CAN PALIN HELP McCAIN?

Palin? Who he? Duh.

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice to be vice-president, has served on a town council, as mayor of a city of 9,000 and has been serving as governor of Alaska for less than two years.

Today, on his 72nd birthday, John McCain put Sarah Palin, 44, a heart beat from the presidency.

Is this a smart move or is it an unacceptable risk.

McCain argues at every turn that Obama does not have the experience to be commander-in-chief.

What about Palin? Is she ready to command American forces and take on the leadership of the free world? Just to ask the question is to see how ridiculous it is.

How do you think Palin will stand up to Joe Biden? I thought so.

It seems to me that with this hair-brained move McCain has taken the experience issue off the the table. To be fair, McCain has picked an unexpected fresh face. He is not playing it safe (as Obama did with Biden). But I suggest the risk of choosing a woman with so little experience to be a heart beat from the Oval office is a risk that is unacceptable.

What do you think?

Finally, is there a person in the world who thinks Sarah Palin would have been chosen McCain’s vp if she were a man?

59 Comments »

  1. 1
    tammy Says:

    Amen.

  2. 2

    Quite unacceptable. At McCain’s age, he needs to think seriously about choosing someone who can take on some very difficult roles should he become somehow incapacitated. Can a war in Afghanistan and in Iraq be managed by someone who now leads the Alaska National Guard? I know that with the question of Obama’s inexperience this is a tricky stance to take – but really, now. This is ridiculous.

  3. 3
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “I know that with the question of Obama’s inexperience this is a tricky stance to take – but really, now. This is ridiculous.”

    Am I missing something here? Obama’s inexperience would mean an inexperienced PRESIDENT, Palin’s means an inexperienced VICE-president.

    The idea that McCain should be thinking seriously about ~not~ being able to fulfill his presidency (because of health) is ridiculous! If that is really a probable possibility then he should NOT be president in the first place!

    I, personally, think he nailed it with his choice. You have a MAJOR group of hillary supporters who don’t like Obama – hmmmmm, don’t you think this will make a McCain vote a LOT more palatable to them?

    Plus, she’s really pretty – never a bad thing!

  4. 4
    Chimera Says:

    Hilary supporters will NOT flock to Palin.

    She’s anti-choice. She’s anti-gay. She wears fur.

    McCain just guaranteed Obama’s election.

  5. 5
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “She’s anti-choice. She’s anti-gay. She wears fur.”

    Yes, but – and here’s the clincher – she has a vagina! That might just be enough!

    Look how excited Neil seems to be about a black man for president! Women might flock to the McCain ticket for this reason alone!

  6. 6
    jim Says:

    At one point she supported construction of the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska and changed her mind and cancelled it. She has been good to Canada. She awarded the Trans Canada Corp a 25 Billion Dollar contract
    to build a pipeline thru Alaska and Canada to the lower 48. However she’s just the right person to destroy McCain’s chances of winning (nothing personal Sarah). Obama (a Bill Clinton without sin) has already won the election by at least 5 points.

  7. 7
    John Says:

    “Hilary supporters will NOT flock to Palin.”

    i agree absolutely, Chimera.
    In fact, I predict it will not be Biden or Obama who will put Palin up against the wall, it will be Hillary Clinton, herself.

  8. 8
    Chimera Says:

    Joe, Hilary has a vagina, and it didn’t help her, either.

    But thanks for the laugh…:lol:

  9. 9
    Joe Agnost Says:

    Any time Chimera! ;)

  10. 10
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Thanks for all the great comments. And consider this:

    Suppose fate catapults Palin into the Oval Office. She sits down to negotiate with Putin and the half-crazed leader of Iran. At the very least she must be clear-headed, resolute, courageous and she must be tranquil and serene.

    It is in that context that a blogger south of the border wrote today that just at the time Palin requires all her clarity and serenity, she will be on the verge of what he calls the “turbulence of menopause.”

    Is that a legitimate consideration?

  11. 11
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    “Is this a legitimate consideration?”…”She has a vagina!” As far as I’m concerned, ladies and gentlemen, you are mouthing widely touted prejudices. If you are right, the USA will need a lot more than God’s blessing.
    And John could be right.

  12. 12

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  13. 13

    1) Sarah Palin has more executive experience in public office than Joe Biden and Barack Obama combined. And that is undisputable fact.

