It bothers me to no end that annalists wonder if Palin being chosen as McCain's running mate will give McCain the 'women's vote'. The worst part is the news media doesn't even seem to notice that they are alluding to such a connection. Even is this Times article, which appears fairly neutral, the allusion that a women will vote for a women no matter what is made:
"There has been considerable speculation about whether Mr. Obama would be better positioned to curb the excitement that Ms. Palin has generated if he had picked a woman and whether Ms. Palin is drawing the support of women who might have voted for Mrs. Clinton, despite their vast policy differences."
I'm not going to vote for another women purely because she's female. I don't think, 'Hey! You're a women, I'm a women that means I have to vote for you!'. The idea that anyone thinks female voters will vote for Palin simply because we share two X chromosomes is seriously insulting. Just like the rest of the US (hopefully) I'm going to vote based on policy. Not race, gender or any other diversifying factor.