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29 August 2008 @ 05:42 pm
Holy crap, he did it.  

I am utterly flabbergasted that McCain chose Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. There were rumors, but it didn’t seem likely, what with her being a woman and utterly inexperienced on the national level of politics. It is, as one article said, a Hail Mary pass, and I have an absolute horror of it doing what they hope: pulling disenfranchised female Democrats to the Republican ticket. All I can think is I hope not one of the women who make that choice ever knows anybody who needs an abortion. I would like to think that nobody’s that dumb, but the last two presidential elections in the States have made me a whole lot more cynical than I once was.

As soon as this was announced, somebody emailed me to ask what I thought of Palin. On one hand, she doesn’t seem to take much shit from the oil companies. She talks a good game about rooting out the corruption in Alaskan politics. On the other, my impression of her is that she goes into a situation with her mind already made up, and nothing changes it. Sometimes this has extremely entertaining effects. Others, not so much. Either way, it’s not a trait I want to see in the vice president of the United States. Then again, “Republican” is not a trait I want to see in the VP, so there you go.

Gotta say, this is the first time in history, probably, that Alaskan politics have mattered to the Lower 48….

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: shockedshocked
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on August 29th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yeaaaaah. Hail Mary pass seems pretty accurate to me. The Muppet knows that he doesn't have Obama's appeal, particularly with Those Damn Kids, so he's going for the hey, look how progressive I am, I picked a woman angle.

I hope to God it doesn't work either.
Cyrano: Disastercyranocyrano on August 29th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
It worked pretty well for Mondale.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on August 29th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
You know, if I were still the person I was in 1984 (read: a 12 year old), I would probably be going OMG OMG OMG female VP! Because that's really all I recall thinking then.

Suffice it to say, I'm not 12 anymore. :)

So. If this is as effective for McCain as it was for Mondale, then bring on the Palin.