    2) Regarding foreign policy experience: Barack Obama has zero going in to the presidency. At least Palin will, as VP, have some on-the-job experience. The argument can also be made that, as the governor of the largest U.S. state and the ONLY one bordering a superpower, Russia (Obama’s Illinois where he wasn’t even governor or part of the government borders the lowly Canada, hardly a great challenge), that fact alone gives Palin an edge over both Obama and Biden when it comes to hands-on foreign policy experience (Biden spent his life in committees flapping his yap and his puny little state, Delaware, has a 3,000 mile ocean as a buffer zone to a foreign country!).

    3) Union member, non-elitist, a basketball star from high school (let’s see Barack take her on!), NRA member, hunter, fisher. Wow! She’s the big brother I never had!

  14. 14
    Chimera Says:

    Tony, every time someone calls an idea an “indisputable fact,” someone is bound to dispute it. It’s human nature. ;)

    “…more executive experience…”

    Yup. She’s been governor for about a year and a half. And if memory serves, she’s also been mayor somewhere for awhile.

    Different playing fields, altogether, than the Senate. One might even say not in the ballpark, as far as experience goes.

    “In fact, I predict it will not be Biden or Obama who will put Palin up against the wall, it will be Hillary Clinton, herself.”

    Oh, baby! Where do I get tickets for that! LOL!

  15. 15
    John Says:

    I fail to see the wisdom of this move, other than McCain’s desperate attempt to distance himself from the Republican establishment.

    I have nothing against Sarah Palin, but folks (John McCain included) are doing her an injustice and are insulting Hillary Clinton when they suggest one is a substitute for the other. Ain’t gonna work.

    People talk about Obama’s ability to speak, to motivate,to organize etc. but to me his strongest suit is his “discipline.” It’s been there since he declared his intention to run.

    Sometimes, when someone is trying to do you harm and swinging madly in all directions, your best defense is to do little, but stay out of the way, until your assailant falls on their ass.

    Right about now, I think John McCain needs to dust himself off.

  16. 16

    more of my comments aren’t appearing.

  17. 17
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Tony:-

    I don’t know what to do about your comments not appearing. Occasionally the system tells me that a comment must be approved. There are no comments awaiting approval as of now. But I can tell you one thing, we don’t want to lose you.

    While I am at it I want to salute your imagination.

    To argue that Palin has foreign policy experience because she lives next to Russia is about the same as arguing that somebody has a deep knowledge of oranges because they live next to Florida.

  18. 18
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Some years ago I was at a reception in honor of a well known Swiss grammar expert and language reeducation. Some time in the evening, the discussion turned to Peru. The lady began pronouncing herself on everything Peruvian. One of the guests differed from her and expressed it several times. The exasperated lady snapped back:”Sir, I know Peru very well, I spent 15 days there recently.” The other guest, very calmly and politely replied, in a subdued voice:”I have lived there 14 years, Madame.” Not a word about Peru was said for the remainder of the evening.
    See the parrallel?

  19. 19
    Chimera Says:

    “Sarah Palin is currently under an ethics investigation by the Alaska state legislature.”

    Oopsie!

  20. 20

    Chimera:

    Sarah is under investigation for the firing of a state employee.

    Barack played footsie with a self-admitted terrorist.

    Gosh, which will play better in heartland America, I wonder?

    Paul:

    Yes, I see the parallel. The three men on the two tickets — McCain, Biden, and Obama — may have visited executive offices in their lifetimes but, combined, they have less experience than the woman.

  21. 21
    exposrip Says:

    Obama is just as comfortable with misuse of facts as any politician:

    http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_obama.html

    His policies don’t seem all that remarkable to me.

    I noticed he taxes small businesses. Nice way to help the “average” American. He also apparently opposed welfare reform in Illinois. Once you get past the cute ears, it’s time to examine the policies.

    Something tells me that if he wins he won’t be so cute before long. Just food for thought.

    All this talk about “experience” is hogwash. You can have experience and still be a ham and have no experience and still “get it.” If you’re talented, you’re talented.

    We’ll see what Obama and Palin are made of soon enough.

