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Looking back, was Sarah Palin a liability to John McCain's candidacy?

  • Only because of Palin polls rose for the GOP

    McCain knew that he was not conservative enough in order to appeal to potential republican voters and polls also showed that way to little women had wanted to vote for him. Without Palin, a lot more female votes would have been casted for Obama. And the fact that Palin is now more famous than McCain because she is polarizing, leads an own movement among the party and is said to be influencing the current primaries vastly by endorsing Trump speaks for itself.

  • Palin's content being a stylish celebrity rather than a substancial politician.

    Having grown up where Palin presided over, Palin preferred to run the city and state as her own personal fief than a democracy. She could not even manage a town of less than 20,000 people, having turned a surplus into a huge deficit and attempting to strongarm anything the people did not support. She was not much different as governer, ignoring pretty much everyone in favor of her own personal agendas. Despite touting things like liberty and free speech, she made a habit of ruling with overreach, scandal, and silencing/slandering anyone who protested her whims. I felt a certain trust towards McCain despite the fact that I did not intend to vote for him. When people around town said he picked Palin, I thought it was some sort of joke. At that moment I had trouble taking McCain seriously after he made that decision. Palin would have been one heartbeat away from being president and quite frankly would probably have been one of the worst in US history because she had absolutely no grasp of performing politics in a meaningful way. I would not be surprised if she had resigned or just hid away for the cabinet to deal with everything. Palin was just a mouthpiece of style with zero substance, and even then her style was just ridiculous "reality tv" populist rhetoric that pipered the oil boomers, chicken hawks, and "faith and family" types in this state, of which there is little shortage of. McCain thought he could take advantage of the media wave surrounding her and it bit him in the ass when he inevitably realized how lousy she was at actual politics.

  • Almost definitely she was!

    She is a voracious republican who thinks none other than a typical republican. The people of the US do not need a republican in office, which is why we did not elect John McCain, but her support of him made everything worse for him in my opinion. Let's just hope the same happens for Trump!

  • She was just a puppet

    It was evident from the day she was pulled out of nowhere that she had no clue what it would take to be Vice President let alone President of the situation arose. I liked John McCain and his positions, but I could not bring myself to vote for a candidate of whom was quiet aged for a presidential nominee and had a bimbo for a VP selected. Obama was more hype and tell the public what they wanted to hear at the time. It was easy; Bush made it easy, but McCain made it even easier for the American public to vote for change in 2008 when they brought the bimbo Palin on board. Why would i ever elect a presidential nominee who's selected VP doesn't even know what their duties are of which they're running for, not even what is going on in the country at the time.

  • She was clearly uninformed and not very bright

    Despite the tendency of the media to report political campaigns as popularity contests, there are substantial numbers of serious voters who expect a president and a running mate to have the intelligence and gravitas. We live in the real world where intelligence, thoughtful people make better decisions and we expect that from our leaders as well.

  • Mc Cain Failed

    He wanted a woman who might be able to steal some of the votes that would have gone to Hillary Clinton. It backfired in the most chaotic manner possible. Now, Palin is a joke, a caricature of herself, a money-hungry, attention-hungry joke who will say and do anything for a buck.

  • She was DEFINITELY a liability.

    It would seem that John McCain selected Sarah Palin as a running mate in an attempt to appeal to conservative voters. The problem was, the conservatives might have loved her. But nobody else did. Admittedly, the Republicans were already at a disadvantage back in 2008. But the mere thought that she could take the office of president should something have happened to McCain was enough to guarantee Obama the election.

  • This is a no-brainer.

    A presidential candidate's running mate is a very important selection and McCain misfired. Palin did not pass the most important test for a Vice Presidential candidate; demonstrating the ability that they could step into the shoes of the presidency, if that unfortunate event were to happen. Palin couldn't deliver any states for McCain and he had no choice but to play defense the whole campaign due to voter frustration with the GOP.

  • Had McCain not chosen Palin he probably would have won.

    Mitt Romney would have been a better Vice Presidential candidate. Between the 2 of them they caught most of the Primary votes. Joe Biden wouldn't have stood a chance compared to Romney. McCain's age was one of the concerns that people had. If he had chosen the ideal running mate it wouldn't have been such an issue. Huckabee would also have fared better although I don't think by much. It's ironic considering that Romney did the same mistake by choosing Paul Ryan; although, not to the same extent as his predecessor did. Palin will one day make a good if not a great president. It just wasn't the best time. Maybe in the next election.

