O.K. America, try not to be stupid here…

I just don't know what to say.

Sarah Palin

I am embarrassed for the McCain campaign. I am mortified for the American people.

His choice for VP is insulting. If this happened anywhere else people would take to the streets in protest. This woman is not even remotely prepared to be VP, much less President. Sarah Palin’s political experience is limited to being mayor of Wasilla, Alaska with a whopping population of 6,500 before becoming Alaska’s governor less than two years ago. Alaska is one of the least populated states in our country. You could fit the entire population in Central Park, there were more people at Paul Simon’s 1991 concert than there are in the entire state – that’s how tiny the population is.  Yes, she ousted a much disliked, corrupt and horrible governor (Frank Murkowski). So what? Everyone, even his own party members wanted him gone – great accomplishment there.

Let’s be honest, McCain chose a woman in order to win over Hillary supporters. That in and of itself is disappointing, but…this woman…well…that’s just offensive.

While she has taken a hard-ball stance on ethics in her state, and can thus be considered a bit of a ‘maverick’, her track record is hardly impressive enough to consider her as a suitable replacement for Hillary Clinton. Besides the obvious differences in experience, Clinton and Palin are worlds apart on policy issues. Palin is a vocal anti-choice advocate (as in wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade – even in the case of rape and incest), a lifelong supporter of the NRA and conservative republican who recently backed an initiative against clean water protection (supporting a mining company, Pebble Mine, in their bid to destroy the richest salmon run in the world), endorses aerial culling of wolves and bears to protect the moose population for hunters, stated that she does not believe humans have a hand in global warming 1 and wants creationism taught in schools. Why would Hillary supporters vote for her? I can just see it now, “Well…She does not have any experience, and I disagree with everything she stands for. But she does have a vagina…and I, also, have a vagina. So, she gets my vote”. The hell?

Palin is even against listing Polar Bears as an endangered species. What? Who the hell is against that? Why? And then you have this whole thing about her being under investigation for firing Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner because he refused to fire her ex brother-in-law. A quick peek at the Anchorage Daily News suggests that she has been caught lying on tape about the incident. True or not, it puts a bit of tarnish on the whole ethical maverick image. And the ‘Palin is a great parent with strong Christian kids and a model family’ line is a little suspect now that we know her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. Which pretty much brings me back to what is soooo offensive. What does this woman have which makes her a good choice for VP?

Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune rightfully points out:

The first and last question to be asked about a potential vice president is: Is he or she prepared to take over immediately as president? Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden gave that matter the priority it deserves.

The question is even more important for McCain because he’s 72 years old and has had serious health problems. The chances are considerably higher than usual that his vice president would have to step into the Oval Office without notice…

John McCain has described national security, defense, the war in Iraq and the war on terror as “the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day.” So who did he choose for his running mate? Someone who has zero acquaintance with those issues.

ZERO, this woman has zero experience with issues that McCain is claiming are key. Oh wait, here is what she had to say in a CNBC interview:

“What is it exactly that the vice president does every day?”

After attacking Obama’s supposed lack of experience, the McCain camp cannot seriously intend on arguing that Palin’s lack of experience makes her a good choice. Can they? A comment by delta on another blog eloquently makes my point:

McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin is a baldly patronizing attempt to pick up votes from disaffected supporters of Hillary Clinton. Gov. Palin has no credentials for the job proposed for her: her intellectual and educational credits are almost nil, she has been governor for less than two years, she has no knowledge of international or security policy issues.

This choice is affirmative action at its worst. When Americans are struggling with their mortgages and monthly bills and health care, McCain has demonstrated his profound disdain for American voters. He resoundingly proven that he lacks judgment about the serious issues facing our nation today.

I can’t wait for the ad from Hillary denouncing the choice of Palin which is an insult to any thinking American.

Will the American people really fall for McCains pathetic trick? I hope not.

1. In an interview for the September issue of the conservative magazine Newsmax, Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, said she does not believe climate change is caused by human behavior.

“A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made…”

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~ by aikaterine on August 31, 2008.

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