No doubt he’ll get some of them, but will Clinton voters be jaded enough to vote for McCain instead of a Democrat in the fall?
John McCain portrayed her as a trailblazing model for aspring female politicians yesterday and now one of his top surrogates and vice-presidential prospects is taking the next natural step and promising that they’ll compete for Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
“I think many of those voters are going to consider and support Senator McCain,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in an afternoon conference calldesigned to prebut Obama’s speech tonight in St. Paul. […]
“They see and saw in Senator Clinton somebody they value experience in and, in many cases — in terms of her personal characteristics — her persistence and strength,” the governor said of Clinton’s backers. “Many of those same characteristics and more are in Senator McCain. So we think he’s going to be able to compete for Senator Clinton’s supporters to a significant degree when and if she terminates her campaign.”
So leads obviously leads into the Democratic Veepstakes, because Obama could lose just enough women to McCain for it to really hurt.
And sure, he could pick Hillary…and many Obama supporters would hold their nose and vote for him anyway. But wouldn’t it be nice if it were a female politician from a swing state like Sebelius, McCaskill or Napolitano? Somebody fresh and new instead of somebody who could potentially offset any gains among Dem women voters because voters coming out on the other side to vote against her?
One last note…if Hillary doesn’t concede tonight (and I don’t think she will), then this speech by McCain will have even more impact. Because it’ll give all those women (and men) time to actually consider a McCain candidacy, and that’s something Democrats don’t want.
More as it develops…