I do believe that voter backlash can occur, but the idea that the anger should be the sole reason for voting for Palin (or Hillary) irrespective of whether or not one agrees with their stand on the issues, seems a bit superficial. In fact, some women I talked to after McCain picked Palin, felt that they were being condescended to in that they felt McCain seemed to think independent and moderate democratic women would flock to him once Hillary was out of the race simply because he selected a woman for the ticket. At the same time, as Sanchez points out in her book, some Hillary supporters ultimately voted for McCain-Palin, but apparently not in large enough numbers to make a difference.
Overall, I would say You’ve Come A Long Way Maybe is a must-read for anyone interested in how far women have come in politics and how far we have yet to go. If anything, Sanchez makes clear that the lesson of the 2008 election is a bitter-sweet one -- we have come a long way towards electing a woman to the nation’s highest office, but, as some of the events in 2008 make clear, we just aren’t there yet.