Folks, You’re Going to Have to Do Better

miss-wasilla-1984.jpgLast week, you nailed Barack’s vice presidential pick — Joe Biden — when fully 41% got it right.

But this week? Wow, not so much.

Only five of the 150 of you who took the survey wrote in the right answer — Alaska’s Sarah Palin — and a couple of those votes came long after McCain announced her, which probably shouldn’t count. True, we cleverly disguised the Republican intentions by leaving her name off our list, along with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, but we figured you were a savvy political bunch who would see right through our little ruse. Apparently, you’re not so savvy when it comes to Republicans — and who can blame you.

As you can see from the results posted here, most of you went for Mitt Romney (49%), followed by Joe Lieberman (12%), Kay Bailey Hutchingson (7%), and the rest of the seven dwarfs.

On who will be the first woman president, many of you are sticking with Hillary Clinton(43%). After Michelle Obama’s big speech Tuesday, we figured more of you would go for the future First Lady or maybe one of the Obama girls, but only 4.7% went for Michelle Obama and 6.8% for Sasha. Two of our favorite Barbaras — Boxer and Lee — got a few write-in votes each, as did Chelsea Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, and Nancy Pelosi.

On California’s next governor, John Garamendi (26%) led the pack, followed by Jerry Brown (18%), Antonio Villaraigossa (14%), Dianne Feinstein (9%), and Gavin Newson (7%). Here you get a reprieve because the election’s still a couple years off.

Try to do better next time. We’re gonna keep the surveys coming. :)

Full results here


  1. Linda Sutton says

    Who even HEARD about her before she was chosen? I realize now that all who listen to Rush did, but I don’t know any of those people, and certainly never listen to him myself. Guess we need to do more opposition research.///

  2. Marilyn says

    The reason so many of us progressives didn’t guess that John McCain (or whoever is running the puppet show) would pick Sarah Palin as his running mate is that we don’t think like sick, devious. malicious right-wing bastards.

  3. Allen Friedman says

    It is almost funny that the oldest candidate for the office of president of the United States would select a woman that has no idea of what international politics are all about.I do not think that she has ever left the U.S.A. It shows that McCain would rather make a bad choice for V.P. then lose an election. Sarah Palin is a far right conservitive that believes in creative design, pro life even when the mothers life is at stake and pro guns. If this is the new direction that this country wants to go then it is two steps backward.Recently the Alaska newspaper reported that she was asked about Iraq war and she said that she had not been following it but I’ll bet that she is now an athority.

  4. Joel Price says

    The VP pick for both Obama and McCain is a sideshow and unless something tragic happens to the President the VP is, as John Nance Garner once stated, as useful as a bucket of warm owl piss. The issues facing the country go far beyond gender choice for a VP. Whether or not either candidate can lead this country through an economic downturn, foreign policy issues, energy/resource fluctuations, health and education reform (Medicare and NCLB are a wreck), infrastructure repair (interstate highway system), technology improvements and environmental/green movement is far more important. The time between now and the November election should be spent debating these issues (among others) and placing before the people their plans for immediate and fundamental change. Everything else is window dressing and detracts from the important consideration that should be pre-eminent in everyone’s mind. Who is best suited to lead the most powerful country in the world into the next decade of the 21st century and which candidate can manage the affairs of state with the vision, clarity and compassion that the world needs?

    • Sharon Toji says

      Yes, of course you are correct that the choice of vice president is normally a non-issue, or should be. However, this is not the usual election. This time, we had a virtual tie in the Democratic party, and the gender issue became important. It would be wonderful if all our citizens would be engaged in policy discussions, and would vote on the person best qualified to help provide solutions to the problems you mention. However, we know that they are not, and that many of them will be swayed by sound bites, appearances, and swift boating.

      Another reason that the vice presidential choice is important may be to the Democrat’s advantage, of course, and that is John McCain’s age. However, the Democrats are going to have to be very careful in how they approach criticism of Governor Palin, since Obama never properly criticized his own most rabid supporters for their sexist trashing of Hillary Clinton, and then passed her over without even the courtesy of vetting her. Somehow, Palin’s inexperience is going to have to be carefully separated from her gender (and separated from Obama’s inexperience as well!).

