Re: John M, You Got Some Splainin' to Do!
I definitely think some people, including myself, might be less likely to directly criticize Palin because she seems like a cool person and a sweet "girl."
On the other hand, our hesitancy to criticize Palin might be based on a broader sympathy towards (seemingly) good people being caught up in situations they are ill-equipped to handle. This feeling may occur regardless of the race, sex, or age of the person at issue. For example, if McCain nominated Gen. Petraus as VP and it became clear that he knew nothing about non-military matters, I think most people would feel sympathy rather than anger at Petraus. Instead, they'd be mad at McCain for putting the general in such an awkward predicament.
So while I think that chivalrous attitudes may be an influence on people's attitudes towards Palin, I don't think they're the sole explanation for why many people are reluctant to criticize her for agreeing to become McCain's running mate.
Last edited by Thus Spoke Elvis; 09-03-2008 at 10:59 AM..