Saturday, August 30, 2008


Sarah Palin

So, John McCain has officially selected Sarah Palin, the first-term governor of Alaska, as his running mate.


I can’t imagine why this is a good choice.

Well, she is younger than he is. That wouldn’t be hard, of course, but she’s a lot younger: 44. She’s a conservative Christian, natch, an NRA member, against abortion rights, and so on. She wants to rape her state’s interior drill in ANWR, which, I suppose, complements McCain’s interest in drilling offshore.

But she’s just a political lightweight. If McCain is claiming that Barack Obama doesn’t have the experience or maturity to be president, how can he possibly present us with someone like Governor Palin and tell us he wants to put her a heartbeat away from the presidency — with a president who’s 72?

Oh, she’s smoked weed. She doesn’t say whether she inhaled or not, but she does claim that she didn’t like it.

And then there’s what at least some of the media are doing with it. She has a son with Down syndrome, just born in April. Maybe someone’s hoping to play that for cuteness and sympathy, because we’re certainly seeing some of that already. I heard a bit on NPR Friday afternoon that had them commenting on the baby-swing in her office, and her giggling about how her youngest daughter likes to push the baby on the swing, and how visitors to her office think it’s so cuuuuuuuute. Awwwwwww. She calls herself an “average mom.”

Puh-leez! This is not about being a mommy. It’s about running the country, and her brood of children isn’t any more relevant than her hair colour. If you can do that with the kids around, that’s fine with me, but don’t try to sell us on the family. Just don’t.

Speaking of the family, of course, her husband works for BP, the third largest oil company in the world (after ExxonMobil and Shell). I guess that’s sort of like saying that a Texan is an oil man — it’s not surprising. But it’s also not a very good way to disabuse people of the idea that we’d be looking ahead to four more years like the last eight.

I can’t imagine why this is a good choice.

But, then, I guess that’s a good thing for the Good Guys.


nina said...

It's a brilliant choice which really scares me. Violet Socks has a great post (read the comments, too) about why.

Julietta said...

If Palin's anti-abortion, why'd she bother to have an amniocentesis?

And naming her as a veep candidate to get more women/Hillary supporters to vote for McCain is an INSULT to women. We women have enough brains to vote for a person because of their *politics*, not just their gender. Sarah Palin is NO Hillary Clinton. Or even close.

Barry Leiba said...

Nina's link is missing; I think this post is what she meant to link to.

Old Cranky Redneck said...

Come on, Barry! You can't see how this was a good idea? Does the fact that McCain/Palin gained about 4% over Obama/Biden give you a clue? The Democrats have once again proved to be the masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Obama picked the most agonizingly boring, establishment, same-old-thing VP choice, and let McCain jump-start his campaign with someone really new, fresh, and exciting. And it's working. Welcome back to 2000.

p.s. Nobody cares that the liberal intelligentsia thinks she is under-qualified. What are you, about 1% of the electorate?

p.p.s. I personally agree with your evaluation of her.

p.p.p.s Just checked Dr. Socks' blog. Guess I'm not the only one.