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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
Laura Anne Gilman: bitchsuricattus on August 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Isn't she the one under ethics investigation for allegedly using her office to harass the cop ex-boyfriend of a family member or something? It's hard to keep track of Alaskan politics -- they give Jersey and Chicago a run for the corruption money, some years...

Also: anti-Choice,pro-Creationist female =/ feminist vote. Srsly. Have ranted in my LJ about "uterus, any uterus" being antithetical to the feminist goal of "judge me by my deeds and words, not my sexual organs..."

(and now I am late for dinner, being busy frothing. eeek!)
darilliandarillian on August 30th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Ex-husband. And there was more to it.

I think her main fault on that one was not getting all the dirt on him before requesting his dismissal.