Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah Who?

"We believe that the decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data available."

-Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin

If you heard some strange distant laughter yesterday, well, that was me! You see, I heard very early in the morning that GOP presidential hopeful John McCain had chosen Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate, and I couldn't stop laughing! Tee Hee Hee Hee. Is McCain thinking straight? Did Bush tell him to do it? Did he lose a bet? Or could it be that he is pandering to disgruntled female democrats, who are still feeling the sting of losing Hillary Clinton? If it is the latter, well, let me make it clear for him... NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS MCCAIN!!

As a woman who fits into the demographic McCain is seeking to appease, 40 somethings of the middle class, I wouldn't see myself voting for a woman who is by all indication the Anti-Hillary, in a million years! She is Anti-Roe v Wade, Anti-Environment, and Pro-War. She embraces every ideal to the exact opposite of Hillary Clinton, so why would John McCain believe for even a moment that I am so devastated after watching Hillary Clinton lose the nomination to Barack Obama that I would simply give up on my lifelong ideals to vote for just any woman on a presidential ticket? Is that what the right thinks about women such as myself? Is that the regard they have for us?If so, isn't that sad?

My reservations about voting for Obama never had anything to to with gender, they had to do with the man's policies, and his attempts of late, to establish himself as more of a centrist figure, rather then the true democratic liberal we need to fix the mess caused by the Bush administration. I have felt let down by him for most of this summer, and I have even toyed with the thought of removing him from my sidebar, but I decided to wait until the Democratic Convention, and until after I heard who his running mate would be. I am glad I waited. I more then approve of his running mate, I applaud it.

I am now, in fact, renewed in my hope that a democrat will indeed be elected to the White House. Senator Joe Biden is a strong man, with all the experience needed to do well in that office. I have always considered him a bit to the left of Hillary Clinton, which is what we need right now. In fact, while I was supporting Hillary Clinton for president, I could see Joe Biden as her running mate, although I have been very impressed with Tim Kaine, since he delivered the democratic response to the State of the Union in 2006. He would have been a good choice as well.

Anyway, I suppose that McCain chose Sarah Palin without my demographic in mind at all, instead finding someone who would appeal to republican women. I have heard a lot of republican women who are ready to see a woman in the White House. I suppose that is a possibility, but the question I have to ask those women is, do you really believe this woman is qualified to be Vice President? Really? She hasn't even been the Governor of Alaska for two years, and before that she was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska, City Counsel. That is the extent of her political career. Is that who you want as Vice President?

If so, consider the under qualified men and women that George Bush put into various offices, and the damage caused by doing so. Now, knowing that, letting experience guide you, do you really see yourself voting for that ticket? If McCain really wanted a woman for his running mate, wouldn't someone like Carly Fiorina have been a stronger choice? John McCain has learned nothing from the mistakes of George Bush. He has learned nothing about what America wants or needs. That makes him not just the worst choice for president, that makes him the most dangerous choice as well.

Opinions, opinions. Tell me what you think. Are you happy with the Democratic ticket? How about the Republican ticket? Are you even planning to vote in November? Who would your dream ticket have been? Would you vote for a woman just because she is a woman? Would you ever consider jumping ship from your political party because of race or gender? Speak your mind, lets get to know each other better! :)

Interesting Reading...

Alaska To Sue To Block Polar Bear Listing (Reuters)



IndigoSunMoon said...

Personally I think McCain has lost what was left of his OLD mind. What in hell was he thinking? Yeah, a lot of women said they would vote for McCain after Hillary didnt get the nomination, but does he really think that this woman who has basically NO experience to be president would make anyone vote for him just because of her gender? I dont know if I'm even making sense here. I'm just stunned.
I think Obama made a very wise choice in choosing Biden. I think its a good ticket.
But your right Carly...she is anti womens rights, and I dont think that the republicans are going to stop until our right to choose is taken away from us. Then its going to be back to the butchers for abortions. I dont believe in late term abortion at all...but first trimester abortion I stand firmly behind.

Anyway, I still can't believe he chose this woman as his running mate.


Suzanne R said...

I think it's going to be a very interesting election.


MyMaracas said...

I wondered how long it would be before you posted about this LOL

Try this on for size: President Sarah Palin. Does that not send a shiver of fear down your spine? If the Rebublicans win, we'll be one heart attack away from it.

I don't know what the hell they were thinking. Since she is clearly not an advocate for women, I can only suppose that they are trying to appeal to the far-right evangelicals, who love this lady. She clearly shares the same values and supports the same policies as the Bush administration, and the party does love a politician who'll toe the line.

Plus, this way they can hold up McCain as a "maverick" to outsiders, while pointing to her and winking to the faithful, "no not really." It's a cynical and calculated move. Which is exactly what you'd expect from these people, if you think about it.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Well, I'm pleased with both tickets, simply because anyone who anyone who takes an honest look at the vice presidential candidates will see a very clear choice at the VP level. One is amply qualified, and fills in any gaps in his running mate's experience, while the other is severely underqualified, intellectually dishonest, and has already been touched by scandal during her brief time in her present position. Oh, yeah! Let's cheer for the Republicans, shooting themselves in the foot!

Steven said...

Gov. Palin is an example of how the Republican party can't let go of Hillary Clinton. She's perfect had Obama chosen Clinton as VP but that did not happen. It'll make for an interesting VP debate though. Biden will chew her up on so many levels.

I actually heard a GOP flak calling Palins's PTA work "valuable experience" for leading the country. She's got all the right wing values but just that.

It's odd and creepy seeing Palin and McCain standing next to one another. Makes him look even older than he used to look. Weird.