Ladies and gentlemen: She’s got a uterus!

First off – I’m not here to diminish Sarah Palin herself – she’s simply not qualified to be President of the United States. Yes she’s the governor of Alaska.  She was also a small town mayor – with all this she brings the reputation of a straight talking reformist.  She balances out the McCain ticket when it comes to  ideology which will appeal to right wing nuts – I mean voters.

Basically, if you close one eye, squint with the other, and look at this, it all makes sense.

Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:  

  • She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.  
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.  
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.  
  • She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
  • How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

It’s quite obvious with this pick that the McCain is attempting to woo Hillary Clinton voters disappointed with Barack Obama’s nomination.  As if everyone voted for her simply because she’s a woman.  It would be as if Alan Keyes would be a valid replacement for Obama because they’re both black.  It’s insulting.  And I’m sure that some former Clinton supporters will fall for it.  Problem is, those voters were never going to vote for Obama anyway.  But anyone who voted for Clinton based on her progressive record, healthcare advocacy, support for reproductive rights, her wealth of Senate experience – well, they’ll be sorely disappointed that John McCain thinks that Palin matches up to her.

You believe this pick was made on qualifications?  Ask yourself this: until last Saturday, Hillary Clinton was still in the running for the democratic VP nomination; do you think that Palin would have received the nomination if Clinton was chosen?  There’s nothing she brings outside of her gender that couldn’t have been brought by another candidate in that case.  Mitt Romney brings a conservative rep.  Rudy Guliani brings the tough talking.  

OK – she brings one other thing – her youth. Kay Bailey Richardson would have been more sensible a choice, but at 65, she doesn’t fit the need. She does have loads of experience having been in the Senate since 1993.  There’s that word: experience.

Which McCain are we to believe? The one that railed against Obama’s inexperience or the one that chose someone 3 years Obama’s junior, with  significantly  less experience than Obama (Obama has 8 years as an Illinois State Senator and 2 years as a U.S. Senator) as a possible Presidential replacement?  Palin has no experience that shows her capable in regards to dealing foreign affairs, the defense, the threat of terrorism, or the management of the world’s largest economy.  You have to wonder about his judgement and pragmatism.

Listening to the Republican spin on this is amazing.  They’ve decided this was a brilliant and bold choice. To me it seems shortsighted and dangerous. I wondered how Republicans would respond in their national convention to the successful DNC.  It appears now that their response is one of defiance and insult. Instead of bringing substance to the campaign with their choice for VP, they’ve decided to counter program with a choice based on visual and emotional appeal as opposed to policy expertise.

I thought Mitt Romney would have been a big mistake of a choice – since that would have put two multi-millionaires at the top of their ticket, but that would have made much more sense than this.

Thank you Hill-Dog

The fight for the Democratic nomination was bloody and brutal.   This week’s Democratic National Convention goes a long way towards fixing the cracks that were developed.  It’s telling that those cracks are what Republicans were banking on.  Guess what: bank on something else.

Hillary Clinton, followed by husband Bill, and then Joe Biden have done a great job bringing the attention back to where it needs to be – the previous 8 years, and our collective futures.  

But that’s for another day and another post.  Trust me over, the next 67 days I will have plenty of time and anger to discuss the many reasons why you don’t vote for Bush/McCain and all the reasons you vote for Obama/Biden.  This week is all about revving up and preparing for another battle.

Thank you Hillary and Bill for putting the good of the country first and bringing the party back together.

Keep yourself healthy – we may need you to continue the work in 2016.

BTW – I’ve laid low on the politics this summer.  Labor day weekend fast approaches, and the summer is over.  We’ll be firing up the engines starting Monday.

Fundraiser for Conshohocken Fire Victims

Guppies is having another fundraiser – this time there’s a little more notice.   All $20 goes to displaced residents.

Drink Beer for the Riverwalk Victims

$20 Open Beer Bar

Saturday September 6th

7-9 PM

2 Maple Street Conshohocken PA

Come on down, all $20 will go directly to the help the Riverwalk Victims.

Should be a blast, with live entertainment

Thanks a lot and look forward to seeing you at Guppy’s

John McCain collects homes

I found it amazing earlier this year when Hillary Clinton and John McCain double teamed Barack Obama because he was out of touch with the average person. I think it’s hilarious that yesterday McCain couldn’t answer the simple question how many houses do you own.

I know, it’s hard. Even I always forget our house in Montserrat, but hey. If you were to ask some women how many shoes they own – I understand it’s hard to answer. Ask me how many websites I have, I’d have to count. But most people don’t collect houses. By the way, the answer to how many houses does he own? Seven. Sorry, I mean at least seven. It’s at least because McCain couldn’t answer, and he directed the question to his staff, who said at least four, and it was left to a watch dog group to report that it was actually seven. 7! If you’re keeping score, that would be 2 more homes than the last four American Presidents combined.

In response to all of this the McCain camp is worried. They’re warning that the gloves could come off. We could hear about Obama’s affiliations (that’s double speak for Rev. Wright.) So because their candidate is senile, clueless, and out of touch, we’re going to hear about an unrelated subject to distract people of all of this. And the reason? Because people who will vote for McCain are simply looking for any reason not to vote for the better candidate. Because of this, the McCain strategy is one of misdirection; distraction.

“Hey, I don’t know how many homes I own, but I can run a $3 trillion budget. Vote for me!”

Funny.

Local Bar to help Conshohocken Fire Victims

Just received a message from Conshohocken Councilman Jason Salus regarding a local bar’s efforts to help local fire victims.

Guppy’s (2 Maple Street in Conshohocken) has just announced that they will donate 25% of their sales from tomorrow (8/16) and 75% of their sales from this Sunday (8/17) to aid the fire victims.   Guppy’s is open from 8 AM until 2 AM on Saturday; and from 8 AM until 12 Midnight on Sunday, serving coffee and pastries in the morning and afternoon and alcoholic beverages and pub food in the evening.

I recommend Guppies wholeheartedly.   Probably my favorite bar in the borough (not saying a whole lot, but it’s a really good bar).   Great beer selection – awesome bartenders.   More down to earth than the Boathouse and the Pub.