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September 19, 2008

Excitement Over Sarah Palin Fall Off

Sarah Palin was a surprise. No one expected John McCain to pick Palin as his vice presidential candidate. The appeal of Sarah Palin is starting to wane. As the country gets more and more used to that fact that she is the Republican vice presidential nominee, the excitement is fading. Of course, the fall in approval rates may have something to do with the fact that she has alleged that there is a witch hunt going on.

Initially Sarah Palin was able to switch the momentum from the Democrats to the Republicans. However, in a poll conducted September 12-16 that had a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points, showed her favorable rating at 40 percent which is down four points from last week. It also should that her unfavorable rate is rising. It was 22 percent last week and has risen to 30 percent.

Palin was a shock to McCain’s campaign. She helped to generate interest in the Republicans that was not there prior to her coming aboard. However, the extent of her readiness is in question. She does not appear to have the experience that is needed in the vice president role. She also has some baggage from Alaska that she is not handling accurately. Accusing Obama operatives of trying to bring her down in a probe that was launched before she was in the election ace, is just plain silly. Making stupid comments when she is asked about her foreign policy is not that smart either. Being able to see Russia from your house is not really the way to reassure people that you know something about foreign policy.

This year’s election is going to be a toss up. It is anybodies game at this point. McCain and Obama both have the chance to be the president of the United States. The thing that might make the difference is the person that is running with them. Who will make a better vice president? Which team will work better together? Who can give the Untied States a chance to comeback and be a strong country? These are just a few of the questions that people will be asking as they head to the polls.

Just as with Obama, the initial shock of seeing a different kind of face on the campaign trial gets everyone excited. However, after the excitement wears off, there is the fact that they need to prove themselves. Palin, unlike Obama, has thrown herself into obscurity with the accusations about the probe that is going on in Alaska. She has also made herself look not so smart after a few not so intelligent statements and some of the polices she supported as the governor of Alaska. She has been solely responsible for pushing up her un-approval ratings. Now she has to do some major damage control to recover the people that she has lost.

Palin will need to show the country that she is ready for a job as huge as the vice presidency. Not to mention, with McCain’s age, she will need to prove that she is ready to be president.

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