McCain Campaign: Women Should Be Seen Not Heard

Kenneth Vogel at Politico writes about how Palin’s handlers are skating on thin ice with the press these days for courting photographers but refusing to allow print journalists to talk to her.

Long story short, they want cameras because she’s pretty. They don’t want questions from reporters because she’s ignorant.

I’m sorry, but the actuarial tables say there is a one in three chance that this woman could be my president if McCain is elected. As a voter, I think I have a right to hear her unscripted views, especially when it comes to her interactions with world leaders.

Palin’s handlers were happy to have photos taken of her with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (does this mean she can say she’s visited Afghanistan now?) and other world leaders at the U.N. conference, but even the Wall Street Journal’s reporter was denied access to cover it. And the WSJ is known to be pretty friendly toward conservatives.

So what is McCain hiding? Is she really that bad? Palin has basically been relegated to the roll of mic girl for McCain. She delivers the same four or five (inaccurate) lines at every campaign stop, and then hands the mic over to McCain so the crowd can start dribbling out to go about their day.

She has not been allowed to give one press conference. The male candidates, including Biden, God love him, have all given several and speak to the press constantly (*With exceptions, see note below). Unlike the guys, the female candidate is being shoved in front of cameras but held back from speaking to the press. This has prompted accusations that McCain is treating his own candidate in a sexist way, including this rant from CNN’s Campbell Brown. It’s short, but worth a watch.

*All Aboard the No Talk Express: McCain himself hasn’t given a press conference in 40 days. He used to refer to the press as his “base” and his bus as the Straight Talk Express. But for whatever reason, his handlers have been refusing to let him talk to them lately. In Ohio yesterday, after McCain ignored questions about the failing economy, one frustrated reporter yelled after McCain, “Has your bus become the No Talk Express?”

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2 Comments on “McCain Campaign: Women Should Be Seen Not Heard”

  1. adam j Says:

    Yeah, I am befuddled, flabbergasted and all discombobulated at how this is unfolding…

    – How long can they shield her from actual questions from actual journalists… she couldn’t be much worse than Dan Quayle could she. I guess she would have to answer as to why what she has been saying is patently untrue, but Republicans and the Bushies have made an art-form of that.

    – Are all these concerned conservatives (I think they’ve dropped the compassionate adjective these days) not bothered at all that someone whose credentials include a re-fueling stop in Ireland and seeing the border of Iraq, and who, 4 years ago, was the mayor of a town the size of Batesville, is back-up for a 72 year-old cancer survivor who apparently thought Spain was part of Latin America (though that really doesn’t matter b/c he wouldn’t talk to the PM of Spain anyway b/c they’re not friendly enough to the US… this was indeed a bizarre story, did you hear this from last week?)

    – To listen to these people (and a frightening number of Americans) talk, she is getting a bad deal from the press. She is getting a GREAT deal from the press… she doesn’t have to talk to them at all. Are people really going to accept this… have we become so collectively stupid and vapid as to not demand that people who want to hold office actually submit to interviews?

    It is reported that McCain spoke to her one time before selecting her to be his VP candidate. This, besides speaking volumes of his judgment and seat of the pants decision-making, is a blatantly political gambit and sadly sexist. He picked the prom queen as a running mate and is hoping that she will be able to sit quietly and get a free-pass and not have to actually answer serious questions in this race… We have little reason to conclude that Sarah is anything other than empty-headed prom queen since she won’t actually TALK TO THE MEDIA.

  2. Jackie Says:

    I know it’s been said before but I’m not sure which thought depresses me more:
    a. the idea that they thought Palin was a legitimate choice
    b. the idea that they know what a ridiculous choice she was (evidenced by their reluctance to let her take the microphone alongside the ridiculous answers she has given in the interviews she has actually done) and are just hoping we are too stupid to notice.

    It just brings me back to the quote “If you aren’t outraged, you haven’t been paying attention”.

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