michigan who are hurting because the economy is hurting."
Do you believe this? Your friendly old Exile certainly doesn't, in fact it looks to me like a campaign ploy to try and get Sarah out of any more trouble with the national media and capture a highly marginal state at the same time.
Think about it. Sarah goes off to Michigan and tells people that she persuaded McCain to give it another go. She can spend four weeks or so chatting to the wives on cold street corners whilst their husbands get a close up look at her nicely corseted, firmly buttocked frame. She tells the punters what they want to hear about abortion and gun control and the media can't trip her up over issues like that because she understands them. She might even grab those 17 electoral votes that Michigan has for her team.
As strategies go it has a certain consistency to it, and it makes a damned site more sense than believing that McCain ever intended to abandon Michigan without a fight.