Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

September 5, 2008

Sarah Palin and the “Gender Gap”

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:00 pm

Everyone keeps asking if Sarah Palin will help the McCain ticket appeal to women voters — especially voters who preferred Hillary Clinton.

What everyone seems to be missing is that Palin will appeal to men — perhaps even more.

Liberal women who care more about liberalism than gender will not switch to McCain because he’s running with a conservative woman. The “Debra” vote — Clinton voters who switched to McCain on the basis of Obama’s lack of “experience” may not be followed by more “experience” voters, especially if they measure experience by years in office. (Obviously, some people will count Palin as “more experienced” than Obama because she’s accomplished more even thought she has about the same number of years in office. But those people probably weren’t voting for Obama anyway.)

The demographic that Palin brings to the ticket is going to include a lot of men who were lukewarm McCain supporters who might have stayed home — but think it’s really cool to have a woman on the ticket who hunts, fishes, likes guns, and does all kinds of “macho” stuff with a husband who’s even more macho (He does multi-thousand-mile snowmobile races!). Seriously: Think about guys who like to go hunting on the weekends, but who’s wives don’t like them to leave for an activity they see as pointless. They will look at Palin and say, “Wow — that’s the kind of woman I like.”

I say this as a male with no interest whatsoever in hunting.

I ran this by Different Mother, who said, “Of course [she'll appeal to men]! She’s gorgeous!”

The Democrats are not going to know what hit them….

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