      Sharon Toji

  5. Hollis Stewart says

    In 1960 I walked a precinct for JFK under the Viva Kennedy banner and I have worked in a lot of elections since then. Now I support Obama, where I don’t observe any more narcissism than in any other politician, and I would have supported Hillary Clinton not because she is a woman but because she is a highly qualified candidate who is a woman. The same is not true of Sarah Palin, yes she is a woman but not highly qualified. Mayoring a town of population 7000 more or less, being antithetical to women’s rights, accepting creationism as a scientific explanation of human existence, as over against evolution, that belongs in school curriculmns, an antagonist to endangered species protection and conservation as well as a kiss up to oil corporations marks this candidate as a shallow no nothing.

    The media and the Republicans have harped on the narcissism thing because Republicans and a society that has been infected with white superiority ideology for hundreds of years, resent an African American candidate who doesn’t act humble and self effacing [Are John McCain, George Bush, or Dick Cheney humble and self effacing?]. The day of step-and-fetch-it is over and now we have to get beyond it and not let it color our political decisions. As a people we must also not let ourselves, male or female, get cajoled into voting for either a man or a woman based on the sex of the candidate. We must demand and expect quality from any candidate that we would vote for and refuse to accept less.

  6. Robert Frampton says

    I think that I was one of the 5 predicting Palin (if I voted in your poll). I also predicted that Palin is the only choice for VP that would help McCain win the election. I have been followng the Palin for VP web site for several months. She has certainly electrified the conservative base of the GOP. And, I think that she will influence a sizable chunk of the women who supported Hillary to vote for Palin as VP ( yes, 10 to 20 % would be a very meaningful chunk in this event).

    Bill Clinton has been privately expressing his belief that Obama won’t win in November, and Palin’s choice boosts McCain’s chances. Obama’s biggest problem is his rather acute narcissism. Another is his reputation for unscrupuously knocking his opponents off the ballot in his state senate election. His support for Bush on FISA didn’t help, in fact infuriated a portion of his base (including me).

    Obama has real problems, and his victory in November, with Palin on the other ticket, is far from assured.

    — Robert Frampton

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  7. Sharon Toji says

    I didn’t participate, because I had no clue about the exact person. I have been telling people for weeks, however, that if he was smart, he would pick a woman. I feel that the Obamas have made a grave error in not putting Hillary on the ticket. I wish that voters were discerning enough to check out what kind of woman Sarah Palin is, or at least what her beliefs are, but I think that even some young woman supporters of Clinton, who have never experienced a time when abortion was illegal, and who still probably believe with most of the country that John McCain is some kind of liberal in disguise, will vote for the Republican ticket.

    If Obama can handle the country and all its international problems, he surely could have “handled” Bill Clinton. In fact, I believe his statements about Bill Clinton early in the campaign, when he praised Ronald Reagan in contrast to Bill Clinton, probably set the tone, and helped lead to the trashing of the Clintons by enthusiastic young Obama supporters.

    I hope I am wrong about the effect this will have on the election, but I do think that all the really rabid Obama supporters and Clinton bashers had better be ready to not only go to the polls themselves, but to register about 20 Obama voters each and then literally drag them to the polls on election day. Otherwise, we are looking at another defeat.

    I’m one of those old ladies that the Obama campaign has said are the past. Will I be out and doing my usual precinct work? Hillary as VP would have guaranteed it. Now, I want to see if the Obama campaign puts the Clintons back on the shelf since they got what they wanted — a stirring speech from each of them at the convention. If I see the Clintons on the campaign trail — and if they are asked, I think they will be there — I’ll probably be out too. Otherwise, he has my reluctant vote, and probably not much more.

    I say all this as the mother of children with Obama’s ethnic background, who is actually very touched and pleased at the idea that the racial glass ceiling was broken. But we would have done better, in my opinion, with a Hillary/Obama ticket that would have sent him to the White House in 4 or 8 years, young and experienced and with all the nasty slurs about his background silenced. And if not that, we could have done better with an Obama/Hillary ticket, which would have shown his strength as someone who could really “reach across the aisle” to bring the old guard back and include women in a valuable way.

    Sharon Toji

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