So it should come as no surprise that we are impressed by her credentials and join Governor Palin in the belief that she’s the right person for the job.
But there’s more to politics than being the right person with the right message and sometimes characteristics that should not necessarily be a factor when making the determination of who to support need to come into play. This is one of those times and in this instance, the characteristic in question is that of gender.
I say this as one who detests identity politics and is generally repelled by the notion of pulling the “gender card;” but it is because of the nature of damage Rep. Akin did to himself and to the GOP both in Missouri and nationally that I believe the answer to end this kerfuffle as quickly and quietly as possible is to choose a woman for the position.
Replacing Rep. Akin with another male will only force McCaskill to change the name on the attack ads but not the tenor nor tone because secretly ALL GOP men feel that way, don’t you know. The message will be that the GOP is filled with sexist dinasaurs and the the GOP is an insensitive entity who does not understand the plight of women; and McCaskill will ride to victory in a year where she should have been crispy fried with a side of bacon.