Why would suburban women support such an anti-choice vp candidate, simply because she's a woman? There's zero evidence that women vote on the basis of a candidate's gender -- they vote based on policy and ideology.
Over the summer, thinking about who McCain could pick, I thought of Hutchinson. But now I've read that she is a poor speaker and they don't get along. Plus her record is quite conservative. Just because the vp pick is a woman, doesn't mean that swing women voters will support the ticket, not when her policies are so bad. And Hutchinson wants to run for Governor of Texas.
I still think Romney is most likely, although I don't see him adding to the ticket and could be very easy to attack on economics.
I watched this in absolute shock. It was a terrible moment for the convention.
What is she worried about? It's not like Obama will run off and make all decisions on his own. If there's anything we've seen from his campaign, his policy positions and his process are extremely professional and evidence-based. Her comments reflected a lot of "self-talking," internal conversations probably from the primary campaign about why HRC was so much better.
Furthermore, the folks with the experience got us into the Iraq mess. By and large it was the outsiders who saw that it would be a huge mistake.
And it was terribly self-indulgent for her to share these views with CNN. If she does end up voting for Obama, won't she feel awful having made those comments?
I am still yet to be convinced that airing all this disunity will either achieve catharsis for strong Clinton supporters or appeal to undecided voters. On the latter, a lot of times people don't want to vote for a party that doesn't have its stuff together and the Democratic party doesn't look like it has.