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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 30, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    McCain’s August Surprise

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Smart move by John McCain in choosing a woman as his vice-presidential candidate. There are still significant numbers of women who are reluctant to switch from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and the McCain-Palin ticket now gives them somewhere else to go.

            The timing was very effective plus the fact that the media did not get the story in advance.  Most people in Ireland will probably continue hoping fervently that Obama will win in November and the Democrats are already focusing on Sarah Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience and her conservative views on issues such as abortion.

           However it is always entertaining to see a consummate political professional at work in the person of John McCain. The old dog for the hard road, etc. Meanwhile back home, our politicians seem to be getting sloppier and less professional all the time, as seen in the incredibly inept Yes campaign for Lisbon. Deaglán

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