Will Sarah Palin Rock?
Well – finally McCain has made his choice for a VP. It came as a surprise to me and to most American people, but it seems to me that this woman has potential. Most understand his choice either as a “stroke of genius,” or as a foolish mistake. Only time will tell.
A few things are sure so far: the conservative base has been energized, and this is no small thing. Even though the DNC convention was just finished, there was no significant spike in Obama’s popularity (CNN puts him basically even with McCain) – and this is unusual considering his very good speech and the fact that the Republican convention is yet to start. Perhaps McCain’s timely announcement had an excellent effect by stealing the spotlight from the democrats. But – back to Sarah Palin.
Of course – given Palin’s record – one of the most frequent objections (which came to my mind too) is: Is she ready to take over if McCain dies. This is a valid and worthy objection for this choice, and many (perhaps most) are wondering about this. In this context, with so many democrats making fun of this choice, her experience and education, I would like to point out the following things:
It is the audacity (to take a word from Obama) of desperation/unfairness to critique the credentials of a VP when the democratic candidate for presidency has very very limited experience in most areas related to presidency. Don’t you think so? Before you criticize a party’s choice for VP, please take a look first time at your candidate for presidency.
I know – most of you will say: at least he has a Law degree from Harvard etc (and I was tempted to think the same way). BUT this only displays again the ELITISM of many in this country: unless the president, VP etc has graduated from Harvard or Yale (or perhaps some other Ivy League school) – he/she is not smart enough to be president.
Obama is also sending very mixed (if not ‘hypocritical’) messages to the country by trumpeting CHANGE and then choosing Biden as VP. I believe McCain can (and should) trumpet change (reform) with more vigor and integrity – since he chose as VP someone as far away from Washington politics as possible. How can Democrats can justify CHANGE when Biden (one of the oldest senators in Washington) is chosen as VP???
I suggest that we wait and see what will happen when Sarah Palin debates Biden. I believe that Gingrich is right when he said (on Foxnews- I paraphrase) that he feels sorry for Biden during the debates. That remains to be seen.
Meanwhile – these comments by American Elephant and Smalltown are instructive (of course I DO NOT agree with everything they say):
I can see why all you wymmyn are insulted.
After all, Palin has 10 years experience as mayor, 2 years as governor, also worked on the town council, has business experience. She was a formidable athlete, hunts, fishes, has 5 children and a stay at home husband. She has negotiated an international contract, wrangled a state budget, made appointments, taken on her own party, “big” oil, and the EPA. She is a self-made women of great accomplishment…
And then there is your idea of the ideal in womanhood, an extraordianrily corrupt harpie who only is where she is because of who she married. Indeed, she remains married to him for his name even though he has cheated on her with multiple women, they don’t share the same home, and it is widely known he continues to cheat on her to this day! A woman who resorts to tears to evoke sympathy when she is losing an election that was handed to her on a silver platter.
Now that’s a feminist!
Yes, I can see how Sarah Palin is an insult to feminist wymmyn everywhere. She is a stark reminder that “feminism” has become utterly meaningless, blatantly hypocritical, and has devolved into nothing more than a club for lesbians and disaffected women of the homely persuasion.
In other words she is self made success that is everything feminists purport to esteem, and yet cannot, because she doesn’t share their politics of victimology.
What irony. We have presidential candidate with less executive experience than his opponent’s running mate. While that fact stands, Palen attackers embrace Obama’s elitist stereotype that small town folks “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” This harsh opinion of small town Americans was probably honed during Obama’s work as a community organizer in Chicago’s south side ghettos or while sitting in the front pew of Rev. Wright’s church.