Originally Posted by 2dogmom
There is a basic difference between politicians who rise to national fame by being mayor / governor and those do rise to fame through congress. And I mean this very generally although I think it applies to everyone who is running for president / vice-president.
Those who are used to being executives tend to get things done by intimidation and they fill their offices with their cronies. It is small-town politics and it is the same across the country. Those who are used to being on committees have to learn the 'I scratch your back if you'll scratch mine' to get their bills passed.
The first group doesn't care whose toes they step on because they figure they can eliminate anyone who gets uncomfortable. The second group is going to be more careful and harder to nail down because if you alienate everyone, you'll never get another one of your bills passed again.
This is politics as usual and anyone who thought that Palin was somehow different was not being realistic - they are all alike, even if they look different.
That sounds like a very reasonable analysis, though I think that the size of the town and the character of the person involved do play a role.
I really wonder how much the "small-town mom" image will help/hurt. I met three women from Minnesota today on the train, self-described "suburbanites", and all three said they were Independent Hillary supporters who wouldn't
be voting for McCain/Palin, because they weren't sold on the idea of Palin being an alternative to Hillary. One said she had a "jam on herself", and another that she sounded "vindictive". The latter must have been reading the same articles I have. She's curious about Troopergate.
I'm really looking forward to the VP debate.