  22. 22
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Tony:
    That state employee just happened to be her daughter’s ex and into what seems to be an ugly custody battle. Using the Governor’s clout to get at someone you don’t like looks to me as rather a cause for worry. Of course that she is in Big Oil’s pocket and an RIA member will not bother you but it does bug me…but I’m not an American citizen and do not vote south of the border.
    As for experience, I agree it is a rather elusive thing. I remember working with a good guy, real good fellow. He had been on the job for 33 years. Unfortunately he had only one year’s experience repeated 33 times.

  23. 23

    Paul: I’m not a U.S. citizen either. But I pay my taxes here and — as the saying goes — no taxation without representation.

    So even though I have no right to vote, I nevertheless insist that my representatives to Congress, the President, and my elected state representatives represent me as much as my next door neighbour who is a citizen; I also insist upon expressing my opinion to the full extent that the first amendment allows.

    And if anyone wants to deny me these expressions, why they can reimburse all the federal taxes I’ve paid since I’ve lived here, plus statutory interest, and I’ll be more than happy to shut up.

  24. 24

    Neil writes: “Finally, is there a person in the world who thinks Sarah Palin would have been chosen McCain’s vp if she were a man?”

    This reminded me of what Geraldine Ferraro said that got her into so much trouble from the Obama camp that she was forced to resign from her position on the Hillary campaign.

    She said: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

    But you are right, Neil, and I agree with you. However, this is an instance in which tokenism actually works because I think Sarah Palin is the best choice of all four on the two tickets. She should be the presidential candidate!

  25. 25
    John Says:

    Sarah Palin may indeed be a rising star in the GOP camp. She may have been its future. Unfortunately, I believe the manner in which John McCain has used her for short term gain (shift the spotlight/entice the Hillaryites) is going to bring her long term pain. It’s pandering of the worse sort and demeaning to someone McCain hardly knows.

  26. 26
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I was wrong about Palins’ daughet’s ex, he was Palin’s sister’s ex.
    Tony who wants to restrict your right to express your opinion? Certainly not me nor anybody else in this group.
    And anyhow, even if someone would try, it would be a loss of time and energy. The same goes for me.

  27. 27

    John:

    Interesting question.

    Perhaps this election comes down to: which panderee is the better candidate:

    The Republican panderee (Palin) or the Democratic panderee (Obama)?

  28. 28
    exposrip Says:

    “He had been on the job for 33 years. Unfortunately he had only one year’s experience repeated 33 times.”

    Hilarious. Priceless.

    Palin is indeed a rising star and a social conservative. This chick used to moose hunt. But I don’t think she’s the “uniter” Americans keep hoping for. Her views are clear.

    She’s also possibly more politically accomplished than Hillary in a shorter time frame.

  29. 29
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    I don’t think so.

    Can’t you just see Jo Biden turning to Palin in the debate and saying,” I know Hillary Clinton. I’ve worked with Hillary Clinton. And with all respect, Governor, you’re no Hillary Clinton.”?

  30. 30
    Cate McB Says:

    Biden will do that at his peril, Neil.
    No, Palin is not Hillary Clinton and I’m sure she herself more than anyone else knows that. However, I think “Exposrip” is right: Palin’s “possibly more politically accomplished than Hillary in a shorter time frame.” Time will tell. I’m far apart from her on the ideological spectrum. However, I bet she’ll give Biden a good run for his money, and with this choice on the part of the maverick, the election just got a whole lot more interesting (for me, anyway).

  31. 31
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Cate:-

    I’m darned if I know why throwing the unknown Palin into the mix should make this election more interesting.

    The vice-presidential candidate has one primary role (maybe only one role period). He or she must be ready to step into the Oval Office if fate dictates.

    Can you honestly say that Palin is ready to become commander-in-chief and leader of the western world?

    Do you even think McCain would have chosen her had she been a man?

    We know why he chose her. She’s a woman, she’s young and she’s pro-life, period.

    As the campaign progresses, I expect she’ll make Dan Quayle look like Abraham Lincoln.

    Interesting?

    By Jove, maybe you’re right.

  32. 32
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Folks, after reading all your comments, it dawns on me that howmever wins this contest, the planet is at risk. When is the next fligth to Mars and points beyond?

  33. 33
    Cate McB Says:

    Neil,
    I only said that throwing Palin into the mix makes it more interesting for me. You’re always free to disagree.

    Since when is the VP’s primary role being ready to step into the Oval Office if fate dictates? And if fate does dictate that in this case, I bet Palin will be more than ready and McCain (and other Republicans) will make sure of it.

