Hillary Defectors Re-Defecting?

  St. Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff is on the Sarah Palin “Truth Squad” Republicans set up to counter criticism of their VP candidate.  The truth is, even she worries that Palin has turned out to be a drag on the ticket.

   After interviewing her about her re-election bid and about early voting rules, we turned off the camera and chatted informally about the Presidential race.

  When the talk turned to Palin, Bogdanoff admitted that droves of angry Clintonite Democrats may have been turned off by McCain’s VP pick.  Her seat-of-the-pants estimate is that half the Hillary fans she knew who were ready to vote McCain have been alienated by Palin, and have re-defected to the Obama-Biden ticket.

 She believes the Alaska Governor hasn’t gotten a fair shake from the media– a common perception in the McCain camp.  But she also conceded she hadn’t seen what was, for me, the most damning media interaction of this campaign– Palin’s failure to conjure up a cogent answer to Katie Couric’s question about what newspapers and magazines she reads… hardly a hard-edged gotcha inquiry.

   Bogdanoff blames over-preparation of the candidate, though critics might argue that rapid over-prep was needed because Palin, despite her position as Alaska’s Governor, was severely under-prepped to deal with questions about the world beyond Alaska.


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