Her nomination to a constitutional executive office would cost McCain the votes of his party’s hardened racists and incorrigible misogynists. They are surely fewer in number, though, than the people who would like to participate in breaking the glass ceiling of race or gender but, given the choice, would rather do so in a more timid way, and/or without abandoning their party. And with Rice on the ticket the Republicans could attack Clinton or Obama with far less restraint.
emphasis mine. he certainly has his fingers on the pulse of conservatism, doesn't he?
the votes she would lose from those in the conservative movement would be from people who felt she hasn't been hard-nosed enough against the enemies of both america and israel. this would also give more fodder for those who claim that electing sen. mccain would be like giving pres. bush a third term.