    Do I even think McCain would have chosen her had she been a man? No, because we don’t need any more men. We’ve had more than enough and the glass ceiling needs to come down just as much as the race ceiling.

    She’s all of those things: a woman, young and pro-life. That’s fine, but she’s also a governor of a state (albeit for a short time and for a small state) and had more leadership experience in a short time than all of the others put together.

    Who cares who looks or acts like Abraham Lincoln? Let her look like who she is and let’s see what happens.

  34. 34

    Bravo, Cate.

    But please be gentle with Neil. His ego is bruised as he can’t comprehend how it is that a woman with 5 children can oversee a whole family, be a hockey mom, and run an entire state (and do it more successfully than any man before her!). Women multi-task better than their male counterparts and some men, in their jealousy, get flustered. Neil is obviously one of them.

    Sarah is breaking down a lot of barriers and Neil will simply have to learn to cope.

  35. 35
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    So we are down to personal attacks. Seems to run in Republican and Conservative circles. Must we heap scorn on all who do not share our opinions? After all that is what democracy and freedom of expression are all about.

  36. 36
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    It’s not my ego that’s bruised, Tony, it’s my intellect.

    That John McCain would serve us up an unknown, inexperienced hard-rock conservative and expect that we — and the country — would fall for this chintzy ploy, beggars belief. Fortunately most objective observers have now written off McCain’s “Hail Mary” pass as bad judgement at best, cynical opportunism at worst.

    Fortunately too, this egregious political blunder pretty well guarantees that McCain and his hokey “hocky mom” will never be in the White House. I’ll drink to that.

  37. 37
    Cate McB Says:

    My comments were not a personal attack on Neil or anyone else. And the potential for personal attacks is part of our humanity, Paul. It is not peculiar to Republican and Conservative circles — neither of which I fit into. I was simply stating my point of view, not heaping scorn on anyone. However, the fact is that no matter what circle one is within, McCain has thrown down the gauntlet brilliantly. No matter what one thinks of Sarah, there is no question that she is breaking down a lot of barriers as Obama is doing within his circle for very different reasons. Race, gender, sexual orientation — so many barriers to break down and so little time and little willingness to face the issues squarely! In unexpected ways, this election campaign is forcing the issues, so let’s go with the flow and see what learning there is in it for each of us!!

  38. 38
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Cate, I was not referring to your comment but to Tony’s comment folowing yours when he writes about Neil’s bruised ego, etc…
    I agree that humans have a tendancy to be overly aggressive when contradicted. Some are just a little bit more than others.

  39. 39
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Do those who are waffling about supporting the McCain-Palin ticket really understand what Palin stands for:
    She is against choice for women.
    She supported the conservative extremist, Pat Buchanan, in his run for the presidency in 2000.

    She believes creationism should be taught in the schools.

    She believes climate change is man-made.

    To have such an individual a heart-beat from the Oval office is obscene.

  40. 40
    Cate McB Says:

    None of this is a news flash for me, Neil, but it begs the point I’ve been trying to make. She believes all these things and yet, you can still dismiss her as a woman by saying that she’s a hokey “hocky mom”? It would seem that there’s much more to her than that, and this is precisely why McCain’s choice is not so much a “chintzy ploy” as you call it, but a more brilliant move on his part.

    Like it or not (and I don’t, being neither a Democrat, nor a Republican), a significant part of the US (and Canadian) population believes what she believes, exactly the part of the population that McCain needs help with to bring them on board. On top of that, she has done things a significant part of the population can immediately relate to, unlike many of McCain’s pre-occupations (or Obama’s without Michele), for eg., Palin cares for five children, one with Down’s Syndrome and she’s a hocky mom. Specifically, today, as the media reported, she helped McCain be a down-to-earth hit in Pittsburgh where McCain, left to his own devices, would have been completely out of touch with the average Pittsburghonian (or whatever they call themselves). On top of all of this, McCain knows that quite apart from her beliefts, she has valuable Executive experience and she is a woman in a race where the Democrats have lifted the race ceiling but not the gender ceiling.

    My point: I think the overall picture is much more complicated than the one I see you painting Neil, and it involves dealing with fundamentalism and gender, two issues left un-dealt with by the Democrats which could in fact, be their nemesis. You say that “Fortunately too, this egregious political blunder pretty well guarantees that McCain and his hokey “hocky mom” will never be in the White House. I’ll drink to that.” With all due respect, I think that’s pretty simplistic, especially in these early days. Coming to quick conclusions may in fact bring about the very conclusion you certainly don’t want. Both sides, I’m sure, think that having the other in the White House is “obscene.” So which side is fundamentalism really? and what has been solved by framing the issues in this way?

