Why is the New York Times in such dire financial straits? Maybe it is due to the intelligence (or lack of same) of some of their key people. Like Gail Collins, their editor of the editorial page (or as the Times proudly notes, "the first woman editor"). Upon the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican ticket, she opined (back on 8/30):
....It’s a tad reminiscent of the Dan Quayle selection, when the first George Bush’s advisers decided they could close the gender gap with a cute running mate.
The idea that women are going to race off to vote for any candidate with the same internal plumbing is both offensive and historically wrong. When the sexes have parted company in modern elections, it’s generally been because women are more likely to be Democrats.....
Offensive? Wrong? Really....
Guess who doesn't have a clue, Gail Quayle:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has gained huge support among white women since naming Sarah Palin as his running mate and now leads Democrat Barack Obama among those voters, according to a survey published on Tuesday.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that much of McCain's surge in the polls since the Republican National Convention is attributable to the shift in support among white women.
....after the Republican convention in early September, McCain was ahead by 12 points among white women, 53 percent to 41 percent, the poll found.
I think Gail is the one "offensively wrong" here...but hey, I am sure she got kudos all the way around on her way back to her Upper West Side townhouse!
UPDATE: Yup...via NRO:
Was talking to a friend of mine in New York (conservative). He had been to the playground, with his kids. Got into a conversation with some “other moms.” They said they were very, very insulted that McCain chose Palin, expecting them to vote for her. (They must be fans of Gail Quayle!)
My friend said, “Oh, don’t worry: He wasn’t expecting you to vote for her — at all. He was expecting me to vote for her, which I will.”