McCain Camp Plays Sexism Card Analysis

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McCain Camp Plays Sexism Card Analysis


Byline: RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. John McCains campaign could be panicking or politicking with its claim that sexism lies beneath any questions about Sarah Palins past.

They say theyre not panicked that the Alaska governors spot on the GOP ticket is secure so that leaves room for just one conclusion for now: McCains political team is playing the gender card to appeal to women, and bashing the media to solidify support among conservatives.

Hours before Palins address to the nation, McCain was trying to inoculate his untested and embattled running mate against criticism.

"This is part of a very clever strategy to lead the Democrats into a trap that will end up with them dumping on Gov. Palin and paying a heavy price," said GOP consultant Rich Galen.

The chorus began at dawn Wednesday when senior adviser Steve Schmidt released a statement declaring the campaign would no longer answer questions about its background check of Palin, a little-known governor whose every blemish is being paraded before Americans.

"The vetting controversy," Schmidt said, acknowledging McCain has trouble on his hands, "is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for the vice president of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys network that has come to dominate the news establishment of this country."

It was a two-fer: Schmidt both tried to rally undecided female voters behind McCains historic pick and prodded conservative Republicans to do what they do every election cycle blame the media.

And so, Schmidt suggested, the campaign wont explain why Palin waited until last week to tell the McCain team that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

Or why Palin didnt submit to a face-to-face interview with the head of McCains search team until a few days before her announcement.

Or why shes accused of improperly ordering the firing of the former public safety commissioner.

Or why she supported the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" and other pork-barrel projects before telling the nation on Saturday that she was against them.

"This nonsense," Schmidt said, "is over."

Not likely.

Palin is seeking the second most powerful job in the nation. The media views its job as scrutinizing her background, helping voters determine her readiness to serve and raising questions about the decision-making process of the man who chose her a man, John McCain, who tells voters he has the experience and judgment to serve as president. …

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