  41. 41
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Cate, I don’t dismiss her because she’s a woman (for quite some time I supported Hillary Clinton). I pity her because she is totally out of her depth as will become evident soon enough. If I am wrong, I will revise m y opinion accordingly.

    I should have said above that Palin believes that global warming is not man made. God save us all.

  42. 42

    Pat Buchanan opposed the war in Iraq, Neil, one of the few Republicans that did. Actually, make that one of the few Republicans or Democrats that opposed it.

    And you fault Palin for supporting him?

  43. 43
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    I give high marks to Buchanan for opposing the war in Iraq. But to support this Irish Catholic demagogue for president is another kettle of fish alltogether.

    As for McCain putting gender back on the table with his choice of Palin, it strikes me that most women resent being reduced to the sum of their hormones.

  44. 44
    exposrip Says:

    As I have stated before, Buchanan makes the most sense on foreign policy. He’s the closest thing to a true conservative (though he falls under paleo-conservatism) in the public sphere: he advocates non-interventionism where direct interests are not affected. No wars means small governments.

    But he certainly has no fans among neo-cons. But I suspect a Republican American who considers them a throwback Republican roots of an earlier time would be able to shed more light on all this better than I.

    Where Pat B. scares people is with his religion but they don’t grasp that he’s a classical federalist who believes that Western civilization is built on a bedrock of family and religion. There’s no doubt some of the paleo-con philosophy shares concerns with extremists on some issues – nationalism and sense of kin, immigration (though this one is dicey because we’re at the point where Americans who demand illegal aliens be deported or ask for tougher laws are seen as “anti-democratic” which is nonsense) and etc.

    Heck, Quebec exhibits paleo-con characteristics.

    Anyway, he’s an incredibly insightful person who has a wicked sense of history.

    Neil, just because she was unknown to many doesn’t mean she’s unqualified.

  45. 45
    jim Says:

    I’ve mentioned this somewhere before but Palin reminds me of the woman I overheard speaking to her husband about a Russian ship as it was passing thru the Seaway, she noted that the name of the vessel was painted in Cyrillic letters and she couldn’t decipher the name. She commented to her husband “Why don’t they write the name in American” This person is of a certain type, Palin is exactly the same type. Talk about being ingrown, she got her first passport last year,so much for Foreign Affairs. Her voice, the sound of which reminds me of that of Elizabeth, co-hostess on the television program “The View”. She sounds like a chipmunk. To top it all off she is a member of Yhe National Rifle Association who believe that it’s OK to go hunting for deer with a machine gun. This is just another dunderheaded choice by McCain.

  46. 46
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Now the story can be told.

    According to this Sunday’s New York Times, John McCain desperately wanted his good friend, Joe Leiberman, to be his vp. Failing Leiberman he wanted Tom Ridge.

    So what happened? Leiberman and Ridge are both pro-choice. And the vast right wing of the Republican party, under the papacy of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, warned McCain that if he went with Leiberman or Ridge, the Republican party would be destroyed.

    McCain lost his nerve, caved and came up with the anti-choice Palin.

    What is the moral of this story?

    McCain is now the captive of the Republican fundamentalists. Some maverick. Quell domage.

  47. 47
    Chimera Says:

    LOL! Neil, that’s rich!

    “President Obama.” Sounds a little strange right now. But give it time. We’ll get used to it.

  48. 48
    Cate McB Says:

    As I said last night, the issue is religious fundamentalism and it’s an issue that won’t go away, particularly in the US but also in Canada. Seemingly, no one knows how to deal with it effectively, but it can hijack the best laid plans of any party at any time.

  49. 49
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    And Harper has been caught lock stock and barrel.

