Sarah Who?

August 30, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Senator John McCain Picks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as His Vice Presidential Running Mate in Republican Presidential CampaignDespite having met Alaska Governor Sarah Palin only once, about six months ago at his Sedona, Arizona ranch, Senator John McCain has picked Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Bold choice? Or political suicide? Palin spoke yesterday about Senator Hillary Clinton shattering the glass ceiling with 18 million cracks from her 18 million supporters, apparently in an attempt to sway female voters because Palin is female. How patronizing! And as political commentator James Carville noted on CNN yesterday, the Republican Party had done a decent job in the late 20th century portraying itself as the party of national security. But is a self-described “average hockey Mom in Alaska” the person we want a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

While Barack Obama easily packed Invesco Field at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado with an estimated 75,000 to 90,000 supporters on Thursday, the truth of the matter is that, on that same Thursday, the day before McCain’s vice-presidential announcement at the aptly-named Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, his campaign staff was scurrying to fill the seats with an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 supporters. Any Republican White House hopeful would have probably done well to decline McCain’s offer of the vice presidency, and we can only surmise that many candidates did just that.

Here are some other reasons why many women voters may not warm to Palin:

  • Inexperience at the national level. Lyda Green, a Republican and the Alaska State Senate President, commented about Palin’s competency to serve at the national level, saying: “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?”

  • Despite concerns from environmentalists, Palin has strongly advocated natural gas and oil development in Alaska. While even her running mate, John McCain, is opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), she strongly supports such drilling.

  • In May 2008, she objected to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to list polar bears as an endangered species. Palin filed a lawsuit to block the move, fearing that gas and oil development would be hampered off Alaska’s northern and northwestern coasts, where the bears live. She indicated that the listing was “premature” and not an appropriate way to manage the bears.

  • Doesn’t believe that global warming necessarily exists and, if it does, it’s not necessarily man-made.

  • Is pro-life, and is a prominent member of Feminists for Life, the nation’s largest pro-life “feminist organization.”

  • Supports the death penalty, despite being pro-life. (We’ve always wondered why pro-lifers don’t see the incongruity of this.)

  • While Palin claims to have good friends who are gay (yeah, right), she opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment which would have denied benefits to homosexual couples.

  • A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Palin is popular among gun rights’ activists.

  • Seems to have no known foreign policy positions although, according to Time magazine, the Governor has been critical of the lack of a long-term strategy in the Iraq war, to which her eldest son will be deployed on September 11, 2008.

  • And, according to People magazine, the family’s favorite food is moose hot dogs, followed by caribou hot dogs. Palin’s husband Todd said: “We get caribou, get ’em ground up and put them into hot dogs. They’re Polish.” Also not something that the average American can probably relate to. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer burgers, anyone? Bambi burgers?

Meghan McCain, John McCain's DaughterIn People’s interview with the McCains and Palins, Meghan McCain expressed delight with the Palin selection, commenting: “It’s girl power and you know I’m all about that. She’s very smart, has a sweet family. Her son’s in the military and my brothers are in the military. We have a lot in common. This is my dream choice. I almost started crying on stage — and I am not a crier — when they were talking about this being the anniversary of women’s suffrage. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s also a reinvention of the Republican Party. She’s such a cool role model — and she’s got great shoes!”

So. . . what do you think of McCain’s vice presidential choice?

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