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.

  • http://www.svrspy.blogspot.com Scarlet

    I wish the election was tomorrow. I’m so sick of the campaigning already.

  • Spencer

    LOL – I can’t imagine how you’re going to feel in a month.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    This choice is simply insane. Utterly, totally insane. This is not some cute Aaron Sorkin TV dramedy where, when the president kicks the bucket, the gutsy gal with no relevant experience tames her critics and makes nice with leaders the world round.

    I think this choice shows contempt on the part of John McCain for the people of the the United States. He doesn’t think we’re worth the trouble to choose a VP with *any* national or international experience. And, any woman who chooses to vote for McCain just because he picked a woman, I will hold in contempt.

    Seriously, this pisses me off. God help us if he’s elected and then buys the farm. We are screwed.

  • Abijah

    I completely agree, Mccain’s choice for V.P comes as a total slap in the face and utter disregard to the intellect of American citizens…But i guess only a few of us can see through the smoke….I really hope the Democrats don’t mess this up..cause i dont think God can save us if the the republican candidates get into office….HE will be siting up on a cloud like “I gave you people three chances, what do you want from me…”

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    Thanks Spencer — you have just saved me a load of time (and needless thinking) by saying exactly I was intending to in the blog post I didn’t get around to writing. (Although I was leaning towards using “va-jay-jay” in lieu of uterus…)

    I’ll admit I was momentarily intoxicated by the thought of a female president – in the highly specific form of Mrs. Clinton -way back when the NJ primary was held. In retrospect, I may have let my X chromosomes get the best of me. But – oh my god – to hear Palin invoke HC’s name as if Hillary paved the way specifically for her…ignoring their complete ideological differences…

    This is the stupidest stunt and attempt at manipulation…er, I mean “gutsy choice”…ever!

    And (at the risk of sounding more traditional than I really am) it really disturbed me (as a parent) to think of Palin undertaking this at a time when her (and her husband’s) focus should be on their special needs baby. Even if it only ends up being a couple months on the road campaigning…for someone so apparently steeped in family values, this seems off to me.

    Anyway, I am going to cry tears of joy when Obama is elected. (Actually, I kinda did when he accepted the nomination – does that make me a sissy?)

    And I think McCain’s choice of running mate has guaranteed that Barack Obama will be our next president.

  • grace

    Spencer–excellent post. I couldn’t agree more.

    Merujo–You hit the nail so directly on the head it was like a burst of realization! Palin reminds me of Kristen Chenoweth on West Wing. Or maybe Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blond. McCain is running his campaign based on an after school special script from 1994, I think, called “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.”

  • http://swedehartjournal.blogspot.com Jessica

    She was chosen as an in to drill for oil in Alaska and b/c she’s a woman. She’s no Hillary.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    Thought you would find this article interesting: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/an-wasillan-on.html#more

    Was McCain high when he pulled her name from a hat?

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    This choice was so bad, it’s laughable.

    The sitcom that comes to mind for me is “Harper Valley PTA”.

    I can’t wait until they find nude pics of this woman.
    You know they are out there.

    Somehow, she is supposed to be this sassy woman in the mold of Maude or “The Nanny”

    And, guess what….that is only funny until McCain dies and this nut is left running most powerful office in the free world.

    Then, not so much.

  • Taekwondodad

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