  • She made Obama the lesser of two evils by far.

    As an independent, I knew Obama was a liar who couldn't possibly fulfill most of the thing's he'd promised, even though he's a brilliant orator. Moreover, I found unsettling the ease with which he threw erstwhile political allies under the bus as soon as they became even the tiniest bit inconvenient. However, the thought of John McCain dying (on account of his lengthy medical treatment record) and leaving us with President Palin literally kept me awake at night.

  • Sarah Palin was not a liability to John McCain's candidacy because she actually stood for what the conservatives wanted.

    One of the big problems facing McCain was the fact that he was too liberal. Most conservative Republican's were totally frustrated with him as the candidate and considered boycotting the election because of his liberal and wishy-washy ways. However, Sarah Palin was a breath of fresh air. She actually had a backbone. She did not pull any punches and stood strongly for what the conservatives and many of the Republicans and independents wanted. McCain was his own worst enemy. McCain did not fight to win. He backed down and apologized continuously. It was a very frustrating election because we had our choice of incompetent (he was elected) and indecisive (he lost.)

    Posted by: IindsM3II0w
  • Only because of Palin polls rose for the GOP

    McCain knew that he was not conservative enough in order to appeal to potential republican voters and polls also showed that way to little women had wanted to vote for him. Without Palin, a lot more female votes would have been casted for Obama. And the fact that Palin is now more famous than McCain because she is polarizing, leads an own movement among the party and is said to be influencing the current primaries vastly by endorsing Trump speaks for itself.

  • Only because of Palin polls rose for the GOP

    McCain knew that he was not conservative enough in order to appeal to potential republican voters and polls also showed that way to little women had wanted to vote for him. Without Palin, a lot more female votes would have been casted for Obama. And the fact that Palin is now more famous than McCain because she is polarizing, leads an own movement among the party and is said to be influencing the current primaries vastly by endorsing Trump speaks for itself.

  • McCain was the libility

    And the media decided her character long before she opened her mouth. They slaughtered her in the reports and made her into a joke. She wasn't the libility...He was...And the media was...The whole campaign was a demonstration on the power of the media and that they can make or break you in the public eye. As soon as they decided against her, they lost. She could not win anything. If she were to run for president, I would vote for her.

  • Conservatives didn't like John McCain

    I wouldn't have voted for the Republican ticket if it wasn't for conservative Sarah Palin. John McCain isn't and never was a conservative. He likes to call himself a conservative Republican but he really is a RINO. John McCain was doing very badly until he picked Sarah to be his running mate and it only made it a race when she ran with him.Most conservatives would have stayed home if the Republican party had nominated two RINOS.

  • McCain refused to explain the financial meltdown to the American people.

    Very simple. Government thought home ownership among minorities would decrease crime and be a blessing to all. In fact, no money down loans to anyone who could breathe caused a housing bubble and banking system meltdown. The lefties blame capitalism and McCain keeps silent. Gee, no wonder why McCain/Palin lost.

  • Facts - without Palin, McCain was nowhere

    All poll data supports what a loosing campaign McCain had against Obama before picking Palin and how all things turned after he picked her. However McCain again became wishy washy during the financial crisis just a month before the vote and threw away what momentum and strength that Palin had added. McCain was his own reason for failing.

  • No, Sarah Palin was all most people cared about in John McCain's candidacy.

    Choosing Sarah Palin was not enough to win the election for John McCain, but she was not an electoral liability. Quite simply, few people were excited by or cared much about John McCain. The Republican base was, however, excited and enthralled by Sarah Palin. She could not save John McCain's election but she did prove more popular and interesting than him; he was the liability.

    Posted by: tacomoon
  • Sarah Palin was not a liability to the McCain candidacy because he needed to differentiate his near center of the road beliefs from the Obama campaign.

    Sarah Palin aided the John McCain candidacy and allowed the ticket to present a more conservative ticket to the United States voters. Without Mrs. Palin, John McCain's views would be seen as only marginally right of center and not that far away from Barrack Obama's just left of center views. The McCain loss would have been even more significant.

    Posted by: P03tPoId
  • He was doomed from the beginning.

    If anything, the Republican party brought in Sarah Palin as a "hail Mary pass" to combat the popularity of Barack Obama. They were hoping to catch the "female" vote and therefore, the presidency. However, I believe it was McCain's own faults that ultimately cost the Republican Party their votes. I believed he and Obama both equally had faults of their own that should have kept both of them out of the Presidential seat.

    Posted by: R34llyAla

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