Palin– first of many

I'm sure I'll have a lot to say about the Sarah Palin pick (which, I think will ultimately prove to be pretty dumb).  For now, I just want to mention that there is actually solid political science research to suggest that the idea she will bring disaffected Hillary supporters to vote for McCain just does not make a lot of sense. My good friend (and occasional co-author), Craig Brians published an article a few years back that shows a willingness on the part of Republican women voters to cross party lines to vote for a female Democrat running against a man, but not vice versa.  In other words, we should not expect Democratic women to vote for McCain and Palin, just because Palin is a woman.

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Whoops– wrong stadium

Funniest thing I've read in a while.  Had me laughing out loud while reading the paper yesterday:

Duke officials were a bit surprised when, at 6 p.m. Saturday, about an
hour before the scheduled kickoff of their game against James Madison,
two men parachuted into Wallace Wade Stadium and landed with a game
ball.

Problem was, the Blue Devils — who were warming up on the field along with their guests from Virginia — weren't expecting it.

“All we know is, they must have missed their jump site,” a team official said.

And they did — because the jump site was meant to be about eight miles away.

North
Carolina was scheduled to receive the game ball for its contest against
McNeese State via an aerial team at about that time in Chapel Hill.

According
to UNC assistant athletic director for promotions Michael Beale, the
plane was in the air but the jumpers from Virginia-based Aerial
Adventures opted to cancel the leap into Kenan Stadium because of
weather.

Evidently, when the clouds eventually opened, the pilot
thought they were over the correct stadium, and the skydivers jumped —
realizing only when they landed in Wallace Wade that they were in the
wrong place.

The two men immediately scrambled off the field with
the game ball, and when UNC associate athletic director Rick
Steinbacher was informed by a reporter of what had happened, he
immediately called Duke officials to confirm the miscue and offer his
apologies.

“In about five years, maybe this will be funny,” Steinbacher said. “Right now, I'm just glad no one was hurt.”

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