Deborah Gyapong: Tokenism it ain't--it's character and narrative

Tokenism it ain't--it's character and narrative

It's interesting that many on the Democratic side and some on the Republican side are calling the Palin VP pick "tokenism" or a nod towards "diversity" and so on.

I frankly don't think that's what tipped the balance for McCain. I think he sees in Palin a kindred spirit, someone with proven character to make hard, even potentially painful choices, to buck the establishment when principles are at stake and who brings a Washington outsider's fresh perspective to Washington. If Sarah Palin were a white male with a similar narrative, I think McCain would have chosen him.

Here's an interesting line by line comparison of Palin's experience and Obama's.



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