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Palin Put Romney Off Women for Good

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Florida's fundraising event at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on November 3, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Obviously this is the best female America can do.

An "informal Romney adviser" tells First Read that the Sarah Palin trainwreck has made Republicans reluctant to consider another woman for vice-president:

"I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that," said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. "I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they're worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny."

Just how clued in this informal adviser is to the campaign, we can't know. But other reporting has previously reached the exact same conclusion. Last month, a "Republican official familiar with the campaign's thinking" told Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei that the campaign was looking for "an incredibly boring white guy."

The idea that one horrible female candidate ought to rule out other female candidates of any kind seems just a tad unfair. They are half the population! Nobody thought the George W. Bush disaster disqualified men from being the next nominee (or even some small subset of men, like southern men or dumb men).

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