I am curious to know which description fits Sarah Palin, not only the first woman nominated as a Republican candidate for vice-president but the first major political figure that I recall with "hockey mom" in her profile.
To this point, we have not heard as much about hockey moms because their children's sport is not as ubiquitous as soccer. Youth soccer is everywhere. My god, there's no escape from it!
Hockey, on the other hand, has spread throughout the United States, but is still concentrated in states that begin with M and were on the Union side in the Civil War – Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota.
Hockey is big mainly in Blue states (New England, New York, New Jersey included), but in 2008, a couple of key hockey-mom states are in play – Ohio, Michigan, parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia. (Yes, Virginia, there is plenty of ice hockey in your state.)
I suppose this improves McCain's chances among swing voters, except for what it assumes – that women might choose a president based on who his vice-presidential running mate is, no matter what her political positions are, or because she's a woman, or because her kids play ice hockey. The Sarah factor might prove me wrong, but I think that's all thin ice. We shall see, eh?