GOP voters don’t like the script

GOP VOTERS DON’T LIKE THE SCRIPT…. The plan, according to the McCain campaign, is to send Sarah Palin into specific areas in swing states, most notably Ohio and Pennsylvania, where there are “pockets of women who had supported [Hillary] Clinton in the primaries.”

Republican voters aren’t necessarily prepared to stick to the script.

This might not be the best way to reach out to those disillusioned Hillary Clinton supporters.

In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin was showered with boos on Saturday for attempting to praise Clinton’s trail-blazing bid to become the first female president.

As she did at in her debut speech in Ohio yesterday, Palin appealed to the women in the crowd here in Pennsylvania with a political shout-out to Geraldine Ferraro, who preceded Palin as the first women to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate.

But in contrast with the mild reception that greeted her comments at the Ohio event, when Palin praised Clinton here for showing “determination and grace in her presidential campaign,” the Alaska governor was met with a noisy mix of boos, groans and grumbles around the minor league ballpark where the “Road to the Convention Rally” was held.

And if that doesn’t offend die-hard Clinton supporters who might give McCain a second look, maybe this will — Palin recently thought it was hilarious when a couple of right-wing shock-jocks called a Republican foe a “bitch,” and referred to the cancer-surviving rival “a cancer.”

After hearing this, Palin not only laughed, but said she’d be “honored” if the shock-jocks attended her State of the State Address.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.