  50. 50

    Good morrow, all!
    Well (as Ronald Reagan uses to start every comment), Obama saw what the Republicans had that the Democrats did not, and went out and got one — an old white guy. McCain saw what the Democrats had that the Republicans did not, and went out and got one — a candidate with sex appeal. So, it’s up to Obama to counter Palin’s sex appeal, and the old white guys can have it out on the shuffleboard court.
    It’s going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg
    campaign. But, I digress…CTZen

  51. 51
    Barbara Says:

    That’s interesting news, Neil (re: McCain’s first choices).
    Fundamentalism is obviously a factor in McCain’s choice. I do not see the fundamentalist vote to be so simplistic, though. Attitudes may have shifted. I wonder if Christianist women would support a woman candidate with five children, one of whom has Down’s syndrome, taking a full-time job. Feminists may be able to accept that situation, assuming Palin has quality help, but would never support her positions on various issues.
    I wonder if Palin was vetted as seriously as Obama vetted his shortlist. Many Republican pundits are flabbergasted by the choice, as well as a number of people in Alaska. She deserves the same scrutiny that has been given McCain, Obama and Biden. No more and no less.
    And yes, Biden declaring Palin to be “no Hillary Clinton” would not be terribly astute. He would be seen as a bully and not everyone likes Hillary.
    I do actually vote in US federal elections. I am content to pay Canadian and Quebec taxes inasmuch as this wonderful country allows me to reside here.

  52. 52
    exposrip Says:

    The religious right is not a monolithic entity. It breaks down into various factions. From moderate to extremist.

  53. 53
    Chimera Says:

    “I wonder if Christianist women would support a woman candidate with five children, one of whom has Down’s syndrome, taking a full-time job.”

    What an astute question, Barbara! And not just a full-time job, but a 24-hour-a-day job for four years!

    I had another thought, too. Statistically, voters shift parties after two terms with one party, no matter who was in office or how good or bad he was perceived to be. Not 100% of the time, but the odds are in favor of a shift in voter loyalties. Ask any bookie.

    So, what if McCain was simply thrown out there just to get rid of him? What if the ‘Pubs know they’re not gonna win, so they decided not to exhaust their best candidates on the effort…simply throw McCain into the ring and watch him flail his way around the canvas, disturbing the Dems and making them work for their victory? And Palin is just the icing on their little cake?

  54. 54

    Jim:

    Are you a meat-eater or a vegetarian?

  55. 55
    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    A senior Republican woman said today that Sarah Palin was a great example of a multi-tasker.

    I hope she’s right. The Governor of Alaska and vp candidate is the mother of a four month’s old Downs syndrome child.

    Now it turns out she’s also the mother of a 17-year-old daughter who is five months pregnant.

    Mother Sarah is going to have a busy schedule.

  56. 56
    Bryan from PA Says:

    Governor Palin does not help Senator McCain’s campaign. In fact, I would argue that she greatly harms his campaign.

    The newly introduced female vice presidential candidate, Governor Sara Palin has been a mayor of Wasilla and a governor of Alaska for 20 months now. We know that she is able to deliver a speech tailor written for her and that she is able to throw mud and insults at Senator Barack Obama. Interestingly enough, Governor Palin missed a very powerful opportunity to provide a comprehensive plan or vision for the US. Unfortunately, many voters (both men and women) will view her as a ranting woman trying her hardest to play ball with the boys. Many voters will question the ability of this woman to be a good vice president, and unlike the proven and tested stellar career of Hillary Clinton, the jury (literally) is still out on Governor Palin’s questionable record. Clearly, if Senator Hillary Clinton was unable to transcend gender discrimination, Governor Sara Palin will have a very hard time dodging that ball.

    Likewise, Governor Palin in spite of being a woman is certainly not a friend of women. Governor Palin’s political views regarding women’s rights is frightening especially since she is a woman. Governor Palin does not support a comprehensive sex education curricula, , she advocates an abstinence-only approach to sex education, she opposes the use of contraceptives, and she is against a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion even when a victim of rape or incest. She has cut government spending in the state of Alaska for programs that would benefit at-risk pregnant teenagers in an effort to cut the state budget. Additionally, Governor Palin is not an advocate of universal healthcare for all citizens. It is truly amazing that this woman is a mother.

    If Governor Palin is the republican tactic of bringing into the fold any disgruntled female Clinton supporters, the republican party has a better chance seeing the Lord than seeing any former female Clinton supporter vote for the McCain/Palin ticket in the upcoming election. Governor Palin truly makes Senator Barack Obama look like the Alan Alda of American politics today.

  57. 57

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  58. 58
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  59. 59
    HeidiGulatee Says:

    Neil, you are getting famous! Good job!


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