A report this morning via Bloomberg detailing Obama’s post-convention bump (he’s up 8 points over McCain) contains the following: “Palin may not attract large numbers of disillusioned supporters of . Only 9 percent of Democratic women said Palin makes them more likely to support the Republican ticket . . . .” 9% is appalling. 9% is still too much.
Sarah Palin cements McCain’s staunch pro-life stance. Here’s an excerpt from NARAL Pro-Choice America’s statement on Palin:
Palin is not just anti-choice, she’s opposed to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. [Juneau Empire, “Abortion Draws Clear Divide in State Races,” accessed 8/29/08 and Anchorage Daily News, “Governor’s Race: Top contenders meet one last time to debate,” 11/03/06.] Palin is also a member of the anti-choice group Feminists for Life.
I’m certainly not saying that every Democratic woman is pro-choice, but I refuse to believe that as many as 9% were Clinton supporters and pro-life. As a matter of fact, a SurveyUSA poll from January of this year showed that pro-life Dems were more likely to back Obama than Clinton, which, of course, makes perfect sense. So a significant portion of these 9% of Clinton voters who are now more likely to vote for McCain because of Sarah Palin are trading in reproductive rights over the perceived feminist agenda of putting a woman in the White House. I hope they ask themselves, “Feminism at what cost?” Because this woman, Sarah Palin, is clearly no feminist.
Moving beyond choice, Palin negates Sen. Clinton’s position on the environment. Clinton scored a 90 on her review by the League of Conservation Voters, citing global warming as a priority concern. Palin, however, is “not convinced” that human behavior has anything to do with global warming, in opposition, even, to McCain, at least the McCain we have seen up to this point. And while Clinton is a staunch opponent of drilling in ANWR, Palin is a huge proponent. It should be noted that Palin diverges from McCain here again, though I won’t be surprised if McCain comes around to her way of thinking before this campaign season is over.
I could go on, detailing the vast differences between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, but I should hope that these two key platform issues sound enough of an alarm. The notion that 9% of former Clinton supporters could see their way clear to vote for a McCain / Palin ticket, in light of these two issues alone, is astounding.