Today, Republican Senator John McCain, 72, chose the Republican Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, 44, to be his running mate. I’m not surprised he chose a woman. He has been hungry to attract any disgruntled supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton. And it’s good that another woman will be on a national ticket. The first, Geraldine Ferraro, ran for Vice President on the Democratic ticket in 1984.
But my initial thought was that John McCain must think women are irrational and reactionary. Why? He probably thinks some women will ignore the Republican platform and Governor Palin’s equivalent position on the issues, just so they can cast a vote based on the gender of the Republican vice presidential nominee.